Monday, July 22, 2013
Over at THE LONG AND SHORTBOX OF IT!, I talked to English comicsmith Rachael Smith about her new comic”I AM FIRE,” which you can preorder here: 

JK: I forgot about take your son/daughter to work day! But I don’t think that it’s about work experience for the children so much as it is a chance for the parents to goof off for a day while showing off their kids to other people. It’s also something that parents only really do until their children stop being cute, probably around 10 years old. Sort of along the same lines, it seems like “I Am Fire” is really, about youth and age, or maybe about growing up. Did you set out to write a comic like that? Do you have anything in particular that you were trying to say?
RS: I don’t think I set out trying to say anything grand or put across a certain feeling…I wanted to create Jenny as a character and built everything around her really. Other inspiration came from a story I heard from a friend about how he had quite an elaborate fire drill at his office. Apparently once the fire alarm started going off he was leading a whole bunch of people down the fire exit stairs and, unexpectedly, there was a member of the building management staff with a sign that said ‘Fire.’ Realising that this was a test from the management on how they would deal with a real fire, my friend turned and explained to the person behind him. Unfortunately other people who couldn’t see the situation overheard him say the word ‘fire.’ Panic ensued. I don’t think they passed the fire drill.

Over at THE LONG AND SHORTBOX OF IT!, I talked to English comicsmith Rachael Smith about her new comic”I AM FIRE,” which you can preorder here

JK: I forgot about take your son/daughter to work day! But I don’t think that it’s about work experience for the children so much as it is a chance for the parents to goof off for a day while showing off their kids to other people. It’s also something that parents only really do until their children stop being cute, probably around 10 years old. Sort of along the same lines, it seems like “I Am Fire” is really, about youth and age, or maybe about growing up. Did you set out to write a comic like that? Do you have anything in particular that you were trying to say?

RS: I don’t think I set out trying to say anything grand or put across a certain feeling…I wanted to create Jenny as a character and built everything around her really. Other inspiration came from a story I heard from a friend about how he had quite an elaborate fire drill at his office. Apparently once the fire alarm started going off he was leading a whole bunch of people down the fire exit stairs and, unexpectedly, there was a member of the building management staff with a sign that said ‘Fire.’ Realising that this was a test from the management on how they would deal with a real fire, my friend turned and explained to the person behind him. Unfortunately other people who couldn’t see the situation overheard him say the word ‘fire.’ Panic ensued. I don’t think they passed the fire drill.