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QRD #58 - Indie Comic Interview Series Part IV
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Indie Comic Creator Interviews:
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Michael Neno
Cihan Sesen
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Josie Pi Grant
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Indie Comic Creator Interview with Josie Pi Grant
February 2013
Josie Pi Grant
Name: Josie Pi Grant
City: Savannah, GA, USA
Comics: Music, Horror
Websites: josiepi.comjosephine-leclaire.deviantart.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?

Josie – I started reading manga, strips, & webcomics when I was about nine years old. I eventually moved toward american horror comics & experimental comics, but comics have always been a huge part of my life in one way or another.

QRD – What was the first comic book you ever bought?

Josie – The first manga I ever bought was Mars & the first american comic I purchased was Sandman: Seasons of Mist.

QRD – How old were you when you put out your first comic?

Josie – 20.

QRD – What decade do you think produced the best comics?

Josie – This one, or perhaps the last one. 

QRD – Why comics instead of just writing or drawing?

Josie – Comics are the greatest form of communication in my opinion. When you are trying to communicate with a vast audience - beyond language, beyond interpretation, comics speak to the young, the old, the illiterate, everyone.

QRD – Do you see mini-comics & indie comics as paths to mainstream comics or as their own unique media?

Josie – I see mini-comics & indie comics as a unique medium.  Mainstream comics have their merits, namely the number of people capable of reading your work, but it comes with so many limitations. 

QRD – How many copies of your comic do you print in your first run?

Josie – 100.

QRD – How much do you think comics should cost?

Josie – How ever much it costs to make them, times three.

QRD – How many books do you produce a year & how many would you like to?

Josie – I’m really just starting out, so I’m not sure at this point.

QRD – Do you think stories should be serialized or delivered as complete works?

Josie – Both have merit, I prefer complete works.

QRD – How are comic strips different than comic books & which medium do you prefer?

Josie – Strips delegate that each piece be a complete work, but also fit into a larger continuum; while comic books are less strict to this idea. I have worked with both & prefer the idea of strips because of the concise nature of the storytelling.

QRD – What do you do better with your comics now than when you first started?

Josie – I draw better, I layout better, my characters have better acting...

QRD – Do you do thumbnails?

Josie – Yes, loosely.

QRD – At what size do you draw?

Josie – 10X15.

QRD – What kind of pens do you use?

Josie – I use Pitt pens in a variety of sizes & sable brushes.

QRD – What does your workstation look like?

Josie – Messy.

QRD – At what point in the artistic process do you work digitally?

Josie – Coloring, clean up, & occasionally the entire process.

QRD – What do you think of digital comics & webcomics?

Josie – I love them!

QRD – Do you prefer working in color or black & white?

Josie – Color.

QRD – How many different people should work on a comic & what should their jobs be?

Josie – Four, writer, penciler/inker, colorist/letterer, & editor; or just one with a singular focus.

QRD – How do you find collaborators?

Josie – I find them wonderful.

QRD – How tight do you think a script should be as far as telling the artist what to draw?

Josie – I prefer scripts that stray on the side of excessively descriptive, but with a certain pliability to them.

QRD – What comic book person would you be most flattered to be compared to?

Josie – Fiona Staples on her run of North 40

QRD – What do your friends & family think of your comics?

Josie – They tell me they like them & that they can see my anxiety in them.

QRD – What do you think of superheroes?

Josie – I think they are archaic & there isn’t room for them in comics anymore.

QRD – What comic characters other than your own would you like to work with?

Josie – Luthor Strode, Cassie Hack, or Morpheus/Sandman 

QRD – Ideally would you self-publish?

Josie – Yes.

QRD – What conventions do you try to attend & why?

Josie – Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC, International Festival de la Bande dessinee in Angouleme, & Fluke in Athens, GA because these conventions are comic centered & if it’s not local, it should be international.

QRD – What do you do to promote your books?

Josie – I tell everyone everywhere whenever I can.

QRD – Do you think your comics are well suited to comic shops or would sell better elsewhere?

Josie – I think my comics would sell better elsewhere, but they would probably sell well at the shop I work at.
QRD – What other medium would you like to see some of your comics made into (television, film, games, action figures, etc.)?

Josie – Music.

QRD – Do you consider yourself a comic collector or a comic reader or both?

Josie – Reader, creator, seller, promoter...
QRD – What do you see as the most viable mediums for comics distribution 10 years from now?

Josie – Conventions, internet, iPad, book stores.

QRD – What would you like to see more people doing with comics?

Josie – Trying things that haven’t been tried before.