Tito W. James: What are your thoughts on FanExpo Boston?
Meredith Finch: I love all of the FanExpo shows. It’s one of the shows that we regularly go to because they’re always very good to their creators. They put on a very well-organized creator-focused convention.
TWJ: That’s good to hear. One of the things I noticed when Boston Comic Con made the switch over to FanExpo Boston was that the number of high profile creators and celebrity guests increased dramatically.
MF: Yeah they’re great. They’ve been doing it since they started in Toronto ten-plus years ago. It’s always been more about the creators and less about the other stuff.
TWJ: Can you share some of your thoughts about contemporary comics culture?
MF: I just love that we are in an era where there’s a much broader diversity of comic book genres. You have horror comics, romance comics, and it’s starting to feel like the way comics used to be when they first came out.
And I think it’s such a great time to just be in comics because there are so many opportunities for any idea. You can throw any idea out there and it will find an audience.
TWJ: Are there any genres that you’d like to see explored further?
MF: I love fantasy fiction and I think that that’s really starting to develop more and have a stronger genre-comic fanbase. You can never have enough fantasy for me!
TWJ: In terms of your own work, are there any stories that inspire you?
MF: A lot of my stories tend to come from my own life experiences. I tend to be more inspired by people in my life and the experiences that they’ve had. I want to share these experiences in a way that the reader can relate to.
TWJ: One of the critiques of fantasy and genre fiction is that they become reliant on tropes. What are your thoughts on that?
MF: I think that every story has tropes. There are like ten different versions of Law and Order and people still love it. I don’t think you have to reinvent the wheel. I just think you have to do something creative that comes from the heart and people will respond to that.
I mean, there is certainly a place for people to do new and different things. But I don’t think just because you’re doing something that has been done before is a reason to not do it.
TWJ: Genre has been described as a platform of a sandbox to explore larger ideas. What do you think about that description?
MF: I agree with that 100%. I think that any sort of mythology base gives you guidelines or parameters to work within and then you take that wherever you want to take it. You’re limited only by your own imagination and creativity.