Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole Goux.
Nicole, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My story has kind of come full circle. As a kid, I always wanted to be an artist and in middle school specifically, I wanted to create manga (Japanese comics). I abandoned this dream fairly quickly because I didn’t have the first idea of how to break into that industry and soon after lost interest in comics altogether. I moved on to animation thinking it was more of a realistic career, and then fine art life painting, and then finally illustration. My ideas of what I wanted kept shifting based on what I thought was achievable, or what I thought would make me happy. It wasn’t until after college, years after having stopped reading comics, that I rediscovered the medium through creating them with the help of a friend. Being able to see comics through the lens of creation brought a whole new fascination and I dove in head first, dedicating all of my free time to reading and making comics.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I create comics because I like to tell stories about what it’s like to live in these human bodies we all have. I’m interested mostly in stories about young women of different backgrounds and how we form and break relationships as we move through life and grow up. There are trials and emotions that occur in that gap between being a child and becoming an adult that are both incredibly specific to that time of life, but also feel universal to people of all ages. This is my favorite subject to explore.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
The internet has been an incredible force for self-promotion for artists today. The ability to show your work at little to no cost, communicate easily with other working professionals, and even self-fund projects through crowdfunding platforms has allowed a freedom unavailable before. The flip side of this is that there are so many incredible voices that it can feel like a lot to contend with and the finding avenues towards a sustainable living is still very difficult. An increase in general appreciation for the arts as well as community-funded exhibitions and grants as well as educational opportunities are great ways cities can help encourage artists.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My book Fuck Off Squad that I created with Dave Baker is available in comic shops across the country and on Amazon. The rest of my work and merchandise are currently available on my website nicolegoux.com and I have an Instagram(@ngoux) and a twitter (@nicolegoux).
- Website: http://www.nicolegoux.com/
- Instagram: @ngoux
- Twitter: @nicolegoux