Starrytellers Interview: Alisha Jade
Interview with Alisha Jade
by Amy Maynard
The Australian Comics Journal has been celebrating the excellent anthology Starrytellers with creator profiles over the last week. Before today’s interview with the affable Alisha, check out the project’s Kickstarter campaign, with great stories and great prizes from a great bunch of gals. Now, rest your heels and read on as we discuss Alisha’s busy schedule, supporting women in comics and what would make a merrier world…
Ridiculous sappy lovers.
Tell us more about your work in comics – what books have you made, which events have you been a part of?
I’ve done a fair bit when I stop to think about it, but it never really seems that way when I’m working. I’m currently finishing book six of seven of my main series Seven, edited this anthology, done a myriad of minicomics that I am collecting next year and ran Minicomicon in February, with plans next year for a new comics event in Brisbane. I’m also licensing Manfried by Caitlin Major and working on another comic, Seeds of Svalbard with her now, and plan to do more as soon as time and finances allow. Oh and I run womeninauscomics.com.
If you could invite three lady cartoonists to dinner, alive or dead, who would you invite and why?
Probably Spike Trotman, who is super interesting and inspirational, Kate Beaton who makes just the most adorable comics, and if I could also have a translator for comfort, Ebine Yamaji, whose work carries so much soul in the storytelling and such wonderful line work.
What advice do you have for women and girls wanting to break into comics?
Just do it. There are lots of us who will support you in any way we can and you can make up your own rules – comics is freedom.
It’s an old superstition to wish upon a star. What would your wish be?
For more of us to value food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
For more on Alisha’s work, check out ohmycomics.com.
Also, for more on women in Australian comics, check out womenisauscomics.com.