Hannah Ahn


Where were you born? Where did you grow up?
I was born in southern Illinois and lived in Lisle until my family had to move to Korea for awhile. I went to middle and high school in Washington State and moved to California where I took my last year in high school. I’m currently living in San Jose.

Schooling? Art training?
I am currently in school for a Bacholer’s Degree for Animation.

How long have you been working professionally in comics?
This is my first time.

What things — both in art and otherwise — have you worked on, besides comics? Are comics a full-time gig for you or part-time?
Mostly things for friends or for church functions. They were more graphic design kinds of things, though. I’m hoping to work full-time in comics, but I would also like to see what the animation field is like too.

Talk about how you broke into the business –was it easy? Hard? Ups? Downs? Any interesting anecdotes? When you held your first published work in your hands, how did you feel?
The first time I printed a comic of mine was a fan comic anthology. My initial reation was “It’s sorta pixelated.” Otherwise, I really don’t think I’ve “broken into the industry” yet.

Did you work as an assistant to any other artists? If so, please talk a bit about those experiences.

How did your parents take to the idea of working in comics?
They left me alone until my grades started to suffer. Then they were all over me for the next two years before they gave up and put me into an art class.

How would you describe your workspace? Is it part of your home, or do you go “to the studio”?
It’s my room. There’s alot of paper lying around.

What job are you the proudest of? What’s your most embarrassing?
Most embarressing job was a CD cover I designed for a friend during high school. I always felt that I needed to apologize to him even though I worked pretty hard on it.

What are you currently drawing? Comments on that project?
An injured cheerleader heckling a refree on the bench. She’s very upset.

Talk about your Family: Parents, siblings, home situation.
We are the typical 1960s nuclear family; Father, mother, and two kids. There are alot of things about us that aren’t typical, but we get along well. I think.

What projects do you hope to work on in the future?
Anything I’m interested in.

Where do you see yourself in five years? ten?
Five years older and still without a drivers licence. Ten years later, I’ll prolly be match-married to some guy and be working at home. I’ll still be working in the industry, of course.

What is the interest in comics where you live? Do friends and neighbors know you draw comics for a living? How do they react?
One of my neighbors keeps putting out their trash really close to our house so it looks like we always have a buttload of trash even when we don’t put ours out. Another has a cat that looks like a black leopard that likes our back yard, and another is older than my parents and has model trains chugging around their backyard.
I’ve never talked to them before, though.

What’s 1 thing you’ll always find in your refrigerator?

What’s your favorite food?
Rice. Mostly because it doesn’t taste like anything.

What are your favorite interests –Movies? Music? TV? Any hobbies? Sports?
Music. I saw on the violin every now and then for church functions during the holidays, and I pound on the piano for fun whenever I see one available.

Have you ever thought of writing your own stories?
Yes… Though I always have trouble after setting up the premise. And anything with a serious atmosphere.

Ever been in a gang?
Nope. I did get into some fights in grade school, though.

Any humorous or interesting anecdotes to tell about the comics business?
I realized what it meant when people said fanboys are scary.

Do you have any great, unsold projects in your files that nobody’s gotten to see published?
There was a story I was about to send in for a contest, but left it for another project I later found to be embarressingly cliche.

If you weren’t a comic-book artist today, what would you be?
Violinist. If I managed to abandon the idea of crucifying it.

Have you taught comic-book art or had any assistants? If so, talk about that.

The single thing you’d most like to be remembered for in your life is…?
Telling the truth.

Any closing words for your fans?
Hi… To all the -1 people out there for me…


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