Irma Eriksson rocks! If only I lived closer to Sweden, we could have drinks and attend Comic Cons together. Obviously, Sweden is not in the picture, which is why the Internet is awesome. I can follow all of the people that I want to be BFF’s with on social media. For now, we can all follow Irma on all of her websites. Check out her comic strip at http://imycomic.com. It’s hilarious. I have already cast myself in the role of Kat.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?
I believe it was late high school. I never took an art class or anything, but I decided to sit down one day and draw fairies. I had a big sketchbook and I decided to use Victoria’s Secret models so that I could try to draw from real women instead of doing something cartoonish. Many of the poses turned out to be perfect for my faerie drawings and after I’d done a whole series I was so proud of how they’d come out. It was the first time I really felt like I really could do this drawing thing.
What are you working on now?
Probably too much! I have my main comic, “Imy” which I’ve been publishing online for 8 and a half years which is still running. Then I have my geeky space-nerd comic that I’ve done since 2012 called “Cosmical” that updates when I get inspiration for it. I just recently started a new comic on Tumblr called “Confessions of a Part-Time Girly Girl” which is more of a fun little diary comic inspired by my struggle between wanting to sometimes feel “girly” while never actually ever being a girly-girl.
Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
I’ve never been that kind of person who clamps onto a single artist that they admired and aspired to be like from day one. My inspirations have always come from random pieces of art or comics I come across, rather than specific artists. My inspirations change often so I can’t say that any one person or work has influenced me the most. I just draw from everything that sparks something in me.
Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
I never read superhero comic books, and as much as I love the Marvel films and TV shows, it’s all still a new world to me. But in the Marvel world, and I take just from films and tv-shows, I’d have to say Peggy Carter. She’s not a superhero so she’s relatable. She’s incredibly clever, strong and fearless. She lives in a time that is much harder on women but she doesn’t let it phase her one bit. I wish I could be that self-assured.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
This is a hilarious question because “cute” is what I do. It wasn’t my initial intention. I didn’t set out to draw “cute,” but it just became my natural style. Even if I were to draw a zombie or a vampire, it would probably come out as “cute.” I’ve never gotten any expectations from anyone on my drawing styles or subjects solely because I’m a woman. I have had people be surprised at conventions when they ask me if I’ve drawn everything that’s on my table and I answer with a “yes” but I don’t believe that has anything to do with my gender.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
Not as much as I’d like! My average has been about three a year. I always do a comic festival in Stockholm called Stockholm’s International Comic Festival, and I also do NYCC every year. I usually squeeze a third one in. I do enjoy them a lot but there can be some frustrations. I have mostly original work with me and people tend to gravitate towards fanart, so it can be difficult to get people to my table. But I love going to meet new people, make new friends, and meet up with artist friends who I’ve gotten to know online.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introverted extrovert, maybe? I like to go out and meet people but it can be very anxiety inducing for me at the same time!
Where do you find your inspiration?
When I’m writing for my comics it’s life, mostly. I’m a big “write/draw what you know” person. Otherwise inspiration comes randomly. Sometimes just by seeing a specific color, or a thought I get while I’m taking a walk or a shower. There is no real source. It just happens. And sometimes it doesn’t!
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
Cry? I’m kidding…mostly. I’ve been drawing comics for 9 years and I still don’t really know. I’ve tried everyone’s “remedies” from taking a walk, to stepping away and doing something else, to just drawing random stuff to spark ideas, and none of those work for me. I can be stuck in a writer’s block hole for ages before finally, something hits me. I put an incredible amount of pressure on myself, and I think it ends up hurting my creative process. It can be really frustrating.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an
The coolest thing that’s happened to me was a simple comic I posted on social media that eventually led to a freelance job with NASA. In late December 2014 NASA did a test launch for it’s Orion craft so I decided to draw a quick little comic for my “Cosmical” strip while the launch was happening, and it went viral on Twitter. Some people at NASA saw it and it eventually led to them contacting me about some freelance work for them. As a life-long space fanatic that couldn’t have been more perfect for me!
Beverage of choice?
A latte with some cinnamon sprinkled on top!
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
I live in Sweden where Halloween isn’t really observed. It’s gained a little bit of traction over the years but most people don’t like it, or ignore it. It can be so maddening for me because Halloween was one of my favorite holidays when I lived in the US. Even if I don’t dress up fully I always try to wear a little something Halloween-ish every year. My go-to has been a tiny witch hat that I put on for the day. Everyone looks at me like I’m crazy, and some people have actually gotten angry with me for wearing it, but I’d be so sad if I skipped Halloween altogether just because most people around me don’t celebrate it!
What do you want people to know about you?
As much as people want to beliebve it, my comic character “Imy” is *NOT* me! I have never ending patience for watching the night sky, with or without a telescope – I could watch all night without a wink of sleep. And I make a mean apple pie!