DINK, the Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo welcomed artist, cover artist, and writer Amy Reeder to its cool new event that took place last weekend Mar. 25-26, 2016. Reeder brought her talent and knowledge along with her smile to get to know her fans and share the experience of this new Denver expo. Originally from the Denver area, she is best known for her work on ‘Rocket Girl’ and now ‘Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur’, and her expressive characters, kinetic action, and vivid colors, all while producing an easy-to-digest vision that is distinctly her own. Originally from Denver, Reeder started out with a degree in Social Science, and ended up making it in to The Rising Stars of Manga contest. I had the chance to chat with this talented artist is at the historic Sherman Street Event Center where DINK has made its first big splash.
Colleen Bement: What do you think of the first year of DINK?
Amy Reeder: It’s great. I’m friends with Charlie (LaGreca) who’s headed this whole thing, and he’s managed to do it again. He’s so good at creating the right ambiance. Everybody’s so friendly, and I think some of that’s the people, but I think some of that’s his enabling that whole vibe. It’s great to watch. This building is so inspiring and beautiful.
CB: What can you share about your latest projects?
AR: These days I’m known for drawing ‘Rocket Girl’ for Image Comics? That’s kind of my primary thing. I’m also co-writing a new Marvel series called ‘Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur’ and I’m also drawing the covers for it. It’s a lot of fun. In the past I worked for DC Comics and designed ‘Madame Xanadu’ and ‘Batwoman’ and ‘Supergirl’ covers.
CB: What inspired you to create comics and art?
AR: That’s kind of a funny question for me. I have a degree in Social Science teaching and so I just kind of got in to it late in life. I suddenly got in to manga. Tokyo Pop was licensing books from Japan and they started trying to make their own home grown stuff, and I kind of got in during that. They have this contest called The Rising Stars of Manga, and I entered it and made it in. It’s kind of been non-stop since then. They gave me a book deal and then DC Comics noticed me, and I’ve been really lucky. It was nice to enter through a contest instead of having to pimp yourself. If it’s good it’ll make it, if it’s not, it won’t.
CB: What advice can you share with aspiring artists?
AR: Yea, besides just honing your craft, I think it’s important to have peers that have the same kind of goals. You all kind of inform each other of new opportunities and, you need that. You don’t just need to network with people that want work from; you need to have friends with the same goals. Even if that’s just online.
The Denver Independent Comic and Art Expo brought together artists and art enthusiasts that enjoyed, appreciated, and learned from all the talent. There were five floors of fabulous art made up of up comics, zines, books, paintings, drawings, and activities. Attendees left not only with good memories, but some unique and hard to find items of pure creativity.