Katie Cook adds more horsepower to her resume this April, writing IDW Publishing's "My Little Pony Micro-Series #3: Rarity" featuring art by Andy Price. "Rarity" is Cook's second concurrent "My Little Pony" book in addition to scripting the ongoing "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" comic, based on Hasbro's animated series of the same name.
CBR News spoke with Cook who happily explained why she loves the character of Rarity so much and what fans of "My Little Pony" can expect to find in the done-in-one story. Cook also dishes on her favorite '80s animated TV shows and shares some exclusive artwork from the issue!
CBR News: What's the premise of "My Little Pony Micro-Series #3: Rarity?"
Katie Cook: I pitched story ideas for a few of the ponies, but I was really excited when IDW picked my Rarity story. Not everyone likes Rarity best, but I find her amazing. She's fun to write and she's comedy gold.
But then I was told that my idea wouldn't work because it's the premise of a future "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" cartoon episode. Bah!
So, I came up with a new story for Rarity. One where she is really pushed outside of her comfort zone… and then she uses her Rarity-ness to bring everything back to a level where she's in control again. I loved being able to write a story where she really was pushed to her boundaries and how she brings it all back around. She's fun.
Can you share the story idea for "Rarity" that was nixed?
Nope! Since it will be the plot of a future episode, I can't give it away.
Does "Rarity" tie-in to the ongoing IDW series you also write, "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?"
I think of the "Micro-Series" as episodes of the TV show. They are slice-of-life stories that really explore the character in a way you can't when you have the entire Mane Six hanging around.
I don't think the stories need to really tie-in to the ongoing, bigger stories. They're more for fun, light-hearted slices of awesome.
Why did you decide to take on Rarity instead of one of the other members of the Mane Six?
Rarity is deeply flawed and yet insanely lovable to me. She is a very egocentric, prissy character I loved so much from '80s cartoons when I was a kid. She loves fashion and looking perfect, but she's also emotional and very sweet. She over-reacts, she whines, she rolls her eyes, but she's still loyal and generous; who wouldn't want that kind of character to play around with? She has lots of potential for great "moments."
You just mentioned your love of '80s cartoons -- any other favorites from that time period?
This is a loaded question, as I have re-watched some of them and some are terrible. Regardless, here goes: "Care Bears," "DuckTales," "The Snorks," "Muppet Babies," "Gummi Bears," "Rainbow Brite," "Jem," "Strawberry Shortcake," "ThunderCats," "TMNT," "Popples" and "Pound Puppies."
Honestly, if it was animated and had a toy line, I watched it.
What's your take on the TV version of "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic?"
I really love it -- not just because I have a daughter, but because it really hits that mark of "all ages" material I really push for in comics today.
I don't think that just because something is aimed towards kids that it has to talk down to kids. It should be enjoyable on many levels and have something for kids and adults, otherwise you may as well be writing episodes of "Barney" and teaching the ABCs in your book.
Do you write scripts differently for other artists than for a script you're penciling yourself?
Considering I'm an artist myself, I start every panel in the script with a long description of how I see the panel being drawn. With this in mind, Andy Price who's drawing "Rarity" is welcome to ignore these notes.
How does the comic book medium allow you to create different types of stories than those shown in the TV series?
I think we can tell bigger stories and have more fun with expressions and characters. In the show, you are limited to a 20-some minute timeline. The comics take you beyond that.
What other projects do you have coming up?
Mostly, writing more Ponies and convention appearances. I have so many conventions to attend! I also still do my weekly webcomic, "Gronk!"
Finally, have you gotten any reviews of your "My Little Pony" comics from your own daughter yet?
She's not quite old enough to complain about story structure to me yet, but she does seem to like how much Pinkie Pie is in it.
"My Little Pony Micro-Series #3: Rarity" by Katie Cook and Andy Price is available for purchase this April from IDW Publishing