What got you interested in comics? Any cartoonists that you look up to?
Hope: While I grew up reading my share of both comics and manga, the one I remember first having a huge significant impact on me was Jisatsu Circle by Usamaru Furuya. Middle school Dibby straight up started bawling while reading it! It felt like it spoke to me so directly and powerfully. It made me start to wonder if I could do something like that with the stories I had been making up in my head. Before, I had thought of comics as just another way to tell a narrative, but that was when I realized how deeply you can connect with a reader in ways special to this medium.
Can you tell us a little about your comic? How does it speak to the theme of the anthology (uncharted territory/unversed)?
Hope: My comic, R.I.Ploma, details a collection of intrusive thoughts I had been struggling with at the time. I noticed my impending graduation, an uncharted territory in itself, was causing an intense bout of paranoia over all kinds of things for me. I relate the unknowns of post-graduation with the unknown and uncertainty of death, and what comes afterward. The process was also its own uncharted territory in that I had no experience with making comics past 5 pages!
What was the inspiration behind your story?
Hope: In my previous comic work I would often show my childhood paranoia in a comedic light at my expense. However, I noticed it became harder to laugh about when i would think about writing on how it affects me today. Now seemed like a good time to take myself a bit more seriously…I realized other people could relate to what I was going through.
What challenges arose during the course of this project? Takeaways?
Hope: This project challenged me to consider every aspect that went into the look and feel of the comic, including areas like text placement, textures, and spot colors. I’d say my experimentation with spot colors was particularly informative as I rarely used them before, but in doing this comic I realized the visual impact they can make.
Can we expect more comics beyond this project?
Hope: My recent shift to doing my comic-making process totally digital means I have felt really confident in being able to make comics more often, so I would say yes! You can definitely expect to see more from yours truly. I post new work pretty frequently…and aside from art posting I’ve been told my general social media presence is “pretty funny”.