“aliceincaves / alice / cherry, they/she, based in the UK.”
What do you do? (Write, draw, edit, publish, promote etc.) How did you get started doing that?
I am an illustrator and comic artist! I get to do it by picking up my pen and drawing whenever I find the time!! 🌸
How did you get your start in comics? What was your first project and how did it come about?
I’m not sure what is defined by a “start” in comics, I started by searching for a writer a few years ago and finding one in my friend Rob Zwetsloot. My first project is the now completed webcomic Star Bright that Rob wrote and I co-created and illustrated.
Any current or upcoming projects we can find you on?
I am currently working on Flowers & Honey, a new comic I am writing myself, and also What Does The Devil Know, a new webcomic my friend Hex is writing.
Do you work solo or do you collaborate with others? If so, what are some of your favorite types of collaboration? (People you’ve worked with, style of creators you get along with etc.)
I have been afraid to write my own work until now (confidence issues) so up until Flowers and Honey I have been a collaborative person. But truly I prefer to do things by myself and have control over my projects. I would love to work with a colourist one day and see how they might tackle my drawings.
Anyone you’d like to collaborate with some day? Why?
My best friend and comic artist Alex Assan.
What are your favorite genres/styles of comics to work in? Are there any you definitely will not do?
Anything too modern and space agey and full of robots and hard lines, I’m not confident I could draw that well. Or horror. I like to make comics that are soft and cute or pretty to look at, my style is quite organic and I think genres I am into reflect that.
Where do you draw your inspiration from? What is it you hope to accomplish with the works you help foster?
All kinds of narrative art, comics, manga, animation, film.. I am also a bit of a history buff. I want to make characters and books people love.
How has your journey of gender identity shaped how you create? How has your work changed as you’ve gone along?
I strive to implement characters and stories who reflect who I am and the people around me in an authentic way. The comics industry is utterly saturated with boring, white, cishet men and I am so bored of their boring books.
(From a collab with Rob Zwetsloot for One Comic to Rule Them All anthology here.)
How do you feel about the current comics industry’s state? What gives you hope for the future of comics?
Hm, not good. I actually work in a comic book store so I have a pretty good image of where the industry is right now. Plus all the comics gate stuff that’s happened recently has really made me feel like I made a poor career choice. I am hopeful in the sense that more and more comics seem to be being taken more seriously, but that there still seems to be no room for people who don’t fit the straight white man creator or narrative. We are still not taken seriously on a very fundamental level by many readers.
(Consider buying them a ko-fi if you like their art!)
Who are some of your favorite/most inspirational comic characters? What about in other media (novels, TV, movies, podcasts, pop culture)? Why?
Tohru Honda – Fruits Basket, Sakura Kinomoto – Cardcaptor Sakura, Subaru & Hokuto Sumeragi – Tokyo Babylon, Kim Pine & Ramona Flowers – Scott Pilgrim, Sailor Uranus – Sailor Moon, Lottie Person – Snotgirl, Sawako Kuronuma – Kimi ni Todoke, Kakyoin Noriaki – Jojos Bizarre Adventure to name a few top spots.. I have a lot! I’m really into cute girls but also girls who are cool and stand their ground and maybe aren’t very nice. Characters who break gender norms like Sailor Uranus and the Sumeragi twins are really special to me too.
(Check out tons more art here on their fanart tumblr.)
Do you have any advice to aspiring creators?
You wanna make the thing? Make the thing.
What do comics mean to you?
To me they’re the most fun and engaging and unique way you can possibly tell a story or express an idea or a thought process or a character. Nothing rivals them.
PSA to comic people: stop looking down on manga! Japanese comic artists are amazing!
(Above and below: character profiles from “Star Bright”)