As readers, we use stories as mirrors (seeing ourselves) and windows (seeing others), but often forget about how the act of creating those stories can impact the artist. This is especially true of underrepresented creators, who may uncover pieces of their identity while writing about someone else. In today's post, we're highlighting graphic novelist Alison Wilgus, creator of a new graphic novel duology, Chronin.
What's it like to write about a grim reaper attending college and falling in love? What's it like to draw super cute artwork that also manages to be super gothy? What cake would you bring into the underworld?
Nicola R. White digitally stopped by to answer some questions I had about her comic, Wild Rose, which is currently funding Issue 2 (out of 6) on Kickstarter!
We got to talk to Gina Biggs! If you've been around the site for a while, you know that I listed her webcomic, Love Not Found, in my Best Romance Comics of 2017 post, and that her subscription site, Filthy Figments, gets all sorts of praise in my NSFW Comics piece. So when I asked Gina if she'd answer some questions, I had to rein in my fangirl impulses. You tell me... did I manage?
If you've been following Love in Panels for a while, you know that I adore the comic Sunstone. It's an f/f BDSM love story that unfolds over five volumes. It's funny, sexy, and totally gorgeous. In fact, it was on our Best Of 2017 List.
Sunstone is so popular that not only is Stjepan Šejić continuing the story with a new pairing in Mercy, but publisher Top Cow is also putting out two other series that are loosely connected to the Sunstone universe.
Swing, out in May (digital, print is June) is first up, and I've read a preview. It's really good. You're going to want to pre-order this thing, I promise. (You can do that here: digital, print.)
Spinning off from the universe of Sunstone comes a slice of life romantic story about a couple trying to regain the sexual energy from the beginning of their relationship by swinging with other couples. An emotional journey of two people fighting to stay in love.
You can see some preview pages over here!
Sugar comes out in July, and I haven't seen a preview but have already got it pre-ordered because of reasons. "Whoops, we fell in love!" is one of my favorite tropes ever. You can pre-order it here!
A companion book to both Sunstone and Swing, Sugar is about a couple who embark on a relationship that starts as more of an arrangement and ends with them falling in love...but that love has consequences! Julia works three jobs and is trying to finish college in her early 20's. John is recently divorced, still stinging from that breakup and trying to start anew. Neither has ever done anything like this before and the emotional swings they face challenge what could be a perfect match.
Top Cow's Matt Hawkins was on Twitter a few months ago, talking about how hard it is to write romance comics, and I immediately thought "I need to interview this guy."
So hey, here's the interview!
Swing and Sugar are both connected to the Sunstone universe. How did the books come about?