Artist and comedian Josh Cicci, interviewed by Aleathia Drehmer for PRATE. Mostly self trained, Joshua is a published artist/illustrator. His work has been featured in the Connection newspaper and you can see “The Prickly Pair” comic strip running monthly in the Tubac Villager.
AD: What were your favorite cartoons and comics as a kid? What really planted the bug in you to want to start drawing?
Josh Cicci: I can’t recall the exact age, but when I was about 6 or 7ish I cut the tips of my two middle fingers off on a family camping trip (funny story, you had taught me earlier in the week or so what the middle fingers mean, when we found a carved-wooden middle-finger by meme’s shed). Continue Reading…
William Brian MacLean produces and distributes independent comics, and his work can be found at Rooster Tree, here. Interviewed for PRATE by Lynn Alexander.
LA: Could you start by describing Rooster Tree, and your current projects?
WBM: RoosterTree is the name I use when self-publishing comics. There was a time when I was excited about the prospect of bringing my talented friends together as a collective, but it sputtered. Now RoosterTree is an effort in self-reliance, & I branch out from here to work with others.
Currently, I’m passionate about non-fiction. The trampling of rights, gender bias & sexual ignorance, age bias & generational ignorance, these things in particular gall me to no end. I’m compelled to sculpt them into the comics form.
LA: I remember some of our discussions at Outsider Writers, where I first came across you and your work. OWC is a collective of diverse, creative individuals who share a sense that they are apart in many ways from mainstream or established institutions or communities, many are self taught Continue Reading…
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