10 Questions with Kristen Gudsnuk

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One of the best feelings you can have as a comics reader is when you find a new comic that you love by a creator you’ve never heard of.  This was the case for me with our latest Comics Brewmaster Kristen Gudsnuk and her funny, action-packed comic, Henchgirl!

Henchgirl has been a fan favorite web-comic for years, but I discovered it with the print edition, which is 4 issues in.  The story follows Mary Posa, a girl just trying to balance single life and part-time work as a low-level criminal in the exciting, sometimes mundane, world of Crepe City.  This comic reads like a great TV sitcom that would be right at home on Comedy Central or The CW.

So, without further ado, lets grab a refresher, sit back, and delve deeper into the mind of Henchgirl’s mastermind, Kristen Gudsnuk, with another batch of 10 Questions!

1. Krypto or Bat-Cow?

Krypto looks exactly like my dog, Penny, so that’s a no-brainer!  Also, dogs rule!

2. Do you ever drink and draw or partake in any other vices while making comics??

I need all the hand-eye coordination I can get, so no.  Unless you count having the television on as a vice.

Only if it’s “reality TV”(which I’m very much addicted to!) -AY

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3. Henchgirl is one of my favorite new comics, so I was sad to hear that it’s ending with issue #11, but that’s still far off, considering the fact that we’re just on issue #4(with #5 hitting stands on March 30th).

What shenanigans should we expect in the next few issues, and any chance we’ll see a return of Henchgirl, someday, after you complete this run?

Issue 5 onward gets a bit more serialized and intense, although there are certainly gags aplenty.  You can expect Mary to participate in both puppy theft and janitorial duties.

I would be open to revisiting Henchgirl in the future (especially if the public were clamoring for it), but I think I’d want to focus on a different character in that case, just because I feel like these 11 issues tell a complete story about Mary.

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4. Which artists(comics or otherwise) do you admire the most and have you gotten the opportunity to meet any of them?

I have a ton of favorite artists, and have met a few of them at cons.  I’m a huge fan of Jake Wyatt— I love his aesthetic, which is cute and retro but still with a realistic physicality; I also love his color palettes and use of mixed media textures.  I met him once at a convention and babbled weirdly at him, and then ran off and hoped he’d immediately forget our interaction.

Babs Tarr is also amazing.  Other artists I love are Rumiko Takahashi, because she’s also a great writer and draws hilarious expressions, and Lisa Hanawalt, whose work is also very funny.

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5. What was the last good movie you’ve seen?

I’ve seen a lot of good movies lately.  I watched Room two days ago, so I guess that was the latest. What a movie!  It was even better than The Room by Tommy Wiseau.  One of my New Years’ resolutions this year was to review every movie I watched this year, so I actually wrote a little review if you’re interested…

Very cool movie review blog, Kristen!  Room was definitely one of my favorites of 2015. – AY

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6. You’ve mentioned the show New Girl as one inspiration for the humor in Henchgirl.  I haven’t watched much of that show, but since I love Henchgirl maybe I should start! 

Would you approve of Zooey Deschanel playing Mary Posa in a TV adaptation of Henchgirl?  Any other actors you’d love to see bring your comic to life??

Actually, I think Abbi Jacobson from Broad City would be the perfect Henchgirl.  Broad City is so hilarious, and Abbi even has the right hairstyle.  As for other actors, I try not to do dream-casting for Henchgirl because that’s just setting my life expectations way too high.  But as I was watching Broad City, I couldn’t help but mentally cast Abbi.

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7. Describe your worst dating experience.

I haven’t been on very many dates.  I think my worst experience was when the guy said he was footing the bill (despite me saying I wanted to go halfsies) and so I passive-aggressively ordered a side and no entree.  But that was a case of me being a terrible date.

Or, perhaps, the perfect date?? Hahah… – AY

8. Have you read any good comics, lately, that you could share with us?  Do you collect comic books or anything else??

I love Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, most comics with that zany, action-comedy tone.  I really liked the kid-Cyclops miniseries where he goes into space with Corsair.  I loved a lot of the Bendis Uncanny X-Men run.

I haven’t read any recent X-comics, because I am epically confused about reading order, and can’t be bothered to look into the issue beyond cursory Google searches.  Recently I’ve been doing an epic read of Claremont’s X-Men run, and now I’m in the mid-80s.  Other than the arc about The Brood, I absolutely love his run so far.

Oh, I love the Brood story-line with that Paul Smith art.  Of course, I was a big Aliens fan at the time… – AY

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9. Do you have any funny or strange stories from the comics convention circuit?  Any odd commission requests??

I always get weird requests.  Someone requested Matter Eater Lad eating Wonder Woman’s lasso.  That has to be the weirdest one.

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10. What else do you have going on in 2016 and beyond?

I’m doing some writing for IDW’s Strawberry Shortcake series, which is cool because it’s my first professional writing job.  I have a few other projects that are still unannounced, but I’m really excited for!!

OK, so now I’ll be the old guy buying Strawberry Shortcake, thanks! 😛 – AY

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Thank you, Kristen!

*Pictures of Kristen Gudsnuk and his work were provided by the internet. Thx!