Intervention guest Christiann MacAuley is the creator of stickycomics.com and also a former zinester. Unlike many modern artists, she produces her work by hand as opposed to using Photoshop or other online tools. We chatted with her about her various projects and the transition from zinester to online personality.
Christiann MacAuley (right) poses with her twin sister Sheridan, who is responsible for tshirts and other stickycomics merchandise.
Can you describe your comic?
“It’s a humor webcomic that is usually one panel or very few panels long. There’s no storyline; it’s just a lot of random things. I try to update once a week or a few times a week and have been doing it for four years.”
What freedoms do you have by using paper and ink that others who use computers may not have?
“Mine has more of a human look to it, I think. There’s no perfectly straight lines or perfect circles or anything like that, and if there is, it’s something that I created. The hand lettering also makes a big difference. Plus you can always see the color of the paper I use.”
Have you noticed any crossover from the zine and webcomic/geek communities?
I thought there would be a lot of crossover, since I think that both groups have a lot of similarities, but there really hasn’t been. I actually never set out to do webcomics. Some people have done just that, but not me. I just wanted to express myself and create my work and started putting it on a blog to organize it, really.”
What advantages/disadvantages have you seen between zine and webcomic creation?
“With zines, it’s hard to get it out there to huge numbers of people. A lot of people don’t even know what a zine is. Online, I just think that there are so many more people who can see my stuff.
I still think it’s important to have a physical version, though, like a book. It’s just because it is something you have physically created, something you’ve personally made.”
While her work has yet to be published offline, Christiann is currently writing a proposal for a humor book which she hopes to release through traditional publishing.
In addition to Intervention, she has appeared at SPX (Small press Expo), SPACE (Small Press And Comic Exhibition), and Connecticon.
“I feel it’s important to have an offline presence,” Christtiann explained. “It makes you feel like you’re part of a community. I like meeting people and learning different techniques.”