Christina “Steenz” Stewart is a comics creator from St. Louis, Missouri. She works at Lion Forge as the Social Media and Community Manager and has been making comics professionally for the past six years. Steenz created and has run an annual educational series, “Comics University,” for the past 4 years and prides herself on her extensive knowledge of the DC Universe. She likes watching reality TV competitions, eating Pop-Tarts, and listening to any and everything Lin-Manuel Miranda touches. She and Ivy Noelle Weir have a book coming out from Oni Press called Archival Quality. Look for it in 2018! She lives with her fiancé, Keya, and her cat, Marko.
CICADA: Do you ever get stuck over-thinking or over-editing a comic instead of finishing it? How do you get yourself out of that rut?
Steenz: Actually I don’t do ENOUGH editing. I like to get a lot of my thoughts out there even if that means making the comic longer. If I need to stick within a page limit that’s when I do the most editing. The best way to do the right amount of editing is to read what you wrote at least twice and see what is superfluous information. No need to be repetitive if you don’t have to.
CIC: What subjects and ideas are you most drawn to lately?
S: I love reading and drawing day in the life types of comics. The small things that happen in people’s lives on a daily basis give me so much life. Knowing that other people also count while they brush their teeth or commiserating on life’s tiny annoyances is satisfying.
CIC: How do you decide which “small things” to turn into “day in the life” comics? What advice do you have for people who want to start creating autobio comics?
S: When it comes to autobio comics, I like to focus on things that cause a visceral emotional reaction, whether it’s humor, tragedy, or the satisfaction of seeing someone’s mundane activities mirroring your own. My advice for those looking to make those kinds of comics is to go with your gut. If you feel like you would want to read a comic about a certain situation, then by all means write it. In fact, write it regardless of whether you think it’s interesting to someone else. Write what makes you feel. Nine times out of ten, there’ll be someone who wants to hear your voice.
CIC: What comics/books/movies are inspiring you most right now?
S: Right now I’m really impressed with Hulk by Mariko Tamaki, the Six of Crows series by Leigh Bardugo, and most horror movies. I’m actually going to see Get Out later tonight, so follow me on Twitter to see what my thoughts were. I expect it to be great!
CIC: If you were a mythological/fantasy/fairy tale creature, what would you be and why?
S: I would probably be a siren. The idea of luring someone to their death with sweetness is kind of baller. Also then I’d be able to conquer my fear of drowning.