This is a series of posts about comics included in the forthcoming anthology comic “Identity” produced by Northside Comics.
The next comic in our series is by Molly Clasen and is entitled Lorelle the Great.
Can you give us a brief description of your comic?
This piece is about how I grappled with the unexpected death of my former professor and mentor, Dr. Lorelle Browning. She was this incredibly passionate and caring english professor who always went out of her way to help me. I met her freshman year, and she became a real hero of mine. I still can’t believe she’s gone.
How does your comic speak to the theme of identity?
I wanted to examine what it means to lose a mentor. When someone seems larger than life to you in a way that’s almost mythical, how do you process her death? How do you fully understand the impact she had on your own choices and personality?
Where did you come up with the idea for your comic?
I use drawing and writing as a way to process my life, so it was really helpful for me to craft a visual narrative about this emotionally complicated event. It helped me say goodbye to someone I love and respect.
What influences your work both on this comic and in general?
I’m really interested in autobiographical artists with deceptively simple, emotionally-driven styles–Corrine Mucha, James Kochalka, Allie Brosh, Jeffrey Brown, Anders Nilsen, Julia Wertz, Sara Von, Yumi Sakugawa, and so, so many more.
Where can people find more of your work?
The full comic anthology “Identity” will be available later this summer for purchase. If you can’t wait that long you can contribute to our kickstarter and maybe get yourself some unique swag.