So you’re probably wondering, what is this weird website that was clearly put together with painstaking love by Tessa Brunton? Who is this lady “Tessa” anyways?!?
Well my friend. Let me answer some of your questions.
What is this website?
My autobiographical comics, which I’ve been making for about four or five years now.
Where does this comic drawing take place?
In my apartment in Oakland.
Why do you draw comics about yourself? Do you like to make out with your reflection in the mirror or what?
SO. In college I was going to write this historical fiction novel about an Irish indentured servant. And I was so serious I actually WENT TO IRELAND my junior year to research my book. I’m not kidding, I went there because I had thought up this story on a plane ride after taking some sleeping pills, and I thought it was so good I moved to another country for nine months. And I was basically drunk and had wet feet for a year, and I didn’t write the book and ended up feeling like kind of a failure, and that was my last attempt at fiction. I find that daily life is a deep enough trough of joy and humiliation to keep me snorfeling happily about.
How did you get into comics Tessa?
Though I read comics as a child, I got serious about making my own comics about seven years ago when I started working part-time at a comic store in Santa Cruz during college. My very first loves were Lynda Barry, Julie Doucet, M.K. Brown, Pheobe Glockner, Craig Thompson, Jeffery Brown and anything by Alan Moore, though I have fallen in love mannnny times since.
Where have you been published? And how many times do you have to be published before you can call yourself a “comic artist”?
My comics have appeared in Bitch Magazine (the noir issue), I Saw You (Comics Inspired by Real Life Missed Connections) (Anthology), The Bridge Project Anthology, The Girls Guide to Guys Stuff (Anthology) and Runner Runner . My first comic book Passage was published by Sparkplug Comic Books in 2011 and was nominated for two Ignatz Awards, Outstanding Comic and Promising New Talent.
And I don’t know – it’s like, just because you paint, can you call yourself a “painter”? What has to happen for someone to leap from writing, or making art with a paintball gun to being a “writer” or a “paintball gun artist person”?
And a review of my mini comics In the Tall Grass also at Inkstuds.
P.O. Box 11334
Piedmont, CA 94611