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Comichaus Meets: Rosie Packwood

Today we meet creator, writer & artist, Rose Parkwood.

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Hi! Im Rosie Packwood, illustrator for The Incredible Bun and Papercuts and Inkstains: Slaycation. I've worked with Mike Sambrook as writer and Rob Jones as letterer since 2017. We gladly received help from Alexa Renee as colourist on issue one of The Incredible Bun, and in 2019 we had help from Doug Wood and Alouisse Ver as flatters on issue 2 - without this strong creative team around me I often wonder how making these books would've been possible! Being part of Madius has introduced me to some wonderfully passionate creators, and it's a great family to be part of and I'm constantly learning so much from them all. 

What are some of the comics that inspired you to start creating your own? Any creators in particular?

My first comic memory was reading the old Pokemon Adventures - specifically the spooky zombies one set in Lavender Town! As I grew up I sought out loads of other manga style books - time tested favourites of mine are Shaman King and Blazin' Barrels. More recently I dived into the likes of Moebius, Persepolis, Maus, The Rocketeer and One Punch Man (to name just a few that often re-appear at the top of my reading pile!).

In terms of understanding the comic-making process, having a community to learn from was key for me. The competitive environment of Enter Void really gave me motivation. If you've never heard of EnterVoid then here's a summary: You make a character, pick a fight with another artist (who also has a character!) and then settle your differences by making a short story featuring how both characters meet and interact - then the rest of the community votes on who wins and gives you helpful critiques for next time.

You can also share what you learn by leaving critiques for others, in their endeavours, too. Reality being that I'm just a huge sucker for being told anything I do is scoring points. I can't help it!

How much of your own personality goes into your character(s)?

I try to keep character actions and expressions genuine - whether it comes from me, or someone else I've known. Mike writes so much life into his characters and their voices. Taking his scripts and turning them into illustrations is so fun because he throws so much of himself in there too - they're easy to relate to even from that stage, so i just build upon what's already there. My parents firmly believe that the mystery narrator for Buns story is actually just me! We get to see who the narrator is in the next issue, and I'm so excited for everyone to meet that character just because we're so similar! 

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

Bun in particular was about shifting expectations. At its core it's about people not always being what they seem, and big, confused Bun just trying to muddle his way through. As for the rest? I'd wanted to do a sports-based enemy-of-the-week style comic for a while, and capturing that saturday morning cartoon feeling from childhood plays a big part in what finally goes down on the page. So Bun and his giant eyebrows are really inspired by that sentimental, topsy-turvy world kids get to live in. Drawing Bun is my train ticket to get back to that world for a little while every week. 

What struggles have you faced with the creation of, and producing, the final release?

Working with the team is always amazing, sharing the workload out between others not only allows us to bring you new full-colour issues more quickly, but having a variety of voices also improves the quality of comic we can bring you, dear readers! 

If there is a struggle, it's that it often feels frustratingly slow to get new issues done - we all have busy lives with full time jobs, families and of course other hobbies so there's a delicate balancing act between getting it done and not burning out. We all make these books because we love it, and our only hope is that we can make you all love it as much as we do, too! 

What do fans need to know going into their first issue of your comic?

Slaycation and the rest of the Papercuts and Inkstains titles are wild fun, with darker twists and turns so if you like a horror thrill, these collected short stories are for you! On the other hand, Bun has got a lot of heart on offer. As an all-ages story, we're constantly trying to balance fun and cutesy with an exciting bit of edge. As it's a story about a physical contact sport I always recommend parents give it a read too - they'll know best if their child will enjoy it, and they might find some charm in there themselves. 

What have you got coming up in the future? Are you working on more issues?

Mike's working on the script for the next issue of Bun at the moment, we've got a couple more planned before the story wraps up, too! The plan is to have the final issue in everyone's paws by the end of 2020. While Mikes working hard making the happenings happen, I've been keeping myself busy pulling together another chapter of my scifi comic, Blinker which'll be joining the fray around April this year.

You can read the Madius Comics titles Rosie worked on over on the Comichaus App now, or purchase a print copy from the Comichaus Marketplace by clicking on the cover images below.


Paperbacks and Inkstains  Vol.1 #0
Bun  #0
The Incredible Bun  #1

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