The always lovely Regine Sawyer of Women in Comics NYC and Lockett Down Productions invited me to speak on a special Latinas in Comics panel back in March. What an experience! I had the honor of speaking alongside industry veteran Alitha E. Martinez (DC Comics’ New 52 Batgirl, Papercutz Comics’ WWE), webcomic artist Savanahh Zambrano (Unlazy), artist and educator Quiara Escobar (NYC DOE), illustrator Sara Woolley (Charlotte and the Quiet Place), and artist/journalist Suzy Exposito (MTV, Riot Grrrl Problems). I think I learned just as much participating in the panel as the eager group who came to listen, packed neatly in the sunny Poe Park Visiting Center.
We covered topics ranging from the difficulties of breaking into the industry, the importance of telling personal cultural stories and the tricky business of copyright in online publishing. Afterward, we were interviewed by Desiree of Women Write about Comics about the panel, Women in Comics NYC, its challenges and its goals.
Check out Foxy’s video below for a sample of the panel, or the local news station’s coverage and interview with Regine!