For the month of February we’ve had the pleasure of putting the animated spotlight on a very cool comic THUNDERPAW by Jen Lee. So let’s take some time and meet Jen as she tackles our “10 Questions”, giving us all a chance to connect with her a little bit better.
Thinking back, what is the first comic you recall reading as a child?
Jen: I would always flip through my brother’s copies of The Sandman and Akira, but the first comic I actually read was Maus by Art Spiegelman.
Who is your greatest influence(s) as an artist/creator?
Jen: Louis CK and Anthony Bourdain. They aren’t visual artists, but they create narratives out of their commentary that I really jive with. Their storytelling is very human, they don’t try to create their letters to the world, and those are aspects I try to stick with.
What would you consider required drawing equipment or writing necessities?
Jen: My computer and iPhone for all my notes. There are people who really frown upon being so dependent on the computer for drawing, but I can’t help it. I think it’s given my heart an extra few years without all the tantrums over spilling ink on my CD’s, losing nibs, smudging pencil dust, etc.
Where did you go to school and what was your major?
Jen: I went to School of Visual Arts and majored in Illustration.
Three adjectives to describe yourself that has NOTHING to do with comics?
Jen: Gluttonous, snobby, and judgemental. These all have to do with food and drink.
We all have favorite places, scenarios we feel more creative in. What is your favorite environment in which to create?
Jen: A chatty show in the background has been the best for me. Lately it’s been Dr. Katz and Freaks and Geeks.
Embarrassing childhood memory you wish to reveal? (or Most exciting if you don’t want to reveal embarrassing)
Jen: I grew up with brothers so I was conditioned to think farts were hilarious and gratifying (and I still do!). I had problems switching this off for some social situations and farted in front of a boy I liked. I tried to cover it up, doing that “Did you hear THAT what was THAT?” thing but it didn’t work at all.
If a movie of your life were made who would you pick to play you?
Jen: It’d be animated and I’d have to be played by some small dog voiced by Sarah Silverman.
What other information would you like share about your comic? Books? Kickstarter?
Jen: I’ve recently been starting to sell prints and things at Society6. You can make throw pillows on there which is pretty nuts. I also have a little support page for Thunderpaw that has some perks, including a chance to win a free Thunderpaw portrait.
I am thinking of putting up a .pdf of the first chapter (not animated though) for a pretty agreeable price. We’ll see, it’s wrapping up soon!
What is the meaning of life?
Jen: To create and enjoy other people’s creations. Whether it’s in the form of knitting, cooking, drawing, whatever! Enjoy having feelings and stories to tell. Animals are cool but being human needs to be given more credit.