The Unsinkable Walker Bean
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.