When did you start drawing to tell stories?
In first grade, one of my assignments was to keep a diary. I would put both words and pictures in mine. I’ve been telling stories through art ever since.
How did you find your drawing style?
It’s kind of a mash-up of different things that I liked. If you put all the comics I love into a blender, you would get my style.
Was it ever scary to write books about your own life and experiences?
I’ve always written and drawn about my own experiences, so putting those stories in a book felt very familiar. Then I realized that a lot of people would be reading them, and that was a little scary!
What does anxiety feel like for you?
It feels like my worries take over my brain. My stomach hurts. My head hurts. My heart races. It’s like I can’t stop thinking about the thing I’m worried about.
How do you make your anxiety go away?
I can’t really make it go away. But I’ve learned to live with it. I can make it quieter by talking to it. I pretend my anxiety is a person and try to make it see that things aren’t so scary.
What advice do you have for kids who have anxiety?
Find people to talk about it with. They could be your friends, your family, your teacher, or a therapist. When you feel scared, you might feel alone. Talking to people helps you know that you’re not alone.