Hannah Blumenreich

I hate making covers. I hate lettering. I hate coming up with titles. But so far so good! 

I hate making covers. I hate lettering. I hate coming up with titles. But so far so good! 

Look out, it’s coming for you, aaaaah

Look out, it’s coming for you, aaaaah

favorite panel here it is

favorite panel here it is

A little Shining reference for your day.

A little Shining reference for your day.

2dcloud:

Today is LineWork NW. Sean Christensen composed this short interview with Hannah Blumenreich who is tabling for 2DC today at said event. I was unable to find where it was posted so as to re-tumblr it (is that the lingo, sorry lingor?), soooo, here it is again or for the first time, enjoy!
Describe the first piece of art that changed your life.  When was it?  How old were you?  Where on the planet were you standing?
I don’t remember exactly when this was, maybe fourteen or fifteen, but I’d always sort of assumed that original art was too precious to be put on display in museums, so everything I saw must have been a copy and the real art was stowed away somewhere safe. (This probably comes from memories of childhood and like, not being allowed in certain rooms in people’s houses, or not being allowed to touch the “good dishes” because I might “break them.”) But then my family went on a trip to New York and we went to the Met where I saw Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutze, and I was like, “Hold up. This is far too big to be a copy.” (My flawless logic at work. It’s a miracle I made it this far in life.) And I had an epiphany that everything I was looking at was the original and it absolutely blew my tiny, stupid little mind. My dad especially likes to remind me of this event. Like, all the time. 
If you were in charge of a small press show like Linework, how would your tastes shape the event?
Terribly. 
Who are five people that helped you get to the place you are now with your current work?  What did they contribute?
Well, my parents, I’ll stick them together as one unit. They never pressured me to go into med school or law school or anything, they were like, “Yeah, sure, go make comics.” (Mom, Dad, no, think about what you’re doing, don’t you care about my future.)
I had a really great teacher at MCAD, he really helped my work improve a lot and quickly. Like, by the end of one semester I could look back and be embarrassed about how terrible my comics were. Which is a great feeling! It means you’re getting better. Presumably.  
I’ve capped off at two. I’m sorry. This is so much harder than it should be. Why would you make me come up with five. FIVE. It’s so many. 
What do you think you can contribute to someone else who is trying to make progress with their small press or artistic projects?
Not a whole heck of a lot. Like, if someone came up to me and was like, “Please give me your advice on how to be good and successful at comics,” I’d be like, “You poor misguided child, you have singled out the worst possible person to ask this question.”  
So, I dunno, make more work (this is what everyone says, so there must be some truth to it), make connections, and uh, don’t die before your time or you’ll be a ghost. Also, find artists who inspire you to be a better artist! Hell, just find people who inspire you to work. Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Watch your friends succeed around you as you remain stagnant. 
If you could design a monument, what would it look like and what would it represent?
It would be a penis. It would represent a penis. It could go next to the Washington Monument. Twinsies. 
What kinds of obstacles do you encounter in your work, and how do you overcome them?
Finishing projects, for sure. I am a gigundo procrastinator, so it’s easy for me to push things off or just decide things can wait “till tomorrow.” I can also get pretty bummed about the future of a project. It’s tough when you work so hard on something and then it doesn’t sell well or people just ignore it. It can make it difficult to care about a new comic because you’re convinced it will have a similar fate.  
Fixing procrastination is about breaking bad habits, which is hard. I happen to be a great lover of lists and organizing, so it helps to make to-do lists of things to get done for the month/week/day, or make a list of pages to have done. It’s good to see it all laid out instead of just picturing in my head how much I have to do. I get intimidated by the size of new projects, but if it’s laid out on paper, it’s not so scary. 
If anyone knows how to fix feelings of inadequacy due to past disappointments, please let me know. 
If Linework was a country, who should be the president and why?  This can be anyone in history or in the world.
If Linework were a country? Where are you putting it? Will it interfere with preexisting country boarders? Are the other conventions countries, too? Is there like, a country of TCAF? I need details before I commit, here.
 
Pick a zine or small press item you really like, and promote the shit out of it right here:
By the power vested in me, I promote 2D Cloud!! I’m tabling for them, and it will probably end in disaster. Sorry in advance. 

LineworkNW is today! If you’re in the Portland area, come on down and say hi. Buy some things so I can tell Raighne and Justin everything went well. Otherwise I will have to lie to them. And that would be bad. Sorry it’s super long, this was my first ever time getting interviewed and I got a bit carried away. 

2dcloud:

Today is LineWork NW. Sean Christensen composed this short interview with Hannah Blumenreich who is tabling for 2DC today at said event. I was unable to find where it was posted so as to re-tumblr it (is that the lingo, sorry lingor?), soooo, here it is again or for the first time, enjoy!

Describe the first piece of art that changed your life.  When was it?  How old were you?  Where on the planet were you standing?

I don’t remember exactly when this was, maybe fourteen or fifteen, but I’d always sort of assumed that original art was too precious to be put on display in museums, so everything I saw must have been a copy and the real art was stowed away somewhere safe. (This probably comes from memories of childhood and like, not being allowed in certain rooms in people’s houses, or not being allowed to touch the “good dishes” because I might “break them.”) But then my family went on a trip to New York and we went to the Met where I saw Washington Crossing the Delaware by Leutze, and I was like, “Hold up. This is far too big to be a copy.” (My flawless logic at work. It’s a miracle I made it this far in life.) And I had an epiphany that everything I was looking at was the original and it absolutely blew my tiny, stupid little mind. My dad especially likes to remind me of this event. Like, all the time. 

