with Indie Comic Creator Kimberlee Traub
Comics: Zombie Kisses, Worms
QRD How old were you when you first got into comics & did you always stick with them or did you come back to them?
Kimberlee It wasnt until college when a guy friend showed me Sandman. Before that, girls were never made to feel comfortable in comic book stores!
QRD What was the first comic book you ever bought?
Kimberlee Probably a Sandman or Hellraiser or some random Goth zine indie piece.
QRD How old were you when you put out your first comic?
Kimberlee Early 20s.
QRD What decade do you think produced the best comics?
Kimberlee I am not expert enough to answer this one, but I do really like the horror comics from the 50s with the Crypt Keeper. We wouldnt have all the cool comics we have now if those had not been around to challenge what was acceptable & to feed some demented & creative minds.
QRD Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?
Kimberlee I mainly just draw & find serial forms of art a great challenge.
QRD Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?
Kimberlee Nowadays indie things from music to comics are everywhere thanks to the internet, so more people can express themselves in an immediate & inexpensive way.
QRD How much do you think comics should cost?
Kimberlee Depends on the quality of print... I work my day job in the print industry, so I know color, stock, # of pages, etc. makes a huge difference.
QRD How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?
Kimberlee 1 or 2. If I had time, I would draw constantly!
QRD Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?
Kimberlee I prefer devouring a collection or graphic novel one-off all at once. Both are valid. Serials you can deeply explore characters. One-off ideas allow you to move on once you have expressed your idea.
QRD How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?
Kimberlee Comic books are much better escapism, but a good comic strip can make excellent comments on society, politics, etc.
QRD What do you better with your comics now than when you first started?
QRD At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?
Kimberlee The layout & text at the end.
QRD What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?
Kimberlee Love them - all avenues of creativity are good.
QRD Do you prefer working in color or black & white?
Kimberlee Black & white is less time consuming, so it depends on the deadline.
QRD How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?
Kimberlee So far, I have only ever worked with 2 - me & a writer.
QRD How do you find collaborators?
Kimberlee Inspiring & challenging.
QRD How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?
Kimberlee Depends on the collaboration relationship & the storys needs
QRD What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?
Kimberlee Does Edward Gorey count here? How about Tim Burton?!
QRD What do your friends & family think of your comics?
Kimberlee Dark, spooky, horrifying, silly Goth.
QRD What do you think of superheroes?
Kimberlee Essential mythology for modern culture.
QRD Marvel or DC?
QRD What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?
Kimberlee Death, Dream & especially Delirium. & maybe a Cenobite.
QRD Ideally would you self-publish?
Kimberlee Yes, if the money was there.
QRD What conventions do you try to attend & why?
Kimberlee Local NJ horror cons & indie comic shows in Philly.
QRD What do you do to promote your books?
Kimberlee Internet (Facebook, online zines, web site...).
QRD Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?
Kimberlee They are very indie & collectible.
QRD What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?
Kimberlee Dolls & cartoons.
QRD Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?
Kimberlee A casual reader.
QRD What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?