Christine Mari is a Japanese-American comic artist. She was born in Tokyo, Japan and currently lives in Los Angeles. At the moment, she is working on her first graphic memoir (TBA) with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Can I repost your comic on my blog/website/Facebook/wherever?
As long as it’s not for commercial purposes, I am fine with people reposting one of my comics provided that they give me credit. Please don’t edit the comic (translations are okay). Thank you!
How do you make your comics?
Pen and paper! I draw everything by hand first, then scan and make my edits in Adobe Photoshop.
Can you draw something for me?
I occasionally take commissions. Please contact me at email@example.com to discuss.
Do you sell prints?
I currently have a limited supply of prints for sale in my shop!
Can I get a tattoo of your art?
Absolutely! I would love to see it when it’s done, please feel free to send me a photo!
How do you deal with anxiety/depression?
I’ve always tried to be as honest and open as possible about my struggles with anxiety/depression online. If you find yourself struggling with a lot of the same issues and feelings, please know that you are not alone. My heart is with you. Recovery and healing is a long, difficult process, and I know just how hard it can be to be optimistic about life when you feel like you are undeserving or unworthy of happiness.
I am not ashamed to say that I have sought professional help for my depression. Here are some of the things that have personally helped me in my journey of growth and healing:
- Seeing a therapist
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT (you can read more about it here)
- Practicing mindfulness (read more about it here)
- Talking to close friends and family
- Drawing, obviously!
I understand that not everyone has access to the same resources as I am fortunate enough to have — it is unfortunate that a lot of mental health services, like therapy, are not universally accessible or affordable yet. I hope this changes in the future.
How can I contact you?
If you want to ask me a question or just say hi, feel free to shoot me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!