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.

ariwen asked: Hi I was curious to know, what inspired you to write SIP?

Love for women.

ghost9texas asked: Terry, I think I originally read somewhere that Rachel Rising was supposed to be 24 issues long. I'm guessing it goes at least to 30 now? Midway through, when you realized it was going to be longer, did you extend out the plot, or did these first 24 tell the story you originally intended to tell? Obviously there are some loose ends to clear up as of yet. Thanks!

I could have stopped at 24 or carried on. It’s been hard to decide. Although retail orders continue to drop (very discouraging), oddly the fans seem to be growing (very encouraging). So I’ve decided to keep going for now and see if you all can work it out.

edithliebtihn asked: Hey. I'm sorry if you get asked that all the time, but when is the fourth trade coming out? My LCBS says they don't know, but they always carry your books, even though it's a small shop somewhere in Germany. :)

We just learned this morning. The release date for Winter Graves is April 16.

Stacks of sketches. What on earth am I going to do with them?

Stacks of sketches. What on earth am I going to do with them?

chiribim asked: Hi Mr Moore! I just read issue 24 and absolutely LOVED it. I will of course be reading on (have to find out about Aunt Jonny! And who killed Rachel! And what will happen to Zoe! And so on! I just love this series) from here, but I would like to know; do you plan on revealing why Lilith lied about Bryn Erin's age at her death, and how she was killed when all the other "witches" were over the age of 15? I'm not sure if that's a plot point or something left up to the reader to wonder about.

The one thing James kept saying was Lilith tells lies. When Rachel is prompted with a little more truth, she recalls the Bryn Erin events differently, a little more truthfully. And we see the townspeople were not so much interested in pagans as they were cash for lynchings. So I’m afraid the truth is Bryn was swept up in all that ugliness and lies. it’s taken 300 years to bring some of it to light, but there was plenty more I didn’t show you. 

I love this little Mucha figure I inherited at a SDCC. From Kaiyodo.

I love this little Mucha figure I inherited at a SDCC. From Kaiyodo.

Ah spring—when a young man’s thoughts turn to the rat harvest. #rachelrising

Ah spring—when a young man’s thoughts turn to the rat harvest. #rachelrising

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The new Rachel Rising tpb Winter Graves is at the printer folks. Guaranteed to disturb your sleep.

The new Rachel Rising tpb Winter Graves is at the printer folks. Guaranteed to disturb your sleep.

megadesdes asked: Okay. So...I'm super excited because I just love you,you're...wonderful to me. Absolutely wonderful. I made a tumblr lol just to ask you questions. Just to communicate with you. So,first of all,SIP Changed my life. I met francine and Katchoo when I was in 8th grade and I'm 16 now. Life can be depressing for me sometimes but reading them makes me happy and sad. But happy to know them. So,I'm just wondering where I can get more sip merchandise? Tshirts,posters,figurines..if thats possible?

Hi. I’m glad you found me! I’m also on twitter and Facebook, btw. But you can get almost everything I’ve made (including the Strangers In Paradise #1 20th Anniversary Color Edition (still in stock!), at the store on my big website: www.strangersinparadise.com/store And yes, we ship internationally to everywhere except Belgium. And the moon. We don’t ship to the moon. Or space stations. Or the mars rover. But anywhere on earth, pretty much okay.

If you want to win a valuable Rachel Rising #1 1st print, graded, find the 28 “Rachel Rising”s in this photo. Go here for clues and enter: http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=7511826#Post7511826

If you want to win a valuable Rachel Rising #1 1st print, graded, find the 28 “Rachel Rising”s in this photo. Go here for clues and enter: http://boards.collectors-society.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=7511826#Post7511826

Escape Pod Comics commissioned this striking art by Hilary Jirka for the Kill Me Zoe contest. You can see the other entries at KillMeZoe.tumblr.com

Escape Pod Comics commissioned this striking art by Hilary Jirka for the Kill Me Zoe contest. You can see the other entries at KillMeZoe.tumblr.com

Just posted 12 original cover art pieces for sale on my site. Covers from SiP, Echo, and several covers from Rachel Rising, like the one above. Go to http://www.strangersinparadise.com/store.html and select Original Art.

Just posted 12 original cover art pieces for sale on my site. Covers from SiP, Echo, and several covers from Rachel Rising, like the one above. Go to http://www.strangersinparadise.com/store.html and select Original Art.