Happy halfway-through-the-week day!
I’m excited to share with you the second informational interview for the Awesome People Portfolio! project.
The first series of interviews for FfK: APP will consist of introductory interviews with 10 webcomic creators. From July 5 to September 6, there will be a new interview each Wednesday at 9AM PST; be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!
And now for Series 1, Interview 2: Quinn Parsons!
B.E. patrons: get your printable PDF of the interview here.
Tell us a bit about your comic 🙂
I run an autobiographical comic on patreon: each day I make a new comic about my day and post it so that anyone who’s pledged $3 or more can see it.
In my comics I tend to include whatever’s on my mind, sometimes delving into my past or focusing on the people around me. I live with my brother and my dad, so they show up occasionally, and I work at a library so sometimes I draw scenes from work. I’m also a transgender woman, so I’ve made some comics about doctor visits and laser hair removal. I cover a lot of different topics! It all just depends on how I’m feeling when I sit down to draw.
What inspired you to start your comic?
I’ve been making autobiographical comics off and on for the past few years, but I’ve always wanted to make a daily comic as a way of improving my skills at a regular pace, and also making a few bucks at the same time ^^ I also plan to make comics about my transition at some point, but I want to use projects like this to hone my skills and hopefully get my name out there a little bit before I take on bigger projects like that.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome (or are overcoming) in creating your comic? What strategies have worked well in your experience?
My biggest challenge when I started making my comic was filling up space, and making the page look complete ^^; I thought that it would be a huge hurdle trying to make a full comic page every day, but it turns out it’s a relaxing way to end an evening! I just draw the images I want to see the most, then write around them and fill in the gaps.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking of creating a story and putting it out there (online or elsewhere in the world)?
My advice would be to start small. It’s ok if you don’t have a perfect debut as a cartoonist; you can just make basic comics like this and put them out there for other people to see, and people will take notice. Then, once you gain a following, bigger personal projects will be easier. Alternatively, you could just start with your biggest project and see how it goes! Do what works for you.
Which of your characters do you most identify with and why?
I don’t really have any characters in my comic since it’s autobiographical… ^^;
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