Artist Jen Bartel on Turning Fan Art Into a Comics Career and Paying It Forward

Artist Jen Bartel may have started out drawing Sailor Moon, X-Men, and Ghostbusters fan art, but now she’s creating covers for some of today’s biggest comic books. Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Josie and the Pussycats, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, just to name a few.

In a video interview with io9, Bartel talks about turning her fan work into a full-time job, learning to draw black hair, and using her platform to increase visibility for other artists in marginalized communities.


[Ed’s Note: io9 has seen the discussions surrounding the framing and context of this video interview and apologizes for our failure to give more time and thought to the topics discussed. These conversations are incredibly important but deserve better consideration. We will do better in the future. - Jill P.]


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My favorite art of her is all the “support your local girl gang!” stuff. :D