Since this past weekend has revolved around comics, our artist showcase of this week is illustrated storyteller (aka comic artist) Erika Moen!
I have been a close follower of Erika’s popular comic series Dar: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary since I was in high school (that makes it a total of 8 years). Basically, Dar is Erika’s autobiography in pictures. Each strip is a scene or event that actually happened at some point in her life; they range from serious to funny to the absolutely bizarre, but each one has a punch to it. On a personal note, when I was in high school and just starting college, I found solace in her words, especially when she spoke of her own experiences wrestling with her sexual identity. It helped me not only find myself, but her comics helped me to explain it to my family. My coming out letter to my mother contained two of Erika’s comics (one and two) that explained to her what I was going through better than I ever could (by the way, thanks for that Erika).
Besides Dar, Erika is a very talented illustrator, with artwork published in several different books and anthologies and a large number of gallery exhibits under her belt. She has been employed by the likes of LAIKA where her talents were put to work on the feature-length new movie Coraline. She lives and works in Portland, OR where she resides with her husband Matt.