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An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. We got the opportunity to chat with Emily Drouin, an illustrator and writer with a passion for great storytelling.

EPLIS by Emily Drouin

Emily Drouin
Please tell us a little about yourself.

Hi, my name is Emily Drouin and I’m an illustrator, painter, writer, and comic book artist from Manchester, New Hampshire.


How did you become a comic artist?

I started taking art classes at the Currier Gallery of Art School when I was 5 years old, and have been drawing and painting ever since!

Growing up, art class and the library were my two favorite places to be. I’ve always had an active imagination, and been inspired by the worlds that are created through reading books. Some of my favorite children’s books were Matilda, Jumanji, Amelia Bedelia, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and Strega Nona, and I believe these definitely had an impact on my art.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. We got the opportunity to chat with Jamie Kinosian, an illustrator whose main weapon of choice is a watercolor brush.

"Professor Layton" by Jamie Kinosian


Please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Jamie Kinosian and I'm a freelance illustrator and comic artist based in Houston, Texas.

The various interactions and relationships between individuals are what fuel the passion behind my pieces. I find so much inspiration in the way people can impact each other, for better or for worse. This is a theme in my upcoming comic, Gods in New York.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. Along with his work for premier apparel brands like Adidas and Nike, Allister Lee has been cataloging and documenting his black marker collection in his Black is Beautiful project.


Please tell us about yourself and what you do.

Hello, my name is Allister Lee. I'm a Toronto-based graphic artist who specializes in creating work for apparel brands. I produce work for exhibitions and collaborative projects, and concurrently produce print and retail products of my own designs as well. I use a variety of marking tools in my studio practice, with a preference towards black markers and ink. I use these markers from the initial sketching and planning stages, to the development and rendering of the finished product.



Dustin Harbin is a cartoonist and freelance artist from the city of Charlotte, NC. Allegedly "pretty good with kids," he also delivers talks at libraries and teaches classes. Check out more of his work here.

Image courtesy of Dylan Chorneau

How did you become an illustrator?

I am the fourth product of a carpenter/seamstress union, and thus, naturally, a cartoonist. I live and work in Charlotte, North Carolina, where I worked for years in a large comic shop before going full-time as an illustrator in 2010. My work runs the gamut between autobiographical (and occasionally funny) comics, and a large body of commission illustrations known as "Hour Drawings" that have garnered an energetic following on Tumblr.



An interview series featuring notable people whose lives intersect with the world of pens. We got the opportunity to chat with Joel Duggan, the artist and mastermind behind the wonderfully clever webcomic, Starcrossed.

Starcrossed, by Joel Duggan


Please tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Currently, I work full time from my home studio in Dartmouth as a cartoonist, illustrator and designer.


What inspired you to start drawing comics?

When I was very young, I was inspired by classic Looney Tunes and Disney animation...in fact, I still am. Growing up, I just wanted to draw cartoons of any kind. In my teens, my interests quickly shifted focus to comic strips. Bill Amend (FoxTrot), Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows) Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman (Zits) and the venerable Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) were my canon. My first strip, "Jungle Jazz", was published in my university newspaper for three years.