What got you interested in comics? Any cartoonists that you look up to?
Clive: I was never really into comics growing up, but I started making them fairly early simply because it was kind of a logical next step for me – I read and drew voraciously when I was little. My first comics were really, really bad. Big stinkers. I learned the language of them a bit more in high school when I finally picked up a couple – I think the first comic I read was the manga Mushishi – and obviously a ton more in college. I think I sometimes still think more cinematically with comics than anything else because I’m not terribly well read, comics-wise. Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira became a big inspiration for me early in college. I follow more web comics than anything else, I’ve followed Madeline Rupert’s Sakana for years and years.
Can you tell us a little about your comic? How does it speak to the theme of the anthology (uncharted territory/unversed)?
Clive: My comic is set in the near future, and follows a woman travelling to the home of her ex-wife to clear it out after she has died suddenly. I really love difficult, peculiar situations that challenge the people within them – and that’s what the idea of unversed made me think of.
What was the inspiration behind your story?
Clive: Well, something a bit like this happened within my own family recently, but the circumstances were vastly different. I think that just got me thinking about it, and wondering what the experience was like for my family members who were more directly affected by it. There’s something so intimate and mysterious about going through somebody’s things after they’re gone that I couldn’t get it out of my head.
What challenges arose during the course of this project? Takeaways?
Clive: The biggest challenge for me was page count. I tend to pace things very slow, and I’m working on a longer project now where I can indulge that impulse fully. It took some real puzzling to get the story within ten pages, and was really frustrating at times. I think it was good for me to be forced to condense something, though. But if I’d just had two more pages….
Can we expect more comics beyond this project?
Clive: Oh yeah, I’m a certified comic boy. I don’t think I’ll ever stop making comics. My thesis project is the first chapter of a longer story, but I’m still kind of deciding whether or not I want to take the plunge and commit to it for the next couple of years after I graduate. I will probably end up posting it online regardless – look out for a web comic called Walker.