If you’ve been active at all on major social media platforms in the past several years, there is a more than likely chance that you’ve seen the work of New York Times bestselling cartoonist Sarah Andersen. After launching the webcomics series Sarah’s Scribbles in 2011, the regularly updated slice-of-life comedy strip has become a bonafide viral phenomenon, earning millions of readers worldwide through numerous online platforms, including Tapas and Andersen’s own website. Sarah’s Scribbles is a semi-autobiographical look at the trials and tribulations of millennial adulthood, contending with the challenge of keeping it together with the expectations of modern society through the eyes of her black-haired, expressive protagonist.
In addition to Sarah’s Scribbles, Andersen published the widely well-received horror romance webcomic Fangs, drawing from her deep of the vampire sub-genre as a vampire finds love with a werewolf. Andersen’s love of the macabre and paranormal has also branched into the popular webcomic series Cryptid Club, which covers all manner of monsters with Andersen’s signature sense of humor. And Sarah’s Scribbles remains a constant presence, with four print collections of the series, a fifth on the way, and a whole wave of merchandise while the series itself continues to be updated by new strips written and illustrated by Andersen.
In an exclusive interview with Popverse, Sarah Andersen reflects on her long, rewarding career in webcomics, shares the origins and inspirations behind her popular comic titles, and weighs in on the impact of artificial intelligence and text-to-image generators on the comics industry as a whole.
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