Interview with Graham Annable – what is a Grickle?

Chris Mautner at Comic Book Resources talked to cartoonist Graham Annable about the upcoming release of “The Book of Grickle” from Dark Horse Comics.

Q. What’s the significance of “Grickle” anyway? Does it mean anything in particular?

A. Grickle is a nickname, amongst a billion nicknames, that my father used for me as a kid. Pretty much every week he’d have new ones he’d be trying out on me and my sister. Grickle is the one that really stuck with me. When I put together the first self-published booklet of short stories I was really perplexed as to what to title the whole thing. Grickle just felt right. And it still does.

Q. Give me a little bit of background/biography. Where did you grow up? How did you get interested in art and comics?What made you decide to take the leap into becoming a professional cartoonist?

A. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Basically at the Northern tip of Michigan on the Canadian side. From an early age I’ve been a hoarder of books. Especially paperback collections. I had stacks and stacks of Peanuts and Archie digests. I think a lot of that stuff affected my brain. When I was about to graduate from high school I was seriously considering going into biology. But as I was looking over my science books I realized they were almost all illegibly covered in doodles. I decided at that point that I’d try and pursue cartoons instead.