The following is an interview with Arianna Margulis and Dru Radovich, co-creators of the well-known Instagram account-turned-comic book series, But Like Maybe?
from Bliss on Tap Publishing. In this interview, Fanbase Press
Editor-in-Chief Barbra Dillon chats with Margulis and Radovich about the
premise of their new series, the evolution of their story from social
media to the sequential art medium, their process in working together,
Barbra Dillon, Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief: Congratulations on the recent release of But Like Maybe? through Bliss on Tap Publishing! For our readers who may be unfamiliar with the story, how would you describe its premise? Arianna Margulis and Dru Radovich:
Thank you!! Oh, well let’s see… something like... the humorous ups and
downs of a millennial woman, struggling to find her true self – and a
boyfriend. A life led by mistakes and learning from them, she moves to
New York City because that’s where she believes all the important stuff
happens, and she needs to be a “somebody” – soon.
The comic book had a very unique beginning in that it evolved from a
wildly popular Instagram account. When did you discover that the
Instagram account had become such a hit, and how did you decide to adapt
it to the sequential art medium?
AM: I think the first time I felt that @butlikemaybe could be more was when it got its first spotlight on Cosmopolitan’s snapchat channel. A friend of a friend of a friend put one of the cartoons up, and I gained 27,000 followers in one day.
DR: We wanted to explore and further develop But Like’s
world, introduce new characters, and expand on her story, so comic
books felt like the natural next step. Comics are such a special culture
and community, and we’re excited to finally be a part of it. We geek
out at comic book stores now.
BD: How would you describe your creative process in working with one another on the writing and the artwork?
A bi-coastal love affair. We really are in a serious, committed
relationship. I draw with a sharpie, take photos of my art, scan it into
Dru, who writes and compiles the comic book on some archaic Japanese
computer program. We had no idea what we were doing, but we wanted to
bring her to life, so we made it work. We had literally met one time in
person before creating the book – a girl power fairy tale.
BD: What do you hope that readers will take away from the comic?
I think they will take away some serious laughs and the feeling that
they’re not alone. Everyone makes mistakes, texts too soon, stays out
too late – but it’s how we get up and keep going after these missteps.
It’s all going to be OK.
DR: Hopefully, they will NOT take
away my misspelling of “rehearsal.” THE AGONY!!! Actually, I take that
back… BUY OUR BOOK TO FIND THE MISSPELLING.
BD: What makes publisher Bliss on Tap a great home for But Like Maybe?
+ DR: Bliss on Tap is real, and it’s a family business—and we’re a
little family now, too. Brian Phillipson, Alex Murillo, and Phil
Phillipson are comic veterans and have been incredible mentors to us.
Their passion for comic books and the creative process in general is
contagious, and it’s been amazing working with them.
BD: Are there any upcoming projects on which you are currently working that you would like to share with our readers?
AM+DR: Well, for sure book 2!!!
BD: Lastly, what is the best way for our readers to find more information about But Like Maybe? and your other work?
DR: We hope you will follow the Instagram, Twitter, snap --
@butlikemaybe. You can find fun goodies on www.butlikemaybe.com, too!
Welcome to The PREVIEWS Party Podcast! Covering the September 2016 issue of PREVIEWS magazine from Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc.,
Fanbase Press' panel examines the upcoming comics, graphic novels, and
other merchandise that will be available in stores nationwide and
explains the importance of pre-ordering and its effect on the comic book
industry as a whole.
Are you unfamiliar with PREVIEWS or the pre-order process used by comic book stores? Please see our helpful guide below to better understand what PREVIEWS is and how it can best be used to find the comics, graphic novels, and merchandise that will be on sale in the coming months. In this month's episode, we chat with PREVIEWSworld Editor Vince Brusio about this month's "As Seen on TV"-themed PREVIEWS catalog. In addition, we are joined by Brian Phillipson and Alex Murillo (Bliss on Tap Publishing, Future Proof)
to discuss why pre-ordering is so important to comic book publishers.
The Fanbase Press panel also breaks down the exciting releases
(scheduled to hit stores in November) from a variety of publishers and
manufacturers, including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse Comics, IDW, Image,
Archaia, BOOM! Studios, DC Collectibles, NECA, and more! Cast members: Jason Enright, Scott Rubin, and Bryant Dillon
THE CUTEST CARTOONIST MAKING COMICS ABOUT LIFE AND STUFF
The voice of a generation.
Meet the cutest cartoonist on Instagram, Arianna Margulis, also known as @butlikemaybe.
Her Instagram bio is “cartoons about life and cute stuff,” followed by
the pink glittering heart emoji, nail polish emoji, martini glass, and
pizza emojis. Arianna’s personality shines brightly with only a glance
at her page. Her comic book ‘But Like Maybe?’ is worth checking out –
she is totally the voice of a generation, observing the intricate
life of a girl with some crazy antics. The main character, a female
millennial named “BL,” has a habit of over-analyzing things with her
crush “Hot Brad,” and her teddy bear attempts to advise her during this
constant obsessing. She lets us in on the complications of selfies,
brunch, love, rejection, hangovers, and overthinking everything. Here,
photographer Andi Elloway shoots Arianna exclusively for MADE, featuring
BL drawn onto these funny pics.
It’s been way too long since the last issue of Future Proof.
Issue #11 involved the mysterious figure from previous issues
(apparently called “Umbrella Man”) stepping out of the shadows and
organizing a crew of time-traveling supervillains that included Jim
Morrison and Amelia Earhart. So, you can see why I’ve been anxious to
see how the story continues. Rest assured that this issue does not
In order to stir up chaos, the supervillain team goes back to the
Alamo and kills Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie a few weeks before their
famous battle. (What was it called? I can’t remember.) Our two heroes,
James and Simon, have to take their place and fight the battle for them.
If you’ll recall, they did something like this once before, in Issue
#7, taking the place of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, et al. at the Gunfight
at the O.K. Corral.
There, their mission was to win the fight for
the famous lawmen. To preserve history at the Alamo, however, they need
to lose. Not only that, if you know your history, you know that both
Crockett and Bowie were killed at the Alamo. Is this it for our heroes?
Or will their benevolent computer god, the Sing, be able to get them out
while still preserving history? At this point, what does “preserving
history” even mean, and is it still possible when the Umbrella Man and
his gang are actively trying to destroy it?
This issue is a lot
of fun, with plenty of action and mind-bending time-travel questions to
be answered. It feels like we’re drawing near the end of this saga.
Everything’s definitely coming to a head pretty soon. I don’t want it to
end, though. I’d love for this comic to keep going on forever. It’s no
secret that I love time-travel comics in any form, but I think this is
probably one of my favorites. It’s very well written, and every issue is
perfectly executed to keep you on the edge of your seat and eager to
read more. Hopefully, Issue #13 won’t take as long to come out as Issue