Our spotlight series is back! Kicking off the series is Giulie Speziani!
How did you get into comics?
I’m a nerd girl from way back but I started reading more indie/creator owned comics about five years ago, which inspired me to take on a new challenge of writing comics. I was already writing short stories, comedy sketches and screenplays so why not give this a shot? And I’m glad I did!
Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on.
My first comic, By The Slice, was done for a class at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles. It’s set up like a workshop where artists and writers give each other notes on their works in progress. When I finally got the script down, I posted on a Deviantart forum looking for artists, and Cecilia Latella replied. It was an awesome collaborative experience. We emailed each other, talked about the characters and how much was taken from my experience working at a pizza place. She was really invested and that helped me as a writer. That working relationship spurred another chance for Cecilia and I to collaborate again, this time on a comic my husband and I co-wrote called Golden Age, which will be coming out soon.
What is your favourite work that you’ve done so far?
It’s hard to say but this has been a busy year for me (in a good way). My latest project is a micro anthology called One Night On Earth where five short stories take place in five different cities. All the artists are women and it was a great chance to work with them even if it was short term. The tricky part was keeping track, organizing and following up but the pay off has been amazing. These are some talented ladies.
Do you have any advice about the field that you’d like to pass on?
Dedication and persistence. You learn from your mistakes and you keep going. I used to get discouraged a lot, especially in my college years and I’ve learned not to beat myself up over things that are out of my control. There’s an audience for everything out there, just find your voice and fine tune along the way.
What is your favourite thing to write or draw?
Right now, my favorite thing to write is noir. It’s challenging to set that tone and mood for the story without making it hokey. And I’m very involved with character development. I need to know everyone’s backgrounds and motives before I start page one. I tend to read more serious stuff and my writing reflects that.
In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?
So far, I’ve published mini-comics but I have a few long form series that I want to develop. I’m working hard to get publishers to notice me so either they can take a chance on my creator owned work or hire me for other titles.
Many thanks to Giulie for kicking off the return of our spotlight. If you’d like to be part of this series or know someone who should be, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.