August 21, 2013

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SPX Spotlight 2013: Sara Lindo

Welcome to another entry in the 2013 SPX Spotlight series!  For the next month, I'll be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at the best convention, the Small Press Expo.  You can check out all of my spotlights for SPX from both this year and prior years here.

I'm very pleased to have been a fan of Sara Lindo's going all the way back to 2009, when I saw this green mini-comic with a pink brain on it and opened it up to find the incredibly endearing adventures of two lobes who couldn't be more different.

Since then, I've gone on to read everything Sara has published, and never regretted it for a moment. In addition, she also pointed me to Steve Seck and Morgan Pielli, so I have her to thank for more excellent comics.

I profiled Steve in my prior post, stating that his characters were basically the anti-Lindo. If Seck's work is about showing people who are at best flawed and at worst really awful folks, Lindo's work takes the opposite tack. Her creations are well-meaning, trying to do the right thing, though sometimes still failing to get it right, such as one half of the brains in Super Lobotomy (see review here). Carl, her construction worker cone, wants to love, but he's getting conflicting advice on how to get there (see review here).

And then there's Ike, a cat who works on Wall Street. Do I even need to say more than that? (See review here.)
Flush with Lindo Cats
The above is a print Lindo should have with her at SPX. She also has some others, generally themed around cats, because they are awesome. (Sara and Steve actually have a one-eyed cat, too, just like Erica and I.)

Lindo's art style matches her comics as well, with rounded lines and bold strokes that really enhance the story. She also does really cool symbolic work, since often, her characters cannot speak. She deftly makes it easy to believe a cat would go to work, drawing it as straightforward as possible. There's never a huge amount of background work, but the characters are all strongly designed and take center stage.

For SPX this year, Sara will have Super Lobotomy, her prints, and possibly a new cat book if she can get it done in time. She should also have some copies of her older comics hanging around, so get those while you can. Finally, Sara joins the ranks of the awesome folks who've been in Magic Bullet, the DC Conspiracy tabloid anthology, with an appearance in the upcoming issue 7.

Having a brain operation so you can appear in a comic but can't make SPX? Here's Sara's website, which has a link to her online store.