Michi Mathias

Michi draws thinly-veiled rants, confessions and random stories about the absurdities and annoyances of real life, making comics in the old-fashioned way on paper with pen & ink and watercolour.

Despite her early life being filled with drawing, she is now trying to make up for misspent decades of jewellery-making, building work, environmental campaign work in Japan, translation and vegetarian sushi-making during which she accidentally stopped altogether.

But happily, after aiming for tight perfect realism in the past, her return to drawing has somehow veered toward a quirky wonkiness whilst still retaining a measure of accuracy and detail, in a style people describe as quirky and humourous. Which is a lot more fun.

Her first comic was a spontaneous reaction to seeing a product for sale that shouldn’t exist, and not wanting to complain to all her friends or have to keep thinking about it. Those two pages took forever and were pretty rough but succeeded in getting the message across, to her great delight.

In her illustration work she enjoys the problem-solving of finding ways to make complicated concepts clear, and especially likes working with small businesses or social enterprises doing good and interesting things.

Printed works include collections of graphic recipes, a science puzzle booklet in comic form and a choose-your-own-path interactive comic on getting through a self-employed day with small children. The latter is largely based, unfortunately, on her own experience.

She is currently drafting a graphic novel telling a true story from 1897 about a pioneering London tailor, bicycles and Ireland. 

When not drawing, she may be found playing the fiddle for dance or teaching five-string banjo and sometimes running on the South Downs where she lives in Sussex.

Michi Mathias ONLINE

Web: www.michimathias.com
Twitter: @MichiMathias