The Heroine’s Journey of Annabel Kirby

What is the best thing that I love about my work? 

The community! Amongst other aspects like working with incredible talent whom are all genuinely nice people, making people happy with the best service I can offer, and generally just getting to be a part of it all. I love being part of such a positive, expanding community. At the end of the day, we all share this hobby, so why not celebrate it together?

What is my idea of perfect happiness? 

My idea of a perfect happiness is that ‘just right’ feeling in a single moment. There will never be a smooth consistency in life, and to be quite frank that would be boring, so my aim is to simply live for the moment, rather than seek something beyond my control.

What is my greatest fear? 

That one is quite a simple answer, living without my loved ones.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? 

I would say my personal level of control (which also has its positives too). I always try to be mindful about something being too much or too little, but I am not someone that can relax until something is right or complete, and it can lead to me being quite a persistent headache!

Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?

I would say every artist I have and have had the pleasure of working with. I truly admire the art and creativity by every one of these people and I think it shows, making the work and time I put into everything relatable to many.

What is my greatest extravagance? 

It has to be my personal art collection. I am from Yorkshire! It is in my blood to grumble about personal expenditure otherwise. A coffee in London is soul destroying, but original artwork by Jim Lee is okay.

On what occasion would I lie? 

I give myself no reason to lie. I would say some of my biggest learnings in life have been from hiding things to protect people I care about, but it always ends with a bullet to the foot. Sometimes truth is hard to tell, but the truth always prevails.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? 

When things do not go to plan, but hey, that is life! How we put things right is important, and most often than not, all ends well.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? 

I am genuinely happy when I see happiness and positivity in others, it really motivates me. Everything else going on around me does not really matter.

If I could, what would I change about myself? 

I prefer to leave that into the hands of life and experiences.

What is my greatest achievement in work? 

It definitely has to be the day I launched my own brand in the comic and art industry, working with the best team I could wish for, and being surrounded by so many supportive individuals. It is never easy to move away from safety, but I rolled with it, took some heavy bumps, and everything turned out really good in the end.

Where would I most like to live? 

I would not wish to move anywhere different to where I live now, in a quiet and desolate town, surrounded by fields and no crowds. I am a hermit! It is nice to travel to different places every now and then, but the word ‘home’ means something so warm and comforting to me.

What is my most treasured possession?

It has to be my memory box, filled with little sentimental bits that are special to me.

What is my most marked characteristic?

I would say my passion. I think I can be a bit like an overflowing boiling pan at times, spreading my enthusiasm and energy about the things that mean a lot to me.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? 

Home!

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?

In the town that I live? Well, that is a question. I think probably the flowers in the fields would be a better option. It would have to be home again, or my granddads, if that counts.

What books influenced my life and how?

If it was not for one book in particular I would not be where I am today. I worked in a music shop many years ago now, and I was given Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphy to read. This was my first encounter with a graphic novel and from that moment I fell in love with sequential storytelling and comic art. Sean Murphy’s artwork in PRJ completely blew my mind and planted the seed that grew to be such a huge part of my life.

Who are my favorite writers?

In no particular order; Terry Pratchett, J.R. R. Tolkien, Neil Gaiman, John Lennon, Roald Dahl, Sean Murphy and Enrico Marini. These writers have all influenced my life in many ways.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day?

Well, my favourite band is The Black Keys (I love rock/bluesy rock), but I would probably go out in triumphant style with a bit of Queen!

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? 

Gandalf, with his many wise words and ways! I love wise wizard characters.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?

My biggest heroines are my mum and my grandma. I always get told I take after my grandma, but ultimately, they have given me my biggest life values.

Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? 

That is a difficult question! I have a few favourite films and they all vary in genres. I think I would say Shutter Island. The first time I watched Shutter Island I had no clue what it was about and I watched it out of wanting to fill a couple of hours, and it probably is the most transfixed I have ever been by a film.

What role plays art in my life and work?

Well, art is pretty much everything when it comes to my life and work. I would say the only thing that comes close to comparing is football!

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? 

It probably is my mum, as expected. Parents have to cheer even at an egg and spoon race, right?

Whom would I like to work with in 2019? 

I would like to continue working with the artists I work with now, to improve and greater opportunities and projects.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?

I would love to meet Neil Gaiman!

What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? 

Lake Como Comic & Art Festival, May 18-19 2019! >>> https://lccaf.com/

Where can you see me or my work in 2019?

You can keep up to date with all things Kirby’s Comic Art by checking out our website (https://www.kirbyscomicart.com/), signing up to our newsletter, joining our Facebook community (https://www.facebook.com/groups/298350660783816/), or following us on social media (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kirbyscomicart/ or Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kirbyscomicart/).

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? 

To me it means to keep doing your very best until the end! But do not think about the end…

Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story?

Tatiana Dykes and Tamsin Isles.

How can you contact me?

kirbyscomicart@gmail.com

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