Terra, thanks for taking the time to do this with me. How long have you been drawing comics?
Any other works out there that we should check out?
Hard but fun
Do have any particular artistic influences?
Yes a lot of them, but if I had to pick one I would go with my mentor Hector Casanova, he was my illustration teacher in college and he took me under his wing. Showing me that my artistic talent was not limited to just another anime artist.
Hayao Miyazaki, of studio Studio Ghibli
And Craig McCracken of the Power Puff Girls and Foster's Home for Imagery Friends.
I was a big fan of McCracken myself back in the PPG and Foster's days. It amazes me now to think about how long ago that was! I'm also HUGE fan of Miyazaki's work. We've raised our kids on his films as much as we have with Pixar and Star Wars, so I've got to know: What's your favorite Miyazaki film?
As far as inspiration there wasn't much of one. When I needed a scary character for a comic I just asked myself what are people freaked out by, and clown was the only thing I could think of that I could easily fit into my story.
About the title, "Mock Girl..." Am I mistaken, or does that sound a bit like a transphobic slur?
Not at all. I'm just good at imagining that kind of stuff.
I had an okay life, I had my struggles but they weren't nearly as screwed up as the one I gave my main character. I have always given the characters in the comics a horrible life, that way when you see them rise above it all you are that much more invested in them. I also like the idea of you choosing your family, Sam found these crazy people, Brit, Spunko, etc and chose to let them into her life. We all can do that find the people who make you happy and they are your family. Giving the character a harder life when they make these relationships it is so much more rewarding for the reader.
What do you do when you’re not drawing comics?
A job I hate... if I had my choice I would be doing web comics full time.
As for other fun things I'm a game designer and freelance artist. I also enjoy a good game of Dungeon and Dragons.
That's cool! I ran a 2nd Edition (dating myself) Planescape group for a couple of years back in college. What do you consider a "good game of Dungeons and Dragons?" Any preference of Editions or Settings?
Okay, when I say, "Dungeons and Dragons," I ran role playing in general. I actually HATE D&D.
Oh... OK... (awkward)... LOL
Both. I make board games, none published as of yet. And I make video games. Way back when I did flash games, man that was a long time ago, I did a few jobs for a mobile game studio that is shut down and I'm working on a game right now that's called "Days of Ash."
You'll have to let us know when it's available!
So, shifting gears a little bit...
When you first started to transition (or when you first came out) how did family and friends react?
What has been the hardest part for you?
No there is no religion in my life. I believe in science, not myth and faith. I'll tell people I believe in Odin and Norse myths just to push peoples’ buttons but that's about it.
Sounds right up my alley, actually. Where do fall politically?
Socialism, for the win! Not the way a lot of people have done it in the past, but if we were to support each other in every way we could the world would be a better place. "You want to be a doctor? Go for it, help your fellow man! You want to do art and make the world a more insightful and wonderful place to live? Do it! I know that there are some major pitfalls in that, but I think if we think about the world and everyone living there instead of our wallets we could make it work. Passion and innovation could be what we work for, not this other shit.
Pretty much every transgendered person I've spoken (all of them actually) have expressed some rather strong and negative opinions about the HRC (Human Rights Campaign) over the history of throwing trans- people under the bus to achieve progress exclusively for the LGB community. Do you feel the same? Is this a fair assessment?
Yep. It's a hard truth and it's something we need to overcome.
A couple contentious issues, as they relate to more of the internal trans- politics...
How do you feel about "Gender Dysphoria" remaining in the DSM? Does the legitimacy of it being recognized as an actual condition outweigh the stigma of it (technically) be labelled, rightly or wrongly, a "mental illness?"
Ed.Note: Just to be clear, I did not mean to imply that "Trangender people were perverts," but rather that ACTUAL perverts could gain access by falsely claiming to be trans-.
Nothing as in, "cisgender people already understand well enough," or nothing as in, "stay out of our business and we'll stay out of yours?"
I think they get it.
Interesting. I don't think I've ever gotten an answer like that. Last question... How do you explain to
Be gay for a month or two, it's a choice right? Oh, you can't do it? Well neither can we.