"I've been failing at art my whole career." - Terry Moore.
Terry Moore's fans would adamantly disagree with the acclaimed artist and writer’s self-deprecating comments, even in jest. For over twenty five years, Moore has proven his talents as a cartoonist with his creator owned books Echo, Rachel Rising, and Motor Girl, as well as contributions to Marvel and DC Comics.
However, Moore's signature creation remains Strangers in Paradise, a comic he created in 1993, The series revolves around Katchoo, a woman who is hopelessly in love with her best friend, Francine. Katchoo and Francine’s lives are also complicated by their other romantic entanglements, and the fact that Katchoo is hunted by her former criminal cartel.
Recently, Moore joined us in studio to draw a sketch of Katchoo while explaining some of the background behind her creation. Several aspects of Katchoo's character aren’t readily apparent by her physical appearance on the page, but Moore stressed the importance of treating his characters like real people instead of simply archetypes. He also likened cartooning to gaming, by describing his creative process as creating “an avatar that you like...and make them do wild stuff.”
While sketching for us, Moore also updated the status of the Strangers in Paradise movie, which he is scripting himself. It’s unusual for a comic creator to write their own Hollywood adaptation, but when you hear about Moore’s previous interactions with producers you will probably understand why he feels the need for a hands on approach to his book.
There are even more fun details in the video below!