When Cartoonists Illustrate! Part 9: Emily Flake

When Cartoonists Illustrate! Part 9: Emily Flake SUTTONSIGNER.jpgBy Ward Sutton

When Cartoonists Illustrate! There's often a line drawn between cartoonists and illustrators. All this week, I'm profiling talented people known for their cartooning and showing their work in an illustration context.

Emily Flake is a cartoonist, illustrator, writer, and epic procrastinator.

WARD SUTTON: How do you like illustrating compared to cartooning?

EMILY FLAKE: There are challenges and trade-offs associated with each--cartooning requires me to write the story, come up with the jokes, etc, but affords me more latitude in terms of what I want to do; Illustration takes some of the onus of me conceptually but requires that I hew to the subject, which to be fair is a thing I enjoy--I like the act of translating a concept into a visual, it's very satisfying when I hit on a solution that seems elegant. Writing jokes is more frustrating, but the joy when a good joke reveals itself is pretty unparalleled. Either way, my job is writing jokes and drawing pictures, which means I truly cannot complain.

WARD SUTTON: Do you actively look for illustration work?

EMILY FLAKE: Generally speaking, I leave that in the capable hands of my stellar agent, Kate Larkworthy.

WARD SUTTON: Have you illustrated, or would you illustrate, cartoons that others write?

EMILY FLAKE: I haven't, and the idea doesn't appeal much to me; that feels like doing the less-interesting part of the job.

WARD SUTTON: Do you have a dream illustration gig?

EMILY FLAKE: To be sent to restaurants to create illustrated food reviews, or sent around the world to make travel comics. With airfare and accommodations for my husband and daughter. In business class--I don't need first class, I'm easy like that. Are illustrated massage reviews a thing? Could they be?

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