Frequently Asked Questions

Where did you go to school?

I went to Kutztown Area High School and simultaneously attended Berks Career and Technology Center for advertising art and design. After graduating, I went to Reading Area Community College for an associate’s degree in art. Then I joined the Google Career Certificate program where I learned about UX/UI Design, which is what I do for a day job. However, everything I learned in comics was self-taught, through a supportive comic creators group, various online classes, and books.

Where's your hometown?

I grew up in a tiny PA-Dutch town called Kutztown (rhymes with soots-town). Currently, I live in Portland, Oregon.

What is your gender/sexuality/pronouns?

I am a lesbian, I use they/she pronouns, and the best way I can describe my gender is a non-binary woman.

How long have you been drawing?

Since I was four years old. One of my earliest memories is writing and illustrating stories with my grandma about a fictional ghost that lives in my closet. 

What kind of pets do you have?

I have a crested gecko (Envy), an African fat-tailed gecko (Almond), a leachianus gecko (Muppet), and a guinea pig (Fish). <3

Who are some authors/artists that inspire you?

Some authors and artists I really love are Jes and Cin Wibowo, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Mari Costa, ND Stevenson, Alice Oseman, and Faith Erin Hicks. But the ones that inspire me the most are my friends. They're all incredibly talented people that I feel lucky to know!

What do you use to make your comics?

The device I use is an iPad Pro and the program I draw on is Clip Studio Paint EX.

I want to make comics! Where do I even start?

Start with searching for resources online! There are plenty of free ones. I would also recommend taking comic classes online. I made a thread of comic classes you can take. Art school is great, but not necessary for everyone. I thought it was too costly, took some online classes, and came out of them with the same education as someone going to an art school.

Cartoonist Resources I Use

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Books

  • Framed Perspective Vol. 1 by Marcos Mateu-Mestre

  • Framed Ink by Marcos Mateu-Mestre

  • Words For Pictures by Brian Bendis

  • Storyboarding Essentials by David Rousseau & Benjamin Phillips

  • The Art of Comic Book Writing by Mark Kneece

  • Making Comics by Scott McCloud

  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

  • Expressive Anatomy for Comics by Will Eisner

  • Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner

  • Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner

  • Save the Cat! by Blake Snyder

  • The Complete Guide To Self-Publishing Comics by Comfort Love and Adam Withers

  • Draw Stronger by Kriota Willberg

  • Create Story Conflict by Eileen Cook

  • Invisible Ink by Brian McDonald

Other

Start or join a discord server with like-minded people! Some of the best advice and critiques I have received have been from fellow cartoonists that I am in a server with.

Creator Resource

Art References and Resources Thread

Resources for Graphic Novelists by Lauren Pierre

A list of all my animation and comic resources/classes