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Interview with Indie Comic Creator Kimberlee Traub
June 2011
Name: Kimberlee Traub
City: Philadelphia
Comics: Zombie Kisses, Worms
Websites: www.kimberleetraub.com

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 wasn’t 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 wouldn’t 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?

Kimberlee – Draw.

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 story’s 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?

Kimberlee – 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?

Kimberlee – Interweb.