Artist short profile:
– Name: Scarlette Baccini.
– Location: Melbourne, Australia.
– Artistic style: Hard to say! A friend of mine diplomatically described it as “esoteric”. I’m tempted to say “impressive”… but I won’t.
– Website/s: http://www.scarlettebaccini.
– What are your goals as an artist?: To contribute something new, and tell stories in a way that no-one else could.
– Favourite artist/why?: John Kricfalusi. When I was about 7, Ren & Stimpy made me want to be a cartoonist. I love John K’s dedication to classic cartoon nostalgia, frightening high-quality illustration, and un-imaginable physics. That show made me feel a whole palette of indescribable feelings when I was a kid, it was so strange and special. Or maybe I just really like smut. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kricfalusi
– What do you think of Comics being made into movies?: I’m generally for it. I think it’s hard to promote comics to non-comics-people, but those films must create some new interest. I prefer it when they’re not crappy, though.
– Favourite Comic artist of all time/why?: Bill Watterson, because Calvin & Hobbes is one of the loveliest things in the world. The characters are gorgeous and complex, the jokes are smart, the illustrations serve the story perfectly, and it’s widely relatable. I’ve re-read them all about a billion times. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Watterson
– If someone created a Comic about your life what would they title it?: “The biography of Scarlette Baccini, who is a sex wizard”.
– What is one of the weirdest things to ever happen to you?:
I once ate a whole wheel of brie and didn’t get diarrhoea.
– What do you prefer to snack on when creating a masterpiece?: Cheese on crackers.
– Has reading a Comic ever changed your life? Which one/why? (If yes):
Reading “Johnny the Homicidal Maniac” by Jhonen Vasquez motivated me to go and make my own comics. It was the first “alternative” comic I’d read, and it made me realise that there could be an audience for what I wanted to do.
– If you could have any power from a Comic character, what would it be/why?: Spiderman’s web-shooting power, because it looks like the funnest thing ever, and because I already have most of The Hulk’s powers.
– Are there any Comic characters who tickle your fancy?/if so, why?:
I’m pretty tickled by Hobbes from Calvin and Hobbes. He’s such a smooth operator. Or Roman Dirge’s Lenore, for the same reason.
– Where do you ‘draw’ your daily inspiration from?: Studying science at uni was great for daily inspiration. I think it’s been important for me to have non-creative things to focus on where I can, so that I’m always learning and I always have something to write about. Being a disgusting slob and consuming loads of media is also a source of inspiration–every episode of The Simpsons that I watch makes me want to be a better writer.
– Favourite joke: The one where everyone becomes so mental that Two and a Half men is the most watched show on TV.
– Where there any defining moments in your life that have influenced your artistic style?: I can’t think of a particular moment… I used to fret a lot about the quality of my art, and I’d compare myself to other artists. I think shaking that mentality is what had the biggest impact on my style.
– Dislikes: criticism.
– Any thank you’s/shoutouts?: Mad props to my mum for being great and giving me good advice, my little brothers for keeping me up-to-date with what the cool kids are into these days, and my boyfriend Jonathan because he’s ok I guess. And thank you Aggressive Comix for including me on your site!!
I purchased Zombolette recently and it is FANTASTICly AWESOMEsauce! Thank you for a great interview Scarlette – Ness 🙂