(we’re delighted to present this Q&A with Faith Erin Hicks in honor of this week’s publication of a mass market edition of her first graphic novel with us, Brain Camp!)
What’s your protagonist’s favorite flavor of ice cream and why? What’s your own favorite flavor of ice cream?
I’m going to say Lucas probably likes something gross like bubblegum because you get both ice cream and gum (so bonus candy), and Jenna likes something classic like chocolate, because she’s nerdy like me and chocolate’s my favourite.
Which literary character would you fall in love with if they existed outside of the pages of books?
Can I pick a comic character? Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist. So hot. So tragic. So loyal. So hot. Did I mention he was hot?
What book would you take with you to a desert island?
Yikes, I’m not sure. I’d probably want to take my three favourite comic series: Bone by Jeff Smith, Pluto by Naoki Urasawa and Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa.
Flight or invisibility?
Flight! So exercise would finally be fun.
What was your favorite book as a kid?
Hm, I think it was a dead heat between the Chronicles of Prydain and the Vesper Holly books, both by Lloyd Alexander. Both series had action, adventure and awesome girls who kicked butt.
What was the last book you read?
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner, the fourth book in her fantasy series about warring (or at least conspiring) kingdoms. That sounds really bland, but I love these books. They have great characters who are never what they seem.
What food goes perfectly with your novel?
No one should eat while reading this comic, because this comic is SUPER GROSS. You will lose your lunch.
What’s your favorite word?
What literary character should your readers use as a basis for their mental picture of you?
I have no idea. I’m literally stumped by this. I mean, I know characters that I’d like to be, but they’re definitely not like me at all. I’ll get back to you on that.
You have one chance to convert someone into a book lover. What book do you give them?
Bone by Jeff Smith. No one can resist its charms.
What literary character is your favorite Halloween costume?
I’m bad at Halloween. The last time I dressed up I was Superhero Girl, who’s my own character from a comic I draw. So I guess Superhero Girl?
What’s your favorite part of a book?
I like the part just past the middle when the action really gets going and I’m a lot more familiar with the chracters, so I’m really rooting for them to save the day or whatever. Any part of the book with a lot of action or drama is my favourite part.
What animal would your daemon (or patronus) be?
A sloth. Because I’m always tired and hanging from trees and making weird “eek!”ings noises when I want to be fed.
What’s the first book you remember reading?
I learned to read on Asterix and Tintin comics. My dad would go to work and I wouldn’t want to wait until he came home for him to read them to me, so I started reading them myself. Probably explains why I’m a cartoonist.
If you and your main character went on an adventure together, where would you go? Would it be fun?
I think Jenna and I would have an incredibly informative time at various museums. It would look boring to other people, but I love museums and would enjoy the heck out of our trip. PS. I’m boring. I’m sorry!
What would a reading tree house designed just for you look like?
First off, it would be someplace where it always rains, so I’d never look out the window and see a nice day and feel badly for being indoors. It would also have an English version of Silver Spoon by Hiromu Arakawa, because I’m dying to read that and it’s still not legally available. And pillows. Lots and lots of pillows. Also a few cats. And someone to vacuum because cat hair gets everywhere.
Who’s your favorite author?
Just one? That’s mean, I can’t pick just one. I’ll list a bunch. Rainbow Rowell, Jeff Smith, Maggie Stiefvater, Naoki Urasawa, Megan Whalen Turner, Lloyd Alexander, Diana Wynne Jones, Hiromu Arakawa. I could never pick just one.
If you could meet one now-deceased author or illustrator, who would it be?
Lloyd Alexander. He’s the reason I decided to tell stories for a living, so it’d be nice to thank him. Or yell at him, whichever.