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The Indie Index - Interview with Stephanie Cannon

The Indie Index - Interview with Stephanie Cannon

The Indie Index has interviewed a handful of creators and we're looking to interview as many female comic creators as possible. People started recommending extremely talented female creators by the masses. Here's an interview with Stephanie Cannon. Enjoy!

Introduce yourself. 
Hi! I'm Stephanie Cannon, a comic writer and creator from California. I was a finalist in the Ghost City Comics Competition in 2017 for my one page comic, Boot Hill, and currently have a few projects that will be released this year.
 
What are you currently working on?
I've got quite a few projects going on right now, which I love. My biggest project is my graphic novel, Bandera. It's currently in the art and lettering stage, and will be completed this year. I'm also involved in five different anthologies currently. There are a few I can't quite talk about right now, but I'm going to have a story in the CORPUS Anthology, as well as Andrew Maxwell's Rum Row Anthology and Good Ideas Comics' Rigor Mortis Anthology, all due to be released later this year.
 
You're involved with CORPUS, an anthology tackling bodily ailments. How did that come about and what can we expect from your story?
As soon as I saw curator Nadia Shammas talking about CORPUS on Twitter, I immediately wanted to be involved. It's such a unique and important project, both because of the issues it tackles, but also the personal touches some of its creators are adding. I'm incredibly fortunate to have artist Emily Pearson along to work with me on this. Her style and ability to really capture people's emotions I think will work perfectly for this story. Emily is a friend and is also one of the nicest people in comics, so working with her has been a dream.  My story is about a young woman who has had a congenital heart defect her entire life. It's an intimate story in that it centers on just her and one other character. My hope is that because of this, readers will really get a feel for these characters and be able to empathize and maybe even relate to them, even though it is a short comic. On a larger scope, my story will focus on grief, and how that looks different for each individual. CORPUS is currently in a Kickstarter campaign until March 4th, and we would love the support!
 
Is there any advice that you would give to anyone wanting to create comics and/or zines?
Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and get to know other people in the industry. By and large, the comics industry is full of amazing, supportive, and helpful people. I've been fortunate enough to get to know quite a few comic professionals and up and coming indie creators through social media, and I've learned so much from all of them and have felt so supported and encouraged every step of the way. My other piece of advice I often tell anyone wanting to create comics is to start small. Create a few short comics to add to your portfolio or that can be used for anthologies or short story collections, and show those to the world. Show people what you like to create so that they can get to know you and your work. That way, when you dive into starting to create longer content, you already have an audience that is familiar with your work. 
 
For you personally, do you deal with any hardships with being a female creator? If so, what are they and what do you to overcome them?
I've been very fortunate that I haven't had to deal personally with too many hardships being a female creator, but I do see it happen to women in the industry.  We are living in a time where more women than ever before are not only buying comics, but creating them as well. I think as long as we keep encouraging women to create by promoting and buying their work, treating them as equals in the profession, and telling others about their work, we will start to see more and more instances of women getting into the profession.  
 
What’s next for Stephanie Cannon? 
After I'm finished with the anthologies, the plan is to throw myself into continuing to promote Bandera and prepare it for its next step. I also can't wait to work on longer content again, so I have a few pitches that I will be working on from now until the end of the year. I have a long list of artists I want to work with, so I'm hoping to be able to get the chance to collaborate with a few of them. Co-writing is also something that has been on my bucket list for a while now, and I'm lucky enough to be in talks with a couple of other incredibly talented writers to begin collaborating on projects together. 
 
Who/what are your biggest influences when it comes to comics?
The very first book I read on comic writing was Brian Michael Bendis' Words For Pictures.I learned so much from that book on script writing and navigating the industry, and I've been following his career and his work for a long time now. Alan Moore and Jeph Loeb are also two of my favorite comic writers, and I often find myself flipping through Swamp Thing or Long Halloween for writing inspiration. As far as female creators go, Gail Simone is a huge influence. Her career is so impressive, and she never holds back in her writing. She knows how to punch a reader in the gut, in the best way possible. She's also so lovely and encouraging to her fans and really takes the time to interact with them.
 
If you could collaborate with any artist or writer, who would it be and why?
Oh wow, this list is long! I seriously think about this all the time. I'm lucky that I'm getting to work with The Wilds' Emily Pearson, one of my bucket list artists, on CORPUS. I'm also dying to work with Alien Bounty Hunter's Nick Robles, because his style is perfect for a few story ideas I have that I hope to pitch this year. As far as writers go, I'm a huge fan of Donny Cates and would jump at the chance to work with him. His storytelling and dialogue are top notch, and are pretty much the bar I have personally set for myself and my own work. 
 
Plug your work:
The best way to stay updated with what I'm working on is to go to my website, www.stephaniecannoncomics.com. From there you can read a few of my short comics for free, and you can also subscribe to my blog to get notifications on when I've posted something new. You can also follow me on Twitter @SCannoncomics and Instagram @comicwritersteph. I'll be posting more updates for Bandera in the coming months, so be on the lookout for that!
Also please consider supporting the CORPUS Anthology, which is currently on Kickstarter!
 
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