independant comic artist

Hoy my guys! I’m setting up another commission post. I gotta.

Examples are the £7 waist sketch, £12 waist lines and £13 bust.
Note: More complicated designs will incur a minor increase in price depending on amount of detail. Additional characters are + £6 in most cases
PRICES ARE:

SKETCHES
BUST: £4
WAIST: £7
FULL BODY: £10

PART COLOUR/LINES             PART COLOUR:
LINES:                                       BUST: £9
BUST: £6                                   WAIST: £15
WAIST: £12                               FULL BODY: £17
FULL BODY: £15  

FULL COLOUR
BUST: £12
WAIST: £20
FULL BODY: £25

GIFS, COMICS AND OTHER THINGS OF THAT CALIBUR, PLEASE GET IN CONTACT FOR A QUOTE!

Message/Email me for a quote!
charliewoodham@gmail.com

THINGS I WON’T DO:

  • extreme nsfw (tasteful is fine)
  • excessive gore
  • hatespeech/hate images/ propganda

but anything other than that i’m pretty much game unless stated otherwise and i’ll probably tell you i straight up won’t do it

Please signal boost!!

Don’t kick a cookie while it’s down!

That should be a shirt. Look on my society6 page and maybe it is! Probably not though. I’m lazy. But maybe it is? Go look!

society6.com/heartlesscorporation

I am so proud to say that it’s finally done! Seafoam #2 is in print and will premier this month at Wondercon. Copies are limited so make sure you stop by early to snag a copy, they tend to SELL OUT. Just want to take this moment to thank you guys. I can’t wait to introduce you to Matir and the Seafoam gang in this all new 28 page adventure! I know it was a long wait and I hope it was worth it!

I’ll be at booth space F-20 in Artist’s Alley <3

on body shame

so back in january i was approached to do a short interview about my body positive comics/body shaming in general.  i did my best to give genuine (and in my opinion helpful and insightful) answers, but unfortunately after i answered the questions i never heard back from the interviewer.  

i think maybe she expected me to give the same sort of blanket “love yourself you’re beautiful!!” answer and that just isn’t me. there’s a time and place for positive mantras but ultimately i’ve never found them to be that helpful in the long run. 

i’m posting these answers now because i really was hoping to help some people who are struggling with the same things i’ve struggled with. hopefully this does that.

1. Please introduce yourself shortly.

I’m Maya Kern!  I’m an independent comic artist, illustrator, and musician!

2. Can you tell me more on what exactly motivated you to create these comics on body bodyshaming?

These comics were directly inspired by my life.  The first one, the mirror comic, happened on a day when I’d been feeling particularly bad at myself – not just that day, but that week, that month.  I’d been down on myself for a multitude of reasons, not just weight related, and I’d been being awfully mean to myself.  For some reason that day I decided to put on my favorite set of cute underwear even though I wasn’t going anywhere and I just felt so overwhelmingly good and positive about myself that my whole day changed.  I think partly it was getting out of the rut of how I’d been seeing myself, and partly just going through the mechanics of taking care and time towards my appearance and my body helped lift me out of that funk.  The second comic was inspired by the words I’ve heard over and over again from friends, family, fans, etc. – the sort of well meaning bullshit I think we’re all sick of.

3. What are your ideas about body shaming / body positivity in general?

Body shaming is one of the stupidest things that we as a culture do.  It’s actually spurred on by advertisement  – it’s a lot easier to sell people things when you tell them that secretly everyone’s disgusted with them and you need this miracle product to fix your horrible body.  If you look into the history of Listerine, they used this tactic to sell mouth wash (told people they had halitosis and that everyone secretly thought they were disgusting).  It’s the same principal for body shaming.  Essentially we’re trapped in this never ending spiral of being told we’re disgusting so we should buy certain foods, certain gym memberships, certain clothing, certain diet supplements and it’s so engrained in our culture that we’ve started telling ourselves and each other that we’re disgusting which plays into this whole horrible ad cycle.  There are a lot of facets to this whole body shaming culture we have going on and it’s not something that can be covered briefly because it’s so engrained in the mechanics of capitalism that most people don’t even realize it’s happening or that it’s weird and wrong.  We’ve essentially been hoodwinked into this very narrow and incorrect idea of what “healthy” is for the sake of selling products.  So much of body positivity right now in mainstream media and advertising is about expanding the idea of of what sort of body can be sexually appealing but the point shouldn’t be about broadening our definition of who is fuckable; it should be about learning to embrace ourselves as beautiful, worthwhile, and flawed people who don’t care whether or not straight men find us attractive.

4. What would you advise to girls and women who might be dealing with the same issues?

There are two main things that have helped me feel better about myself.  The first is to spend time on yourself.  Treat yourself well – as well as you are capable of doing.  Notice when you are being mean to yourself and be more gentle.  It’s easy to be mean to yourself; it can be really, really hard to be gentle and kind to yourself – and that’s something that’s engrained in our culture, which dials into my second thing: you have to spend time unlearning what media and society tell you.  It’s really hard because it involves a lot of something we are not taught to do: questioning things.  Taking care of yourself is (for me) a very vulnerable and emotional process; questioning things allows me to be more analytical and to back up my vulnerability with fact.  Question our culture’s ideas of health, of beauty, of happiness.  If something is getting you down, try to figure out why it’s doing that and how.

These answers run on a bit long and I’m not entirely certain if this is what you were expecting.  Usually when I see people answer these questions it’s the usual fluff of “love you!!! You’re great the way you are!! :) ” but I’ve never found that particularly helpful in the long run, so I thought I’d take some time and try to (as briefly as possible) sink into what has actually helped me in my journey of self love.  Positive mantras can really only take you so far and don’t have the sort of staying power that I needed when I was struggling.  I’d always get mad that I couldn’t stay positive in my dark times “like I was supposed to” and it’s all this time and learning and questioning I’ve done that’s really ultimately helped me.

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Opening runner comic featuring my mascot character Marianne for BETA MAX an short story anthology book I’m working on. This is how the book starts (sorry about the 2 page spread, I couldn’t stitch it together without the tones going south). Anyhow, I’m having fun with it!

Feel free to reblog and share the lurve! ;D

When I was three years old, I told my mom that I didn’t want to have kids. 20 years later, I haven’t changed my mind. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve heard this question more often. When I say that no, I don’t want kids, the response is usually: “Why not!? You’d be a great mom!” or “Really??” or my least favorite, “Oh, you’ll change your mind!” I understand that many of these people are coming from a caring place, but it’s frustrating when people think they know better than I do what I want to do with my life and body. I have never felt the desire to be a mom, even when I try to force it. It’s just not in me. I think it would be much worse to become a mother to a child that I do not want than to disappoint people who expect motherhood of me.

I feel I can make an impact in the world without raising another human into it. I love kids, and I hope to work with them some how in my career. My mom is a preschool teacher and I grew up volunteering at her school whenever I had time off from my own classes. I loved to do art projects with them and see how the smallest things could amaze them.  

Being a mother is an incredible thing, and I consider my mom one of my best friends. I feel lucky to have her in my life. She taught me to think for myself and be honest about my thoughts, and I appreciate more than anything that she doesn’t pressure me to have children. I will continue to explain my choice as best as I can, and hopefully people will eventually stop asking this very personal question.

(These thoughts have been on my mind for years, but I finally came up with a comic to explain them.)