This is a double interview with both the writer and illustrator of Little Guardians series. Make sure to read all the way through for both interviews!
Ed Cho, writer for Little Guardians
When you were my age, did you like to read and/or draw? I drew and wrote comics extensively when I was a kid. I made up my own super hero knock off stories.
What was your favorite story? As a kid I was a huge fan of Star Wars. Still am. 🙂
How do you get your ideas? Inspiration is a fickle thing. I get a lot of story ideas while doing mundane tasks like washing dishes or mowing the lawn. The takeaway here is kids should do more chores around the house. 🙂
Is it hard to write and/or illustrate a story? It takes a lot of time and work to complete a story and be totally happy with it. Patience is key.
Do you have a favorite among the things you have done? Seeing Lee illustrate Little Guardians is a dream come true. I love the interpretation he gives to the story. The collaboration makes it better than the original script or if I tried to draw it.
What is the coolest thing a fan has said about your series? It’s a treat whenever a fan says they like our books. We have a few Soma and Elk fans out there so it’s nice to hear they enjoy a specific character.
Why do you think kids should read comics/graphic novels? The visual nature of comics makes it so easily accessible. Hopefully the cool looking characters can encourage kids into a life long love of reading.
Any recommendations for kids? Bone by Jeff Smith is a great all ages series and a big influence on Little Guardians. I’ve recently gotten into Raina Telgemeier books like Smile, Sisters, and Drama. They are great! Check them out!
Silly question round:
Pop or soda – Soda
Pen or Crayon – Pen
Lee Cherolis, Artist for Little Guardians
Website/social media: www.littleguardianscomic.com
When you were my age, did you like to read and/or draw? Absolutely. I read all kinds of comics and books. Lots of sci-fi and fantasy fiction, as well as super hero comic books. I played a lot of video games as well and got started drawing because I loved to try to draw my favorite video game and cartoon characters.
What was your favorite story? The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy will always be my favorite.
How do you get your ideas? I’m always inspired by the work of artists I admire and it fuels my motivation to make awesome art. So I fill my social media feeds with amazing artists that I can look up to a drive my self to improve my own work.
Is it hard to write and/or illustrate a story? It is very difficult. you have to approach it seriously and with earnest conviction. If it’s just something you don’t really care about it will show in your work and you’ll have a hard time connecting with an audience.
Do you have a favorite among the things you have done? Little Guardians is my favorite project I’ve ever worked on.
What is the coolest thing a fan has said about your series? A father told us his sons loved our comic because it helps them practice their English as a second language. I think that was one of the coolest things a reader has ever told me.
Why do you think kids should read comics/graphic novels? Simply put, comics and graphic novels help promote reading and inspire creativity. More creative kids making art and telling stories is a good thing and I want to help promote that with my comics.
Any recommendations for kids? Cleopatra In Space by Mike Maihack is a fantastic graphic novel series I recommend to everyone. (Bridget note: ME TOO!) Also check out Hilda by Luke Pearson. the Hilda books are beautiful and a lot of fun!
Silly question round:
– Pop or soda – Soda
– Pen or Crayon – Pen