ABOUT CARISSA MINA

  • Carissa Mina writes books and draws stuff. As a writer and illustrator, Carissa enjoys working visually with tangible tools as well as imaginatively with nothing but 26 letters to make up the hundreds of thousands of words that help her build weird, wonderous, and wacky worlds in her head. To help with selecting these words, Carissa uses her Webster’s Dictionary. Sometimes, when she is feeling particularly spry, she will heave open her Compact Oxford English Dictionary. And, of course, when she is ready to put these words in the correct order, she uses her Chicago Manual of Style. Carissa takes comfort in knowing that if someone ever broke into her house, she could use one or all of these books as self-defense or to barricade a door. When not writing or drawing stuff, Carissa likes to read. When she is not reading, she likes to read some more. Sometimes she naps, as she read somewhere that naps are proven to be a good source of creative energy. When she is not writing, drawing, reading, or napping, Carissa likes to spend time joking with her husband; arguing with her son; watching Gilmore Girls with her daughter; walking with her two dogs; petting, hugging, kissing, and stalking her cat Skipper (named after Skippyjon Jones); and generally ignoring her son’s bearded dragon Ferdinand (named after Ferdinand). She is currently recovering from an intense addiction to Twizzlers, though, she still eats them nightly.

ARTIST STATEMENT

  • As a lifelong fan of pen-and-ink illustrations and somewhat unsetting scenes, I have tried to balance my love of the macabre with a good dose of curiosity and humor. This mashup has led to an unconventional combination of illustrative styles and stories that tend to subvert expectations—or, at least, they subvert my expectations. Sometimes my lines are messy. In fact, I love the messy line so much that, unable to perfect it using my right hand, I decided to draw with my left hand and was instantly satisfied with the shaky result. I also like to explore different mediums. Depending on what the story needs, I may use collage, markers, gouache, watercolors, acrylics, or a combination that is then polished with a little digital magic. My goal is to entertain and inspire children and the adults who read to them, while letting them know that it’s okay to be who they are, even if that isn’t what everyone else expects.