Interview with Jade Sarson – Creator of webcomic Café Suada

The Comic Village at the London MCM Expo has always been a place that collects so many talented and diverse artists in one place, each of them with a stand where they showcase their latest and greatest works for appreciation and purchase. One such artist is Jade Sarson, a talented illustrator based in Milton Keynes who among many other projects writes and illustrates the beautiful webcomic Café Suada. I managed to have a quick chat with her at the London MCM Expo discussing the past, present and future of her body of work.

Chris: Could you tell us who you are and what you have here today, giving us a brief synopsis of your webcomic?

Jade: I’m Jade Sarson, I’m here in the Comic Village with my webcomic Café Suada which I’ve also printed two chapters of. I have a website, and I do comics about romance and tea and just general fun.

Chris: I really, really love the art style of the webcomic. How did you originally come up with the idea and are there any other influences on the art?

Jade: Yeah, definitely. I used to be really into modern comics but actually I found some old 1960s and 1970s comics annuals like June and all that sort of thing. I really like the way the paper had faded but the screen tones had stayed quite sharp and clear. So I tried to emulate that, but put a modern twist on it.

Chris: Could you give us a bit of your own professional background? When did you actually start being serious about drawing and how have you built up your career?

Jade: I think I probably got serious when I went to university and realised that illustration wasn’t going to be completely for me because my first love was comics and has always been comics. That was when I originally started Café Suada, so that was when it really took off and people began to notice me.

Chris: Are there any other webcomics you read? Do any of them influence you in any way?

Jade: Oh definitely. Fruit Machine by Evelyn Hewett and The Summer of Blake Sinclair by Sarah Burgess. Also Rebecca Burgess does another comic called Strangers and Friends. They’re all quite emotive and expressive and really different to your typical webcomics. We’re all friends and we all really love each other’s comics so I definitely want to give a shout out to those guys.

Chris: What’s next for you? Do you have any other projects that you’re working on?

Jade: Yes, I’m looking into some funding at the moment which should cover me creating a full-length graphic novel. It’s called Siddown! and it’s about a British time-travelling train. That will be the longest graphic novel that I’ve done so far, so hopefully that will be out soon.

Chris: And finally what advice would you give any artists who need guidance towards what they really should be doing towards being serious artists?

Jade: I’d say there’s not a set way to get into comics. There’s no set rules, you can do what you want, but I would suggest practise, practise, practise and look at as many different things as you can. Not just comics, watch plenty of good films, TV shows, read lots of great literature so that you can get as many influences as possible and create really great work. Don’t be a copycat, that’s my ultimate advice.

And there we go. Jade is present at the Comic Village at the London MCM Expo this weekend, so if you drop by you’ll find her selling the first two chapters of Café Suada in print form, as well as offering to illustrate portraits that are sketched, inked or coloured. You can also visit her website, and read her ongoing webcomic Café Suada at

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