Interview with Samantha Calcraft
by Amy Maynard
The Australian Comics Journal has been celebrating the excellent anthology Starrytellers with creator profiles each day. Before today’s interview with the sunny Samantha, 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 having a web presence, world peace, and the greatest dog in the world…
Tell us more about your work in comics – what books have you made, which events have you been a part of?
Most of my publically available comics are 24-HR comics – I’ve done at least one every year since 2012 (in 2015 I made two! One with the Brisbane event and one with the Perth group later in the year). I’m quietly working on some long form stuff, too, but I want to surprise everyone with a big finished chunk of comics all at once so I don’t talk about it much. I’ve been to a lot of Aussie conventions like Supanova and Oz Comic Con and also smaller events such as Brisbane’s Indie Comics and Zine events, ZICS and MiniComicon. They’re really great for networking with local comic people and I’ve made a lot of excellent friends that way.
If you could invite three lady cartoonists to dinner, alive or dead, who would you invite and why?
Oh man, tough question. The obvious answer is three local friends and we’d have an awesome time but that’s a cop out so… I’m going to say Jen Wang, Dylan Meconis and Der Shing. I’m a long time admirer of each and everyone one of them. I have no idea if they’d get along at a dinner party.
What advice do you have for women and girls wanting to break into comics?
I don’t think there’s such a thing as “break into” comics. You just… make comics. Or not. If you want to “break into” working for a big publisher regularly, well, I think that’s a waste of time, to be honest. They’re not the ones producing the work I find interesting at the moment. That’s me, though. There’s a lot of paths. I will say that I think creating a solid body of work is the most important thing. Have a web presence for people to find. We passed over hiring several artists on Starrytellers simply because they were difficult to contact.
It’s an old superstition to wish upon a star. What would your wish be?
Let’s ignore world peace and riches and bringing back the dead – all the boring answers. Either more time in my day or supernatural longevity for my dog, the most beautiful dog in all the land.