I make comics and prints featuring an original cast of inter-dimensional explorers in the sci-fi world of Leaflet Lab. This includes handmade, short-form sequential comics printed in various sizes and formats as well as limited edition screenprint illustrations. I'll have reprinted editions of many of my past works at my table, as well as buttons, screen-printed tote bags, and hand-cast resin toys.
My first exposure to indy/self-publishing was through my illustration courses at Art Center college, particularly one taught by Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson. They showed us tons of zines and comics and art booklets produced using unique printing processes and papers. More importantly, these artists were using affordable and readily-available printing materials to share their art with the wider world directly. This was a huge wake-up call for me, and pretty soon I was cranking out my own mini-comics and art zines using any free available printer.
When I set out to make a new book, the overall design and aesthetic of the printed material is super important to me. Printing and assembling the books is just as important as plotting out the comics and making the art that goes into them. I love picking out just the right paper stock or screen print ink for a project. Reproducing my work exactly the way I want it to look is very satisfying.
I think now more than ever people really want unique and compelling perspectives and narratives. In the age of endless superhero movies and franchise reboots, these same people are looking more to independent artists who have a lot more to offer, writing and drawing books in a wide variety of subjects and storytelling.