A lot of people ask me “What got you into comics?” or “What made you want to create comics?”. I could go on about how I was always raised around art and I’ve always loved cartoons and stuff but, honestly? I didn’t get into comics until I was like 17.
Don’t laugh, but, truth is, for me it wasn’t so much of a comic in particular as much as it was a character.
I started to do roleplaying on Myspace back when I was a teenager and found that my original characters didn’t go over so well. So as a result, a friend suggested to try and find a DC or Marvel character to play as. Now at this point I hadn’t read any comics save for a couple webcomics. I browsed through my DC Encyclopedia and found 3 characters I thought looked cool:
I went to the comic shop, bought a TON of comics they were featured in, and got to work. I found that I liked RPing all 3 of them but in particular, I fell absolutely in love with Ravager. To me she was more than just the daughter of Deathstroke. She represented strength, courage, power, being yourself, all while still making mistakes. I found myself going through life thinking “what would Rosie do?” and suddenly, I found my voice. I was no longer this shy little girl who didn’t speak up. I defended myself. I defended others. I never backed down if I saw someone being hurt. I would never turn away from someone who needed help. I even went so far as to lose friends because I wasn’t afraid to call them out of they were clearly being wrong about something (friend of mine bullied someone and tried to spread lies about her because the girl didn’t want to RP with her…like wth?). Rose taught me to be myself and to never give up. To be brave and know that sometimes we make mistakes but it is okay. That it is important to forgive yourself.
Rose’s determination and courage leaked into my life so much that I was never afraid to take risks. It helped me find my internship (and as a result freelance job) at Cartoon Network, it helped me get my full-time job in town, it helped me have the courage to actually tell my then-friend how I felt about her leading to what is now a happy marriage.
Making comics always sounded fun but it wasn’t until I adopted Rose’s kick-ass attitude that I had the courage to actually try it out. Tried it, loved it, now I gotta make more :)