T-Shirt Art and Cal Moray Mini-Interview!
Cal Moray has designed an awesome T-Shirt for you guys and here is your first look at it! She will also be doing a fully colored Version for the fifth and final print!
I'm also conducting some Mini-Interviews with the artists as a way of letting you get to know them a little better. Here are Cal's answers to a few of my questions!
What is your favorite comic book?
That would definitely have to be Bone, by Jeff Smith. The visuals are stunning, but more importantly, the story is wonderfully engaging; it’s hard to put down. Another favorite, just for the visuals, Is Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke.
What got you into comics?
When I was studying animation in college, I took a class on comic books. Before that, I thought comics were just super heroes and “bam, biff, zoom!” The class introduced me to the graphic novel, something that I instantly fell in love with.
What excites you about comics?
Like animation, it allows you to tell a story in a unique way. You don’t have to rely on dialog – there are endless ways to convey emotion in a scene with only visuals. A great example would be Epileptic. There are just some things you can’t do with any medium other than comics.
What was your first professional art gig?
I was illustrating t-shirt designs to sell at comic and anime conventions. It put me in touch with a lot of the artists and professionals I know now. I actually met Nick after my very first convention in the summer of 2009.
How did you get involved in Monster Elementary?
Nick knew about my interest in graphic novels, so he approached me when he needed an artist for his short story, “Party Animal.” It was right up my alley.
What attracted you to the project?
The characters are endearing. I think most of us, especially us artists, experienced a time in our school years where we were the outsider, singled out for being weird or different. I think a lot of kids would really enjoy these stories.
Which Monster Elementary character is your favorite to draw?
Gilda is the cutest little thing. I wish I got the chance to draw her more.
Do you have any other projects you’d like to share? Final thoughts?
Just that I hope you all get a chance to enjoy the work that we’re doing. Thank you to everyone who has put faith into this project. Nick is a great writer with a story worth telling.