Women in Comics Month: Interview with Ida Neverdahl
Mar 13, 2018
In honor of Women in Comics Month this March, PREVIEWSworld talks with creator Ida Neverdahl!
PREVIEWSworld: Who is your current comics employer?
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I freelance, so there’s a few. I do work for Vice.com’s comics section, and several Norwegian publishers like Gyldendal, Egmont and Det Norske Samlaget. My comics run monthly in some magazines and newspapers in Norway as well. I’ve also worked for Emet Comics on a book called ‘Jelly vampire’.
PREVIEWSworld: What is your primary job title? In a quick phrase or two, could you define your job’s key responsibility?
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I’m a simple comics creator. I draw the comics and that’s kind of it. I also publish them on my IG, Tumblr, and Facebook, and interact with readers there. So I guess I’m my own social media person too.
PREVIEWSworld: Could you please explain how your work helps make comics a reality? (Connect the dots for us. Where are you in the flow of getting a book into reader's hands?)
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I’m the person who makes the comics, then I put them out and hope ppl will like them.
PREVIEWSworld: What’s the part of your job you enjoy the most?
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I love to chill and make up stories and draw them out. I also like the part of posting my work online and seeing people’s reactions. This can be a bit scary too when you get negative comments, haters or trolls. And weird since the rewarding part is just my ego being fed or dragged. So the creation process is more precious to me, since it’s just me doing something I love and being in the zone.
PREVIEWSworld: What comic titles have you worked on?
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I’ve only worked on my own projects, not really as a part of a team.
-Jelly vampire, published by Emet comics in 2017
-Hvordan kan Los Angeles knuse hjertet mitt (How can LA break my heart), published by Jippi comics in 2017
- I’m a girl, it’s fantastic, published by Jippi comics in 2016
- Gelé (Jelly), published by Minuskel in 2015
-Moskva (Moscow), published by Jippi comics in 2013
PREVIEWSworld: Please tell us about the coolest experience you’ve ever had thanks to your job.
Ida Eva Neverdahl: It’s difficult to choose, I feel like all my coolest experiences are thanks to comics. I’ve gotten to travel all over the world to do comics stuff, like Germany, Poland, Russia, Sri lanka, Japan, Sweden and Los Angeles. I’ve also met most of my best pals through comics. One of my most memorable experiences is when I was drawing at a café in Echo park, and Jack black saw me and my pal drawing and bought our book. He said ‘Cool art’.
PREVIEWSworld: Every industry professional has something they absolutely love about comics. Whether it’s a particular title or format or audience or tradition or something else, we’re all hooked. What’s special about comics for you?
Ida Eva Neverdahl: I love comics because it’s such a powerful medium to work with, as well as being really simple and low cost. Anyone can make the world’s best comic ever from their bedroom and influence lots of people.