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.
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.
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