Journey through the Zitaverse
On this episode of The Comics Alternative Interview, Derek and Andy W. talk with Ben Hatke, creator of the Zita the Spacegirl series. Of course they discuss Ben’s signature works — Zita the Spacegirl, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl (the latter of which was just published by First Second) — but they also delve into some of his other work, including his upcoming picture book, Julia’s House for Lost Creatures (also from First Second). Along the way they discuss the wellspring of Ben’s sketchbooking, the origins of Zita, the close links between Ben’s art and his family, the appeal of all-age comics, the artist’s schedule and philosophy as a speaker, and the many wild and fantastical creatures that populate his books. (Ben, Andy, and Derek also give a shout out to Gina Gagliano at First Second for her unparalleled work as a publicist and for being an all around good person!) The guys have a great time talking with Ben, and in doing so they’re able to tap into the excitement and passion that bring life to all of the Zita books.
Enmesh yourself in Ben Hatke’s imagination: