What got you interested in comics? Any cartoonists that you look up to?
Seaerra: My first experience with comics was as a kid were Archie comics. My mom would buy them for me whenever I was sick and it was totally awesome. I always loved to draw and tell stories and the comics format totally blew my mind. I still have pages of crudely drawn Betty and Veronica comics stashed in my parent’s basement. As I got older I bonded with my stepdad over his insane collection of superhero comics. That was really an entry into so many of the indie comics I really love today like Emily Carroll and Vera Brosgol.
2. Can you tell us a little about your comic? How does it speak to the theme of the anthology (uncharted territory/unversed)?
Seaerra: My comic follows two best friends in high school on their way to a New Year’s Eve party in 1994. As the night progresses it’s revealed that one of the friends is moving and it’s really about figuring out how you’re gonna navigate that scary world without your support system. When you’ve defined yourself as part of a duo how do you move forward as an individual?
What was the inspiration behind your story?
Seaerra: I really based this comic on the experience I had leaving my best friend when I moved to Portland from Wyoming to go to college. She and I met in 3rd grade and discovered we pretty much have the same brain. We kinda did everything together to the point where people knew we were Kelsey and Seaerra but they didn’t know which one was which. I had a ton of guilt and fear about leaving her behind when I decided to go to art school. Looking back now I think it was a really good experience for the both of us, but at the time it was totally terrifying. That experience really seemed to fit with the theme of this anthology.
PS don’t worry we still talk every day.
What challenges arose during the course of this project? Takeaways?
Seaerra: Page count was for sure my biggest challenge. I had a lot of story to tell and I felt I needed a lot of pages to try to be funny. Ten pages goes really fast and then it’s a bummer when you have to limit the number of Keifer Sutherland jokes you can make.
Can we expect more comics beyond this project?
Seaerra: Yes!! I have so many more Keifer Sutherland jokes to tell.