It’s too late to be someone else when I grow up but I still dream about becoming Jules Rivera or at least more like her. She’s an extremely talented artist. Plus, her tattoos are the coolest. Everything about her is the coolest. I think she fits the bill of being one of the coolest chicks ever.
What are you working on now?
Let’s see…I just wrapped an art test for a major toy IP and next up I’ve got colors for a children’s book, colors for a graphic novel, logo design, RPG spot illustrations, and that’s just the pay stuff. Then I have to set up my Patreon and get back to my personal work.
Who has influenced you as an artist?
The underserved audiences. When I first started making comics and art, I mainly did it for myself. However, there came a time when I started to look around me and see the major companies ignoring entire swaths of people. Women, girls, boys, ethnic people, whatever. My people. My work became about giving my people a voice, and when your work becomes about something bigger than you, it changes everything.
Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character
Female hero: Storm. Female villain: The Misfits. Female character: Sailor Mars.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I have been brought onto projects because I’m a woman, but nobody has ever given me the note: “Draw this to look more girly.” I think people expect a certain type of art from me because of the brand I’ve built which isn’t quite the same as “because I are a female.” I may draw colorful, expressive characters, but I can draw out a hell of an action sequence too.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
Living in Southern California, I have two of the biggest conventions in the country within a stone’s throw of me. It’s also great to travel to shows like New York Comic Con and Awesome Con. Every convention offers me the chance to see the creators I talk to online so each one is like a little family reunion. They’re great!
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Extrovert. Rare for an artist. Even more rare: I’m good at math.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Um…everywhere. There are life and inspiration in the people, places and living things all around us. The beautiful mountains around me, a weird plant on the street, a curious character I’ve seen on my travels. All of it can be inspiration for new material. If I’m out and I have eyeballs, I’m collecting inspiration.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
Take a walk. It helps to clear my head and, again, find more inspiration.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
I’m always blown away when people tell me they’ve been inspired by me or my work. It feels like such a huge responsibility. Like “OH MY GOSH, YOU LIKED THE THING I DREW THAT MUCH?! IT MADE YOU WANT TO DO A THING?” It’s so huge. Words can’t quite capture the feeling.
Beverage of choice?
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Just last year, I was Carmen San Diego. My Instagram can confirm this.
What do you want people to know about you?
I’m very, very loud, but I’m otherwise each to talk to. Try not to say anything mean or I’ll have to eat your face.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?
I’ve been proud of many things only to cringe at seeing them six months later. I’d say one thing I’ve done that has any real staying power with me is Misfortune High. I’m really happy with how it came out.