Holly Golightly is a former actress/entertainer/educator and is the artist/author of the web series “School Bites” that is soon to be turned into a graphic novel. She also is a lover of costumes and cosplay as is evidenced in her Star Wars wedding.
John Collins (JC): Thanks for agreeing to do the interview with me Holly! This is National Book Month and the Halloween season and I thought it was perfect timing to do an interview with you.
Holly Golightly (HG): Hi Johnny! Yes this is my favorite time of Year! Though it’s Halloween everyday in our studio!! AND I am a Witch!
(JC): How about you tell me and my readers a bit about yourself and the interesting path that led you to your current project.
(HG): Well Johnny, I grew up in NYC – studied Film, Fashion, Storyboarding, and Acting.
I Navigated careers in Education (Pre-K Teacher at NYC’s Dalton School), Fashion Design (My own label that was sold at FAO Schwartz & Sack’s 5th Ave) and Children’s Entertainment (I decorated Cakes and was a Magician’s assistant), but then I finally followed my Bliss into Comic Books!
I’ve worked on many well known characters, like Archie’s Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Cheryl Blossom, Josie & the Pussycats, Betty & Veronica and Cosmo Girl! I also constantly contributed to New Witch Magazine.
I’ve Design 2 T-Shirts and some Promotional Artwork for the Awesome Musicians, Thomas Dolby and have done T-shirt art for Howard Jones and am now doing Tee designs for the English Beat!
(JC): You have a kickstarter for your School Bites comic series can you tell us about the book and the series and about the kickstarter?
(HG): I started my School Bites Project back in 2004, before Vampires Glittered or had randy romps on HBO.
The story itself centers around the main character, Cherri Creeper, once known by the Mortal name, Charlotte Webb. After being bitten and left for dead by a rogue vampire, Charlotte is lead by a love smitten bat named Bing into an alternate realm where the Shadow Academy resides. The Shadow Academy is an institution were fledgeling Vampires learn to drink responsibly. There, Charlotte is given her new Vampire name, meets her classmates, teachers and begins her Vampiric education.
Unlike many Adventure or Vampire series or movies, School Bites does not dip into the ‘we must Save or Destroy the world!’ dramatics. It relies on personal experiences of the characters dealing with being different, coping with coming of age, being ageless, friendship and matters of the heart.
I’ve been working on School Bites in between my coloring and production duties for my Husband, Jim Balent, on his Tarot, Witch of the Black Rose Title that he started back in 2000, when we started our own company BroadSword Comics after he left DC Comics and his 7+ year run on Catwoman.
I turned School Bites into a web comic in the year 2009, on the urging of my wonderful pal, artist Giz (Menage a 3)! And was warmly accepted by thousands of NEW and wonderful readers! But I still love the printed book!
Since my book is not a superhero genre, only a niche of the comic book industry tends to support and embrace the cute, feminine and different. This makes it difficult to launch in the mainstream. So after learning about Kickstarter, I thought I’ll take it to the their audience where more peeps like me, who are left of center and celebrate the strange, unusual and Kawaii!!
(JC): Where do you plan on going from there?
(HG): Well I do intend on going to Disney World!!! And when I come home- Jim & I will draw loads more fun and adventurous stories for them to get lost in!
(JC): I also write for my site The Weird Review, can you tell me and my readers something weird and wonderful about yourself, your project or, well anything you think your fans would find interesting but not already know?
(HG): Oh Gosh! My whole life is weird and wonderful… But the Most Weird & Wonderful day of all was Jim and my wedding day… words don’t capture it so here’s the link to our video <3
(JC): Your Star Wars wedding video is awesome! Thanks again for agreeing to do the interview!
(HG): And thank You Johnny for wanting to interview lil ol’ Me! And Thank You all that read this interview! You may join the fun on my Kickstarter project, Read School Bites for free with ads or without commercial interruptions by joining our “Members Only” site (must be 18+) or buying the digital version for your iGadgets or Androids on the COMICS+ app… You can also visit us on our main website (mature viewers ) or say hi on my facebook page.
Happy Halloween and May the Force be with you… Always!