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Katana creator and artist Katie Murphy was named a 2016 Women in Comics Legend, a coveted honor for a woman in comics.
She’s one of the most well-known comics creators of the last 15 years, and it was a big deal when Murphy was inducted into the Women in the Comics Hall of Fame last year.
She recently spoke to me about her career and how the new generation of digital creators is helping her keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible in comics today.
What inspired you to start Katana?
Katana is an artful, intelligent, and humorous webcomic, which has been my lifelong passion.
I started in 2006 as a fan of all things webcomics.
I thought the art style and writing style would make it my favorite comic book medium.
I was very lucky to be drawn into comics at a very young age, which led to my interest in comics and my love of all kinds of storytelling.
How has your career evolved as a creator since you started?
I’ve grown as a comic creator.
When I started out, I was a freelancer for other people, but now I have my own publishing company, Katana Publishing, and I’ve done my own webcomix.
It’s been a crazy ride for me and a huge honor to be in this position to be a part of this community and be in the Hall of Famer class.
I’ve had a ton of support and a lot of support from my fans.
When you started your comic in 2006, there was no internet.
It was a very underground, weird world, and everyone was kind of scared to get their hands on it.
But now it’s all about people making it happen.
There’s a whole generation of people that have been creating for the last four years.
It is an amazing time to be an artist, and a very unique moment.
It feels like you’re working with the world and you’re making things.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the amount of work that is out there?
No, it’s amazing.
I feel like there are so many talented people that are creating all the time.
The industry has become so big and it’s so much fun to be part of it.
You can’t get enough of the work.
And the people that make comics are the people who will always support you and help you.
It really makes me happy to be here and to be able to do what I love and to share that with my fans and friends.
What are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
The biggest challenge has been being a female comic creator, and being a minority artist.
I’ve been really fortunate to have a lot support from the industry, from people like Amy Kubert, Scott Snyder, and Mikel Janin.
I think the biggest challenge for me has been finding the balance between my work and what I want to be doing with my life.
I love the art.
I really like writing.
I like drawing.
And I love working with my friends.
But at the same time, I know it can be very challenging for me.
There are so much things to keep me going, and this job is just a great way to keep getting to that balance.
How does it feel to be recognized?
I’m honored, because it’s really cool.
It means so much to be there.
I’m super excited for it.
When people see the way I work, they can see a lot more than just a cartoonist.
It also means that I’m an icon to a lot people who don’t get the opportunity to see a female artist in this role.
I get it, but there’s so many people who have to be working to keep it happening.
I just love this work.
What’s the next step for Katana in terms of what it’s doing?
We have a long road ahead.
I would love to continue to create comics and expand the webcomiche.
There is a lot that I want and I want Katana to help us do.
That’s the kind of work I want.
How would you describe your style?
I have a very simple, straightforward style, with a strong emphasis on visual storytelling and humor.
I don’t have much in the way of technical background, but I’ve always been very interested in creating and making comics, and my comics are just a fun way to make people laugh.
What inspired you in terms.
You’ve already been on the internet for a while.
How did that happen?
I had a friend that was into comic books and started going to conventions, and then I realized I wanted to do comics.
I never wanted to be on a website and work on comics.
It seemed like the perfect way to jump in and make comics.
What were some of your first experiences creating online?
I was an online comics fan