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Tell me a little about yourself: I am a character designer and visual development artist working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada! Over the past two years, I have worked for numerous clients in the Animation, Comic and Media industry including BOOM, IDW, Dark horse, Nelvana and Facebook.
How long have you been drawing? I have been drawing ever since kindergarten but I didn’t really take it seriously as a career until Grade 11!
How did you get into comics? It was an unexpected opportunity about two years ago – I still consider myself new in the comic industry since I generally do guest strips but my first freelance offer was for Garfield with BOOM and it has been constant ever since! I still feel I have a lot to learn about comics but I am so happy to share my art through this medium.
What is your favorite comic you have worked on? So far my most favourite comic I have worked on has been Gumball! It was the most liberal series I worked on to date in which I had 100% control on the story and art style.
What are some all-ages comics you suggest? Gumball!!! It’s so funny for all ages and the characters are so diverse and enjoyable 🙂
(Bridget note: Look at her work below! You can meet Nneka at ComiqueCon this weekend)
Did you know there is a comic book series about the Disney Princesses? This is one of the comics I have a subscription to.
In each comic, there are multiple adventures by multiple princesses. Some are short and some are long. The adventures are very fun. I have a favorite princess in the series. I am not going to tell you till next post.
Just kidding.. in this series, it is Pocahontas. (Yes, I know this is not the correct story for her) I also like Mulan, Tiana and Merida.
This would be a good series for kids who like princesses and want to learn to read. Also just people who like princesses.
Tell me a little about you: My name is Chelsea, I’m a big fan of comics, I help people for a living, and I want to make the world a little bit more fair for everyone, especially women and girls!
Describe event: ComiqueCon is a one day festival that is putting a jolt of fun and feminism into the comic world by highlighting the women who make comics great.
Why did you start it?
I started the event because 1) I was inspired by the changes happening in the comics industry, like the popularity of Ms. Marvel (written by one of my favorite authors, G. Willow Wilson), that show that women are gaining ground and telling their own stories. 2) I saw that there were bad things happening (i.e. Gamergate) and I wanted to respond in a positive way. 3) I wanted to give women a platform to show off their work and draw attention to women in the field – beyond the standard “Women In Comics” panels at other conventions – one of these “women in comics panels” only had men on it (Denver Comic Con 2015)! We knew that nothing like this had happened before and we wanted to host an awesome event that put the focus on women’s hard work, ideas, and energy.
What is the easiest part of the event?
I think it’s working with the best partners in the world – the owners of Green Brain Comics: Dan and Katie Merritt.
What is the hardest part?
All the planning! We plan for a year before the convention starts. A lot of planning goes into this one day convention!
What is your favorite comic?
Ooohh…good question. And a hard one to answer. I think I have to say it’s The Sandman by Neil Gaiman – I really like myths and fantasy – this is a good story about myths and legends. There are actually a couple all ages Sandman stories by Jill Thompson
, who has also done the Scary Godmother
series! I particularly enjoy Sandman: The Dream Hunters – which takes place in Japan and has a fox (my favorite animal).
Why do you think comics are important for kids?
I think that comics open up reading to a lot of people, not just kids. I know people that only read comics and haven’t picked up a “regular” book in years. But I think that comics are a medium that can especially attract younger readers – they are tangible (it’s just not the same if you read an online comic), they feature incredible artwork, and are a labor of love by all accounts – you can see the passion and excitement on the page of almost any comic. I think it’s important to highlight the many, many different kinds of stories available to kids through comics (not just superheroes!), and comics can be a really important way to get kids reading once they find the story that’s right for them.
Can you recommend a comic series for me? (I currently subscribe to My Little Pony, Disney Princess. Cleopatra in Space is my favorite)
Awesome! Yes I can! I just read Hilda and the Midnight Giant
by Luke Pearson and I really enjoyed it! There is actually a whole Hilda series that he’s done. I also enjoy Akissi
by Marguerite Abouet, and the Mouseguard
series by David Petersen (who is from Michigan)! Ok, I’ll stop recommending comics. But there’s so many good ones!!
Bridget Note: ComiqueCon takes place this Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Arab American National Museum. I will be there so come find me!