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Artist Interview: Olivia Stephens

Artist Olivia Stephens is responsible for the FIYAH #10 cover art. We asked her a bit about her process and the work she’s excited about.   1: What inspired you to originally want to be an artist? It’s a common answer these days, but: anime and manga. I’ve always drawn a bit, but once I was introduced to shonen manga…

Cover for FIYAH #9

Artist Interview: Dustin Bolton

Illustrator Dustin Bolton is responsible for the FIYAH #9 cover art. We asked him a bit about his process and the work he’s excited about.   1: When was the moment you decided that you wanted to become a creator? I wanted to create and tell stories for as long as I can remember. My mother put a pencil on…

Creator Interview: Ahmara Smith and “Brontide”

1: Tell us a bit about your background as an artist. I am an Atlanta based comic artist. I’ve been doing comics professionally for about 2 years now, but I’ve really liked drawing from a young age. In middle school I decided I wanted to do comics so I went to SCAD. It was very fun, for me! I learned…

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Indie Spotlight: Antoine Bandele

The road to publication is not easy for anyone and comes with a number of hurdles. For black writers, these challenges are multiplied and because of institutional issues, the path seems almost impossible. But the resiliency of black folks always finds a way and for many black SFF writers that way was in the form of self-publishing. At FIYAH, we do…

Mother of Invention: John Chu Interview

Continuing our interview duo for MOTHER OF INVENTION, we now talk with Hugo-award winning John Chu. For those who might have missed the first interview with Nisi Shawl (you really shouldn’t though), MOTHER OF INVENTION is an anthology exploring concepts of gender as it relates to artificial intelligence. Among the final list of contributors to Mother of Invention are award-winning science fiction and…

Mother of Invention: Nisi Shawl Interview

Today at FIYAH, we’re talking with Nisi Shawl a bit about her work in the upcoming anthology, MOTHER OF INVENTION.  This is a heavyweight anthology people need to look out. Among the final list of contributors to Mother of Invention are award-winning science fiction and fantasy writers from around the world, including New York Times bestselling and multi Hugo award-winning author SEANAN MCGUIRE; Hugo…

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Artist Interview: Edge

The artwork for our last issue of 2018 comes from Ejiwa Ebenebe aka Edge. We’ve been excited about this cover for a while now; and we’re excited for you to learn more about her in this interview.  Do you remember the moment when you knew you wanted to become an artist? Honestly, there’s no specific moment that stands out to…

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Artist Interview: Mariama Alizor

Artist Mariama Alizor provided the artwork for our Issue 7: Music issue. We fired off some interview questions to learn more about her work. 1: Do you remember the moment when you knew you wanted to become an artist? A: I remember when I was younger comics of my characters and stapling all the papers to a manila folder. It…

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Indie Spotlight: Nigel Henry

The road to publication is not easy for anyone and comes with a number of hurdles. For black writers, these challenges are multiplied and because of institutional issues, the path seems almost impossible. But the resiliency of black folks always finds a way and for many black SFF writers that way was in the form of self-publishing. At FIYAH, we do…

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Artist Interview: Jessica McCottrell

Artist Jessica McCottrell provided the artwork for our Issue 6: Big Mama Nature issue. We fired off some interview questions to learn more about her work. 1) Do you remember the moment when you knew you wanted to become an artist? I always liked to color in coloring books since I was really young but I never really made drawings…

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