Archive for ‘2009’
I regret this strip below! However I am leaving it up to keep the six year run of DAR! whole (the good and bad!)
In the three years since I created this comic strip in 2009, I have learned a great deal more about trans* issues. I greatly appreciate all the feedback I’ve received from the trans* people both in my life and from the internet, thank you. Since its creation I have spent time learning about my cis-privilege and working through my unawareness with personal research and education. The strip itself has a great deal of faults, including its poor wording and ignorance -which can’t be excused.
I apologize for the hurt it has caused, I have learned better and continue to educate myself. I do not expect any forgiveness from those who are hurt and I am not looking for any ‘cookies’ with this apology. This is simply a heart felt apology and a promise that I have grown, learned better, and will continue to keep educating myself.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who came out and bought my book at Stumptown Comics Fest.
Please do come to Dylan Meconis’ and my double book release party this Saturday!
Book Release Party
April 25, 5 – 8pm
Sequential Art Gallery
328 NW Broadway #113
Seriously, I am dead on my feet.
In the meeeean time, here are a few photos that show what I’ve been up to lately:
UPDATE, May 5
Hey kids! I’m scrambling to meet some big deadlines so the comic will be late this week. Sorry :(
I’m already onto my second-ish week of Operation Get Off Brain Drugs and so far it’s just been makin’ me poop funny. Oh, and I guess I’m a bit more jittery and anxious, but nothing too bad. ::twitch::
Taking them into a sketchy sex shop and hearing a homeless dude masturbating and then getting yelled at by the sassy, grandma-aged, sequin-kitty-sweatshirted clerk.
I keep finding myself less and less interested in anyone whose not Matt. Man, when’d I get so lame?
Oh hey, so there’s this mini-documentary-thing of this past Toronto Comic Arts Festival and my table display (with a volunteer standing in for me while I was off peeing) pops up around 0:24ish, I show up around 1:56ish for a second and then my back is totally getting some glory at 2:08ish!
You all remember Bo and Jangers, right?
A few of my favorite pictures I’ve modeled for the absolutely amazing VisioLuxus.
(The third and fourth panels of my comic are based on photos two and three below)A bunch more of the shots we’ve done together can be seen over here.
Also, it’s kinda last minute but I’m gunna be tabling at the Olmpia Comics Festival this June 13th. Wooo!
Oo, and DAR! got a super lovely review over on Comics Worth Reading by the kind Johanna Draper. Man, what a way to start off your morning!
Though I have listened to Matt‘s theory many times, this particular comic was based on the reaction he got from sharing his scientific discovery with Lucy.
–June 13th, I’ll be tabling at the Olympia Comics Festival in Washington state!
Hey Doods, just a reminder that I will be at the Olympia Comics Festival this Saturday. Come hear me interview Derek Kirk Kim about making autobio comics! It’ll be some good ol’ family fun, I’m sure.
425 Franklin St. SE
For more information on getting started with vibrators and other sex toys (as well as then purchasing them), Babeland has some excellent resources:
– Before you flame me, please remember I’m only speaking about my personal experiences with sexual identity, I am in no way trying to imply that anybody else should/will have a similar evolution.
– Don’t worry, part two of the vibrator guide will be up next week!
– Make sure you check out Octopus Pie tomorrow to see my guest strip :D Thanks to @readsulagna, Kim and Steve Lieber for the text on panels 4, 5 and 6. And Meredith herself for the final panel ;)
Four years ago I made another introductory sex comic called GirlFuck. Y’know, in case you’re interested.
Matt ‘n’ I are watching the Power Rangers movie. It’s really something.
Helpful Links: GirlFuck (Introduction to Girl-on-Girl Lovin’), How to Choose… a Vibrator, a G-Spot Vibrator or Dildo, an Anal Toy, a Dildo and How to… Add Vibrators to Couple’s Sex, Use a Vibrator on a Guy
So I’m selling a whole bunch of my original DAR! strips on on http://erikamoen.etsy.com. If anything, go look just to compare what the original ink looks like next to the polished, finished version!
Johanna Draper Carlson wrote the great article Confessions of an Immature Pervert: Erika Moen Overcomes Puritanism for Publisher’s Weekly about DAR! and the troubles I had getting my oeuvre of filth printed.
Man, this has been a lot of exclamation points for just one entry!
Oo, one more announcement, just for the road:
Steve Lieber and Jeff Parker, two of my studiomates and all-around favorite people, have a release party coming up for Underground, their comic being put out by Image Comics. If you’re in Portland, I really recommend you come check out this shit!
Underground Release Party and Signing
September 23, 2009
Bridge City Comics
3725 N. Mississippi Ave
RSVP on Facebook (Or just show up)
September 26-27 (The weekend!): SPX! 5701 Marinelli Road., Bethesda, MD. I will speaking on the Comic Strips: Online and In Print panel (with Kate Beaton, R. Stevens, Julia Wertz and moderator Marc Singer) and presenting the Ignatz Award for Best Online Comic.
