This month’s creator interview is with amazing comic creator and scholar A. David Lewis!
Q:1.What would you like to experience again for the first time?
Holding my swaddled baby daughter in a quiet hospital room and singing her, “Rainbow Connection” at her first sunset.
Q:2. What do you stand for?
Kindness. To quote the master, Kurt Vonnegut: “There’s only one rule that I know of, babies—God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”
Q:3. What do you fall for?
Wit. Cleverness. Intelligence — all with a dash of charm.
Q:4. Your favorite good luck charm?
Until college, probably the security blanket that I had since I was a newborn. College years through my thirties, it was my leather jacket. Now, it’s my father-in-law’s wristwatch.
5. (Project Based Wild Card) You are working on an initiative to give free comics to refugee kids in Syria (http://syriacomic.com/). Kids cherish the most amazing things.
Q: What are the top 3 objects you prized the most as a child?
Beyond my security blanket? Unquestionably, I prized my Legos — and this was before they licensed everything with them. I’m talking about my personal bin of standard blocks, steering wheels, and small, plastic doors. Also, I loved my music as a kid, first in the form of Sesame Street vinyl records, then later towers of cassette tapes. And, then there was my bicycle: my first taste of independence.
In all seriousness, I never wanted, and, as an adult, I’m shocked how little I had to worry about ever being in need. Perhaps, perhaps, I had to give a passing thought to a fire destroying our house, but, realistically, I felt disturbingly secure in my home and with all my things.