MEET: Laura of @Lollicomics
“Our first language of communication and telling stories goes back to the cave man ages. We have always used images to create a story for people to visualize.”- Laura
Comics, a brief history:
The English-language term comics derives from the humorous (or “comic“) work which predominated in early American newspaper comic strips
It is common in English to refer to the comics of different cultures by the terms used in their original languages, such as manga for Japanese comics, or bandes dessinées for French-language comics.
There is no consensus among theorists and historians on a definition of comics; some emphasize the combination of images and text, some sequential or other image relations, and others historical aspects such as mass reproduction or the use of recurring characters. The increasing cross-pollination of concepts from different comics cultures and eras has further made definition difficult – how Third Culture is that!?
Laura or @lollicomics is a TCK and also an illustrator for Third Culture. One thing everyone agreed on was how comics and animations were a great way to overcome cultural divides. Laura often draws from her own background and experiences to make her art relatable:
We caught up with Laura to share a bit about her background and her passion for comics:
When did you first get into drawing comics?
Probably a year a go. I was inspired by comics from Instagram along with doodling in the middle of classes.
What was your favorite comic as a kid?
There were actually a few comics I liked when I was kid. One of them was Archie comics, and Garfield strip comics.
Where did you study?
I studied at KGV (King George V School) and I am currently studying at the Open University of Hong Kong.
Do you study many styles?
For most of the artwork I’ve done with people, I always have a particular style with the eyes and nose. Do I have a style? – I do admit my style is very similar to some comics from Instagram, but when it comes to creating emotions, I put in a little manga style to it
Why do you think people love comics / anime?
“the special thing about creating comics / anime is that we can exaggerate emotions, while creating imaginative characters and unearthly worlds.”
To be honest, our first language of communication and telling stories goes back to the cave man ages. We have always used images to create a story for people to visualize. And the special thing about creating comics / anime is that we can exaggerate emotions, while creating imaginative characters and unearthly worlds. I this is why people get so excited over then. They appeal to people’s imaginations and give them a different perspective from the reality of their lives. It’s this difference between reality and imagination that excites them.
You can follow Laura on her Instagram: @lollicomics