PAX Prime

PAX Prime
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:


PAX Prime
August 29 – September 2
Washington State
Convention Center
800 Convention Place
Seattle, WA 98101
PANEL: Strip Search
September 1, 3:30-5:30pm
Main Theater
PANEL: It’s Not Too Dangerous to Go Alone
September 2, 10-11am
Raven Theater


I hear that us Strip Search kids will have a table in a space called “Bandland”? I’ll have some books to sell!

The New Disruptors

The New Disruptors
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.

Tattoos of my drawings!

radishtattoo
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-tattoo
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 :)

HuffPost Live – Sexual Fluidity


Sexual Fluidity and the Lesbian Community

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
Lisa Diamond.

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.

Nobody else.

HuffPost LIVE Tonight

HuffPost LIVE
EDIT: Instead of 6pm PST, the roundtable discussion has moved to 5:40pm PST and will run till 6:10.

Tonight at 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!

Photos Within Photos

Charlie Chu takes my picture
Charlie Chu is spending several days this week taking headshots of Periscope Studio members– of which I am one!

Steve Lieber snapped this behind-the-scenes shot while I was gettin’ my smize on. (Thank you, Tyra Banks)

Even More Portland Mercury

profiles
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

Bandette Short Story

Bandette I am so honored to illustrate a short story for the Eisner-winning series Bandette!

Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover are my studiomates at Periscope Studio and two of my favorite people. I hope we get to work together again soon!

Read my two page story, “And then?”, written by Paul Tobin.

Panel Borders: Educating with autobiography

Panel Borders
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!

Photo by Leah Nash

Photo by Leah Nash
Back in May I was interviewed by MacWorld magazine and they even sent a real photographer out to my studio to take my picture, which made me feel super fancy. I liked Leah Nash‘s picture in the article so much I had to get one to use as my For Reals headshot when I have to send one in for comic convention programs and general promotional stuff.

Here’s the one I chose!

In her description of this assignment, she wrote:

On Monday, April 1st, 2013 cartoonist Erika Moen poses for a portrait at her workspace in Periscope Studios, a collective of cartoonists, illustrators, writers, concept designers, graphic novelists, and storyboard artists based in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Leah really captured the spirit of my workspace–colorful and cluttered, with a million bits and bobs that are completely crucial to my process and exactly where they need to be on my desk and in my drawers.