“The great thing about making comics is that it's a team effort.”
When Amy Chu first published Girls Night Out, her three-volume comics anthology llustrated by artists like Sean Chen and Cabbral, she never imagined she’d one day be writing comics for Marvel and DC.
“I got into comics by accident, trying to help a friend of mine publish her own stories,” Chu says. “Then it became my passion, too.”
Girls Night Out featured a mix of adventure, action, drama, and sci-fi stories, taking readers from the streets of NYC to outer space.
Publishing the anthology introduced Chu to a welcoming fanbase. "I love reading [her] work, which always delivers intriguing, fully formed characters, an unexpected twist, and an emotional gut-punch,” wrote David Liss, whose work includes Mystery Men and The Spider, about volume one.
These days, Chu writes for Marvel Comics' Red Sonja and DC's Poison Ivy. But she recently launched a Kickstarter project revisiting the early volumes of Girls Night Out, which she credits with launching her comics career.
“The great thing about making comics is that it's a team effort,” she says. “We're taking creative risks together.”
For Chu, taking risks is inherent to her success, and it's something she urges fellow writers and artists to embrace. “Don't be afraid to explore new frontiers,” she says. “So much of success is in the execution. Don't worry about it being perfect. Worry about getting it done.” Wise words.