Men, women, join us for our new Saturday illustration. Grab a beer, take off your clothes, and now we're ready to welcome today's artist. See, when our moderator Rachel told us she had an idea of an artist we could call, we were still young (well, most of us were) and innocent (KIDDING, do you really think we could still be innocent after reading all the stories you've sent to us?) but we swear to whoever created the world and Dita von Teese that we’ve never played for both teams. But that was before we knew about darcomic.com and meeting Erika Moen. Now, we love Arthur and Martha, and we know now that Britney's hit "Peter, Paul and Mary" is such a great song. Let's go for a new interview full of love.
-Who are you Polly Magoo?
-How old are you?
-27 (June 25, 1983)??
-Where do you live?
-Portland, Oregon with my handsome, British husband Matthew Nolan.
-What do you do for a living?
-Full-time cartoonist and freelance artist at Periscope Studio (http://www.periscopestudio.com) This is my dream job and I'm grateful every day for it.
-Once upon a time...
-For over a decade now I've been making comics and putting them on the internet, though it's only in the last two years that I've been fortunate enough to make this my full-time gig as a member of Periscope Studio, the largest comic book studio in North America. In 2006 I graduated from Pitzer College with a self-designed degree in Illustrated Storytelling (which is a fancy way of saying "comics"). From 2003-2009 I produced a weekly autobio comic called DAR! (darcomic.com), which was about being a lesbian who falls in love with a man and a whole bunch of dick and fart jokes. Hilariously, I met my husband because he'd been a fan of my comics and art for years online. Drawing comics gets you laid!
-What are your projects?
-Currently I am working on two different graphic novels that I hope to start serializing online towards the winter of this year. One is written by my studiomate, Jeff Parker (Agents of Atlas, Mysterious the Unfathomable, Underground), and is a dick'n'fart joke murder-mystery about a boy called Bucko. The other is a young-adult fantasy story about a girl's sketchbook that comes to life and she has to battle her own drawings to bring reality back, which is written by my good friend, Brendan Adkins and the working title is Grimm. They're both incredibly talented writers and I'm having a complete blast working with them.
-Since when have you been running a blog?
-Since 1996, I've been making websites to showcase my interests and artwork! I guess I just wanted attention and never grew out of it /:) This last year I've kind of been taking a bit of a break from maintaining my sites as I focus my energies on my new comics projects. Of course I'll have to get off my ass when it's time to debut these stories online, but until then everything else is kind of out-of-date and sporadically updated. Although I am keeping up with my Twitter pretty well (@erikamoen)??
-What inspires you (artists, movies, etc...)?
-My husband, Matthew Nolan, is my biggest source of inspiration. He's full of wonderful story ideas and suggestions for me and a really good eye for making compositions work; all my best comics have been his fault. Comics-wise, my biggest inspirations are Dylan Meconis, Lucy Knisley, Meredith Gran, Steve Lieber, Jeff Parker, Danielle Corsetto, Jill Thompson, Hope Larson, Raina Telgemeier, Ellen Forney, Colleen Coover... so many more I'm forgetting to mention. Artistically, I'm very influenced by religious medieval illustrations and Renaissance paintings. I'm also a huge fan of Alphonse Mucha and L'art Nouveau. More currently to the times, Jason (Stuntkid) and Elizabeth Levesque, Elisa Lazo de Valdez (Visioluxus) and Dwam/Ipomee have been making me want to create a whole bunch. I’m very drawn to images that focus on and celebrate the human body, as well as sexuality. I like beautiful, well-rendered, elegant illustrations that show off people.
-What makes you laugh the most?
-My husband, no question. After that, it'd be my friends and studio mates, the comic Girls With Slingshots and the movie Scott Pilgrim was pretty awesome.
-Why did you choose this FML?
-Because the poster's solution is not only obvious but totally hot! Two dudes making out? ::fans self:: (side note by Alice: ::fans self:: ). Get in on that sweet action, writer! If not for yourself, then do it for meeee (side note by Alice: and for me too!)??
-Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share us?
-Today (last night) I let out such a toxic-smelling fart in my sleep that it not only woke my husband up from a dead slumber but he actually threw up in his mouth a little. FML.
Clic to see the illustration on FMyLife.com
Your illustration is so hot, all the FML moderators starting singing "Aquarius", and taking off their clothes, while touching each other, so thank you for that.
Oh, and for your comic, of course.
Erika's G spot: http://www.darcomic.org/
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