Today, I present to you, an interview with Susie Gander.
I am a lover of creative arts from comics to films, musicals etc, one of the cliché people who hear a piece of music and immediately wants to draw from it 🙂 I am a huge Lara Croft fan and own a bearded dragon called Eugene.
What made you decide to be an artist and how long have you been drawing for?
I have always loved art and it just seemed the natural course at School, uni etc. It was the only class I could really focus on, my mind tended to wonder of or doodle in a maths class (hence my need for carrying a calculator lol !!) I have been drawing for about 15 years, with a Higher national diploma in art and design and a Bachelors of Honours in Animation Specialist.
Who are your biggest inspirations?
Micheal Turner is what drew me to comics, I am late to the comic world after seeing some Lara Croft art Micheal produced and was hooked after that, his detail and the way he draws emotion is awesome, so sad he passed away from cancer, one very talented man.
Tell us a little bit about Perry Winkle. What is the comic about?
Perry Winkle is the semi autobiographical comic about my recent battle with cancer – Hodgkin Lymphoma, the idea is to raise awareness of this cancer and Also as a way to help younger sufferers understand what happens, after a successful kickstarter we are sending print editions (being worked on now) to hospitals and care centres. Any remaining will be sold with 20% of funds going to charity, we are also extremely lucky to have award winning letterer Rob Jones on the project. 🙂
What are Perry Winkles superpowers?
Perry is your inner self, whatever power you would want to defeat cancer, she can create it, in this case, Perry can conjure up all sorts of weapons with a quick trick of the hands, accessorising for each fighting occasion, all matching her outfit of course, she wouldn't not coordinate.
I hate to bring up bad memories, but I understand that there was a personal reason for this comic’s creation. Can you tell us how it came about?
In Dec 2014 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (a type of blood cancer) located in my neck and mediastinum. I didn't really have a problem talking about what was happening but those who know me know I'm not the most eloquent of speakers, so I wanted to say it the way I knew how 🙂 art 🙂. It also acted as an outlet for me, like a creative therapy, it was out my head and on the paper
Where can people read it? Is there a website?
What were your aspirations for this comic?
For the comic to help people.
If it were made into a film, who would you get to play the staring role?
I think Chloe Grace Mortez, just for her portrayal of Hit Girl in kick ass, Perry is a similar fiesty nature, just a more PG version.
What other projects have you worked on?
I have worked with Will Turner and Dan Butcher on Reynard City and done some collab work on a Tomb Raider comic many years ago 🙂.
And finally, is there any advice you can give to anyone wishing to be an artist. Also, is there any advice you can give to people with your condition?
The answer to both is … just keep going, for every hard day, there will be a better one, “when fate shuts the door, climb in through the window” the Cancer even after remission will never leave you, it always there physically and mentally, you can fear or embrace it, don't let it define who you are, show it what you can do
Thank you Susie for a truely inspirational interview today! Make sure you guys check out Perry Winkle and support this amazing work.
Oh, and on a side note - you'll be pleased to hear that I've also commissioned Susie to help with a front cover for my soon to be released The Gothon Campaign novel. Below is a WIP of it.
I am very grateful for Susie for doing this cover for me, I can't wait to see how it looks!
Thanks for reading guys. Have a wonderful day.