The Little World of Liz Climo

The Little World of Liz Climo

First and foremost, I'm really excited about The Little World of Liz Climo! It will include about 100 comics from my blog and 40 new, book-exclusive comics. Many of the new comics were done when I was 9 months pregnant, which should give you a ridiculous visual of a very awkward me hunched over my computer screen. 

What was the response when you first debuted these characters on your blog?

The response at first was pretty modest, but much more positive than I'd ever expected. I'd get a few likes and re-blogs here and there, and I was thrilled and surprised with each one. It wasn't until March 2012 (about 3 months after I started the blog) that it started getting more attention. I posted a tortoise and hare comic, which suddenly started getting a bunch of attention and helped me gain a lot of new Tumblr followers. 

What can you tell us about working on The Simpsons as a character artist?

The staff of The Simpsons are like family. Many of them have been on the show since the beginning and still have such love for it. On my first day of work, I remember being embarrassed because I had a Homer Simpson sticker on my car, and I figured everyone there would be "too cool" for that sort of thing. But then, as I walked through the halls, I noticed all the Simpsons toys, posters, and memorabilia that everyone had in their cubicles and I realized that this was a group of people who took great pride in their work. 

Why are the everyday interactions of your characters so witty?

I don't know, but thanks for saying so! All I can really say about that is I watch people very closely and draw inspiration from friends and people around me a lot, so maybe it's just those people who are witty. 

Please tell us about your time working on Seth Macfarlane’s series.

I never met him, I just worked on a web series he created called Seth Macfarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy. It was the first time I ever storyboarded on anything, so that was pretty exciting. 

Where does your inspiration come from for your character’s activities?

I'd say it's split between everyday interactions with friends and the people around me and from animals. Even if I don't have an idea for a comic, sometimes just looking at pictures of animals will give me inspiration. There are so many different kinds with different physical attributes (and sometimes, limitations) that the possibilities for situational comedy are sort of endless. 

What is next for you?

I have my book of comics coming out this month, and a picture book that will be out this spring about my dinosaur characters called Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad (from Little, Brown). Aside from that, I'm not really sure. Everything that has happened thus far has been such a surprise, I tend to just feel grateful for that rather than plan ahead. But I will say I'm having a blast, and don't plan on stopping any time soon. 




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