Gabrielle Bell was recently interviewed by Alex Dueben on Comic Book Resources about her new book Truth is Fragmentary: Diaries & Travelogues. Here’s a taste of the interview:

Do you compose the diary comics differently from other comics?
Yes and no. I mean I try to use the comic format to telling a story and have a sort of punchline at the end. In that way I’m composing it as I would any short story, but using my own life as a template.
Are diary comics just a short compressed process of what you do in longer projects?
With fiction I have to pull stuff out of thin air. The diary stuff I already have the material and I just have to shape it into making it as palatable as possible. [Laughs] Like I’m working on "Siberia," which is posted every once in a while. That takes a lot of brainstorming and discussion because I’m collaborating [with Steven Thornton]. Basically it’s a lot of discussion and coming up with ideas and rearranging them. There’s a lot more work. I’m working on a couple of fictional things. It’s like I have nowhere to start, but with diary comics I definitely have a place to start.
In that sense is making a diary or travelogue comic easier?
Yeah. I can do it in my sleep now, I think. [Laughs] Not quite. It still stresses me out.


Check out the full interview and get the book here (now shipping!).

Gabrielle Bell was recently interviewed by Alex Dueben on Comic Book Resources about her new book Truth is Fragmentary: Diaries & Travelogues. Here’s a taste of the interview:

Do you compose the diary comics differently from other comics?

Yes and no. I mean I try to use the comic format to telling a story and have a sort of punchline at the end. In that way I’m composing it as I would any short story, but using my own life as a template.

Are diary comics just a short compressed process of what you do in longer projects?

With fiction I have to pull stuff out of thin air. The diary stuff I already have the material and I just have to shape it into making it as palatable as possible. [Laughs] Like I’m working on "Siberia," which is posted every once in a while. That takes a lot of brainstorming and discussion because I’m collaborating [with Steven Thornton]. Basically it’s a lot of discussion and coming up with ideas and rearranging them. There’s a lot more work. I’m working on a couple of fictional things. It’s like I have nowhere to start, but with diary comics I definitely have a place to start.

In that sense is making a diary or travelogue comic easier?

Yeah. I can do it in my sleep now, I think. [Laughs] Not quite. It still stresses me out.

Check out the full interview and get the book here (now shipping!).