The first this week with a series of brief interviews with five or six, perhaps, lesser known Irish comixers attending the Dublin Zine Fair on 11-12th August. Hope for a countdown illustrating just how rich the zine scene is in supplying new and different comix.
Godot Waiting – Elida Maiques on the web folks!
Hi Elida, hope you’re well! I have to confess I’ve only seen your work over the last year or so, out of the corner of my eye. You seem to be in with all the hip kids and their trends. How would you introduce yourself and your work to someone pondering the mysterio SupaFast Building, location of the Dublin Zine Fair this weekend?
Although born in Spain, on the Mediterranean, my roots are growing deep in Ireland. First infected by the comic virus as a child, I started publishing my own in 1999, with my brothers.
My comics range from plain silly to poetic. I cannot sustain the poetic too long, it all becomes stoopid by page 2.
You’ve been to sell a few comics at festivals now. How’s your relationship with the customers been?
Fantastic, people in these fairs and festivals tend to be curious and more informed than myself, so you always learn something. It is also very cool to catch up with your fellow comic book creators.
Avalanche by Elida Maiques
Next weekend, what are you looking forward to most?
Meeting the gang of Irish comic book creators, selling a pile of SLOW 4, my new comic; hopefully buying Stray Lines if it is out yet, and taking home a small heap of brand new comics to read.
Godzilla is so sexy – Elida Maiques
How do I pronounce your surname?
Anything you’re dreading?
Losing my teeth, that would be dreadful.
Having done it before, with a hill and a bike, now I’m trying to quit that habit.
And finally – any message for the people out there, reading this, wishing that they too were a young, cool and sexy comics creator?
Hahaha. You just made my day.
I can only tell you what seems to work for me:
Don’t sit on your ideas; they grow better out there.
Just write and draw, sign your work and publish it proudly. Then do the the next one.
Cheers, Andy. [Update – Oh wait, I’m Andy. G o l d f i s h.]
Thanks to you, Andy, looking forward to seeing you in the Dublin Zine Fair!
Elida is a contributor to Romantic Mayhem, and the forthcoming Gods and Monsters of Tomorrow multi-media project with a bunch of other Irish comixers. You can see more of her pretty pics at http://elidamaiques.blogspot.com/
The image above is hyperlinked to the Zine Fair website. The questions in this interview were built from models supplied by London’s bounciest superhero, David Baillie.