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.
Oh boy! The Portland Mercury is my favorite paper and Alison Hallett my favorite journalist in it, so I was BEYOND DELIGHTED that she sat down to interview me about OJST earlier this week.
Our interview is in this week’s edition of the paper (July 17) and you can read it online riiiiiiiiiiiiiight HERE: Sex Fan, Profiling Cartoonist Erika Moen
EDIT July 25th: Oh dang, I totally missed this earlier, but Alison also posted a longer excerpt from out conversation! 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.
You like that author portrait I made just for them, up above?
Well if you like it so much why don’t you just
marry it buy it?
But the original art and get a print of the finished version fully colored and with the photo, both signed!
A Thing That I Did Today: recorded the sounds of my vibrators for the podcast (Thanks !)
I’m so stoked I got to record a video with GladRags and profess my love for the Moon Cup and reusable menstrual products! I’ve been using their products for nearly two years and am so stoked to have them be an official affiliate of Oh Joy, Sex Toy (July 23rd I’ll have a comic review up of them!)
Aaaaaaand my lovely husband (and the other half of Oh Joy, Sex Toy) endorses GladRags’ reusable menstrual products too :D Here we have a conversation together about these products.
I’ve been listening to That Thing You Like podcast since they first started posting earlier this year, when they were talking about Strip Search. Brian and Chris have such a great charisma together that I quickly became a fan of the show even when they were talking about other subjects than that one show I was on.
Then I had the opportunity to meet these two delightful Canadian boys at VanCaf a couple months ago and they were even more charming in real life. Since then I’ve gotten to see them a couple more times in Seattle and Portland and have declared us to be Actual Friends.
I would say that I was delighted they invited me on their show except that they didn’t invite me, I just told them I wanted to be on it and they kindly obliged. So go give it a listen! I had a genuinely great time talking with them on That Thing You Like, Episode 17.
Waaaay back in late 2012, I was still applying to be a contestant on Penny Arcade’s reality TV competition Strip Search. The final round of applying had all of us hopefuls answering five questions in a video (before that, everything had been text).
These are my videos!
Are Artists Crazy?
PA- Artists Are Crazy from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
When Did You Decide to Do comics For a Living?
PA- Comics For a Living from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
What’s Your Greatest Fear?
PA- greatest fear from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
When Were You Really Disappointed?
PA – Disappointed from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
Tell Us a Joke!
PA- Joke from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
I was delighted to talk with Laure Siegel about my tattoos and have them photographed by one of my favorite photographers, P-Mod, for the French article « Je suis une toile pour mon tatoueur ». There’s a longer version that includes my entire interview (translated into French), called Ink Girls – version étendue.
Self Promotion Lecture at Periscope Studio from Erika Moen on Vimeo.
As part of the intern program at Periscope Studio, roughly once a week a studio member will sit down and give a lecture on a subject that people should know when entering the comic book/freelance business.
The one I always give is on Self Promotion, specifically at comic conventions and the basics of having a web presence.
Helping me out during the lecture is Natalie Nourigat, Steve Lieber and Ron Randall.
Oh my goodness, I was so excited to sit down and talk with Smitten Kitten about my work on Oh Joy, Sex Toy! I hope you enjoy our interview.
Oh man, remember when I won that challenge in Strip Search to design a skatedeck for Wizards of the Coast? It’s here! ..Well, almost. It will be here this summer at the Van’s Warped Tour and you can see my final artwork above! Read more about it over at Wizards of the Coast.
With absolutely no relation to the above, part two of my podcast interview with Dr. Dick is now online. We talk more about comics and sex!
And! Final note!
Next week, June 18th, I will be in Seattle for Penny Arcade’s livestreaming of the Strip Search season finale episode! Unfortunately, it’s all sold out, but hey! It’ll be livestreamed so you can still watch from home :)