Self-taught Comic Artist Uses Darkness and Mystery to Tell Her Stories

The self-taught artist really gets the best out of themselves since they don’t go under the influence of their masters. One of these artists is Dora Mitchell. Even though she has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and some experience as an illustrator, she taught herself how to create comics. She has been reading comics by excellent storytellers/artist like Richard Sala, Don Rosa, Carl Barks, Shannon Hale, Vera Brosgol, and Raina Telgemier, where Dora’s biggest learning experience was when she created her first webcomic, The Curse of Crooked Mileon which the artist has been working for several years now.

“I started making comics when I was really little, like six or seven. My inspiration came from the Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics my parents introduced me to when I was six years old. (Still remember the cover of my very first issue of Uncle Scrooge!), ” said Dora when reached out by Earthwonders. 

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“Then I stopped making comics for many years, for some reason. I guess I let societal pressures make me think I’d outgrown them. But then in college, I started reading them again…and then when I became a children’s librarian I started reading them even more, supposedly “for work”, but really because I had completely fallen in love with them again.

Then a few years ago, I got tired of trying and failing to get my stories traditionally published. I just wanted to get directly to readers, without having to win over a publisher. So that’s when I decided to start my first webcomic, Crooked Mile. It’s been a wonderful way to learn how to tell a story in comic form, while connecting with an audience!” 

Another one of her comic series is Ninecrow, which has a horror/mystery theme. Ninecrow was inspired from an experience Dora had while she was driving through a little mountain town deep in the woods, years ago. “I saw rows of bright lights off in the trees. I couldn’t imagine what they were. That’s what happens to Amanda, the main character in Ninecrow, in the first chapter. I did find out what the lights were… But I can’t say more, because it’s actually the same thing Amanda discovers when she finally finds the source of the lights, near the end of the story! Can’t give it away yet. But I never forgot the unsettling feeling I had that night in that remote town, and eventually, it became this story. “

Dora says she likes writing creepy, mysterious stories, but she wouldn’t prefer to call them ‘Horror’ stories, as that often makes people think of gore and violence. It makes people expect something like “Saw”, and they’re going to end up disappointed, and others who don’t like blood and guts might stay away from when they don’t need to.  The artist loves scary stories but her favorites are more like psychological horror.

“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been drawn to stories of creeping dread…the feeling that the everyday world is hiding something awful. I think horror stories are appealing to me because the real world can be so overwhelming and terrible in ways that are very hard to process and accept. A horror story lets you feel scared and anxious in a way that you can understand and control. And a good scare is just plain fun!”

Bizarre Comics Coming to You Through This Very Popular Artist- They Look Like Your Vintage Comics but With a Modern Twist

Good comic reading in the afternoon is the best energy boost one can take. They say that a good laugh may prolong your life. And some people have this as a mission of their life. Making sure through their creative funny work make people laugh and joy.

Dan is also that type of comic illustrator whose profession allows him to have that honor. Being so good at his work dan is very popular. His work was published in over 360 newspapers and is shared all over the internet. So if his work seems to you familiar it might be that you have seen them before.

“His humor is inspired partly by his own real-life situations and partly by the eccentric thoughts that pop into his overly active mind. Dan has a rare talent for ruffling feathers with scathing commentary on the mindlessness of modern life, then smoothing them down with his disarming humor, charm, and self-deprecating humility.

His style is very unique and it reminds you of some vintage comics that usually our parents read in the bathroom while of course doing their thang. However, their context is entirely modern-ish twists. Dan manages to create a clever storyline and do the punchline in one panel

Enough with rambling and enjoy his work for yourself. Keep scrolling and tell us the one you liked the most!

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