5 Question Interview #127

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Dani M. Abram...

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What will people find at your table at True Believers 2018?

People will find my comic called Worry Wart, an auto-biographical comic about anxiety! I started this comic on my personal blog years ago, and after receiving messages from all over the world, I decided to collect it all together, along with the original blog posts, as a beautiful little book that I am so proud of! It's a hefty 56 full colour pages, A5, the best printing I could afford and I hope people come and ask me about it! 

What do you love about creating comics?

I am an animator by day, so I particularly love that the drawings stay still!

To answer the question seriously though, I started drawing Worry Wart because I was trapped in a cycle of fear of normal everyday situations. Drawing the situations actually helped remove me from them and in the longer term, replaced the memories of the fear. I hope that makes sense! I love creating comics because I love reading comics. They've been there for me through thick and thin. 

What part of creating comics do you find the most challenging?

Like with all my creative endevours, the part I find most challenging isn't the making of them, but the constant battle with my inner critic! I tried Perfect, and that never got finished. I tried Short and that never got finished. I tried Epic and that never got finished! Are you spotting a pattern!? When I needed to draw for my own sanity, all that sank away because it was just for me. Worry Wart is my favourite body of work because it came from the heart (no stupid brain getting in the way!) and it got finished ^-^

What do you love about being at a comic con?

The people! Being surrounded by creative people all making things is my jam on toast. It is my greatest inspiration. A good comic con can put me back on track for the rest of the year. I choose my cons really carefully now. I want to experience an atmosphere that is alive with excitement about comics and art and expression. I tend to stay away from the big giant conventions.

Also I love the table snacks!

What comic - other than your own - would you recommend people read?

Dungeon Fun by Neil Slorance is such a fun and wacky Saturday-morning-cartoon of a comic. I love it. I didn't even discover it myself, my friends ambushed me with it, knowing I would adore it! It's so funny and sweet and strong. I really laughed out loud reading it. It's wonderful! And being an animator I especially appreciate it's style and tone and poses. Neil can draw man. *sighs*

Brain Shoodles by Emily B. Owen is a heartbreaking, heart-putting-back-together little zine about mental health and how to cope in the modern world. It's so real. Like, obvs I'm going to say it's amazing because she's my table buddy, but it's also amazing because she's human and I'm human and we're all human and we're all just trying our best, ok?

Literally Everything Rachael Smith makes. Literally anything and everything. Just go to her table, close your eyes, pick up a book, pay the gurl, and walk away. Congratulations, you've just picked up your new favourite comic. Literally. 

There's so many others! I could write a dissertation. I love writing dissertations. Anyway, come to my table and ask me what else! And recommend me a book too! I like cartoony, zany, silly, sweet and funny comics please. 

You can find Dani online at her website and stop by her table at True Believers 2018 and say "Hello". 

Not got your tickets yet, head to our ticket page now to buy yours.

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