“How I Made the World,” is an intriguing title, don’t you think? It happens to be the title for a series of comics about Liz, a college student and writer who expresses herself in true epic glory, like any young person should. Now, this is most assuredly a SERIES, not a ONE-SHOT. There may have been a bit of confusion regarding this since the Diamond Previews catalog, the monthly bible for all comics retailers and regular comics buyers, has given the “one-shot” label to this series. Okay, now that we have that cleared up, here is an interview with the creators. It was a pleasure to get to chat for a bit with Liz and Randy.
The takeaway I got from our conversation is that, like the title suggests, Liz is building her world, her life. As she narrows down what it is she is looking for, she is editing away. This act will cause some hesitation. This process of editing will even be painful. What parts of yourself do you edit out?
I think Plourde has crafted a wonderful platform to give voice to her own journey and to speak in general. The character “Liz” in this series is a fiction, only partly autobiographical. And Plourde has found a kindred spirit with the series illustrator, Randy Michaels. In fact, as she describes, they have both been helping each other out creatively for quite some time. Michaels sounds uniquely to be right in tune with where this series is headed, a story made up of moments, interconnected and fascinating to dissect.
The world of college is a perfect microcosm of the world-at-large. In that world, a young person can play with a sense of place at a pretty intense level. The art building at night can become a mighty fortress of solitude. Even a parking lot, as Plourde states, can take on greater significance.
The first issue of “How I Made the World” will be on sale on June 25, 2014. You can pre-order up to April 23. Keep an eye out for this one. It will be quite interesting to see this develop.
You can listen to the interview by clicking the link below. We experienced just a tad of tech failure leaving out our final goodbyes. However, all is well:
Visit the HOW I MADE THE WORLD website here.