The Heroine’s Journey of Christie Shinn

  • What is the best thing that I love about my work? 
    I love my work the best as I can go through my own hate pile of trauma and unresolved feelings and don’t need therapy! It actually puts me in a much better mood when I honestly face my feelings without judgement from myself and others. It’s made for very funny and very raw books.
  • What is my idea of perfect happiness? 
    I can write and do whatever I want. People tend to qualify that with “As long as it doesn’t overstep other people’s boundaries.” I call that false. Most of the time when people do that, they’re hyper aware that they are, but do it anyway. When you’re really going after your own true happiness, you find your tribe.
  • What is my greatest fear?
    Not able to do what I really want to do in life. To lose all ability to do what I really want to do and to lose my way and ability of how to find it.
  • What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?
    Shame. However, I think that everyone suffers from that affliction. Shame is good for the purpose of guilt – if you really did wrong against another person. However, shame for shame itself isn’t a virtue – it’s a horrible nightmare.
  • Which living persons in my profession do i most admire?
    I particularly love Hellen Jo with her visceral rawness and Johnny Ryan and JJ Villard for their own type of offensive crazy. Do I want to reach that level where I really DO NOT care who I offend by my drawings. I do very much feel that even being offensive can provoke thought if done right as a mirror.
  • What is my greatest extravagance?
    Drawing all day. So what’s new? It’s not the amount of art supplies I buy – it’s drawing whatever I want and people find it funny.
  • On what occasion would I lie?I would say if it was someone I utterly had no respect for, they wouldn’t be privy to my information. I suppose I would lie by ommission – that means I don’t talk to them. Ever.What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work?
    There are times I think that my drawing didn’t hit hard enough or it wasn’t up to par. Either way, I don’t really dislike my art. I think it’s more of a situational thing. On the whole, I’m pretty happy with my art and where it’s going.
  • When and where was I the happiest, in my work?
    Drawing awful, horrible things that make people laugh. Mean stuff makes people laugh too!
  • If I could, what would I change about myself?
    I wish I was 20 lbs lighter and had lots of money that people gave me to create more artwork all the time, EVERY TIME. They would just hand me money and they would see a picture and call it brilliant! Otherwise, I’m fine. 🙂
  • What is my greatest achievement in work?
    Demon Bitch and Personal Monsters. Somehow drawing and writing the meanest, angriest, stuff is vastly underrated. Women doing that seem to be vastly underrepresented too.
  • Where would I most like to live?
    LA makes me happy. I’d like a yard though. |
  • What is my most treasured possession? My Cintiq, computer, and art supplies.
  • What is my most marked characteristic?
    Being loud and funny with a biting sense of humor.
  • What is my most inspirational location, in my city?
    I love my studio in my house. It’s quiet, near food, and I get to nap whenever I want to.
    My bedroom is nearby. My computer shows me cool stuff at the rate that I want to show my brain and as changeful as my mood.
  • What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city?
    It depends on my mood. I like pho though, so Glendale Pho is quite nice when I want it. Now I want it, thank you.
  • What books influenced my life and how?Watership Down, Animal Farm, Story of the Eye, Jane Eyre, Crash, Life in Hell, Dr. Doolittle, and the OZ books. It’s a weird combination of nasty degeneracy, horror, and yet pretty drawings with a razor edge sense of humor, yet standing to your values.
  • Who are my favorite writers?
    Charlotte Bronte, Frank Baum, Johnny Ryan, Simon Hanselmann, George Battille
  • What music would I listen on my last day?
    Some Flowsik, or some crappy stupid songs I would see in the dark side of YouTube.
  • Who is my hero or heroine in fiction?
    Jane Eyre, she never backs down on what she wants. She’ll go through Hell, but she got what she wanted anyway – her virtue, her life, and her man. In a world where they tell women (even other women) to dump things at a drop of a hat when it gets hard, is ridiculous. You just gotta see some things through.
  • Who are my heroes and heroines in real life?
    I don’t really have heroes. It’s odd because I take the values of each person and recognize their flaws. Somehow, I notice people when they have heroes, it’s all or nothing. I can recognize a person for being incredibly talented, but a horrible person and many other shades in beween.
  • Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime?
  • What role plays art in my life and work?
    All the time, every day. I do try to keep a good work/life balance, but since a lot of people I know are already in the arts, they “get it” with the flow us creatives get into. If people I know are not in the creative fields, they are usually sympathetic, empathetic, and communicative enough to voice their needs and wants to me.
  • Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime?
    One of my closest friends, Don (shoutout to you!) but my creative friends show varying ways of being supportive by being fans of my work to lauding me as their peer in terms of personal/creative support and advice.
  • Whom would I like to work with in 2019?
    Hellen Jo, Johnny Ryan, and JJ Villard. However, I’m held to work with as many talented people as possible. Jaime Hernandez of Love and Rockets would be rad too!
  • Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019?Simon Hanselmann, Jim Davis, and Kenji Yanobe (again).
  • What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on?
    Currently, I’m launching a Kickstarter on 1/15 this year called “Demon Bitch: The FreeDumb Tour”. I’m excited in launching it at this time, as everything seems to come together for this IP! It’s amazing to see friends and other people just LOVING something you created. Other than that, I’d say more comic work and my artwork.
  • KICKSTARTER 1/15-2/20:
    Instagram, Twitch, and Twitter: @HoraToraStudios


    Demon Bitch: Hellfire and Damnation:

  • Where can you see me or my work?
    You can see me at any Comic-Cons and shows I announce of my HoraTora Studios website, and I have my work online. I also have work as a Resident Artist and shows at the Hive Gallery and Studios in Downtown Los Angeles. Otherwise, I’m online at my social media without fail.
    Mine!Comic Anthology (Ringo 2018 Award Winner):

    Personal Monsters: A Compendium of Monstrosities of Personality:

    Sepulchre, vol. 1:

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