To celebrate the launch of Fraggle Rock #2, here's an interview with the lead writer, Leigh Dragoon. Not only is she a great writer, but use the link to check out her art. S'nice!:
How did you become involved with Fraggle Rock?
LD -I had worked with Tim Beedle previously on a Tokyopop/Harper Collins project called "The Faerie Path". That project was a very positive experience, and I jumped at the chance to work with him again, especially on such a wonderful project as "Fraggle Rock".
What character do you most relate to and why?
LD - I think I most relate to Boober. I hate to say it, but I'm a chronic worrier, and I can't help but see a little of myself reflected in his constant pessimistic outlook.
What are you working on currently?
LD - I'm currently working on a few different projects -- two comics, one a writing gig -- but none of them are at a point yet where I'm able to talk about them. I hope I don't have to keep them under wraps too much longer though -- I'm pretty excited about them.
Of these groups, who is your favorite / least favorite and why? Muppets, Fraggles, , Beanie Babies, Ninja Turtles, French Foreign Legion, X-Men, A-Team, Cleveland Indians, or vikings.
LD - I LOVE the Muppets, the Fraggles and the X-men! And oh boy, I sure was obsessed with Care Bears and the A-Team when I was a kid. I had a big crush on Murdoch. I never really caught on to the Beanie Babies/Ninja Turles craze. I have to say, I don't know anything about sports.
You have the lead story in issue #2 of the new Fraggle Rock. What inspired your story?
LD - It's a funny story. I'd spent a month working on a pitch for an idea I thought was really good, only to finally realize that it was too similar to the plot of an existing episode! D'oh! I spent a few days trying to figure out a way to make that story work, before deciding to scrap it. I sat down and remember thinking they tell you to write what you know...and I know a few things about troublesome cats, so I decided to do a story about that.
What was your favorite book when you were ten years old?
LD - Definitely the first two books in 's "Harper Hall" trilogy. I was obsessed with dragons, and I loved Menolly! I thought she was so cool. I think I read the covers off my copies of those books.
What book are you reading currently?
LD - I'm currently reading Cherie Priest's "Boneshaker". I like steampunk fiction and I've heard a lot of good things about her work.
What comic are you reading currently?
LD - I think the comic I picked up most recently is Wendy Pini's retelling of "The Mask of the Red Death". I'm a huge "Elfquest" fan. More than anything, "Elfquest" is the series that got me interested in art and comics in the first place, and I've been looking forward to her branching out into new stories.
Who is your favorite 21st Century artist? Why?
LD - Probably Maxfield Parrish. I love the amount of detail he puts into his backgrounds and his figures. His paintings are like snapshots in worlds of utter tranquility. I love the way he uses light and shadow in his work as well.
What's your dream project as an artist / writer?
LD - Probably a retelling or adaptation of one of my favorite classic books. I really love projects like that.
(AA - Thanks Leigh!)