First Second Books is releasing a followup to their Eisner nominated anthology, Nursery Rhyme Comics. September 24th sees the release of Fairy Tale Comics, a collection of seventeen fairy tales adapted and illustrated by seventeen different cartoonists, including Raina Telgemeier, Brett Helquist, Cherise Harper, and Graham Annable. Annable was tasked with adapting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears for the comic. He graciously took a few minutes to answer our questions.
STR: How did you come to be involved with Fairy Tale Comics?
GA: I was contacted by my friend, Chris Duffy, who also happened to be the editor for Fairy Tale Comics.
STR: Did you choose the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, or was this something you were assigned?
GA: It was somewhat assigned but I was very happy to do it.
STR: What was your favorite part about working on this project?
GA: Trying to develop the whole thing without using words was challenging but also the most satisfying aspect of the project.
STR: Did you feel like people’s familiarity with the story helped you in creating your version of the story, or did it create new challenges?
GA: I think it definitely helped overall. Or at least I assumed it did. Now that you mention it maybe nobody’s been able to make heads or tails of this thing. (STR would like to note that, no, we had no difficulties making heads or tails of it! We loved the way straight lines and sharp angles were used to indicate the hardness of Papa Bear’s furniture, and curves and soft lines for Mama Bear’s!)
STR: Do you have a favorite piece in Fairy Tale Comics from another creator? If so, which story is it and why?
GA: I really enjoyed Luke Pearson’s “The boy who drew cats” a lot. I wasn’t familiar with the story before and its become a favorite of my 5 year old son’s. I absolutely love Pearson’s style of cartooning.
STR: What other projects are you working on at the moment?
GA: My life, as of late, has been solely devoted to co-directing the third animated feature from Laika studios, “The Boxtrolls”. I imagine it will continue to be that way until around September 2014 or so.
Check out the Trailer for the Boxtrolls:
Thanks to Graham Annable for taking time from his busy schedule to answer our questions. Fairy Tale Comics debuts September 24th. You can order your copy of Fairy Tale Comics here!