COMIC: Jessica Udischas of ‘Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls’ Picks Her Top Strips
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COMIC: Jessica Udischas of ‘Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls’ Picks Her Top Strips

Written by Matt Keeley on November 12, 2019
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Jessica Udischas has been drawing the semi-autobiographical Manic Pixie Nightmare Girls (or MPNG to fans) since July 2013. Udischas’ cute character designs are a perfect compliment to strips about facing transphobia in daily life. She recently sat down with Unicorn Booty for a interview about her work — which we’ve illustrated with Udischas’ personal picks for her favorite strips. You can follow Udischas on Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook or Patreon.

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Unicorn Booty: How long have you been making comics?

Jessica Udischas: I’ve considered myself a cartoonist nearly all my life and have always made comics and stories with drawings here and there while growing up. I was the kind of kid who would have doodles all over their homework and get marked off for it. I wasn’t really the type to care about my grades so I didn’t mind. But it wasn’t until a year and a half ago did I actually get up off my butt and started making comics on a regular basis.

Who influenced you?

I’ve loved cartoons since I can remember, and would crudely draw all my favorite characters from TV and movie cartoons and comic strips. The Simpsons, Ren & Stimpy, Tiny Toons, Calvin & Hobbes, and Bone were just a few of my favorites growing up. But I still feel like I am learning how to be a cartoonist and am influenced by a lot of new stuff as well. I’m a huge Steven Universe fan and hope someday I can flesh out such strong characters. I also love the cartooning and humor in the comic strip Butthug by Shmorky and Camp Weedonwantcha by the incredibly talented cartoonist Katie Rice.

manic pixie nightmare girl, jessica udischas, jesska nightmare, transphobia, trans

manic pixie nightmare girl, jessica udischas, jesska nightmare, transphobia, trans

manic pixie nightmare girl, jessica udischas, jesska nightmare, transphobia, trans

manic pixie nightmare girl, jessica udischas, jesska nightmare, transphobia, trans

manic pixie nightmare girl, jessica udischas, jesska nightmare, transphobia, trans

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