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 Jenn Woodall, about what awesome work she is doing and what she’s reading.
1.Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What fandoms are you into?
My name is Jenn Woodall and I’m an illustrator and comic creator from Toronto, ON. I print my comics and I also edit zine projects. I’m part of the Friendship Edition Collective which is a group of Toronto-based artists. I used to be in a lot more fandoms when I was younger, but I’m still a huge Sailor Moon nerd.
2.If you had to describe your artistic practice in 3 words, what words would you use?
Slow, methodical and colour.
3. What projects are you currently working on?
Right now, I’m trying to finish some new comics for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. I’m working on Magical Beatdown Volume 2. Magical Beatdown is my comic series about an average school girl who transforms into her magical girl alter-ego, who is a hyper-violent brawler with a very colourful vocabulary. I’m also working on a colour zine of illustrations and some comic projects with my friends and collective. Additionally, I’m currently organizing FIGHT! Round 2.
4.When did you first realize that you may be considered a “nerd” or a “geek”?
I’ve always been pretty ‘geeky’, some of my earliest obsessions were Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers but everyone the same age liked those things. I think it was probably in middle school when I started getting bullied for my nerdy interests and realized that the things I liked weren’t ‘cool’.
I grew up playing video games and watching cartoons and anime. I’ve always really loved the female characters in the fighting games I played as a kid, like Street Fighter and Battle Arena Toshiden. After I did a Sailor Moon fanzine, I decided I wanted to do something that wasn’t fan art based. I wanted to do something collecting female character designs and video games offer a real wealth of inspiration and artistic styles.
6.Who are other artists that work in the realm of fandom and fan art that you admire?
Some of my favourite artists who do fan art are Margarite Sauvage, Babs Tarr and Jen Bartel.
7.What are you currently reading?
Right now, I’m reading ‘Nimona’ by Noelle Stevenson. I just finished reading ‘See you Next Tuesday’ by Jane Mai recently.
I really enjoyed the movie. I’m really excited by the idea of a new Star Wars franchise with a focus on female characters as well as people of colour. I really love sci-fi so I’m excited to see such a famous property change directions.
9.Who was the first female character that you can remember looking up to?
The Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers. She was my absolute favourite. I cried when Trini left the Rangers!
10. Are there any movies or television shows that are coming out that you are looking forward to (near or distant future)?
I’m excited to see the next season of the new Sailor Moon series, solely to see Uranus and Neptune. I’m really looking forward to ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ and to seeing ‘The Witch’ this week!
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