Action Lab's Gronk Tells A Kid-Friendly Monster Story
A not-very-scary young monster tries to navigate life in the human world in Katie Cook's all-ages webcomic Gronk, an original comic from the writer/artist of series including IDW Publishing's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. In March, Action Lab Entertainment brings the comic to print in Gronk: A Monster's Story Volume 1 ($9.99, 978-1-63229-008-5), the first full color collection of the series.
Gronk is a monster... and not a very good one. Gronk tells the tale of a young monster who has turned her back on monsterdom (mostly because no one found her scary) and has become fascinated with humans. She moves in with her human friend Dale and her pets Kitty and Harli, a 160 lb. Newfoundland Dale wants to declare as a dependent to the IRS.
BookShelf conducted a brief interview with Cook, to help introduce her new series.
Diamond: Tell us a little bit about yourself! What are you currently working on?
Katie Cook (KC): My name is Katie Cook! I've recently been working for IDW writing for My Little Pony, I've done a few little things for Marvel, and I publish my creator owned book with Action Lab! Gronk: A Monster's Story is in good hands with them.
Diamond: How long have you been working with sequential art? What titles, companies, and creators have you worked with over your time in comics?
KC: I've been in comics since college.
That was a while ago.
Maybe not THAT long ago.
What I'm saying is I'm not that old. I'm only KIND OF old. I think the first professional sequential project I did was a Dark Horse Presents short story yeeeears ago. Since then I've worked on Fraggle Rock, My Little Pony, Star Wars webcomics, and miscellaneous Marvel stuff! Plus my own books. Crazy!
Diamond: Did you have a mentor or hero in the industry that inspired you to pursue a career in comics?
KC: I really wanted to be a newspaper strip cartoonist when I was a kid. I wanted to be the next Bill Watterson. As an adult, I still want to be Bill Watterson… not just his talent but his hermit-like lifestyle. Ha!
Diamond: In your opinion, how has the comic book industry evolved in terms of gender?
KC: Because of the internet, the industry is full of EVERYONE that makes comics. It's not just "the guys that work for the big two." It's a plethora of indie creators… male/female, young/old… I'm sure there's a cat out there with his own webcomic. Anyone can make great comics and put them online and get a following!
Katie Cook was featured on the NFL Network's Superbowl™ Pregame Show, NFL Game Day Morning, as Gronk, the adorable little monster and star of the comic shares a name with New England Patriots tight end, Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski. In the segment, Cook was interviewed by host Steve Cyphers and drew Gronk dressed as "Gronk" for the cameras. See the video feature here.
Gronk: A Monster's Story Volume 1 is scheduled for release March 24 and is featured in the DBD April 2015 Sales Kit.
Click on the image to read a preview of Gronk: A Monster's Story