Friday, January 27, 2012

A long interview between myself and Sean T. Collins has been posted at the Comics Journal website this week. In it we discuss risk, dissociative episodes, and the role discomfort plays in my creative process. We also touch on the Song of Ice and Fire series, Eminem, Big Daddy Kane, George Macdonald, Dune, Dylan Williams, and Andreas Serrano. Believe me, I love to do these really serious interviews where we talk about how dark I am for days.

Too Dark to See was named one of the best comics of 2011 by Sean on the Robot 6 blog, where he said,

It was a dark year for comics, at least for the comics that moved me the most. And no one harnessed that darkness to relatable, emotional effect better than Julia Gfrörer. Her very contemporary take on the legend of the succubus was frank and explicit in its treatment of sexuality, rigorously well-observed in its cataloguing of the spirit-sapping modern-day indignities that can feed depression and destroy relationships, and delicately, almost tenderly drawn. It’s like she held her finger to the air, sensed all the things that can make life rotten, and cast them onto the pages. She made something quite beautiful out of all that ugly.

and by J.T. Dockery at the Atomics Book Blog, who said,

I became a big fan of Gfrorer's previous book, Flesh and Bone from Sparkplug Comics, after a few readings, and her new self-published mini is growing on me, or in me like some demonic presence, over the past few months. She makes seemingly simple, almost minimalist (but wonderfully rendered--she's a hell of an artist) comics, which are deceptively packed with lots of symbolic information. Rewarding work.

And finally, some friends of mine started up a publishing collective called Press Gang. If you read this interview with them all the way to the bottom you will find a preview page from my contribution to the upcoming Elfworld #3.

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