We had the good fortune of connecting with Madeleine Holly-Rosing and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madeleine, what do you attribute your success to?
Mentors. I was extremely fortunate in that the from the beginning I had some incredible mentors and colleagues who not only gave me critical insight into the business, great critical feedback, but also encouraged me to pursue a career writing graphic novels. I can’t tell you how important it is to have one or more people take the time to educate you on not only the business end, but the creative side as well.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To be clear, my art is writing. It’s creating worlds that I have never existed, giving them life, substance, and characters that you not only hate, but care about. (Not necessarily the same ones.) How I got where I am professional started with writing a TV pilot called, Boston Metaphysical Society, while on the TV track as part of my MFA in screenwriting at UCLA. Once that was done, a friend suggested I turn it into a graphic novel. That journey changed my life. I took sequential art classes to learn how to write comics and took everything I learned to heart. I found two incredible artists and produced the first six issue mini-series. While we were in production, I wrote prose stories as companion pieces, but the most important thing was that I hit the road and started exhibiting at Comic Cons. I dove head first into the indie comic community. They are a most generous group of people and I’m so glad I’m a part of it. What most people don’t understand is the cost of producing a comic/graphic novel. We are all fortunate that crowdfunding became a thing, because without it I think most indie comics would never get made. If you decide to dive into comics, be prepared to be patient, budget accordingly, but mostly remember this is a marathon, not a sprint. What I’d want people to take away from the story and characters of Boston Metaphysical Society is that strength comes from diversity and that we are stronger working together. I’d be very happy if everyone who reads my work comes away with that concept and embraces it themselves.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I’d take them to Aroma Cafe in Studio City to start. Not only because of the great food, but the atmosphere is very Southern California. Then I’d probably arrange a meet up with some of my friends in the local comic and steampunk community. It’d probably be somewhere in the valley, maybe even Universal Studios as that’s an easy commute for many.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
George Wassil, writer/creator of the graphic novel, “Oh Hell.”