Welcome back to another Fake Geek Girls Like Us interview. Fake Geek Girls Like Us is a feature on +5 Charisma where I interview some awesome geeky and nerdy ladies out in the geek world. This month I get to chat with Nikki Stinchcombe and we discuss her artwork and an upcoming Kickstarter campaign that she is a part of, Flush Fatale!
1. Hi there Nikkie! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What fandoms are you into?
Hello! I’m Nikkie Stinchcombe also known as “Little Paper Forest”
online. I’m an illustrator, paper artist and amateur comic artist. By day I work at Thought Café, an animation studio in Toronto where I’m currently lead illustrator for “Crash Course Philosophy” – an educational youtube channel for high school students. By night I love participating in gallery exhibitions, illustrative projects and zines as well as a few self driven projects usually revolving around mythology or fan art. I think I’m into a whole lot of fandoms so I’m going to try and keep it short and name my 2 ultimate favourites; Sailor Moon & Adventure Time!
2. Describe your art practice in 3 words.
Self-motivated. Determined. Precise.
3. What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a few projects that I’m really excited about!
I’m contributing a piece to a Pokemon GO Zine – a tribute zine categorized by each team; I’ll be illustrating for Team Valor!I’m also working on a piece for an upcoming gallery show called Moon Prism Power, a Sailor Moon Art Show featuring all female and non-binary artists in December.
I’m reeeally excited for this one, I plan to create a sequel to my very first Sailor Moon paper piece and this will be my first physical gallery contribution outside of Canada!
I’ll also be contributing a piece to Flush Fatale, an illustrative card deck representing women from history and my lady of choice is the computer science queen, Ada Lovelace! More personally, I’m working on my second mini comic in between projects called “Femme Fatale Vol. 2” which is a collection of myths featuring deadly ladies from all over the world.
4. Tell us about your project Flush Fatale. How did it come to be? Who is all involved? When can we contribute to your Kickstarter?
I WISH I could call it my project, but the brilliant organizers are Micaela Dawn and Teigan Blondin. The idea was to create a deck of playing cards featuring iconic women from history illustrated by present-day female-identifying artists. They did a call for art and received a massive response of over 3200 applications! By some divine miracle I was selected among the final 54. I’m so excited to work alongside some of my personal favorite artists; Genevieve FT, Leah Artwick, Natalie Dombois and Yoshi Yoshitani and look forward to discovering new favorites! Originally my first choice was to illustrate Cleopatra but was assigned to my [very close] second choice Ada Lovelace – which is coincidentally fitting since I’ll be shifting to lead illustrator for Crash Course: Computer Science at Thought Café in the new year! I’m SO excited to be a part of this project! You can keep an eye out for the Kickstarter in October.
5. When did you start making fanart? How has your work grown from when you first started?
I didn’t reeeally get a chance to start making fanart until I graduated college. Literally a week following graduation I indulged in what turned out to be a three day long process creating my Sailor Moon paper piece. Since then fanart has really encouraged me to work more with paper art and begin participating in gallery shows. I think the whole gallery scene would have be too intimidating for me otherwise.
Earlier this year I received a really positive response to my “Eevee Evolutions as Goddesses” series. I’m still receiving amazing tags via social media and emails from women all over the world who want to cosplay my work! The series has opened up a few guest spots for me at comic/anime conventions both inside and outside of Canada, which is an incredible honor.
6. Who are other artists that work in the realm of fandom and fan art that you admire?
Sooo many to name but I’ll try to keep it short; Eastwood Wong, Keiko Murayama, Mingjue Helen Chen, Alex Cho, Chabe Escalante, and the ladies I named from Flush Fatale – just to name a few! They all have brilliant original work too. <3
7. When did you first realize that you may be considered a “nerd” or a “geek”?
I feel like art school separates you a bit from the “normal” folk – or at least for me it did, haha. But I felt right at home when I attended my first anime convention. After my first one I was completely hooked, not just by the fandom and geeky culture, but how much I had in common with the other artists and attendees. It’s such a wonderful and accepting community. I attend several conventions a year now and in the last few years I’ve started collecting official Sailor Moon merchandise and toys as well as Batgirl and Spider Gwen comics. More recently I’ve started cosplaying my favorite characters… So I guess there’s no escaping those titles now!
8. Have you ever done cosplay before? If so, what characters have you done? Is there any cosplay you want to do in the future?
I have! My very first “official” cosplay was with my best friend; we spent a year planning a Sailor Moon and Sailor Jupiter duo. I worked with the designer from Artifice Clothing who mixed her original designs to accommodate my own vision which resulted in something very unique but completely recognisable. We got the wigs, hair accessories, tiaras, even down to customized earrings. I’m still really happy with how it all turned out! This year we debuted our Poison Ivy and Catwoman cosplays at FanExpo. Next year we’re planning a comfy cosplay duo, possibly as Gwenom and Silk, in spandex which will be a nice break from PVC and steel-boned corsets, hehe. I don’t have any cosplays in mind after that one – but it’s so addictive it won’t take much to inspire another. I do worry I may be less approachable as a villain at conventions…
9. Who was the first female character that you can remember looking up to?
No surprise here, Sailor Moon! Not just Sailor Moon herself but the majority of the characters were strong independent females, even the villains were admirable to me! I also loved Cybersix, Rogue from the X-Men cartoon and the Powerpuff Girls growing up. I was also THRILLED when I realized Samus was a woman after playing Super Smash Brothers on N64.
10. Are there any movies or television shows that are coming out that you are looking forward to (near or distant future)?
I’m really looking forward to the new season of Rick and Morty. I also can’t wait for the Stranger Things sequel and the new season of American Horror Story! I love spooky stuff!
Thanks to Nikkie Stinchcombe for chatting with us! Make sure to check out her links down below. Thanks for tuning in! Fake Geek Girl Like Us is an interview series on +5 Charisma where we talk to girls in nerd culture. Email email@example.com if you would like to be featured!