Name: Kate Larking
Type of Creator: Writer
List your work: Crash and Burn comic
Comic Website: http://www.cb-comic.com
Writing Blog: http://www.anxietyink.com
Author Website: http://www.katelarking.com
What was the first comic you read?
I started out addicted to manga–and I still am. The first one I every read was Magic Knight Rayearth by CLAMP.
What inspired you to make comics? A specific story? Writer? Artist?
I started as a prose writer. I have always been told that my writing has a graphic quality and translates very well visually. When a new friend, Finn Lucullan, was looking for a writer, I volunteered that information. Now I’m stuck.
What do you like about comics? What is it about them that interests you? Inspires you? Moves you?
I love the accessibility of comics. It is a medium that can be shared easily and readers con quickly immerse themselves in the stories. The best thing about comics is that they allow readers to participate with the narrative more than prose or animation. Thoughts and motivations of characters are veiled in layers of dialogue choices, artistic choices, paneling choices, and se-quence choices. Readers can read quickly to experience the story and then revisit, take their time deciphering each layer and see the depth of work involved.
What is the most important thing people need to know about comics?
Manga and comics are not mutually exclusive. You can enjoy both without worrying about the seeming divide between the two.
What comic would you recommend to a first-time reader?
If you’re reading comics for the first time, I’d recommend you ask your friends to recommend one. If you don’t have friends into comics, I’d go to a library or a comics store and ask around. Then, take your time to read a few pages to help you identify what catches your attention and interest. I don’t have a one-size-fits-all recommendation because comics and manga are so much more varied than that.
As a writer, pen or keyboard?
First drafts are on the computer. Then I print what I have and break it down into pages that flow well. Then I refine my dialogue so it is as sharp as possible while conveying the most about the character and the situation. Things I edit out of dialogue will have points for art direction to convey the subtler things.
What’s the first thing you do when you sit down to work? Do you have a routine?
First, I yell at the artist that I’m getting to work so they need to stop harassing me. Just kidding–almost. I set up at my desk with tea and my on-ear headphones. Sometimes I play music, sometimes I just wear them to block out distractions. I tend to binge write once I get into the zone.
Who is your favourite comic character?
Other than characters I’m working with, my favourite character is Urd from Oh! My Goddess by Fujishima Kosuke
Future projects you are working on/would like to work on:
I am currently working on several novels, mostly speculative fiction (soft science fiction and fantasy). I also write marketing books for fiction writers as that is where my education background lies.