price of being human. You can avoid thinking about it for a while if you want, but it’s always there.”
To create “Pretty Deadly,” DeConnick and Rios mostly communicate electronically — DeConnick is based in Oregon, and Rios works from her native Spain — so they chat often via e-mail, Slack and Pinterest.
Rios said“Pretty Deadly” has been intense and rewarding.
“‘Pretty Deadly’ is a difficult book (to draw), and it’s always challenging,” Rios says. “But Kelly Sue and I are really close after all this time working together.”
DeConnick says that working with Rios has been an “incredible experience,” and that it was her husband, writer Matt Fraction, who convinced her that it was worth checking in with Rios and to see whether she’d like to collaborate on a creatorowned project.
“The thing is, this is very much a creative partnership. We developed this book in tandem,” DeConnick says. “I have the last word on words. She has the last word on pictures.
DeConnick thinks that there’s never been a better time for her to dive into creator-owned works such as “Pretty Deadly.” It is important for writers and artists to own their own properties when the opportunity presents itself, she says. And she considers herself and Fraction quite fortunate to have a significant audience interested in the stories they tell.
“This industry is a very tricky balancing act. Everybody has an invisible expiration date on their forehead, and you have to plan for that,” she continues. “You have to keep yourself honest. You have to keep following your passions so you don’t get stale and they don’t tire of you any sooner than they’re going to anyway.”
As far as DeConnick is concerned, the writing is on the wall when it comes to working in the comicbook industry; Steady work and popularity are not promised.
“As much as we may love the people that we work with at Marvel and DC and the experiences that we’ve had there — and it’s been a tremendous honor — corporations don’t love you back, and they won’t pay for your retirement,” DeConnick says.
Not to say that DeConnick doesn’t miss her mainstream superhero days. She’s especially sentimental when it comes to her time writing “Captain Marvel.”
“I love Carol Danvers very much. She was like a friend that lived in my head for a few years,” DeConnick says. “
But DeConnick continues to tell herself that now is not the time for her to return to such corporateowned titles.
“It doesn’t make sense for me right now as a breadwinner,” DeConnick says. “I’m not the breadwinner in my family, but I am a breadwinner in my family. It’s not wise at this particular moment in my career.”