So far this month we’ve visited an alien world where we’ve watched as Ten tries hard to make his mark in Shades of Gray, but let’s take a look now at the young lady behind this wonderful world Christine Dufor as she takes on our 10 Questions for the Pick of the Month. Through these questions we hope you as a reader will come to know the artist a little more and find a new way to relate to them with common interests and a glimpse into their life. So without further ado, let’s check out Christine’s responses.
1. First comic you read as a child?
Aside from the daily comic strips in the newspaper (which I was fairly obsessed with and always read first thing in the morning before anyone else got their hands on the paper), I don’t remember reading any comics as a kid. I think the first actual comic books I bought were Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which I started collected as a teenager and still have.
2. Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Well, obviously I’ve got to credit Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. They’re the ones that first got me interested in comics as a vehicle for story-telling. David Sim’s comic Cerebus and the fantastic and underrated scifi show Farscape are also up there. I tend to like long, complicated stories where WHO the characters are matter a lot more than WHAT they are.
3. Required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
For layout stuff, just your basic paper, pencil, ruler deal, and the back of a scratchboard that I didn’t know was a scratchboard when I bought it. Oops, though it makes a great portable drawing surface! Once I have a drawing scanned in, I use Photoshop CS4 and a Wacom bamboo tablet to do the rest. Oh, and Netflix. Netflix is always playing something in the background.
4. Where did you go to school and what was your major?
University of Connecticut, at the main Storrs campus. I’m not big into sports, but go Huskies! Lots of good memories happened there. Oddly enough, I had nothing to do with art while I was there. I didn’t take so much as a floral-arrangement class. I got my B.A. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, with minor in Anthropology. It was a B.A. and not a B.S. because calculus was NOT my friend.
5. Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Um…. introverted, quirky, stubborn.
6. What is your favorite environment in which to create in? (Quiet, Music/movie in the background, etc.)
Well, seeing as I do most of my work on a desktop I’m pretty much stuck wherever that happens to be set up. So, my living room. I tend to be most productive with the house empty and something playing in the background that I can zone out and listen to while I draw. Reality shows are perfect because I can half pay attention and just listen and still get what’s going on. I burned my way through most of Hell’s Kitchen that way.
7. Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
I can’t think of anything in particular, but I was quite the crier as a kid. If I did something embarrassing or someone was upset with me, it was instant waterworks. Which was embarrassing by itself, which just made me cry more. It was a vicious cycle.
8. Who would you pick to play you in a movie about your life?
Jim Carrey. Why not. ಠ_ಠ
Seriously though, I don’t know. I’m completely actor-ignorant.
9. What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
That people should come read it! I’ve got a small, but very wonderful and dedicated fanbase, and it would be awesome to expand it. This past summer I’ve doubled my number of updates per week and am attempting to make an actual job out of it through Patreon. So money is also a very useful thing, should any generous, fabulously wealthy people happen to be reading. I enjoy being able to buy things like insurance and groceries.
10. What is the meaning of life?
Try not to die. While doing that, try to do what makes you happy.
There you have it readers, a glimpse into the life of Christine Dufor. We hope this has helped to bring you closer to this talented artist and make sure to check out her wonderfully fun and exciting comic “Shades of Gray“. Also you can check out the original POTM Post here.