If you were in charge of a small press show like Linework, how would your tastes shape the event?

Terribly. 

Who are five people that helped you get to the place you are now with your current work?  What did they contribute?

Well, my parents, I’ll stick them together as one unit. They never pressured me to go into med school or law school or anything, they were like, “Yeah, sure, go make comics.” (Mom, Dad, no, think about what you’re doing, don’t you care about my future.)

I had a really great teacher at MCAD, he really helped my work improve a lot and quickly. Like, by the end of one semester I could look back and be embarrassed about how terrible my comics were. Which is a great feeling! It means you’re getting better. Presumably.  

I’ve capped off at two. I’m sorry. This is so much harder than it should be. Why would you make me come up with five. FIVE. It’s so many. 

What do you think you can contribute to someone else who is trying to make progress with their small press or artistic projects?

Not a whole heck of a lot. Like, if someone came up to me and was like, “Please give me your advice on how to be good and successful at comics,” I’d be like, “You poor misguided child, you have singled out the worst possible person to ask this question.”  

So, I dunno, make more work (this is what everyone says, so there must be some truth to it), make connections, and uh, don’t die before your time or you’ll be a ghost. Also, find artists who inspire you to be a better artist! Hell, just find people who inspire you to work. Watch Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Watch your friends succeed around you as you remain stagnant. 

If you could design a monument, what would it look like and what would it represent?

It would be a penis. It would represent a penis. It could go next to the Washington Monument. Twinsies. 

What kinds of obstacles do you encounter in your work, and how do you overcome them?

Finishing projects, for sure. I am a gigundo procrastinator, so it’s easy for me to push things off or just decide things can wait “till tomorrow.” I can also get pretty bummed about the future of a project. It’s tough when you work so hard on something and then it doesn’t sell well or people just ignore it. It can make it difficult to care about a new comic because you’re convinced it will have a similar fate.  

Fixing procrastination is about breaking bad habits, which is hard. I happen to be a great lover of lists and organizing, so it helps to make to-do lists of things to get done for the month/week/day, or make a list of pages to have done. It’s good to see it all laid out instead of just picturing in my head how much I have to do. I get intimidated by the size of new projects, but if it’s laid out on paper, it’s not so scary. 

If anyone knows how to fix feelings of inadequacy due to past disappointments, please let me know. 

If Linework was a country, who should be the president and why?  This can be anyone in history or in the world.

If Linework were a country? Where are you putting it? Will it interfere with preexisting country boarders? Are the other conventions countries, too? Is there like, a country of TCAF? I need details before I commit, here.

 

Pick a zine or small press item you really like, and promote the shit out of it right here:

By the power vested in me, I promote 2D Cloud!! I’m tabling for them, and it will probably end in disaster. Sorry in advance. 

LineworkNW is today! If you’re in the Portland area, come on down and say hi. Buy some things so I can tell Raighne and Justin everything went well. Otherwise I will have to lie to them. And that would be bad. 

Sorry it’s super long, this was my first ever time getting interviewed and I got a bit carried away. 

torontocomics:

HANNAH BLUMENREICH is coming to TCAF!

"Hannah Blumenreich makes comics and they are either about herself or characters inspired by herself…" - Full Bio at TCAF site

Artist’s Website: www.hannahblumenreich.com

TCAF is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, taking place May 9-11, 2014, in Toronto, Canada. More at http://torontocomics.com/

This came up on my feed and I was like, “Oh hey, what are you guys doing posted up here.” 

Because I am not on my game today. 

You think you learn everything there is to know about periods in school, but no one ever teaches you about how much diarrhea you’ll have to deal with. (It’s a lot.) 
being a woman = ruining underwear, toilets, and hearts

You think you learn everything there is to know about periods in school, but no one ever teaches you about how much diarrhea you’ll have to deal with. (It’s a lot.) 

being a woman = ruining underwear, toilets, and hearts

LineworkNW is this weekend!

Hey, Portlanders (Portlandians?) and also people who live pretty close to Portland: This is the place to be this weekend. All the cool kids and me will be there. 

Well I don’t see posting this comic backfiring in any way. 

Well I don’t see posting this comic backfiring in any way. 

I can’t tell if the Eugene Public Library is just a joke or if the Disney overlords decided it would be a fun side-project to mess with library catalog search engines. 

I can’t tell if the Eugene Public Library is just a joke or if the Disney overlords decided it would be a fun side-project to mess with library catalog search engines. 

today there was a spider in my shoe and that means my comic’s coming true and also that i am never wearing shoes again. just want you all to be aware of this. 

"I will grant you one wish, but not that one."

In case you’re interested, here’s the linework-only version of this.

In case you’re interested, here’s the linework-only version of this.

Stromae.  
I have been obsessively listening to Papaoutai and Tous Les Mêmes back to back for HOURS. Help. Me. 

Stromae.  

I have been obsessively listening to Papaoutai and Tous Les Mêmes back to back for HOURS. Help. Me.