|SLIM & POSH
created by: Elizabeth Amber Love
art by: Thomas Boatwright
SLIM & POSH is now available for .PDF download for free at Issuu!
If you have trouble viewing because it’s a big file, you can download it and view in Window’s Preview tool just by double clicking the downloaded file. Then you can control the zoom. I resized the images on this page but not on the Notes Pages.
Elizabeth Amber Love 18-APR-2012 Back near the end of 2010, I had created a short comic about lab monkeys. It was called SLIM & POSH and was intended to be part of an anthology. Needless to say, when it was obvious progress wasn’t going to happen, I pulled my story and decided I would think of something to do with it. I’ll also toss out this bit of trivia: it was written long before RISE OF PLANET OF THE APES came out. I didn’t base it off of that at all. I still haven’t had the chance to see it unfortunately. It was actually inspired by my favorite animated movie THE SECRET OF NIMH. I don’t think it’s “wrong” to admit where influences were born. I’m not ripping off NIMH by any stretch of the imagination. There are probably hundreds of sci-fi stories about lab animals. When I interview people, a very common question is, “what inspires you?” or “who do you look up for inspiration?” and the like.
THOMAS BOATWRIGHT is a magnificent artist that caught my attention with CEMETERY BLUES. I loved the antics of these characters who fell into paranormal situations but had a true knack for solving the mysteries – sort of like if Scooby Doo and Shaggy’s antagonists were real ghosts. I gave Thomas a great review back in my popular YouTube days and he reached out to thank me personally which blew my mind. I think that’s an important thing for an indie creator to do when you see someone review your work. He wasn’t someone that solicited me to review his work. I just happened to see it at the comic shop and took it home. When I needed an artist for the project I considered the styles of artists I know personally. Thomas and I have never met but I knew there was something there and that we’d make something fun for readers. He knows his craft. He felt comfortable making changes and edits. In the end, SLIM & POSH came out better than I expected because of his work.
Side Note on Anthologies: Not to spread ill will, but I’ve had good experiences in anthology projects and disappointing ones. The one I submitted SLIM & POSH to was one that was never seeming to come out; HOLYOAK had its own problems with delays and coming up with ordering that needed to be divided amongst individuals. When I take the helm as a writer and I’m responsible for getting the visual team, it’s not something I take lightly. I have always hit deadlines by this point. When people who have the idea of, “Hey, let’s make an anthology,” don’t take it seriously enough to have a project schedule (with float for “life” which will get in the way and require deadline adjustments), or people that truly don’t know how to wrangle a huge team, it sours the anthology experience.