Isabel is settling in with Beto and his father. This panel’s dominated by all the black ink, a silhouette that looks almost like a separate piece of cut paper laid over the main drawing. There’s some peace, maybe some pleasure in the faces of the characters, but there’s still a struggle apparent in the division of space. There’s still something gnawing at Isabel, no matter where she goes or what she does.
ROZ KIRBY: Have you been satisfied with what you’ve done?
KIRBY: Have I been satisfied with what I’ve done?
KIRBY: If I’ve done it myself, I’ve always been satisfied. If somebody interfered, it always created a bad period in my life.
GROTH: What was the most creatively rewarding period in your career?
KIRBY: I believe when I was given full rein on The New Gods. I was given full rein on The New Gods, and I was given full rein on Mr. Miracle. Mr. Miracle was a fine strip. I was given full rein on many other strips, which sold extremely well and made me very happy. I was happy doing them because as a professional, you’ve got to take the credit for it, or you’ve got to take the, beating for it. I don’t like to take a beating without being responsible.
GROTH: You don’t want to take somebody else’s beating.
KIRBY: I don’t want to take somebody else’s beating. That makes me unhappy. So right now, I can tell you, I’m a happy man because whatever I’m doing, I do for myself and I do a little creating here and there for others, and they work out very well. I feel like an independent man, and I am. This is the kind of feeling I always wanted. You can rarely get that… Well, I could rarely get that in the early part of my life.
GROTH: I think most people can rarely get that. You have to fight for it.
“I would like to think that people can pick up books like Batman Incorporated or The Multiversity and see their own lives reflected. But I’d always caveat that with the need for us to see more diverse writers and artists, because that’s when I think the walls will really come down. As a straight [white guy from Scotland] I can only do so much, and I find even sometimes when you do this, you do get accused of tokenism or pandering. I don’t mind it. I can put up with that, but I’d rather see a genuine spread of writers and artists creating this material.”—Grant Morrison (via digital-femme)
More from that long ago issue. Love the handles on the dresser, the tear in the fabric of the chair, Danita's left foot behind her right ankle, her son's coat and Ray's left hand on the top of his canvas.