Welcome back to another Fake Geek Girls Like Us interview. Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a feature on +5 Charisma where I interview some awesome geeky and nerdy ladies out in the geek world. This month I get to chat with Toronto based illustrator, Amy Spaulding.
1.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What fandoms are you into?
My name is Amy Spaulding and I am a Toronto based illustrator. I originally studied Fine Arts at Queen’s University and then went onto illustration at Sheridan. I’m a modern vintage girl at heart and most nights you’ll find me listening to Wanda Jackson and working on some kitschy lil’ pinups.
2. If you had to describe your artistic practice in 3 words, what words would you use?
I think what really drives my practice is discovery, nostalgia and design.
3. What projects are you currently working on?
At the moment I am focused on my convention schedule for the summer. I am going to be doing an extra bit of traveling and I’m lucky enough to be able to take the time off and focus on that.
4.When did you first realize that you may be considered a “nerd” or a “geek”?
I have never really taken a lot of stock in what I am considered. I like the same things I have always liked. I still get excited over awesome science facts, still reading the same fantasy series and a night of board games is still the highlight of the week.
5. Who are other artists that work in the realm of fandom and fan art that you admire?
I’m a huge fan of Babs Tarr’s, it’s her sense of design and line work. Also Kate Leth. I will read anything with her name on it and I’m obsessed with her fandom flash, it’s brilliant.
Currently reading The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore. I love the insight into the duality of the character. Some of the comics I read regularly are Bitch Planet, Lumberjanes, Rat Queens, and of course any Wonder Woman title. Oh and Velvet! I love that creative team. Elizabeth Breitweiser’s colour story is everything to me.
7. Are you excited for the Batman vs Superman movie at the end of this month? Any thoughts or concerns about the representation of Wonder Woman?
So excited! Just the fact that there is going to be representation of Wonder Woman in film is more than enough to hush any concerns for me.
8. What are your thoughts on season 2 of Agent Carter? Were you happy for it? Any predictions for the third season?
Agent Carter is just so refreshing for me. Visually stunning and styled, I was so excited for it to be set amidst old Hollywood glamour and I wasn’t disappointed. Love a good villain and Frost’s character had such great substance to her.
9. Who was the first female character that you can remember looking up to?
Xena. She was independent and at the same time fiercely loyal. She wasn’t a princess in a castle that needed rescuing, she was a ‘princess’ that rescued. I was drawn to her strength and physicality. Not to mention those bangs.
10. Are there any movies or television shows that are coming out that you are looking forward to (near or distant future)?
Right now I think I’m most looking forward to the prospect of another Star Trek series. I grew up with The Next Generation and Captain Janeway was hugely inspirational for me. While TOS will always feed my need for kitschy goodness there’s a little Enterprise shaped hole in my heart and I’m ready for a new chapter.
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Thanks to Amy for chatting with us! Make sure to check out her links to social media and her portfolio. Thanks for tuning in! Fake Geek Girl Like Us is an interview series on +5 Charisma where we talk to girls in nerd culture. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be featured!