I know everyone always says “where did the time go??” but FOR REALS where did the time go?? It’s time for PAX Prime already?!?! This is my first PAX and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m super nervous.
Here’s the deets:
August 29 – September 2
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
|PANEL: Strip Search
September 1, 3:30-5:30pm
|PANEL: It’s Not Too Dangerous to Go Alone
September 2, 10-11am
Glenn Fleishman had a really in-depth, thorough conversation with me earlier this month on his excellent podcast, The New Disruptors. We talk about my origins in comics, honesty & autobio, sex education, being on a reality TV show and my new comic series. It was a pleasure to talk with him and really go below the surface with him on this episode, Do Toy With My Affections.
It is never any less surprising to me each time someone gets a tattoo of my artwork. I’m especially delighted with this adorable radish from one of my readers (who prefers to remain anonymous)! Haha, so cute!!
Sean Cherney joins the elite group of people with a tattoo of my cuddlefish design! It looks so nice!
You can see more tattoos of my artwork over here.
If you’d like to get a tattoo using something I drew, I prefer that you run it by me first– in case you were curious :)
Here is the video of my conversation yesterday with Nancy Redd at HuffPost Live yesterday in which we talked about sexual fluidity and the myth of the Lesbian Until Graduation. I was joined by Brooke Sopelsa, Marcie Bianco, Myisha Cherry and
I wish I’d had time to include a few more statements, so I’ll just add them here.
People who want to police and act as gatekeepers to any identity (sexual or otherwise) are useless and ineffective. As Marcie brought up in the discussion, an argument used against homosexual marriage is that same-gender couples marrying somehow diminishes (“waters down”, if you will) the marriages of oppositely-gendered couples. Obviously that is a bullshit concept. So why are homosexuals so quick to adopt it when it comes to sexual identity? “If THOSE people identify as my sexuality, it damages the legitimacy of MY identity!” No. No, it really does not.
My identity as a woman is not damaged even though there are some truly terrible women out there. My identity as a cartoonist is not damaged even though there are some truly terrible cartoonists out there. An individual’s identity is their own, regardless if other people you don’t like identify as the same thing as you.
Homosexual identity has ALWAYS been under attack and disrespected as valid, long before there was a stereotype of college girls “experimenting” and the introduction of the word “bicurious”. If you removed from the world every person who’s ever experimented or “gone through a phase”, THERE WOULD STILL BE PEOPLE ATTACKING AND INVALIDATING HOMOSEXUAL IDENTITY. Don’t blame those that “experiment” or are attracted to multiple genders for other people’s homophobia. Blame the homophobes.
Biphobia is not how you combat homophobia, but it does make those that are biphobic act just as bullying and reprehensible as homophobes.
Other people do not get to define your sexual identity. There is no such thing as a REAL [sexual ID] and a FAKE [sexual ID].
Your sexual identity HAS NO IMPACT on somebody else’s sexual identity. NONE AT ALL. There is no “watering down” of identity.
There is no test, no threshold, no status quo you have to meet to identify as your sexuality. You are the ONE PERSON who knows truly and can accurately name your sexual identity.
6pm PST 5:40pm PST, I’ll be talking with Nancy Redd, Diana Cage and Jincey Lumpkin on HuffPost LIVE on the subject of sexual fluidity and looking at the shades of grey that people tend to overlook when they’re talking about sexuality in black and white terms. The show should last until 6:30 6:10, hope you tune in!
Oh dang, I totally missed this earlier, but Alison also posted a longer excerpt from our conversation from my interview with her for the Portland Mercury! I talk much more in-depth about where OJST came from and the fucked up sex ed and general sexual violence I was raised with and why my comics are a reaction against that.
And, of course, the original, compact, interview remains readable here: Sex Fan – Profiling Cartoonist Erika Moen
I’m very happy to have had the chance to talk with Alex Fitch on the UK podcast, Panel Borders: Educating with autobiography.
From the website:
Continuing a month of shows about lesbian and gay comics, Alex Fitch talks to MK Czerwiec and Erika Moen about their work. MK discusses her alter-ego Comic Nurse and narratives about nursing in her sequential art which include elements of autobiography and how this has led to curating zines and illustration work about her home city of Chicago. Erika talks about her webcomic Dar! which gave her a space to discuss her relationships and sexuality on the net, plus her collaborations with Jeff Parker on Bucko, published by Dark Horse, and Matthew Nolan on sex education strips. Originally broadcast 22nd July 2013 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
My bit starts around the 22 minute mark.
Thanks for having me on!