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Kazu Kibuishi: A conjurer of monsters, precocious heroines, and fantastic robots

In "Alhambra Characters" we highlight our favorite snippets from past interviews. The series puts a spotlight on Alhambra's diverse and vibrant cast of denizens.
In 2011 Nathan Solis visited Kazu Kibuishi's art studio on Main Street. Kibuishi was developing the third book for Amulet, a fantasy series published by Scholastic. Kibuishi is now working on the seventh installment from his new home in Seattle, Washington. Kibuishi wrote to us about the move, and how Southern California compares to Seattle. "I saw LA as a place to experiment, to work on all sorts of interesting projects at the very top levels of the craft," said Kibuishi. "Being in Seattle, everything is quieter, very organized, with a lot of room to grow, so it fits where I am now with my work and my family." He added that he misses "friends, family, and the food."
About the timelessness he tries to achieve in his comic series:
“I want this series to be something that makes you want to reread it again. So as a child you’ll enjoy it and as an adult you’ll come back for more.”
On what a deadline means to him:
“Simply put, it has to get done. Too many people are relying on this.”
Solis on the personal nature of Kibuishi's work:
"It is not lost on Kibuishi that the plot, which is based around the rescue of a mother from a monster, contains some parallels to his own childhood. Kibuishi grew up with a sensitive mother, who moved with him and his brother from Japan to America, when they were small children. She had divorced his father, who then cut off contact with the family. Even though when Kibuishi was five his mother remarried — to a man he considers his real father — he and his brother have often felt like they had to protect their mother and now support her financially."

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