We put 5 questions to comic artist Gemma Sheldrake.
She gave us answers...
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi! I'm Gem Sheldrake, But I'm collectively known online as Petitecreme! I'm a freelance illustrator and comic artist that works on the webcomic, The Wastelands! I love cute things and play violent video games! My styles vary from dark mature themes to wondrous feminine elements. I like to create stories that reflect on character interaction and beautiful environments!
What can people expect to find at your table at True Believers?
Folks will be able to find copies of my original comic The Wastelands: An adventure fantasy incorporating Mayan and Tibetan elements about a world left empty from its Gods as the mortals struggle to continue living with poisoned lands, corrupted guardians and abandoned temples. I'll also be selling short stories such as my The Moving House. A dark Grimm style fairytale of a witch in a forest.
If comics aren't your thing. I'll be selling a variety of original artwork prints and other goodies as well, including portrait commissions. I hope you'll be able to come see me!
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
I love creating worlds unlike our own. I love creating characters that pop and seem almost human. I love just making stories that (I hope) leave a little impression. I also love drawing bad ass girls and pastel colours!
What was the first comic you collected?
The first comic I ever collected with my own hard earned money was the Trigun series by Yasuhiro Nightow. His work has always had an impact on me and I still love reading his works. His latest manga Kakkai Sesen now has it's own anime (so go check it out and support him!)
If you had to recommend one comic (or story arc) to people, which would it be?
I'm really into mature female oriented josei works so I really have to recommend anything by Moyoco Anno, whose works feature Sugar Sugar Rune and Sakuran, a life behind a geisha growing up in the ranks.
I also really want to recommend PINK by Kyoko Okazaki, featuring Yumi: a girl who has to work as a callgirl at night to afford food for her pet crocodile!
Thanks for having me!