Off Panel #362: Beyond the Galaxy with Faith Erin Hicks

Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks joins Off Panel to chat about her past few years and her upcoming graphic novel, Ride On. Hicks discusses revisiting works, the origins of Ride On, her desire to slow down, the power of no, horse books, her process, fandom as a skeleton key, tapping into your inner fan, developing the book’s cast, improvements in her art, character acting, Kelly Fitzpatrick’s colors, writing for someone else, creating as the world falls apart, and more.

You can find Hicks on Twitter and her work in Ride On from First Second.

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Header art is from Hicks’ cover to Ride On. Off Panel’s theme music is an original track by custom music agency Upright T-Rex Music, written and performed specifically for the podcast. A huge thanks to Ross and Cody from Upright T-Rex Music for putting the track together!