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What's next for Moxie.

Were 8 days away from the end of our campaign with $506 of the $3700 needed to make Moxie a reality...

Occam's Razor were not going to hit our goal, but that does not mean were going to drop this dream of a new kind of anthology and everything else that would follow with it. Were learning from our mistakes, licking our wounds, and promising we will be back with a completed book and a lower goal among other things. It was a good rush coordinating the team and making things happen and all I can think about now is doing it better than before. 

We will be in touch and notify you through this project page once were going to launch the next Kickstarter campaign. If you were enjoying the interviews they will continue on the new page and I will re-post the old ones for you too. If it's not too much, can I ask of you to spread the word of mouth as we plan to do a better campaign.

Thank you everyone for your support and we will be back!

Sincerely,

Serhend Sirkecioglu and everyone else at Moxie!

Meet the Cartoonists 4/7: Shawn Prairie

Here's number four of our ongoing series of interviews conducted by AACRO. This week: Shawn Prairie!

AACRO
So where did it all begin for you as a cartoonist? When did comics hook you with its siren song?

Shawn Prairie I think it started as a little kid like most. I got my hands on any comic I could, and for me mostly it was movie franchise tie ins haha


AACRO So what films fueled your imagination during those times?

SP I'd definitely have to say the alien films had a huge influence on me back then, I really loved to draw monsters from that point on.

AACRO It's interesting that you say Alien, cause H.R Giger is a really technical artist and while at HCC you were just the epitome of that sans the neo-gothic imagery. From when I first met you to now, your work has changed in almost a drastic way. your comics now have a kinetic undertone to them. The technical hand is still there, but now shares the spotlight with this "splattercore" inking. what steered you in that direction?

SP I'd have to say my discovery of Ashley Wood's work. I always thought up to that point a comic had to fall into the very strict guidelines in order to be correct. But upon seeing his artwork, it showed me that there were more avenues to be explored within the media. So I began to color outside the lines so to speak.

AACRO Yeah, that seems to be common liberating point among other cartoonist I talk to, realizing there are no rules and you do what you like or comes natural to you. So can you tell me what materials you use outside the lines now?


SP A combination of specialized pens with different nibs, as well as ink wash and some charcoal. I can't forget my baby the white out pen.

AACRO So to wrap up, what did you put together for the fine folks who'll be reading Moxie?

SP A story about a teacher/assassin and the hilarity that ensues when a student whose father is a mob boss threatens him over a failing grade. As well as a story about a girl being dragged into a monster mental hospital.

To finish things off this is Shawn's premium shirt design! you can pick from this among others with a $80 or more pledge! 

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Meet the Cartoonists 3/7: AACRO

This interview with AACRO was conducted by Lucretia Hoagland. All interviews will be included in Moxie 01 along side each contributors submission. Enjoy!

  • Lucretia Hoagland So, we might as well being as these all do. What made you take the plunge?
  • AACRO It was in middle school, where a friend and I made these Pokemon "doujinshi". I wrote them and he drew them. They were initially for just us, then people in class were passing them around and we started making more of them and eventually I was drawing with him too to keep pace with the demand. It was a weird comic where Ash had a long lost brother who was a Were-Scyther. I think my friend still has them. Later In high school I got back into it when a friend did not put me in one of his fan fictions and I lied saying I put him in mine and spun up a convoluted story and drew the comic over the weekend. They laughed at my bad drawings and from then on it was an obessesion with comics.
  • LH So you got into comics by making them. That's cool. I know you have rather high standards and eclectic taste. What would you say is your largest inspiration these days?
  • AACRO Yeah looking at my comics past it was a big yet gradual change from the "bright eyed otaku" to the "comics purist", but right now in terms of inspiration it's been more revisiting genres I was at one point "done with". I'm rereading manga from Garo right now like the Legend of Kamui. Also been reading George Herriman's Krazy Kat and some European stuff like Igort. Castle Waiting is a new favorite too.
  • LH Many of us from your year seem to have gone through that otaku phase. Coming out of it seems to be a right of passage haha. I guess we have all learned something over the years. You've obviously learned a lot too. What would you say is the most important thing you've learned about being a cartoonist or cartooning in general.
  • AACRO Clarity, that was a big thing I took from SVA. When I was in Klaus Janson's class and volunteered my work to be critiqued, that's all I heard and it became something I initially resisted cause I felt it "being obvious" and taking the storytelling and wonder out of comics. By summer I realized I was wrong and started looking at comics and film for those moments of clarity and how they ferried you through the story. Perhaps as a result of examining the core elements of story-telling my work has become more simplified. Before SVA I was much more ornamental and biomorphic with repeating patterns and such...too much Klimt I suppose.
  • LH Part of that is getting out of your own head isn't it? Let's step backwards and take a look inside your head though. What are your tools of the trade?
  • AACRO Yeah, it's realizing that cartooning is much more empathetic and in some ways a populist art form. In terms of tools, it's Brush, Ink, and Pencils, and Pens. Color-wise it's watercolor, gouache, and watercolor pencils. Sometimes i'll take up a new medium to see what I can do with it comics wise, I've been wanting to try out encaustic or return to some older experiments with 3D comics but that'll have to wait for some time.
  • LH Your 3D comics were some of your best work. Your Charge of the Light Brigade was great. Enough about the past though. Let's talk about the future. What do you have for the readers of Moxie?
  • AACRO I have three stories: The first is called "I Hate You" which is a story about the aftermath of a high school fight. The second is "The Burning Dog", a harsh fairy tale from a harsh land. The third is called "Adventure Story" It about a boy and girl's adventure.

