Interview with Natasha Sim
by Amy Maynard
The Australian Comics Journal is celebrating the excellent anthology Starrytellers this week with creator profiles each day. Before today’s interview with the nice Natasha, check out the project’s Kickstarter campaign, with great stories and great prizes from a great bunch of gals. Now stretch out your limbs, settle down and read on as we discuss how the female perspective in comics is an asset and the importance of weekend naps. (Note: Kate Beaton gets another dinner invite – she’s been a busy woman in this series!)
It’s a story about the magic that stars hold for children, with some references to mythology.
Tell us more about your work in comics – what books have you made, which events have you been a part of?
I’ve only been involved in two comics projects so far. The first was the Fly the Colour Fantastica anthology, and the second is Starrytellers. I’m very new to comic-making. However, I grew up reading a whole heap of comics and manga and I really enjoy the diversity of the medium. As an illustrator I’ve exhibited in Victoria and interstate. You can see some examples of my illustration and comic work at https://www.behance.net/curiousmoth
If you could invite three lady cartoonists to dinner, alive or dead, who would you invite and why?
Kate Beaton! Her comics are hilarious and have taught me a lot about Canadian history (and history generally) at the same time. I’m pretty sure I’ve cried from laughter reading a few of them. Her humour is just perfect. And Joy Ang. Her artistic ability is amazing and she’s such an adept storyteller, not to mention having been editor for The Anthology Project. And Minekura Kazuya, because I have always admired her art style; it’s very distinctly her own.
What advice do you have for women and girls wanting to break into comics?
I don’t know if I’m the best person to ask, since I’m a newcomer and creating two comics doesn’t really qualify as having broken in to the industry. I would say that an important thing to keep in mind is not to waste anything. If stories told from your perspective, as a female, are not the norm in the industry, that is an asset — not a disadvantage. Find a use for everything you experience, read and watch. Also, since comics are essentially a medium for storytelling, make sure you understand how to construct and pace your story.
It’s an old superstition to wish upon a star. What would your wish be?
For more hours in which to nap on the weekend.
For more information on Natasha Sim’s work, check out curiousmoth.daportfolio.com