Can you tell us a little about your comic? How does it speak to the theme of the anthology (point of no return)?
My comic is about a 38 year gay old man who's father is being given an award for LGBT allyship that he maybe doesn't deserve. It speaks to the anxiety and permanence of decision-making, particularly in regards to truth, trauma, and family.
What was the inspiration behind your story?
Both my experiences as a gay transgender man and the experiences of my friends and peers. It's a very specific story, but I think the key themes are pretty relatable to a lot of LGBT+ people.
What challenges arose during the course of this project? Takeaways?
It's a hard subject, and I often found it nerve-wracking even just to start work on it. It can be hard for me to write strong, hurtful language into dialogue, but it was necessary for this piece, and I'm really happy with how it reads. So I think overall I learned that I have to really go for things, and make work that's challenging for me on multiple levels.
Can we expect more comics beyond this project? Where can we find more of your work?
I plan to primarily do graphic novel work in my fresh off the block career, in addition to book illustration and visual development. So, hopefully! I'll going to be in another upcoming anthology "Being True," which being run by the Boston Comics Roundtable and is made entirely by LGBT+ comics creators. I also regularly update my portfolio site, rimonade.com, as well as my various social media. If you follow indie comics, you'll definitely see me again someday!