Matt Holm, co-creator of Babymouse, has been a fabulous support in the fund raising effort for Bridget Zinn. He’s donated an original piece of Babymouse art for the on-lin auction as well as some original proofs of the latest Babymouse book, Babymouse: Dragonslayer, due out later this year. Oh, and he has donated a visit or two to schools for th raffle as well as an auction item.
Matt responded to my interview questions recently:
What have you recently published and what are you currently working on?
I’m doing final art for Babymouse: Burns Rubber (#12)
What books are on your nightstand?
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson and The Vile Villageby Lemony Snicket.
Where do you find inspiration?
From memories of childhood embarrassment. Plus my dog. She’s the model for Babymouse’s sad face.
What advice to do you have for would be writers/illustrators?
Keep at it! “Talent” has very little to do with success. Infinitely more important is practice, practice, practice. Also, time and space need to come together just right for deals to happen. Get out there, get to know people in the industry, let them know what you’re working on. Eventually, the stars align and the right person is in the right place at the right time and will need the thing you’re working on.
What was your favorite book as a child? As a teen? As an adult? Any particular genre stand out?
Child: Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Dr. Seuss
Teen: Billy and the Boingers Bootleg by Berke Breathed
Adult: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (probably … lots of choices)
Genres: Sci Fi and Comics
Writing the first draft or revising? Which is your favorite?
For writing, first draft. For art, finals. Both are times when you can sort of be on autopilot, and stuff just flows out. The harder work happens in-between, when you have to see what you’ve done that’s awful and figure out how to fix it.
Favorite time of the day to work?
All day long. Eep. Oh wait, that’s when I DO work. Did you say “favorite”? Probably late morning. That’s the good time of day. Unfortunately, I still need to work many hours before then, and many, many hours after.
Chocolate: white, dark, or milk?
Milk. You mean milk chocolate, right, not chocolate milk? Not a huge fan of the latter.
Coffee or tea or —?
Diet Dr Pepper.
Dance: Funky chicken or the tango?
Neither, sadly. Keep meaning to get around to taking those ballroom dance lessons…
Thanks, Matt. See you tonight. Tonight is the Portland Kidlit Drink Night and Silent Auction to Support Bridget Zinn. Lucky Lab, 6:30-9:00 PM. We are less than 48 hours away of closing the on-line auction. You can bid on items here.