Comic creator and illustrator is the focus of today’s spotlight! She’s a creative woman with a huge variety in style and story, and very worth checking out.
How did you get into comics?
I don’t remember exactly how I got into comics. Probably the newspaper. When I was a kid, Calvin and Hobbes was happening, The Far Side was happening, even Garfield was decades away from irrelevance. And I loved picture books. Comic lovers got to enjoy picture books beyond age 7. As for how I got into making them, I was nine, at Girl Scout camp, and one of the chaperons was drawing a comic book during dinner. I remember it was about a unicorn. I’d always liked comics, but it was that exact moment when I realized comic artists were just regular people, not mystical gods, and there was no reason I couldn’t be one, too.
Tell us a bit about the projects you’ve worked on.
I did a bunch of really horrible webcomics in high school that I’d rather the world forget about. My first comic that was worth anything was “YU+ME: dream”. It started out kind of generic high school romance, but halfway through became an experimental fantasy story, with a lot of surreal dreamscapes.
Then came “I Was Kidnapped By Lesbian Pirates From Outer Space!!!”. I read a lot of old lesbian pulp novels, and loved the art of old EC Comics, and was really into Pirates. So it’s a story about a girl from the 1950’s being whisked away by, well, lesbian pirates from outer space.
“Meaty Yogurt” is about a woman trying to break the curse on her town that anyone born there, will die there. I also do an adult comic called “Darlin’ It’s Betta Down Where It’s Wetta,” about a mermaid and her human girlfriend.
What is your favourite work that you’ve done so far?
I really could never choose a favorite. It changes every day. I tend to have at least 3 projects going at once, so whatever I haven’t worked on in a while becomes my favorite, and whatever I’ve been working on for weeks without a break becomes my least favorite.
Did you ever get advice about the field that you’d like to pass on?
“Show, don’t tell.” I have a bad habit of explaining things through text, rather than illustration. Part of it is just because I write way more than I could ever hope to illustrate in a hundred years, but comics are a visual medium, and the more you can draw and show people, the better.
What is your favourite thing to write or draw?
People are my favorite thing to draw. People who are outside beauty standards. Big nose, fat belly, acne, scars, stumpy legs. Awkward poses, ugly poses. I think these create more interesting shapes than the streamlined, flawless forms so prevalent in many comics. I try to make everyone unique. Everyone must be recognizable even if naked, bald, and in black and white.
In an ideal world, in what direction would you like to see your project evolve?
In an ideal world, I’d like to be able to write about people outside the mainstream without worrying about attracting a large enough audience. If you write about a minority, you’ll get a lot of readers from that minority, but not always a lot outside of that, especially if you get really authentic and unapologetic about it. I want to figure out a way to write about “others” in a way people not in those groups can relate to it.
Links to your work:
Rosalarian.com has all of my work on it.