Frequently Asked Questions

If you would like to interview me in any format, include me as a guest on your show, or host me at your in-person events including comic book conventions, please contact my “bookings” email at least three months in advance.

Did you go to art school or University?

No, I have no post-high school or formal higher education. After high school, I was accepted into The Art Institute of Houston, but I declined to attend after learning how much it would cost my parents. I attended roughly six weeks of community college before dropping out, due to inability to consistently attend classes or focus on classwork. I took one year of “art” class in 8th grade, and 12th grade, to the best of my recollection. My chosen electives were primarily music (viola and coronet), computer programming, theatre, and French. I am almost entirely self-taught in all ways of my creative and business work.

How much of what you create, post, and share do you make yourself?

While I occasionally collaborate with friendly creatives, and I need assistance at conventions and events, I am basically a “one-woman act.” I use content-management systems like ComicPress, WordPress, and ZenPhoto, but I am my own art representative, marketer, social media manager, graphic designer, website builder, and promoter. I use selfie-sticks, tripods, and mobile phones to create most of my own photography and video footage. I do all of my own rudimentary audio, photo, and video editing. I do all of my own book-keeping and business management. And of course I create all of my artwork, comics (both digital and the physical book layouts), and other projects. This is partly because I like having 100% control over my creative output, but also to keep a lean budget, and avoid the legal issues associated with split copyrights.

Who are your artistic influences?

As a visually-oriented person, of course I am influenced by nearly everything I come into contact with. However, I grew up reading the comic-strip section of the newspaper from a young age, and that influence is most visible in my earliest efforts at comics. As a teenager I was deeply attracted to the style of Drew Hayes and Poison Elves. I was fortunate to enjoy a brief friendship with Drew a few years before his death. I was also influenced as a teen by many of the earlier Magic: The Gathering artists — notably Douglas Shuler, Quinton Hoover, and Tony DiTerlizzi, whom I also enjoyed brief friendships with at that formative time in my life. I adore the delicate works of Yoshitaka Amano and, classically, Alphonse Mucha. My favourite Renaissance painter is the dynamic and colourful Dom√©nikos Theotok√≥poulos, known commonly as El Greco. More recently, as I have come to learn more about comic books as a medium, the work of Bill Sienkiewicz has become another visual influence and inspiration. For as much comparison as I receive, my style evolved independently of much exposure to the artwork of Robert Crumb and Basil Wolverton, however I do enjoy them now. And of course I am influenced by the general anime/manga, Disney, and Bluth animation styles I was exposed to while growing up.