Back in November 2015 I applied to be part of Filthy Figments (who, as it happens, have submissions open right now) and was lucky enough to do a comic for them. A couple of weeks ago I finished up the fifth and final chapter of Belle, a fictional story about a real Swedish monarch who was raised as a king even though she was assigned female at birth. Kristina has become a queer icon here in Sweden, especially in the last few years and writing her has made her into more of a hero for me. Getting into her head has taught me a lot about my own relationship with gender, and even more so about my place as a queer cartoonist.
This was the first contracted job I ever had that spanned more than 10+ pages - Belle is clocking in at 115 pages counting the covers, which is longer than any comic project I've ever worked on. Making it has taught me perseverance, efficiency in both writing and drawing and most of all to push myself even if I'm pressed for time. I think the chapter covers speak a lot for how much I learned and grew as an artist over this year and a half, and I'm excited to see what my next FF comic is going to teach me. It's going to be something different, that much I know.