I wrote an article about How to Write People of Color (if you happen to be a person of another color), featuring sage advice from cartoonists Elisha Lim, Fred Noland, Jennifer Camper, Keith Knight, Mare Odomo, Whit Taylor and Yumi Sakugawa. This article was the inspiration for my PoC and LGBTQ databases. Read it here: http://midnightbreakfast.com/writing-people-of-color
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GET TO KNOW YOUR VENDOR: MariNaomi.
As a child, was it your plan to become an artist?
According to an autobiography my kindergarten teacher made me write, my goal was to either be a writer or a “scientist of caterpillars.” Art was always something I just did for fun.
How has your art helped you evolve as a person?
Creating visual art calms me, whereas the writing/developing of a concept has helped me get to know myself better, and come to peace with things. Mostly, though, I just want to tell a good story.
Reading your blog and online zines, it is apparent that you are comfortable with your sexuality, have you always been this way?
According to my longtime friends, I’ve always been more comfortable with my sexuality than my peers were, especially in high school. But it’s all relative! I’ve always hated my body, for example. Me and every woman.
Please, tell us a little bit about what readers can expect from your upcoming zines.
My new book, Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories, is a collection of comics that deal with some pretty heavy subjects (mortality, suicide, homelessness). To counterbalance this, I’ve created a zine of lighthearted slice-of-life comics called Said While Talking. At the time I was writing the darker stories, the Said While Talking strips kept me from falling into that endless bleak chasm.
Is there anything about I.E. Zine Fest that you are particularly excited about?
I stand by my words.
"James Kochalka is an adorable spazz" - marinaomi (on intsagram).
I’m adorable! I’m adorable! She said I’m adorable! (I should probably use that quote on a future book jacket.) I’m so glad it was “adorable” and not “unbearable”.
ProTip: Fungus: the Unbearable Rot of Being makes for excellent theatre when read aloud with a friend, and becomes doubly hilarious.