This as-yet-untitled book will be Davis’ first major work since 2009’s The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crookfrom Bloomsbury Children’s. In that time the cartoonist has created extensive shorter works for Fantagraphics’ Mome anthology as well as for Little House Comics, the boutique publishing imprint she co-owns with her husband Drew Weing.
Tomorrow marks the release of First Second’s Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists. To mark the release of the Chris Duffy-edited project, Robot 6 is interviewing five of the 50 cartoonists throughout this week. The first interview is with Eleanor Davis, the Athens, Georgia-based creator who contributes The Queen of Hearts nursery rhyme to the collection. Davis’ most recent book was The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook (Bloomsbury).
Tim O’Shea: Your two-page layout has a whole lot of story going on it, yet retains a great narrative flow at the same time. How much revision did you endure with the layout before you achieved the flow you sought?
Eleanor Davis: I wrote and drew the comic last January. It was kind of tricky — it was hard to make everything fit in those tiny panels.
O’Shea: What enticed you to tackle the Queen of Hearts in particular?
Davis: I was enticed by Chris Duffy telling me to. I felt lucky to get it tho, it’s a great rhyme and the perfect vehicle for my commie pinko propaganda.