Friday, October 12, 2012
Meet Two Local Cartoonists: Barb Fischer and Chris Impink of Studio Unseen
Barb Fischer and Chris Impink are webcomics creators who have worked on two long-running webcomics strips. On their Studio Unseen website, they describe their respective roles: "Barb Fischer does the writing as well as merchandise assembly and convention spotting; when not plotting out the nuts and bolts of Sledgebunny, she takes care of her nine-year-old son which gives her just enough time in the day to take one or two breaths before plunging back into the fray. At some point, she’s hoping to find the time to use up the boxes and boxes of fabric she owns. Chris Impink does the artwork and web design; he has been featured in Antarctic Press and did much of the graphic work forThe Babylon Project role-playing game. Additionally, his work has been featured at various conventions such as Katsucon, Technicon, and Rising Star. He is also mildly notorious for co-founding Katsucon, though his team of spin doctors has kept that under wraps for many years. In his rare moments of free time, Chris works with the crew from Super Art Fight, running the Wheel of Death and notching up wins on the championship belt." I met them at Intervention con this year and they agreed to answer my usual questions.
ComicsDC: What type of comic work or cartooning do you do?
ComicsDC: What is your training and/or education in cartooning?
Chris: While I have a degree in graphic design, my training in cartooning is largely self-taught.
ComicsDC: Who are your influences?
Barb: Monty Python, Terry Pratchett, the Marx Brothers, and Joss Whedon.
ComicsDC: If you could, what in your career would you do-over or change?
Barb: We'd be a bit more aggressive in marketing ourselves; we tend to be a bit quiet.
ComicsDC: What work are you best-known for?
Chris: Fragile Gravity, because I stuck with the project for seven years.
Chris: To revisit "The Vince Posthumous Files", which was a story-within-a-story in our last comic.
ComicsDC: What do you do when you're in a rut or have writer's block?
Chris: Content delivery is being changed so much by tablets and smartphones that it's difficult to predict, but clearly comics will drift further away from traditional forms.
ComicsDC: What local cons do you attend ? The Small Press Expo, Intervention, or others? Any comments about attending them?
Barb: Intervention, Katsucon, Otakon, Anime USA, Balticon -- and that's just the ones in the DC metro area. We're very lucky that there are so many choices for fans here.
ComicsDC: . What's your favorite thing about DC?
Barb: The fact that there's so much to try out and do at almost any time of the year.
ComicsDC: Least favorite?
Both: The traffic.
ComicsDC: What monument or museum do like to take visitors to?
Both: The Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum.
ComicsDC: How about a favorite local restaurant?
ComicsDC: Do you have a website or blog?
Barb: Our webcomic can be found at http://www.sledgebunny.com; we're also there on Facebook and Twitter.