INTERVIEW: CARTOONIST LUCY KNISLEY TALKS MARRIAGE, FOOD, AND ARTISTIC INSPIRATION
By Patrick A. Reed
Lucy Knisley is a long-time favorite of ours here at ComicsAlliance – she’s produced an astoundingly diverse body of work that includes travelogue comics, pop-culture commentaries, NSFW sex-positive prints, Harry Potter fan art, Adventure Time stories, and is probably best-known for Relish, her acclaimed “cooking memoir” graphic novel from First Second books.
Last month, First Second announced her next original graphic novel, an autobiographical wedding planning story entitled Something New. While at San Diego Comic-Con last month, we got the chance to sit down with Kinsley and talk about her artistic inspirations, her thoughts on attending the convention, and her recent and upcoming works.
CA: In these books, when you’re trying to tell real-life stories but present them in a compelling way, to what degree do you actually end up fictionalizing the autobio?
LK: Everything’s edited, of course, but I’m mostly pretty honest. I’m trying not to exaggerate in my work these days.
CA: But do you ever have to, say, combine different people into a single character in order to sharpen the narrative?
LK: Oh, in the high school book that I’m working on, definitely — to try and make it make more sense. Sometimes I’ll change names to protect the innocent, but I have a very, very understanding fiancé who’s very excited to be featured in my work. So that helps, as we’re basically two of the only characters in the whole story. But when it comes time to write about my mother’s involvement with my wedding planning, that could be a touchy subject… we’ll see how it goes.