Sarah Graley On the Cuteness That Is Kim Reaper

first_img If you haven’t fallen in love yet, prepare to fall in love with the cuteness that is Kim Reaper. Created by powerhouse cutie Sarah Graley, Kim Reaper is a comic that will leave you with your heart bursting from the seams. The first volume carries relatable queer characters, witty humor and a downright infectious story that will leave you smiling from ear to ear.Geek had the chance to talk with Sarah between her busy schedule to discuss what inspired Kim Reaper, what she’d do if she took a job in the underworld and a spooky/fun place her and her partner Stef enjoy.Kim Reaper is one of the dream comics I wish I read as a teenager, but I’m so happy many get to read now, especially as queer comics expand. Can you tell us some of your inspirations for creating these queer cuties with booties? What comics did you love growing up that had queer characters if any?The idea for Kim comes from a goofy dream I used to have about being a grim reaper, and Becka is the manifestation of all things good and great that I love! I read a handful of comics as a kid, but mainly watched a lot of cartoons growing up, which were really lacking in queer characters! Booo!Becka and Kim are two opposite cuties that are ultimately perfect for each other. While developing the comic were there any couples you looked up to for inspiration for them? Are these cuties meant to be forever?I hope they’re forever! I think communication is really important in a relationship, and even though it’s totally my fault as the writer, Kim and Becka have some hardships they have to face and some meanies they’ve gotta battle! But they talk things out and that’s what makes them such a strong pair.via Oni PressYour art is truly one of a kind. It’s so fun and energetic, and every expression is hilarious. What inspires your art? Did you look up to any particular artists, writers, etc.? How long did it take you to develop your own personal style?Thank you! My personal style just came from playing with aspects of other styles I liked at the start, and then it just started evolving as I’ve gone along. I really love Natasha Allegri’s work (Bee and Puppycat, Fionna and Cake), her expressions are flawless and her writing is so captivating and fun.The first comic I ever picked up of yours was Pizza Witch. I was absolutely blown away by the writing. It’s unlike anything in comics, and your quirky and comedic voice carries over to all your comics. How do you come up with the unique dialogue? Do you write what you know and how you talk? Or span from different sources?Aw shucks! A lot of my writing comes from real life experiences — I like to slip in little bits and pieces of goofy things that have happened to me or people I’m close to into stories I’m writing. I guess I also talk how my characters talk!Of all your characters, which character(s) do you adore drawing and writing for the most? Is there one that you relate to more than others?That’s like asking me who my favorite child is!!! …And the answer to both is Becka, hahaha.via Oni PressKim Reaper has the awesome pleasure of being apart of the True Colors campaign! How did you feel about Kim Reaper being part of the remarkable cause? Those Valentine’s are absolutely adorable!I’m so happy to be able to do something for this great cause! It was the idea of my wonderful editor, Ari Yarwood. She is a total delight to work with and I’m so happy we get to make these comics together and contribute to this campaign, too.Can you give us a peek into Kim Reaper’s future? (*strong kitty eyes*)I don’t want to give anything away, but maybe she gets into a spot of spooky bother. Maybe!! Or maybe she goes on holiday? She might pet a cool dog. Possibly someone puts cookies in her bed? Anything could happen when you’re working part-time for Death.Do you and Stef have your own favorite spooky/fun favorite place to take each other?The SOFA! Nah, um. We’ve been traveling a lot lately for comic shows, so we’ve been exploring lots of new places which has been really fun. We recently hung out in Washington DC, and we’ll be going to Seattle, Chicago, and Canada soon. I’m really looking forward to Canada! I want that poutine. I guess the spookiest place we ever go is the cinema, when I can convince Stef to watch a horror movie with me. I’m too chicken to watch them on my own.If you had to take a job in the underworld? What would it be? Would you be a grim reaper? Or something different?I’d be hell’s resident comic-maker, of course!via Oni PressThank you so much for chatting with Geek! Can you tell us what’s next for you? Are there any projects, con appearance, etc. we can look forward to? Also, can you let our readers know where they can find you? (Via social media, website, etc.) :DI’m guesting at Emerald City Comic Con this March and C2E2 in April, everybody please come visit me! I’m also currently working on my graphic novel ‘Glitch’ for Scholastic/Graphix, and the second arc of ‘Kim Reaper’ which is coming out later this year! You can find out more about me at sarahgraley.com, which lists all my upcoming comic appearances/projects/your Sarah Graley related news. Thank you for the super fun questions!Kim Reaper Vol.1: Grim Beginnings is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Marvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000Can Even Jonathan Hickman Save the X-Men? Stay on targetlast_img

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