Signing & numbering SiP color #1 for #WonderCon. Do u have one? Order online too.

Signing & numbering SiP color #1 for #WonderCon. Do u have one? Order online too.

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This may be my favorite page in SiP.

This may be my favorite page in SiP.

I don’t draw elegant Disney leaves or uniform Chas Vess leaves, I go with funky Chas Schulz leaves.

I don’t draw elegant Disney leaves or uniform Chas Vess leaves, I go with funky Chas Schulz leaves.

I’ll be at WonderCon next week. At the Abstract Studio booth, 413. Pass the word.

I’ll be at WonderCon next week. At the Abstract Studio booth, 413. Pass the word.

Remember Francine at the gym? This page of original art from that scene is up for auction on eBay, for charity. Current bid is $107. That’s millions below market value, so get in there and steal it with my blessings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/STRANGERS-IN-PARADISE-vol-3-3-p-8-original-art-by-TERRY-MOORE-/301147221761?

Remember Francine at the gym? This page of original art from that scene is up for auction on eBay, for charity. Current bid is $107. That’s millions below market value, so get in there and steal it with my blessings. http://www.ebay.com/itm/STRANGERS-IN-PARADISE-vol-3-3-p-8-original-art-by-TERRY-MOORE-/301147221761?

My world on a shelf.

My world on a shelf.

At last! I’ve been dying to get that 4th book in there.

At last! I’ve been dying to get that 4th book in there.

The new book is here! Rachel Rising tpb 4, Winter Graves.

The new book is here! Rachel Rising tpb 4, Winter Graves.

Rachel Rising 26, “before” photo.

Rachel Rising 26, “before” photo.

Sketches I did during Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane. That was a fun series to write. I wish I could have drawn it as well but I was also writing and drawing Echo at the time.

The Strangers In Paradise cheat sheet.

The Strangers In Paradise cheat sheet.

The Strangers In Paradise red-herring cover I used, repeatedly. I used this when it was time to solicit a new issue to the distributors, but I didn’t want to give away any spoilers to something big coming up. I did this multiple times. So for example, when I knew something critical was coming up, I just kept soliciting this pic and the story “Francine goes ape when she discovers her boyfriend has made a nude statue of her and unveiled it in the school rotunda!” Then you would get issue 60 or 86 and it was Francine’s wedding or David’s black issue. Following Strangers In Paradise series during the production years was not easy for fans. I was a sneaky bastard and I tried to get the bombshell issues to hit completely unexpected.

The Strangers In Paradise red-herring cover I used, repeatedly. I used this when it was time to solicit a new issue to the distributors, but I didn’t want to give away any spoilers to something big coming up. I did this multiple times. So for example, when I knew something critical was coming up, I just kept soliciting this pic and the story “Francine goes ape when she discovers her boyfriend has made a nude statue of her and unveiled it in the school rotunda!” Then you would get issue 60 or 86 and it was Francine’s wedding or David’s black issue. Following Strangers In Paradise series during the production years was not easy for fans. I was a sneaky bastard and I tried to get the bombshell issues to hit completely unexpected.

Q&A’s with SiP fan Trey

This will just be a list of random questions I had while re-reading SiP. Maybe you’ve answered these before, maybe you haven’t, but my curiosity has gotten the better of me. :D —Trey

The first big question I came across was why did Francine get expelled from college? You refer to the incident a few times in the books, but you never tell what happened.

T.M: It’s one of many Strangers In Paradise stories I’d like to get back to. The reason was never revealed in the series, but I had it all figured out and outlined in my head. A funny story involving a nude statue of her. I used a drawing of that statue as red herring when it was time to solicit a new issue but I didn’t have the real cover art available or wanted to avoid spoilers. So that statue cover was solicited 5 times over 12 years. And nobody ever said anything. Heh heh. 

 It made me also realize how little we know of Francine’s past, boring or not. Heck, I felt that I knew a little more about her mother, especially after the Mary Midnight bits. And it also made me slightly curious about Francine’s brother, and what’s his job and does he have a family, and if you even came up with a history for Ben. I mean I wouldn’t be surprised if you didn’t, you had a lot of characters and a ton of them were connected somehow. 

T.M: In the High School story arc, we learn Ben is dating Molly. Molly later grows up to her own story arc, Molly & Poo. Ben went on to get married and have kids, although I can’t remember if we ever said that in the story.

Speaking of, that brings up my questions about Casey. When did you decide to make Casey work for Tambi? I mean, when you first thought about Casey, did she surprise you by becoming a recurring character, especially one so influential later on in the series? 

T.M: The first time I figured out the DUCks angle, I was looking for who could be the one around Katchoo. Casey was my best option so I continued writing her as is on the surface, but thinking about that in mind. So Casey would seem shallow, but then reveal a glimpse of real intelligence or unusual courage. Sometimes it was in the way, sometimes it was ironic, but in the end, it was an effective way to show the layers of deception around Katchoo and illustrated how deep this scary stuff ran.

My next question is about David. He’s my favorite character and every time I read my pocketbooks, I know I’m going to be left heartbroken, but I read the story anyway. So my question here is, around PocketBook 3 (since I’m not sure the exact issue) you started to hint that something was wrong with David. I’m just wondering if you had planned to lose David, or if you were just planting a seed, because perhaps you were undecided as to what would happen to him. And why did you decide to make it cancer? Maybe because it was so different from the killings that had happened so far in the series? 

T.M: It was always a triangle, and I knew somebody eventually had to fall. I couldn’t decide who until near the end. And I knew it should be organic, not violent. Because these were heroes who had come through the violence, but nobody escapes the organic price of life. 

Switching to Tambi, I was wondering if you ever thought of exploring her world, perhaps from the time after she “joined” the FBI? I would love to read even like a snippet or one-shot of a Tambi adventure. 

T.M: Yes. I’ve always thought The Parker Girls would be a good spin-off series.

And last but not least, was there ever more to Winter Chronicle, the comic series Katchoo created in Pocket Book 5? 

T.M: The Winter Chronicles is actually a graphic novel I drew when I was about 24. I used only a few pages from it for Katchoo’s notebook. I’d like to publish it, but I’m afraid it is very young work. I’m not sure the general public could restrain themselves from stoning me to death. 

Thank you so much for reading this far. I’ve just been a curious fan of late. You don’t have to answer the questions, but I really wanted to pose them for you. I love your work and feel inspired by them every time. 

This page of Strangers In Paradise script shows why I can’t contribute to serious lessons about writing comics scripts.

This page of Strangers In Paradise script shows why I can’t contribute to serious lessons about writing comics scripts.