All posts with the ‘interview’ Tag

Freelancer Roundtable 2013

Every year three of my favorite freelancers and I gather together to talk shop and answer questions about being self-employed in the creative fields, specifically comics and illustration.

We are: Katie Lane, Bill Mudron, Dylan Meconis, and me, Erika Moen (you’re already on my site, but I also do this comic called Oh Joy, Sex Toy)

You can listen to this year’s roundtable in podcast form or you can watch us on video!

Freelancer Roundtable 2013 Part One from Erika Moen on Vimeo.

Freelancer Roundtable Part Two from Erika Moen on Vimeo.

If you’d like more information and resources for dealing with the world of freelance and self-employment, please check out Katie’s site Work Made For Hire

Boinkology Interview

I’m so excited I got to talk with the legendary Lux Alptraum in-depth about Oh Joy, Sex Toy!

You can read our full interview over at Boinkology.

A Happy Go Lucky Podcast # 34


I am delighted to be back on A Happy Go Lucky Podcast with Leia Weathington, Jesse Morgan and Ben Coleman for episode 34! Here’s the episode description:

My main squeeze Erika Moen is in house to talk about six months of her incredible sexual health and toy review comic Oh Joy, Sex Toy! Together we all plumb the murky depths of societies attitude towards sex, our fraught educations as youngsters and the politics of desire.

Bonus content: learn what god awful wardrobe choices we all made as teenagers.

Episode 34: The Sexual Misinformation of the Breakfast Club

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.

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!

Even More Portland Mercury

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

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!

Portland Mercury

Portland Mercury
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?
Original Art
But the original art and get a print of the finished version fully colored and with the photo, both signed!

Bitch Magazine Podcast



Sex-positive comics artist @erikamoen showin’ off her Hitachi (and hot socks!) for our podcast!

A Thing That I Did Today: recorded the sounds of my vibrators for the podcast (Thanks !)