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Talking Kid Lobotomy, Mostly: A NYCC Interview With Tess Fowler

Written by Tim Midura on Tuesday, October 17 2017 and posted in News with Benefits

Talking Kid Lobotomy, Mostly: A NYCC Interview With Tess Fowler

On working with Shelly Bond, spearheading Black Crown, and Female Force Michelle Obama.

Source: New York Comic Con

Tess Fowler is an American comic book artist who co-created Kid Lobotomy for Black Crown. Her previous credits include Rat Queens, Wonder Woman 77, Charmed, and Female Force Michelle Obama.


Tim: How does it feel spearheading Black Crown's release?

Tess: It's invigorating and inspiring. Working for Shelly Bond and having her be the fearless leader out front is amazing and I feel like I'm doing the best work I've ever done because of her and Peter [Milligan]. I'm having a blast.

Tim: Since you're leading the pack with Black Crown, do you have any control over where it goes?

Tess: Not even remotely. This is Shelly's vision. It's funny. We had a signing last night on St. Mark's Street, which was a lot of the inspiration for Black Crown. All of a sudden it came together. "Oh, this is where we're going." I see it now. For the first time, I fully see her vision. I'm happy to be on board, contributing what I can.

Tim: What surprised you the most about working with Shelly?

Tess: Her energy. She's like a 16-year-old fangirl with boundless energy. Like she tap dances on the side. Her entire life is comics, comics, comics. She loves the medium. She's so passionate about it. I was like "Oh, wow." It was really cool.

Tim: You've mostly worked on fantastical titles like Rat Queens and Charmed. How does the dark and demented Kid Lobotomy fit into that?

Tess: It fits me better. I have never been more at home than I am right now because my tendency is toward darker material, but I've never been asked, so I've never had the opportunity. I fit right in. I love the nightmare.

Tim: One of the goals of Black Crown is to pair veterans with emerging creators. What's it like to work with newcomer Peter Milligan?

Tess: Peter Milligan has been the most kind and nurturing teacher in this process. Which if you read his work, you'd be totally surprised. That's not how he comes off. He's taught me a lot. I feel like my growth within the first three issues, you'll see it grow through leaps and bounds. That's due to a large part of working with him.

Tim: What's your long-term goal with Kid Lobotomy or how long do you see yourself living at The Suites?

Tess: Thus far, the plan that Peter and I have discussed is so long as we have something to say, we'll keep talking. I will stay at The Suites as long as they allow me.

Tim: In closing, do you think you peaked with Female Force Michelle Obama Year One and how do you top that?

Tess: I hate you so much right now. Hopefully, I will have many, many years ahead of me, to outdo the pinnacle of my career. You're such a dick.


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Born in the frozen tundra of Massachusetts, Tim Midura has long possessed a love for comic books and records. After stealing the beard of Zeus and inventing the pizza bagel, a much more heavily tattooed and bearded Tim Midura has finally settled in San Diego. He's the world's first comics journalist who doesn't want to become a comics writer. Find him on twitter, facebook or by email.

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