Isabelle and I go way back. Back when Tabulit was just a wee little startup (okay it’s still a wee little thing to be honest), Isabelle was one of our first artists to join up. She even made original comics in collaboration with us. Since then, she’s been on Furr, Afar, and now Furr 2.
For Furr 2, like we did in Afar, we’re working together on a short comic, with me as the writer and her as the artist.
Without further ado, here’s Isabelle Nguyen.
First of all, cats or dogs? (or both?) Any particular reasons why?
Cats! I’ve been obsessed with them ever since I was very little – so it’s hard to say why I like them so much. I often wonder what it was like when little Izzy (me) saw a cat for the first time.
What’s the inspiration behind your work in Furr 2?
IDK Alex, it’s your comic. What was your inspiration 😉?
You got me there. All right next question.
If you had a pet, what quirks or peculiarities would you want your pet to have?
I don’t have any furry friends unfortunately, but one of my favourite quirks a cat can have is what I call a “smoker’s meow”. One of my friends has a little black cat named Io who has the scraggliest meow ever. I think it’s really endearing when something so small and soft has such a tough sounding voice.
Which animal describes you better, a dog or a cat?
I’m definitely more of a dog in terms of personality. I have a very peppy and outgoing personality – which is more of a stereotypically canine thing.
If you could either be a cat or a dog for a day, which would you choose, and what would you do?
I would be a cat! When I’m at work and I’m a little frazzled I like to think that life would be nicer if I was a cat taking a nap in a sunbeam.
Which would you vote for president? A dog or a cat? And why?
Probably a cat. We already have cats working in libraries, at train stations and in old folks homes – why not have a cat head of state?
Let’s say Furr 3 happens (crossing fingers). Other than dogs and cats, what other kind of stories about animals do you think we should try to include?
I feel like most people have a disturbing story in them about having a pet fish when they were little. Oftentimes people give fish to kids without really looking into the needs and the specificities of these little creatures, which can result in some pretty sad/gross confrontations with childhood responsibility. I, for one, still have bad dreams about my childhood beta fish Boring jumping out of his bowl because the water was filled too high.