DECOMPRESSED 027: BECKY CLOONAN ON BY CHANCE OR PROVIDENCE

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In this very special podcast, I’m joined by Eisner-award winner Becky Cloonan.

Becky’s career dances between what we could term the mainstream and what we could term the alternative, never resting, never finding a home, but never once seeming uncomfortable. I’ve loved her since the Jennie Zero graphic novel with Brian Wood, and never done anything to make me feel otherwise about her work. Today, we’re talking about her self-published trilology of short comics – Wolves, The Mire and Demeter, which are being collected into an expanded hardback under the name By Chance Or Providence.

However, I do warn you, This really is a very special podcast in a very real and not particularly complimentary way. The skype recording went amazingly haywire, randomly double-tracking Becky and losing me for ten minutes at a time, before returning to normal. I’ve actually done a massive editing job, re-interjecting questions and similar. It just about hangs together.

Just about.

The three minicomics are available to buy directly from Becky, as well as digitally through comixology . Also the expanded collection of all three is available to Pre-order presently.

You can download the podcast from here. Its webpage RSS page is here. And you can find it on Itunes here.

Or you could use this handy little embed.

Study Aids

WOLVES

Wolves Front Page
One of the front pages for Wolves. Immediately the mood is set. I love the complicity in the fourth-wall breaking.

Wolves title page
The first image of the story proper, and a flash forward.

Wolves page 2
The furthest-forward in time sequences.

Wolves 18 Panel
Close on the alternative art style for the flashback sequence to the earliest periods.

THE MIRE
The Mire Title Page
First image in the Mire. One bit I lost in the recording was talking about how the neutrality of this is very understated first time through the book, which alters with later knowledge. White space is key here.

The Mire Collage
The Mire Collage 2
The much-discussed collage/romance sequence.

DEMETER
demeter first image
The image in Demeter before the story. Way to set the mood, y’know?

Demeter Peering through window and SHHH
Dialogue behind windows.

Demeter shhhh
The segue from the shh of the sea to “Shush”.

THINGS MENTIONED?
Pre-order for By Chance Or Providence
Selkies!

Our theme tune? Los Campesinos’ We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed.