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A to Z Challenge 2016: Reflection

A-to-Z Reflection [2016]

So it was not a perfect challenge. . . it was a little dyslexic and two letters were forgotten. Sorry X and Z. Maybe I’ll get to you next year.

However, I was mostly pleased with this challenge. There were 24 talented, funny, amazing ladies that agreed to do interviews and actually replied. Soon, I will add them to my interview page.

Hopefully, next year I will have more time for blogging. My time was consumed by being a soccer mom, work and sleep.

No regrets.

P.S.  I honestly do not know what I’m going to do next with the blog. Suggestions welcome.

 

Gabrielle Bueno: A to Z Challenge

Gabrielle Bueno was a last minute addition to the female comic book artist lineup. Thank goodness that she agreed to do the interview!
She loves Harley Quinn and sweet tea. Check out some of her Harley Quinn art work and original comic book, Die Erste Liebe. She is completely and totally awesome!
What are you working on now?
I’ve just wrapped up a short six page comic called “Le Petit Monstre,” for my portfolio and now I’m living free and getting back onto my neglected webcomic entitled “Die Erste Liebe.” I’m awful fond of titles in other languages.
Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
A big influence on my art have been my peers mostly. Valerie Bastille is a good friend of mine whose dreamy artwork is a big inspiration. She influenced a lot of my painting while my favorite comic artist Sean Murphy influenced a lot of my inking. Those two come to mind more than others, although I’ve been influenced by so many things in my short life.
Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character
Harley Quinn hands down. A little nervous about her big screen debut in Suicide Squad but man would I love to draw her series. She’s such a fun character that really spoke to me even as a child watching the Batman Animated Series.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I would hope not and if so that’s pretty silly. I draw what I like, whether it be something ultra kawaii and adorable or something visceral, sexual and horrifying. If anyone put me in a box based on gender they’d be missing out on some weird stuff.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I love tabling at cons, not so much being on the other side with all the people haha. I recently returned from Emerald City Comic Con and had a blast! It’s really fun to meet other artists you know from online or even artists that you admire with all your heart. To actually have that short moment of face to face contact can make an impact on a gal. I know I was a little starstruck with some people.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I’m an extroverted introvert thanks to years of retail 😀 I don’t mind talking to people and I can, but boy do I love me some alone time yessiree.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere I can. Primarily through the comics/art section of bookstores, but even in my day to day life I try to take something that I can put in my work, whether it be a piece of fashion I spotted online or a classic car that almost tried to run me over crossing the street. Everything can be inspiration.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
 
Typically draw until the writers block goes away haha. Honestly, my bouts of writing inspiration come and go. I try to jot things down when I can but I try to balance writing and art. Usually I won’t suffer a block from either side unless I’m killin’ myself over a page and then I’ll get frustrated. At that point reading a comic or playing a game chills me out.
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
Not really! Everyone’s been very nice to me and so far respects what I’m doing and my work. Boys can get a little weird with me (unless I’m just not good at recognizing flirting) but otherwise it’s been pretty laid back.
Beverage of choice?
Green tea latte or original down south sweet tea. MMMMM. ❤
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Just this past year and I was Harley Quinn~!
What do you want people to know about you?
That the reality is I’m a space witch from a galaxy far far away here to demand all your comics are belong to us or some other internet meme popular from with the kids these days. Seriously.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?
I was extremely happy/proud of finishing the first act of my webcomic Die Erste Liebe. I had been writing that story since I was a child so to see at least a piece of it finished and shared online for all to read was a surreal moment in my life. Yes it’s not published work, but that story is my baby, and it’s finally being made. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing all your hard work finished.

Alina Urusov: A to Z Challenge

 

Alina Urusov has done art and colors for comic books such as X-Force and Young Avengers Presents and X-Force #11. She has also done the cover art for  NYX: No Way Home and other Marvel Comics’ publications.

I’m still in shock that she agreed to do this interview. Enjoy!

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?
Some early things include Jesus, naked women, horses and princesses, and this one awful painting in art class at age 5 that must have looked like a tortured soul’s divulgence into insanity..
What are you working on now?
I will soon start work on a personal contribution to a comics anthology, but I have been taken a hiatus to travel and raise my toddler lately..


Who has influenced you the most as an artist?
Everything has, but probably the art books my mom had when I was a child, because I became so familiar with art that I could easily see myself carving masterpieces too, haha


Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
honestly I dont follow comics and I never attach myself to characters, I just enjoy pieces of fiction as a whole, for the atmosphere they create and to escape my own headspace.
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
I hope by now I have sufficiently proven myself, so that’s probably not the case and I enjoy the darker things just as much as the cute things, actually when the two are combined it creates an indispensible balance..


How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
I dont go anymore.. I used to when I was producing more.. they are work for me.. another way of selling my product, and doing sketches for 3 days straight can get tough. I enjoy the cosplays immensly though..


Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert mostly, but its important for me to have one on one connections with others. I dont do well in groups as much.. unless we are all busy being useful.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In visual things of an articulate design.. I have a lot of wondefully designed nicknacks.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
well I havent tried being a writer but inspiration and meditation or just Doing Something Else should solve that problem.


Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
Yes and yes, I actually have a great memory for awkward moments in my life, but listing them here would just cause a daylong journey into a bad frame of mind.. in a nutshell I will simply say, deadlines and perfectionism don’t mix, for those who are looking to be a writer or artist, mkay..
Beverage of choice?
green smoothy.. I am into health and taking care of the temple that is my bod these day ya dig.
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

Haha what is this Halloween, I have deadlines and a baby to dress down to.. but seriously, I just wore raver gear and hooped at a rave last time – something everyone should do.. every day..
What do you want people to know about you?

I am no longer an artist.I am a citizen of mother earth and I am committed to dedicating my life to taking good care of her and myself by doing creative things when i please and staying healthy and happy dammit! People, make sure you are doing what feels right and feels right the morning after as well.. it is high time end the suffering we create for ourselves so we can have no regrets later.. the end.

 

Alina Urusov

 

ALL ARTWORK © 2010 ALINA URUSOV
ALL CHARACTERS © TO THEIR RESPECTIVE OWNERS.


Trie Blasingame: A to Z Challenge

 

Trie Blasingame made this adorable mermaid/unicorn that I love. Apparently, we also have the same glasses. And the same sweater. And the same sense of humor. We’re almost the same person except that one of us is a talented artist and the other is not.

Keep reading to find out more about Trie, who is the talented artist.

 

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing?

 

The first thing I was really just pleased with as a semi-finished piece was this unicorn-mermaid chimera creature I drew in 2015 because drawing is really a new-ish thing for me because I work primarily sculpturally, but I found in the last couple of years that I really wanted my work to be more illustrative.

 

The unicorn-mermaid was also the point at which the aesthetic for my illustration work solidified.

 

What are you working on now?

 

I always have a bunch of different projects going on—some large, some small—and right now isn’t any different.  I have three Thing-A-Day projects going on—Selfie-A-Day, Photo-A-Day, and Sketch-A-Day—as well as an opera series that I’m kinda working my way slowly through.  I’m also playing with encaustic and cold wax, which are both totally fun.  But, really, it’s a lot of little things currently rather than a huge series, sprawling series.

 

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

 

This is always such a difficult question to answer, ya know?  But, I honestly have to say that the person that influenced me most as an artist was Ed McCullough, my 3-D art professor in art school, and not because he was my professor or because he was a sculptor (he’s an excellent large-scale metal sculptor, by-the-by)—I mean, those were probably in there somewhere—but because Ed was the first art instructor that I had ever had that was openly interdisciplinary in how they approached their work and how they expected us to approach our work.

 

Ed shared what he was reading with us (Dante’s Inferno at the time) and shared movies that influenced him (anything Fellini) and people he had found inspiring (he adored Mother Teresa) and wanted to know about what we liked and were inspired by in-turn.

 

Somehow, all of these disparate parts came together in his work.

 

He shared his process with us—like, his actual process not just here’s the technical “how to do the thing” walk-through that most of my art instructors were presenting—and had us complete a project in that way so that we could feel how another artist might work, which is the kind of headspace emersion that we all want as artists, that HOW ARE THEY DOING THIS kind of delving, and he shared it with us intentionally and with no hesitation.

 

He was also just the most amazing, hands-off instructor who would suddenly APPEAR at the exact moment when you needed a hand or another set of eyes while still encouraging us all to get feedback from the people we worked around—something we all started to call “crit-on-the-fly”—because the person sitting across from us had been looking at our work for as long as we had been, so they were likely going to have some thoughts and opinions.  It was just the best way to learn and work as a young artist.

 

Ed gave me process-art as a legitimate exploration of my own art practice; gave me the realization that art really isn’t ever done, it’s just abandoned; and gave me the example of someone else with a million-and-one interests who still managed to make them all relevant to their work.  And, he shared it all freely.

 

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?

 

Do I have to pick just one?  Because I have a lot a lot.

 

Okay, top *cough*fourteen*cough* in no particular order:  Laura, The Wicked + The Divine; Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl; Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel; America Chavez, The Young Avengers; Peggy Carter; Spider-Gwen; Deathface Ginny, Pretty Deadly; Haruhara Haruko, FLCL; Mad Hatter, Angel Sanctuary; Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel; Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow; Kate Bishop/Hawkeye; Harley Quinn; and Penny Rolle, Bitch Planet.

 

(I could really keep going here, and I’m totally behind on my comic reading.)

 

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?

 

Ya know, I’m not sure—especially since I’m genderqueer—and also because my work always has a tendency to walk the creepy-cute-abject line, but people do seem surprised with the depth and breathe of subject matter that comes into my work and how I negotiate it.

 

Like, my primary impetus, as an artist, is fairytales but not just in a Brothers Grimm, Happily-Ever-After sense—though, to be honest, I prefer the earlier iterations of fairytales where everything has a bit of the blood and death more prominently displayed in them—because visual/popular culture(s) are our contemporary fairytales, so there’s a lot a lot of superheroes and villains, monsters and mythology that filter into my work—big concepts like the failure and uselessness of princes in fairytales—and they’re dealt with in a myriad of ways from wearable, hand-spun sculptures that definitely get the label of “Women’s Work” to anime/manga inspired illustrations that are more directly Participatory Culture works.

 

How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?

 

I like the idea of cons—that there are all these people together that are excited about the same sorts of things and are in a space where they won’t be shamed for being excited—but I’m not sure that I enjoy attending cons?  Lots of people make me claustrophobic because I’m literally 4’11”, so everyone towers over me.  But, that may also be because I haven’t been able to attend cons as often as I’d like in a recreational way.  I’ve enjoyed the ones that I have attended, and I’m beginning to attend them in a professional way, so that’s amazing.

 

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

 

I’m actually an ambivert, so the answer is yes.

 

Where do you find your inspiration?

 

A lot of different places.  Because I have backgrounds in Classics (meaning Greek, Roman, Sumerian, Egyptian, et al. cultures and mythology and language), History, and Literature, I have a vast knowledge-base to work from, but I’m also a voracious consumer of visual/popular culture(s), so I have all of those places to be inspired from also.

 

And, really, as an artist, there’s nothing like the work of other artists to really get you excited and inspired and cause you to think in new directions.  One of the joys of the Social Media Age:  artists’ work is more accessible than it has ever been before.

 

What do you do if you have writer’s block?

 

I actually keep running lists of ideas and projects that I can work on when I get stuck on something else, so basically, I treat writer’s/artist’s block like an incubation stage and let the ideas I’m stuck on percolate until they work themselves out, and then, I come back to them.

 

Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?

 

There’s kind of this perpetual awkward thing that happens when I demo my work where I live:  I get older people saying that my work is “interesting” but in this disparaging way that means that they’re confused by what I create.  A lot of this is because I live in an area where the local art scene hasn’t quite evolved beyond Realism yet.  It’s changing, but there’s still a lot of ein plein aire going on here, and neither my aesthetic nor my subject matter matches with their expectations.

 

So—awkward.  Perpetually awkward.

 

Beverage of choice?

 

Chai.  I love chai.  It’s like liquid gingerbread.  But, I also love coffee.  Omg, coffee.  I also don’t turn my nose up to a nice pop:  Coke, Sundrop, or Cherry Ski.  *JOY*

 

When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

 

I try to dress up every year for when I pass out candy/toys to trick-or-treaters, so last Halloween was the last time that I dressed up for Halloween.  (It totally wasn’t elaborate or anything.)

 

What do you want people to know about you?

 

I’m not sure that there’s much to know about me?  I have an affection for cephalopods of all sorts.  Cecaelia, which are cephalopod-based mermaids, are just about my favorite mythological creature.  I think Pop Surrealism is brilliant—especially Camilla d’Errico and Chiara Bautista.  I have an extensive collection of Funkos, Monster High creatures, and comic book action figures as well as plush toys.

 

I may or may not sleep with plush crocodile.

 

Creatively, I’m having a love affair with Copic Markers.  They’re just brilliant.  I have a very complicated relationship with a button-maker because who doesn’t want to be able to make anything they want into a button, yeah?  And, I’m reconciling with my spinning wheel after a lengthy separation because art yarn is just the most fun thing to make.

This is a short bio from the artist, followed by the links to all of the places to see her art. 

‘trie (sounds like “tree”) blasingame is a conceptual mixed-media artist working in the wilds of North-central Wisconsin with a BA in Classics and History and a MA in Literature from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, PhD work in Art Education from Northern Illinois University at DeKalb, and post-baccalaureate work in Sculpture from Columbia College Chicago.


where to find tentacle-made studios–

 

 

 

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Dailen Ogden: A to Z Challenge

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I’m not saying that Dailen is my favorite artist. It wouldn’t be fair to the other artists. It’s hard to choose a favorite of anything – child, movie, rockstar, etc..For example, I can’t choose a definite favorite illustration by her.

She does have spectacular works of Game of Thrones, adventure time and marvel comic book characters. There’s one illustration that I almost love more than the others but I can’t say that I love it more than the illustration of the Khaleesi. She also has fabulous original pieces of art.

What are you working on now?

Oh, a bit of this and that. Currently, the project I am most excited to work on is my upcoming comic, called Liminality. It’s a mystery-adventure-soft horror story set on the backdrop of a world where magic has been recently introduced into our modern society. I’m in the pitch-bible stage and it’s been such a thrill to watch all of my threads start to weave themselves together into something coherent.

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

I don’t think I could name just one! Stylistically, I spend a lot of time looking at Alphonse Mucha and some of his contemporaries–Megan Lara and Helen Mask, specifically. But I’m also hugely influenced by the light and color handling I see with artists like Claire Hummel, Joy Ang, and Justin Oaksford. In a broader sense, I have to give a shout-out to Jenny Parks–our art looks nothing alike but she’s been an incredible friend and mentor, and I don’t think I’d even be doing interviews like this if it wasn’t for her. She’s really helped me get my foot in the door in comics, and even more than that she’s helped me figured out that this is the direction I wanted to go. I only had a vague idea when I was in college.

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?

Actually, I’m gonna have to go with Sailor Moon! Usagi is such a beautiful, multifaceted character; she’s allowed to be clumsy, and jealous, and silly, and childish, and it never detracts from her status as Purehearted Savior of the Universe. I think she’s a wonderful model for other female characters. Her heroism never hinged on any kind of perfection–only on her belief that she could and would save everyone.

Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?

That’s actually kind of a difficult question–personally, I have trouble parsing which peoples’ expectations of my art are based on my gender, and which are based on what they’ve seen of my work so far–which is, largely, on the more delicate, “feminine” side of the aesthetic spectrum. That said, I have seen it happen to other women–especially online; when gender may not be as obvious, a lot of people may assume you’re a man by default if you post art and little else about yourself. I may have to get back to you after posting some of my more gruesome work and gauging the reaction, haha.

How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?

I travel the country and attend cons professionally, and I love it! Last year, I attended 7 conventions, and this year I’m aiming to attend close to double that. As much as I miss my dog and my bed, I like to be able to connect with fans and clients face to face.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Very much an introvert. After each convention I finish, I need more than a few days to myself to recharge. I work a lot of long hours at my desk by myself, but particularly since I adopted a dog I rarely get too lonely or stir-crazy.

Where do you find your inspiration?

Definitely from the artists I mentioned earlier, but I have a lot of other sources as well. I’m finding that my work reflects a lot of my interest in tarot illustrations, tattoos, nature, mythology, and history. I spend a huge amount of time on the Met Museum site browsing through old art and textiles.

What do you do if you have writer’s block?

Usually, my answer is taking a break, actually. I read a quote some time ago about remembering to respect the laws of dormancy in nature–I’m more deciduous than evergreen, so to speak, and when things aren’t working I try to switch gears creatively (drawing, crafting, etc) or to immerse myself in things that inspire me to give me some time to rest. After that, things usually start up again on their own.

Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?

I’ve definitely had people try to quiz me on my knowledge of franchises that I’ve done fanart pieces for–can I name all the House Stark dire-wolves and their human counterparts, for instance? The answer is: of course I can. That’s one that I definitely think stems from the fact that I’m a young woman; I’m not what people expect a geek to look like and it can be awkward when strangers try to gauge just how much “cred” I have.

Beverage of choice?

Maté tea and Cinnamon Dolcé Coffee. I like my tea earthy and my coffee as blonde as a Barbie doll.

When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?

Last year, actually! I went as a werewolf. I wanted to dress up again this year, but I was busy and it didn’t come to fruition. I was going to dress my dog up and everything, so I’m disappointed that it didn’t happen.

What do you want people to know about you?

Just that I’m here, and hellbent on telling a story or two.

What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?

When I was in the seventh grade, I starting writing an epic werewolf adventure-YA romance novel, and I wanted it to be my debut into novel writing–something I wanted to do before I decided on a career in the visual arts. I worked on that thing well into high school, and lately I’ve taken to scavenging the good stuff from it to use in other projects. It was my first baby and it still has a special place in my heart.

Dailen Ogden illustration

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Robin Childs: A to Z Challenge

The interviewee for this post was recommended by fellow comic book artist, Dawn Griffin. I sincerely hope that you visit her sites. Her work is thoughtful with a blend of mythology and storytelling. If you love a good story, then you will enjoy Child’s comic books.

What are you working on now?

Currently I have two big comic projects. The first is my ongoing fantasy epic, LeyLines (http://leylinescomic.com), about an irresponsible prince, his dream-weaving sister, and their adopted brother, who are given a mission by a voiceless goddess of dreams that will force them to choose between their future and their family. The second comic project is called Wavemen, which is a collaborative, team effort. Cory, my husband, is the head-writer, I’m co-writer, and we’re working with a team of five phenomenal artists to illustrate the story. Wavemen is set in Heian Japan, where the Emperor has gathered a team of legendary heroes to solve supernatural mysteries. It’s like the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, but pulling from ancient Japanese history and myths. We’re running an IndieGoGo for the project right now! If history, mythology, and strong storytelling interest you, please take a look!

Wavemen

Who has influenced you the most as an artist?

My influences are all over the map, so I’d be hard-pressed to pick any one creator. For print comics, the works of Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Christopher Hicks (Mister Blank), and Wendy and Richard Pini (ElfQuest) had a big impact on me as a kid. As an adult, Vertigo’s Lucifer has become a definitive comic series in my collection. Online comics showed me new ways of creating, and I was very inspired by the work of Scott Kurtz (PVP, Table Titans), Joe England (Zebra Girl), Faith Erin Hicks (Demonology 101, Friends with Boys, The Adventures of Superhero Girl, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong, etc) and Tracy Butler (Lackadaisy).

Who is your favorite female superhero/villain/comic book character?
I confess that I’m struggling to answer this question. I often don’t feel like the female characters I see in comics are ones I can relate to very well. I enjoy Val from Table Titans (http://www.tabletitans.com/), Delilah Dirk (http://www.delilahdirk.com/) and the whole team from Agents of the Realm (http://www.agentsoftherealm.com/) but I have yet to read a female character that really jumps out at me as a favorite. I do think that we’re starting to see more female characters on the page (especially online) and I’m encouraged to see what the future brings. Perhaps in a few years, I’ll have so many favorites that I’ll be unable to name them all!
Do you think people expect a certain type of art from you since you are female?
It’s less that people expect a certain type of art, than a certain type of role. I write and illustrate my own comics. My husband is my editor. Yet, time and again at a show, people will look at the two of us at the table and say, “So…he’s the writer, and you’re the illustrator?” Sometimes folks have trouble imagining that I’m involved at all. “YOU? A GIRL? Made THESE?” However, for every comment like that, we’ll have twice as many over-joyed parents introducing me to their daughters and saying to their little girls, “Look! This wonderful lady did ALL OF THESE COMICS!! She did these! Isn’t that amazing? YOU CAN TOO!!” Those are the moments I try to focus on. If I can encourage and inspire those creative children to pursue their own stories and art, maybe someday we will all be so prolific and visible that nobody will find a woman making comics strange.
How often do you go to comic book conventions? Do you enjoy conventions?
 
We go to about 8-12 shows a year. Whether I enjoy a convention depends largely on the event itself. I get energized when people are positive. Excited about the show, interested in discovering new things, moved by my story, or just tickled to be at a big event, surrounded by folks of like-mind. If I can have valuable conversations and connect with a positive community, then I’m almost guaranteed to enjoy the show.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert. Which often surprises people, because at shows I come across as very extroverted. I think people often confuse social skills for extroversion. Engaging with people is a skill that anyone can learn. We introverts just need to balance it with some high-quality alone time afterwards to recharge our batteries.
Where do you find your inspiration?
History, myths, life, washing the dishes, listening to music, going on walks, interacting with people, devouring books.
What do you do if you have writer’s block?
It depends on what the source of the block is. I’ve learned that writer’s block can be induced by a variety of factors, and the same symptoms may require different cures. It could be that I’m burned out, which means I need to rest. It could be that there’s something wrong with my script, which means I need to dig into it and try to find the source of the problem. It could be that I’ve been stuck too long in output mode and need to switch to input mode, which means I need to search out new books, movies, music, and experiences. I wrote a three-part series on motivation and creative lulls, which you can find as follows:
Have you had any interesting or awkward experiences since you’ve been an artist/writer?
 
One of the trends I’ve found interesting about choosing to pursue a creative career is how people have reacted to it over time. When I first started my own business, every person I spoke to tried to talk me out of it. Complete strangers, knowing less than five minutes of information about comics, me, and my projects, would immediately try to convince me it was a lost cause and I should quit while I was ahead. Now that I’ve had my business for a few years, have published three books, and started offering editing and coaching services, the response has completely changed. Now people will say that what I’m doing is okay, but if I REALLY want to be successful, I should try out THEIR idea. Again, these recommendations usually come from complete strangers who know absolutely nothing about what I do or the industry I work in. I’ve had people tell me to pursue everything from movie deals to reality TV shows. It makes me really curious about how the response will change in another few years. And why people have responded differently over time. Am I presenting it differently as I’ve gotten more confident in my work? Does the amount of time, or the quantity of books published, change a person’s perception? Most importantly, it’s taught me to filter the advice I get from people and consider its source. It’s far more valuable to listen to the perspective of an expert or peer that I trust and respect, than to worry over the discouraging remarks of an uninformed stranger.
Beverage of choice?
Tea! Jasmine green is a favorite, but I love a variety of hot (or cold) leaf juice options. My tea cabinet is constantly overflowing.
When was the last time that you dressed up for Halloween?
Last Halloween. Cory & I went as Gomez and Morticia Addams. We feel that their relationship is the most representative media portrayal of our own marriage.
What do you want people to know about you?
One thing I try to be very open about is that I have chronic depression. I share my experiences in my blog in the hopes that others who also struggle with similar feelings know that they’re not alone. Depression is such an isolating state of mind, and so heavily stigmatized culturally, that it is easy for people to believe that there is Something Wrong With Them and Nobody Else Feels This Way. I share my thoughts, struggles, and lessons learned on my blog, intermixed with the book reviews, silly stories, heavy life questions, and fanciful musings. In many ways, my blog is just as important to me as my comic work. I’ve had people write to me sharing their own survival stories with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and assault. It is a humbling experience to be trusted with such personal stories, but also powerful and affirming to become part of someone’s community in such a meaningful way. Many people have told me they got through a challenging period with their own mental health because they’d seen their own behaviors reflected in my writings, and found a new perspective to get out of a negative spiral. Being a part of that growth is so powerful. It’s often terrifying for me to share those kinds of personal things, but knowing that it’s helping others grow keeps me opening those doors and shining lights on the things that are hidden in those dark spaces. It’s scary, but it’s worth it.
What was the first thing that you were proud of drawing/writing?
Pride is an emotion I usually don’t feel until I look back at something years later. It’s a feeling that fits best in retrospection, I think. I’m proud that I never gave up on my stories. No project has ever been perfect, and it never will be, but I’m glad that I’ve always tried to improve, expand, and challenge myself. I’m proud of the journey thus far. I’ll do my best to keep pushing forward to even better things.
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Jules Rivera: A to Z Challenge

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?

Tea.

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.

 

Jules Rivera website