And now Here's AACRO's premium shirt design! you can select from His or any of the other designs by the Moxie cartoonists for a $80 pledge or more!

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Meet the Cartoonists 2/7: Tara Hayes

Here's the second of a series of interviews conducted by AACRO. These interviews will be featured in Moxie 01 alongside the respective cartoonists work.

AACRO So what made you want to become a cartoonist? What was that moment where you said "This is my calling."

Tara Hayes I think it started when I was younger because I loved telling stories with pictures and when I was I figured out that comics were a thing. Manga like most 90s children made my want to pursue making comics as a career though.

AACRO Your work, for a second-wave otaku(I use term in a more general manner for the anime/manga fandom) is less mangaesque and more reminds me of 90's Nickleodeon animation. I'm curious in what were those earlier comics influences and what was the point where you drifted away from manga?

TH I gave up the manga style fairly quickly towards the end of high school. I loved manga like Yu Yu Hakusho, Shaman King, and Pokemon Adventures so I tried to emulate those styles. though the results of my drawings always felt stiffer than what I wanted.I wanted to find my own voice in the art world. After allot of self reflecting I found that i liked the styles in show like AHHH Real Monsters and Ed Edd and Eddy even though they were animated. I didn't get my hand on any American comics until sophomore year of college since the borders in my town only had DC/Marvel (I liked the animated shows DC/Marvel produced but I never felt the impulse to buy any until college) or Manga.

AACRO The one aspect you really shine in as a cartoonist has been color.Since Moxie is in black and white, has the limited pallet been a gift or curse for you in working on your moxie submission?

TH I do miss working with color but I liked the challenge that moxie gave me to make my story telling clearer and my inking became stronger as well from it. So it was a gift.

AACRO The last time I recall, you were mostly working in brush. Have your tools changed much post-SVA and if so is there any new tools/techniques your toying around with?

TH I still love the brush most but I do go in with a nib for tinier details and more structural backgrounds.

AACRO So to wrap up, what did you put together for Moxie? 

TH I made a story about two girls who get stuck in fairy land while one is looking for her father. They have to tell the fairy creatures stories they haven't heard before to get him back. 

So now that you got to know a little bit about Tara, here's her Max and Roxie shirt design! you can get a Max and Roxie shirt with a $80 pledge.

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Meet the Cartoonists 1/7: Lucretia Hoagland

This is the first of six interviews by AACRO with each of the contributors of Moxie 01. These interviews will be included in Moxie 01 along side each contributors submission.

[NOTE: Kickstarter's WP was being a difficult and would not let me properly space it, which is why it has bullet points. Occum's Razor, the rest are going to be posted like this.] 

  • AACRO: So let's start with the standard question. What made you want to become a cartoonist? What led you to comics?
  • Lucretia Hoagland: When I was a kid my dad showed me Astro Boy on some old VHS tapes he had. I asked to watch it almost every time I saw him and when I found out just what Osamu Tezuka did, I decided I wanted to make comics.
  • AACRO: For as long as I've known you Osamu Tezuka has been a key-stone in your cartooning influences. Since then, who else have you picked up along the way as an Influence post-SVA?
  • LH: There's quite a few. I recently read Bakuman and while I don't find the drawing style to be something I'd want to emulate, I find the love of manga/comics to be refreshing and it reminded me of why I wanted to do this in the first place. Outside that, I recently discovered my love of 1970's animation Heavy Traffic and Coonskin made me really want to try things I've never done before.
  • LH: I don't think I'd want to be quite that raunchy but I found those two movies to be fascinating.  
  • AACRO: Yeah I can't imagine you being that raunchy either, but you do have moments of macabre. I remember your little match girl comic and its reveal, not to mention your senior portfolio comic which had some light body horror. They sort of remind of Junk Mizuno, but less graphic and flat and more...limber and refined.
  • LH: I like drawing gore but nudity is not something I enjoy drawing.
  • AACRO: Which you do with a really technical hand. Whether it's brush or nib, it's very impressive especially your cross-hatching. Do you prefer one over the other?
  • LH: I always ruin my supplies so I ruin them both quickly. I prefer a brush because I am very light handed and it's hard for me to use a nib to get line variation.
  • AACRO: So what do have for the readers in the first of many(hopefully) volumes of Moxie?
  • LH: It's a little story called Jim. It's a comedy about an elf that hates sweets but he lives in a world made of sweets! He can't stand anyone but everyone is so nice it frustrates him.

And here's Lucretia's Max and Roxie shirt design! You can get this with a $80 pledge or greater.

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