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!).