Hi there! I’m the new guy.
How long have you been a blogger?
Yash has recently told me that I’m the baby of the Book Wars team. Well, my blogging career is also baby-sized. I started putting up posts about the awesome things I find in comics on my own little blog last summer. So a little over a year!
At what point do you think you will stop?
When an alien pries some futuristic late 21st century laptop out of my cold dead hands.
What is the best part?
When you write a silly joke, put it online, and someone goes “hey, that silly joke is great!”
Also that time Rian Sygh liked the post about The Backstagers.
What is the worst part?
When you write a silly joke, put it online, and nobody goes “hey, that silly joke is great!”
How long does it take you to find/create pictures to use?
Finding pictures usually involves me perusing the comic and then scanning or taking a screenshot of it. Not long at all.
Who’s your book crush?
Always Kate Bishop.
What author would you like to have on your blog?
I’ve been a fan of Kate Leth’s work for a few years now. She has quite a bit of range, doing everything from very personal minis to writing for Marvel. I feel like she’s at her best when she does all-ages and YA comics like Boom’s Power Up, so I’d love to talk about that.
Hope Larson has been putting out great YA and kids comics for about 10 years now. I enjoy those, but I would mostly want to talk about how much I LOOOOVE her (adult) webcomic Solo.
Sarah Graley is a UK cartoonist who does wonderful diary comics and has recently started work on a Rick and Morty comic for Oni Press. However, I’m most excited for her original comic Kim Reaper that’s coming out next year. Sarah does amazing, hilarious work, and she’s bound to blow up one of these years. Good blow up that is, I really hope she doesn’t physically explode.
What do you wear when you write your blog?
Is this the question that reveals that I sit at home in the same clothes 24/7? Sweatpants, t-shirt, hoodie, Canucks jersey if there’s a game on. I wear jeans when I go to the nearby Starbucks to write. But I’ve been doing that less since a strange man showed me a photo of himself in the mountains and asked whether I would listen him because of said photo. I have a sticker that says “I only listen to The Mountain Goats” on my laptop, and he didn’t know they were a band. Much confusion ensued.
How long does it take you to prepare a post?
A few hours of writing + several days of telling myself I should really write that post.
How do you feel about the book blogger community/culture?
Not sure if I’m particularly qualified to answer this. I feel like comics websites/blogs often focus on the parts that are wrong with a comic rather than the positive aspects of it. That’s the reason I tend to do the opposite and tend to gravitate to people who do similar things. It’s infectious to read positive things.
While there’s certainly room for constructive criticism, I’m not into seeing people trash comics for the sake of it, which is what happens far too often.
What do you think one should do to have a successful blog?
Use appropriate gifs, make great jokes, have a contributor named Yuriy? Honestly, I’m even less qualified to answer this question than the previous one.