Sarah's current anthology project, Then It Was Dark, is up on Kickstarter now and in it's last 72 hours! Check it out before it's gone!
I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Benkin first at this spring's Dan Con 2014 convention, and later on I chatted with her at C2E2, courtesy of the Comic Related booth we both shared some space at. We spoke about her upcoming anthology, Then It Was Dark, which currently is in its last couple of days of a kickstarter campaign. At Dan Con, I noticed Sarah's work and was instantly drawn to her style and approach as well as the pleasant company of other creators she keeps. So w/o further ado, but increased applause, let's talk to Sarah about Then It Was Dark and this awesome Kickstarter you're about to learn about!
Today I’m talking with Sarah Benkin. So Sarah, you‘ve got a Kickstarter coming up, can you tell us a bit about the Kickstarter please?
Kickstarter is for a new paranormal horror anthology called, “Then It Was Dark”. Then It Was Dark is a collection of personal paranormal experiences, true ghost stories, friend of a friend tales, and brushes with the unknown.
Nice and for people just discovering you, what’s some of your other work in the past or other anthologies you’ve been a part of?
I’ve been in a couple of anthologies. I’ve been in Playlist and Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends. I’ve also put out my own book, Star Power, a bawdy, body positive comic. It’s sort of a sex positive, funny sexy comic book.
Everyone likes sexy I think.
I think so! Especially if it’s sex positive and body positive.
Yea! Do you write and draw?
Yes I do!
What’s your favorite medium to work with?
You know, for black and white, I just love traditional ink. There’s nothing to me that quite compares to the feel of real ink. I know a lot of people who do it digitally that do it great. That’s just not me. But when it comes to color, I tend to go digital? So I guess I’m a little bit of both.
And for color what application do you use?
I mostly just use Photoshop.
Creative Cloud crap, or more of a local version?
So you have other anthologies and projects that I’ve seen at other shows such as DanCon annnd some stuff I see here at the Comic Related booth?
If you’re thinking of Playlist, I was in that and that wrapped up a little while ago. That was edited by Jen Hickman, who is awesome. Jen is also going to be in Then It Was Dark.
So tit for tat?
Yea, there you go! Also her artwork is just amazing. Here’s a pinup she did for Star Power:
After this Kickstarter what’s next for you?
This anthology, and this one’s going great -- it’s got amazing artists in there: Diana Nock, the artist of The Intrepid Girlbot and Elaine M Will of Look Straight Ahead and a whole lot of others.
Once the Kickstarter’s done, we’re going to get to the actual work of getting it together. We’ve got a few pages done for promotional, but the Kickstarter is what’s going to fund the artists’ fees. So that’ll take up my schedule for awhile, but who knows? Maybe there’ll be a sequel.
Nice, nice! And for those looking on the internets, where’s the best place for them to find you and your work
Well you can look me up on peppermintmonster.com or on peppermintmonster.tumblr.com and you can find Then it was Dark on kickstarter by the title.
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