Virginia Paine, interview by Fiona Avocado
Fiona Avocado: I’ve been summoned to talk to you about your comics and other things for Gridlords. I’m going to pretend we’re talking about comics and drinking beers on your porch at 11:30 at night. Because that’s what we sometimes do when we hang out.
Virginia Paine: For the sake of realism, I’m drinking a beer while answering.
Ok, so here goes.
Before I met you, I was a huge fan of Milkyboots, and still am. How did Milkyboots come about? What’s behind the name?
There were a bunch of reasons I started Milkyboots! The emotional reason is I had just gotten out of a controlling relationship and was trying to do a bunch of stuff I’d wanted to do for ages (like sleeping with ladies!). I’d always loved comics, especially autobio.
Another reason was that I was reading a bunch of webcomics — The Fart Party, Overcompensating — and had this switch flip in my brain. “I could do this!” it said. I started a blog and made little bad Photoshop comics about having conversations with my friend JWoolard, she being the straight man to my spazzed-out, over-excitable self. I’m going to go delete the archive now, btw. I don’t want anyone actually reading those, haha.