Our guest this time is MariNaomi, author of the graphic memoirs Dragon’s Breath (2dCloud) and Kiss and Tell (Harper Perennial), among others. In this episode Kevin and Mari discuss the conversation between culture and experience, and how that relates to the comics they make.
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Mari sent us photos of her workspace with an incredible walkthrough!
This is me at my computer desk with Darcey and Batface. Yes, I have kitten earrings on.
I got so sick of always looking up the color wheel, I ended up using it as my background. Art on the walls is by Ric Carrasquillo (the cover of the anthology, Pet Noir), Ezra Li Eismont, and a German artist whose name I’ve sadly forgotten.
This is the desk I often draw at, when not at the dining room table or on the couch. Right now I’m in the studying phase of a new memoir, so those are old journals on my desk. They are filled with ridiculous poetry and overdramatizations. The pen case is spilling out Muji gel pens, which Yumi Sakugawa introduced me to. The comics art on the walls is by Malachi Ward, Roberta Gregory and Lark Pien. The calendar on the left is a dog-a-day calendar. My folks send me those every year, and a cat-a-day one for Gary.
These are the pens, pencils and erasers in my drawing desk drawers. Basically, they’re the the ones I use the most.
This is my pen cabinet. It used to be full of electrical supplies in an old auto shop, I think. It’s filled with goodies. The mask up top is by David C. Smith. The red and blue paintings are by R. Williams. The drawing on the right (cut-off) is by Ben Catmull. That laser printer is my bread and butter.
I am a pen hoarder. Every time I take a trip to Japan (usually to see my family), I stock up on my favorite brush pens. Because there’s nothing worse than starting a book using a certain brush pen, having it run out on you, then finding out that they’ve discontinued the pen when you have a dozen pages to go! (This happened to me.)
This bookshelf is full of mostly hardcover graphic books. The fish salt and pepper shakers used to belong to Mary Fleener, who is my comics hero. The smoking nurse painting is by Barbara something. She used to make comics and live in Oakland. Damn, what was her last name? Her art was really good.
These are my softcover comics. Well, most of them. I have a lot more in boxes in storage. Art up top is by Dave Warnke, El Rey, and Luster Kaboom.