Artists ~ Kat Klockow ~ East Greenwich

Artist’s name: Kat Klockow
Shop name: Klockow Comics Studio
Website: www.jinxedcomic.com and www.katklockow.com
Blog: http://jinxedcomic.tumblr.com/
Twitter: @jinxedcomic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jinxedcomic
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/jinxedcomic/
Other: DeviantArt: http://jinxedcomic.deviantart.com/




1. Tell us about your work:
Hello! I’m Kat Klockow, and I draw comics! I have been actively writing and drawing indie graphic novels for 10 years now, and started after returning home from studying abroad in Japan. My most recent work is a fantasy-adventure series titled Jinxed! It is about a white mage who becomes possessed by an ancient queen of demons, and together they must fight to save their world!

 2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
Haha, there is, but it isn’t a long one. It’s just my last name, but a fairly uncommon last name at that! For the interested, Klockow is pronounced “cloak-oh.”

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
It is something that I worked up to doing over the course of a decade, certainly not something that happened overnight. I worked on comics and graphic novels on the side throughout collage and retail jobs afterwards. Eventually I was able to transfer to doing comics full time, which I enjoy immensely every day.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Originally when I started drawing comics, my inspiration was Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes series which I just ate up as a kid. I drew daily strips in a sketch book, and would pass around the book to all my friends to read. Then two things happened; first I was introduced to the manga Neon Genesis Evangelion, and soon after that I studied abroad in Japan for college. This introduction to manga, or Japanese graphic novels, really influenced me.

There are three illustrators who I respect deeply for their wonderful storytelling and longevity in the business, they are Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball and Dragon Quest), Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyaha, Ranma ½) and Eiichiro Oda (One Piece). All are great comic writers and illustrators who have worked for decades in the Japanese comic book industry, which I hope to be a part of one day.

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
Comic pages, seems natural, yes? When I sit in front of my drawing computer every morning with a cup of coffee, I’m excited to see how Jinxed, my fantasy adventure series, is going to roll out in illustrated form. I guess you can say it is like watching a movie unfold before your eyes, I’m just getting that movie that plays in my head onto a sheet of paper so others can also watch it.



6. What’s your best seller?
Jinxed volume 2 is a great seller and attracts a lot of new readers by its attractive cover art (it features two of the main characters, a cat-hybrid named Kiba and a fluffy cute otter like monster named Mivo). I love that cover, because the line work on it is fantastic! That volume also really gets into the meat of Jinxed story, dealing with the now outcast mage, Aria, teaming up with Kiba and Mivo in an attempt to reverse her curse.



7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
At the time of this writing, six months. I moved here from Cincinnati, Ohio, and have lived in the Great Lake Midwest my entire life. This is a wonderful change and I have been enjoying every day of it! A common question I get is if I am intimidated by the amount of snow Rhode Island receives every winter. I’m not, since I grew up living next to Lake Michigan, where you also get multiple feet of snow a year.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
Since moving here I’ve been really enjoying strolling along the beaches and hiking around Goddard Park with my two dogs.

I’ve continued my “mermaid’s tears” or sea glass collection, which I had to suspend because the Ohio River doesn’t really have any like the Great Lakes or the Atlantic Ocean.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners? 
Iggy’s Doughboys and Clam Cakes on Oakland Beach! This may seem like an odd response for those of you from Rhode Island, but the food there is definitely nothing we see in the Midwest and the view from Oakland beach is fantastic! At Christmas time I introduced my family members (who are from Oklahoma and Indiana) to Iggy’s and they loved it! The clam cakes and white chowder were their favorite foods on the menu.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
Draw something every day, which is the best way to improve your artwork. For example, my new year’s resolution for 2016 is to keep a daily sketch book. To do this I have a 600 page sketch book (it’s quite a tome) and first thing I do every day is a warm up sketch in it. That way, after a year, I can see how much I’ve progressed artistically.

Every artist, no matter if you’re an amateur or professional, has subtle  progressive changes to their work from year to year. This is just an easy way to keep track of it.

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
There is nothing that I enjoy more than talking about comics and manga with fellow comic book lovers. I travel around the country attending comic and manga conventions and teach how to draw manga workshops at local libraries. Please visit my website, jinxedcomic.com, for up-to-date information about where I’ll be next! I may be in your neck of the woods!


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