Since then she has been one of the nicest, friendliest, and most helpful professionals we have ever talked to. Throughout our email exchanges and during the course of this conversation she has become invaluable to the site. Her knowledge, her help and above all her incredible writing has influenced us all to be better. An official Friend of the site and a woman of as many hatsas she has hair colors. In fact, Nicole’s Twitter profile may illuminate her better than I could:
She really is inspiring and its an honor that she took time out of her schedule to talk with us. Look at that bio. Check out all of her pictures. Nicole embodies everything I want this site to be: talented, well known, respected, and loved.
If you love her answers as much as I did head over to Nicole’s IndieGoGo campaign and lets get her book published!
Also, check out tons of pictures Nicole took at San Diego Comic Con over at her Tumblr site. http://nicolesixxphotos.tumblr.com/ (All of the pictures come from her Tumblr page, with permission. Follow her on Twitter for even more amazing pictures.)
Nicole offered to answer any questions I had about her, about the comics industry, and about San Diego Comic Con. After taking my hundreds of fanboy questions down to a reasonable amount we have this great interview to share with all of you.
Kevin Hellions: How many hats do you wear at an event like Comic Con? What is the balance between professional, fan and friend?
Nicole Sixx: At Comic Con I pretty much only have time to be a friend and a professional. Not that I ever really was the sort to fan out. To me even when your work is legendary I still know you yourself are just a person, so I treat you like a person.
Hellions: Who or what inspires you? Are you more influenced by the creators or their creations?
Sixx: Both. I’m inspired by styles and personal successes of people I respect. Fictional characters from my youth, narrative styles I grew up on like Stephen King and Michael Crichton, artists I know. All artists I know in some way, a select few more than others. People I hate, although not in a way that’s kind to them, they just keep me from ever becoming like them. Religion, mine and others, history too. Random objects I see that are different than anything else around them. Gerard Way, Mike Mignola, and Steve Niles by time spent around them and their worlds observing and learning.
Hellions: How important is it to network at any event like Comic Con? Would you advice other professionals to attend after hours and off site events in order to get more exposure?
Sixx: Don’t be weird. I personally saved most of my networking for smaller cons when people had more time to actually care and just hung out at SDCC. I do give you my card if we just met, but that’s because we just met and I want to keep in touch. The only actual “work” I do at Comic Con happens at panels and Tr!ckster Symposiums. Also, I personally never pitch at Comic Con. Smaller cons equal less bored/stressed editors and more time.
Hellions: Are there certain codes of conduct that should be observed by fans, professionals, or any interactions between the two? A “Rules for Comic Con”. (Maybe one major rule and if you want to throw in an embarrassing story to illustrate that rule without any identifying details, I would not stop you. Even if only one person changes his/her behavior for the better, your colleagues will forever thank you.)
Sixx: I have no embarrassing stories from Comic Con. Professionally I only seem to ever mess up in front of Scott Allie. More than I’d like really. Luckily Allie is a really cool guy who gets human behavior with an understanding that’s a few steps ahead of most. Probably what makes him such a great editor. Definitely what makes him such a great writer.
Just don’t be weird, rude, or too enthusiastic. They’re used to all three, but none leave the good clean impression just being normal and treating them like people will.
Also, show up an hour early to every panel, two at least if Gerard Way’s on it.
Hellions: How do you respond to anyone’s negative opinion that (insert property here) is “just for kids”. I’m specifically thinking of Aquabats but that attitude could be applied to many things there — My Little Pony, Star Wars, even comics themselves.
Sixx: If it’s written by adults how can it ever be just for kids? Nothing is just for anyone, it’s for whoever it speaks too. Which may be kiddos in one generation and adults in the next. What if a freaking lion loved it the way my cats love watching green plants and tree on tv? You gonna be the one to tell that lion The Aquabats is just for kids? Go on, have fun with that.
I’m always amazed how anyone ever thinks they have a right to tell anyone else what to like or not like. But maybe that’s just cuz I have no interest in having friends who can only like and dislike the things that they’re told too.
Hellions: Upon leaving Comic Con what creator or project has you the most excited and thus jumped to the top of your to read pile?
Sixx: I was inspired most by Becky Cloonan’s rise to success story, Dave McKean talking about the psychological use of art in horror, and Dark Horse Comics’ “Drawing on Your Nightmares” panel. My read list of currently unreleased titles are all Dark Horse this round.
“Rotten Apple”, “Hellboy in Hell”, “Final Night”, and “To Hell You Ride”. I also recommend “Concrete Park” and “Orchid”.