We’re excited to introduce you to comic book author and illustrator Jo Rioux! She created the graphic novel, The Golden Twine, a fantasy/adventure story starring an orphan girl named Suri who yearns to be a monster tamer. Check out the interview below!
Material from The Golden Twine used by permission of Kids Can Press Ltd., Toronto. Text and illustrations © 2012 Jo Rioux.
Making comics is hard work, but it's also the most fun I've ever had as an artist, so I heartily encourage everyone to try it! There are two pieces of advice I'd like to share. The first is to read comics. Lots of them! And the second is... to make comics. This sounds incredibly obvious, but really, making a comic from beginning to end is the best way to learn. It doesn't need to be long. In fact, it's a good idea to start with a very short comic. The important part is to finish it and share it with people.
If you're stuck for ideas, try making a "comic diary." You can recount your day, or tell a funny incident that happened to you and your friends. As the weeks and months go by, you'll be able to see your style develop and how much progress you've made.
I can't say too much, but I can say it explores the themes I love the most: magic, adventure, friends and of course, monsters.