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Interview with the Artist: Annie Mok

Annie Mok is no stranger to the comic world. A veteran who publishes her own minicomics, Annie Mok is known for her dedication to collaboration and tackling complicated issues.

A graduate of Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Annie was featured in American Illustration and The Comics Journal. She was previously published as both “Ed Choy” and “Eel Mok.” In 2009, she received a grant from the Xeric Foundation to publish Ghost Comics, an anthology that she both contributed to and edited.

Her works are available on her website, along with the Ghost Comics anthology. Her collaborative story with Emily Carroll will be featured in the DC/Vertico anthology The Witching Hour.

When much of your work relies on self-motivation, Annie endorses keeping steady.

I find it helpful to think of a state of inertia – once you make yourself write, draw, sing, etc., you want to keep doing it because you feel active. I also found it helpful to monitor my point of view and make sure it remains pliable and curious.

Keeping to her own advice, Annie has several comic she’s currently working on.

I want to complete the three long-term projects I have on the docket (two are collaborative, one is solo), and then I want to keep making work that I find interesting.

Writing and drawing comics is traditionally seen as a solitary activity. When we see depictions of comic artists they’re most often sitting at the drawing table, struggling with their craft. Annie Mok endeavors to break that mold.

I feel like collaboration is really undervalued in comics. Many people think of the one-person writer/artist as standard for making comics, which I think sidesteps a lot of wonderful work that can come out of collaboration.

Her biggest struggle is something that many artists deal with.

Making work that feels like it’s at the height of my abilities and inquiry.

When dealing with criticism, Annie finds she tries to remain unaffected.

I’m not sure anyone thinks that they have a strong handle on it. I try to get back to work and away from over focusing on others’ opinions.

Her advice to other artists:

Work, and think about how and why you make work. And rest.

You can see Annie Mok at Ladyfest Philly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 8th at 7pm.

By Bipolar Gurl

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2 replies on “Interview with the Artist: Annie Mok”

That sounds awesome! A dedicated site would be really cool =)

If you visit art sites like DeviantArt, you can find a surprising amount of people who would collaborate. Of course, you’d have to have some of your own creative stuff up (art, writing, etc.), otherwise people would think you’re a a spammer. But you’d be surprised- a lot of times it’s just the a.) scope of the project and b.) a matter of asking.

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