FERGUSON’S 7 QUESTIONS WITH… ANNA FITZPATRICK
Taking a breather from a busy con season and working on her successful Kickstarter project Koré to answer 7 questions is Anna Fitzpatrick.
What was the first comic work you did that was published?
Well, I am a dedicated self publisher, the first book I put together on my own would be the special printing of Between Worlds, my webcomic. (betweenworldscomic.com)
What is the biggest thing you have learned since that book?
I think mostly to pace myself better and rather than seeing it as a mountain that reaches the top as soon as it’s released, I have learned to see it as just a part of the bigger journey so to speak.
What’s your process for writing/drawing a comic book?
I like to try something new every time I draw a page or plan a chapter. As I work primarily on my webcomic, it’s an eternal process. It doesn’t have an end that is in sight as such, so I test out a new method every time I draw. I think, “how can I do better on this page than I did on the last” Sometimes I spend longer on pencils to build up stronger foundations, other times I concentrate on super tight inking or work to make my anatomy as close to perfect as I can get it. For the next page I might want to look at perspective, colouring, lighting. Sometimes I just jump straight into it as I would a painting, just building it up as I go on instinct. Comics is hard work, you draw the same people in the same places over and over again. I find that using each page as an opportunity to learn something new keeps it exciting.
What is the biggest influence on your work?
That’s actually a tough question. Honestly, my work at the moment is a refelction of what I feel is missing from the world, rather than a reflection of stuff that’s already out there, at least regarding the themes of my work. I like to focus on the kind of characters that don’t often get so much focus in the kinds of stories that I loved to read/watch/play etc. Such as, well, you know, women. So I’m very motivated by that. On the surface however, I fell for Japanese style art upon discovering Final Fantasy 7 when I was but a girl of …13? There are tons of FF7 references in Between Worlds as a matter of fact…
What are you working on right now?
Getting a job…
What do you have out now or coming out next?
My newest work is Koré, which is an experimental piece that I used to help find a way to understand my depression. One thing I’ve found when you’re a comic artist is, whenever people hear I’m a comic artist and that I have depression, the solution I kept getting told was “make a comic about it!” I find it a bit annoying that when you’re a comic artist, people keep on telling you to make comics about every bloody thing that happens to you, but in this I felt it was probably a good idea. And so there we have it.
What is your favourite Irish comic?
I loved The Shiznit by Bob Byrne when it was going. It ran while I was in college and I’d always be dead excited when a new one came out. It was class.