5 Question Interview #128

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With True Believers 2018 fast approaching, we put 5 Questions to Emily B. Owen...

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

I’ll mostly be concentrating on selling the last few copies of Brain Shoodles; an autobiographical mental health zine. I’ll also have original art prints, stickers and maybe even some badges. Oh and if anyone fancies a shoodles commission I’ll be doing those too.

What do you love about creating comics?

I love being able to get all the jumbled mess out of my head and onto a page. It doesn’t even have to be a page anyone will ever see but there’s something cathartic about it. I’d recommend it to anyone whether or not they think they can draw.

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

Actually doing it! I use an awful lot of energy just getting through a normal day. Yay, depression… So when I get home from work I’m more often than not way too tired to do much of anything.

What do you love about being at a comic con?

My favourite thing is hearing the different ways people see Shoodle. I’ve heard it compared to a cloud, emoji, marshmallow and toast. The one thing I’ll always be most appreciative of and will never get used to is when people who’ve read it tell me how they relate to it. i don’t think i’ve got through a con without someone making me cry - in a good way! It’s also always wonderful to catch up with all the creators, finding out what projects people are working on and all the comics gossip.

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

Anything by Neil Slorance or Rachael Smith. Neil’s Modern Slorance are an absolute delights. Rachael, well she’s just damn right brilliant. Wired Up Wrong is an amazing comic but you can’t go wrong with any of her books. I also really enjoy Mike Medaglia’s mini comics. Oh and Rozi Hathaway has such a beautiful way of conveying emotion, Self Care and Vegetables is wonderful, as is Cosmos (and Njalla, and Ø…) And a book that made me cry with recognition as I read it is Worry Wart by Dani M. Abram. I can’t wait for her next one.


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

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