Hey Fangirls! At Special Edition New York, I met a lovely woman by the name of Tara Abbamondi. I bought her book On The Morrow, which is a 24-hour comic (she made the whole thing in a day). So I sent her some questions, and she answered them!
What type of education did you get?
I went to school to be an art teacher actually, though that never came to fruition. I also took a minor in illustration, though I’ve been drawing cartoons since before I can actually remember.
What made you want to make comics/be an illustrator?
I’ve just always been really into drawing, and also really into comics. In high school, I started creating my own characters and drew some of my very first comic pages. (Spoiler: they were pretty bad….) Ever since then I’ve been in love with the idea of making comics.
What do you find to be the biggest challenge, being an independent creator?
One of the bigger challenges I’ve come across is probably just being your own boss, and all the financial things that go along with that. Printing your own books can be exhausting and expensive. Luckily, there are alternatives, the Internet, for one does wonders!
I’d say the biggest reward is just being able to share my stories with people. It’s exciting and fun to see people react to things and give their feedback, nothing quite as rewarding as that.
Who is you biggest influence?
I have quite a few, I find most of my influences are my close friends that are also in comics, we all share the same joys and pains and we all work super hard for what we absolutely love.
Where do you find inspiration?
Lately, I’ve been finding a lot of inspiration in the outdoors. The outdoors and also the weather, anyone that knows me probably knows I’m a bit of a weather nerd. Also, books, I’ve been lax the last few years in reading new material so I’m starting to explore a bunch of different themes and genre.
Do you have any creating rituals?
Ahhh, not really, I usually will have a cup of tea or coffee handy. I do a few warm ups just to get my hands ready but I’d say that’s about it.
Do you have any advice for aspiring creators?
Draw every single day. Even if it’s silly stuff or you don’t post it, just make sure you do it every day.
Do you have plans for other summer conventions?
I only had one convention this year, but I hope that 2015 will be a bit more busy con-wise
So go check her out, Fangirls! You can find her on twitter, her website, and (of course) her kickstarter! I really enjoy what I’ve seen of her work, and am looking forward to seeing more.
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