Liz Prince and Amanda Kirk Talk About the "Supernatural Element" to Coady and the Creepies

We sat down with writer Liz Prince and artist Amanda Kirk to talk about Coady and the CreepiesCoady and the Creepies is about a touring punk band with a supernatural secret: one of their members is a ghost! Coady and the Creepies is a welcome, and spooky, addition to Free Comic Book Day 2017! 



(W) David Peterson, Sam Sykes, Liz Prince
(A) David Peterson, Selina Espiritu, Amanda Kirk
(CA) Kyla Vanderklugt

BOOM! Studios Summer Blast is jam-packed with three stories of mice, monsters, and one supernatural punk band. In an original Archaia short story of David Petersen's Mouse Guard, a pair of youngfurs learn a lesson from a grizzled guardmouse on what it means to be a hunter. Next, get a sneak peek of the upcoming KaBOOM! series Brave Chef Brianna. To prove herself as a great chef, Brianna starts her own restaurant... but the only town she can afford to set up shop in is Monster City! Finally, the Lumberjanes introduce your new favorite BOOM! Box series Coady and the Creepies. Coady and her sisters are members of a band heading for the gig of their lives... so long as no one realizes that Coady is actually a ghost! [ALL AGES]

Free Comic Book Day: Where did the inspiration for Coady and the Creepies come from? What themes will the book explore?

LIZ PRINCE: Coady and the Creepies was actually hatched after [Editor] Shannon [Watters] at BOOM! Box contacted me about developing a series based on a touring punk band. Kind of like Josie and the Pussycats, but that dealt with issues of identity (sexuality, gender, etc.). I really liked the idea of adding a supernatural element to the storyline, with one of the main characters being a ghost. There’s the added theme of what makes family, since the three band members are triplets.

What got you reading comics? What are some series you’re reading today?

LP: I got into comics through Disney books like Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck Adventures. It was a natural jump because comics combined my two favorite things—cartoons and books—into one, easily accessible medium. I don’t read as many monthly issue comics as I do graphic novels and self-published comic zines, but some of my favorite ongoing creators are Nicole J. Georges, Eleanor Davis, Kevin Budnik, Laura Park, Gabby Schulz, Alec Longstreth, Corrine Mucha, and a bajillion others. Honestly, I possibly own too many books (my husband thinks I DEFINITELY own too many books).

AMANDA KIRK: I started reading comics because my older brother was into comics and I wanted to be like him. When he would go to the mini-mart and buy mostly superhero titles, I’d get Archie, Harvey Comics, or horror comics. My parents were just glad to have us reading at all, so my dad always took us to the local comic shop when new stuff came out. When I got older I branched out into a lot of indie stuff and graphic novels. Evan Dorkin, Daniel Clowes, Andi Watson, Dame Darcy, Leah Corman, John Porcellino...  Right now, I have a toddler, so keeping up with single issues has been tough, but I’m hoping when she’s a little older we can get some kid-friendly titles for her and I to read together.

What books would you recommend to new readers and why?

LP: I always buy the new Lumberjanes collections when they come out, and I pass those along to younger readers like my niece or my friend’s kids, because it’s a series that is being published currently that packs humor, adventure, social issues, and supernatural/mythology stuff into one really fun storyline. I also find Jeff Smith’s Bone to be a great starting place for new readers, but I understand that it can be a little daunting because of the sheer size of that story.

AK: For new readers I second Liz on Lumberjanes, and for really young readers I like James Kochalka’s books for kid’s like Johnny Boo.

Why do you think Free Comic Book Day is important to the comic book community?

LP: FCBD provides an opportunity for hesitant readers to try out a new series with no risk (a.k.a. money) involved, brings new customers into local comic shops, and it also draws crowds that prove that comics really aren’t just for kids anymore.

AK: Free Comic Book Day is an awesome way to not only get people into their local shops and see what they have, but it’s such a great way to get people to see what is out there in terms of content. Maybe they think of comics as more for older kids and adults, and then get to sample stuff that skews well for their younger kids...or they are interested in the superhero titles and find something in a different format that really speaks to them.

Why do you think local comic shops are important to the comic book community?

LP: I grew up in comic shops, and it was vital to my discovery and love of the medium. Being able to browse the shelves and find comics that I might have never otherwise been exposed to was invaluable, and having a really great, friendly comic shop staff helped by giving me great suggestions for books that I should check out based on what I was already reading. My local comic shop also held art shows that were open to anyone to submit, which gave me an outlet for my very early comic art. (Thanks, Chris Diestler from Good Times in Santa Fe, NM!)

AK: Local comic book stores just offer a more personal way to get into titles and talk books with people who love them. While you can buy things online, it’s just not the same as browsing through shelves, or asking what’s good, or getting lost staring through boxes for a half hour.

Where do you plan to spend Free Comic Book Day 2017?

LP: I don’t have FCBD 2017 plans yet; I just moved to Portland, ME, from Somerville, MA, and I’m hoping to spend the day in my new city and see what kinds of things my local comic shops do to celebrate.

AK: I usually spend free comic book day with both my brothers (Hi Ryan! Hi Zack!) and we go to Austin Books and Comics in Austin, Texas. Then after we spend too much money there we get lunch together. FCBD has mostly been a family thing for us for years. Sometimes my parents come too, because all us kids live in different cities now, so FCBD is an excuse to hang out together.

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