The Amazon Bookstore’s Blog has an interview with Nick Abadzis, the creator of the graphic novel Laika, about the first Earthling/Russian/dog in space, aboard Sputnik 2. An excerpt:
Amazon.com: Was there anything that didn’t make it into the graphic novel because it just didn’t fit?
Nick Abadzis: There was quite a bit, actually. I could have done with another hundred pages. But I’d taken a bit of time to write and thumbnail it (which I do at the same time) and when that stage was finished, the publisher and I realized that the 50th anniversary of the Sputnik launches was fast approaching. When I first pitched the idea to Mark Siegel at First Second, neither of us realized that it was so close. It felt like we needed to be a part of that, so I drew it extremely fast–two hundred pages in a little over eight months. It’s an understatement to say that it was extremely hard work.
So nice to see you the other day. Thanks for getting us all together. It was great to catch up.