Trying to squish everything that happened into six panels was a challenge. But really, there was a homeless man in a top hat giving out balloon animals to everyone while he lectured us about how to kill rats and a dude totally dope-slapped me upside the head when he lost his balance. And I do mean a full-fledged slap, with all the force that you’d expect from a grown man.
That was the worst fucking bus ride of my life.
October 9 – 11, 2009
777 NE MLK Jr Blvd
NOTE CORRECTED ADDRESS
I watch all my BFF-goodness over on MTV.com.
Check this shit ouuuuuuuuuuuut!
From Stephen Hampton’s blog 11/20/09.
Here’s the comic I drew in 2003 that became my tattoo in 2005
<---- There is a picture of me with my tattoo, in case you were curious. I will be pretty sad if you copy this for yourself. Two new interviews are up! One is an article about webcartoonists from Campus Progress and the other is a video from my newest retailer Things From Another World.
Updated the store with Pip! (the children’s book I illustrated earlier this year) as well as added a handful of guest artists’ goods as well!
I’m very proud to be offering work by my friends and fellow studiomates Dylan Meconis, Steve Lieber and Sara Ryan. They are extremely talented and this is the perfect opportunity to try a little comic variety and save some money on shipping from ordering through one store.
And on a different note, I’ve been doing a daily drawing over on my LJ, to help me warm up in the morning. My guidelines are to complete a fully inked picture within one hour of getting to the studio, five days a week. I neeeever ever just draw except for comics, so I’m hella insecure when I have to do sketches at conventions. Also, I really wanna get better at inking so this exercise seemed like a good way to improve on several fronts at once!
I’ve put together a super duper mega awesome combo pack of my most popular books and minis.
Individually, each book and the pack of minis costs $10, but the above is just $25 so you save a whole freakin’ $5.
I’ve made Flickr set documenting the ways in which I have injured myself. It’s not for the squeamish.
If you’re in Portland, OR this week come on by either or both of these events! I’ll be there :)
The above is my contribution to OMG PWN!ES, a gallery show of modified My Little Ponies. If interested in purchasing my pony, please contact show and gallery curator Kaebel Hashitani at sequentialart (a) gmail.com
Thursday, December 3, 6-10pm
Sequential Art Gallery
328 NW Broadway #113
Portland, OR 97209
Lookit my collection of various tentacle-related endeavors.
Who is this Visioluxus person in the comic? Just a totally fab photographer I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few times. She’s selling prints of my totally sweet ass wrapped in tentacles, if you’re into that kinda thing.
Eep! And I forgot to mention: Specimen7 has been one of my favorite places to pick up crazy little tentacle creature sculptures (which is where I got the one that appears in the third panel!)
Rich Ellis does not, in fact, gargle cock. For the record.
CORRECTION 12/28/09: I’m so stupid, I got my dates mixed. DAR doesn’t end until Tuesday, the 29th. Sorry for the confusion!
Please check out my brand new comic!
Well, here we are, the final strip!
I’ve written a big long letter about my decision to end DAR and what you can expect to see from me next bellow.
Thank you again for reading, I’m gunna go pass the fuck out now.
The End of DAR!
on December 15, 2009
at 2:51 pm
Hey dudes, good news! I’ve decided to end DAR!
Maybe you already know about it, as it’s been no secret since I’ve talked about it in a lot of the interviews I’ve done in the last few months. But here is my Official, F’reals Announcement. The final strip will air on December 29th, 2009.
My very first DAR! strip was drawn in October 2003 and then made it online sometime not too long after that. That means I’ve been working on this project for about six years now.
It started my sophomore year of college as a 20 year old student and has seen me through my first love, finding my queer identity, my first heartbreak, my first rebounds, traveling to another country, depression and medication, having stupid adventures, meeting the man I’d eventually marry, re-structuring “my identity”, graduation, working in the real world while struggling to keep making art which brings us to today where I’m a 26 year old self-employed happily married woman.
Oh, and I guess there were some dick ‘n’ fart jokes in there too.
Having a weekly deadline has taught me to draw more efficiently and the limited space of six panels has forced me to communicate my ideas as concisely as possible. It’s helped me find my voice and opened up a helluva lot of doors to me professionally. I am extremely fortunate to have gathered a big enough readership that I can mostly live off of this goofy little journal. Most importantly, this comic has been directly responsible for me meeting my heroes, some of my very dearest friends and especially my husband.
I’m extremely grateful for the wonderful opportunities and experiences and connections that have come into my life because of this ridiculous comic.
After six years, I feel emotionally and mentally ready to move on.
But don’t worry!
I have so many more projects I’m turning my attentions towards! DAR! was not my first comic and it is so far away from being my last. Making comics has been my passion for over a decade now (Hell, I even graduated from college with a self-made degree in comics) and I can’t see a time when I’ll ever stop. I’ve still got a whole second volume of DAR! to put out! (It’ll be in my store in early 2010)
As always, you can keep up with me on the various different networking sites out there:
And you can see more of my work on:
In closing, thank you.
Thank you to everyone who has read my work over the years.
I truly appreciate every ounce of support I have ever received from my readers and cannot even come close to expressing how much it has meant to me.
Thanks for sticking around and I hope I see you guys in the future,