Aimee Fleck at Flame Con 2017

ComicsVerse was fortunate to interview illustrator, designer and publisher, Aimee Fleck, at Flame Con in New York City. Aimee runs her own fandom publisher, Bad Influence Press, and has done artwork for various BOOM! comics such as Adventure Time, Bee and Puppycat, and Lumberjanes.

Aimee and I talked about her inspiration for her career path. She has always loved art and was absolutely fascinated with anime when she was in middle school. She graduated from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. Her favorite themes are sci-fi, fashion, and feminism.

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While Aimee Fleck likes drawing with pencils, she prefers doing art digitally. Of all the characters she has illustrated for BOOM! comics, her personal favorite is Bee from Bee and Puppycat. Her art has a distinct style: she absolutely loves drawing “cute, fat girls,” and people immediately recognize her work when they see it.

While Aimee Fleck likes drawing with pencils, she prefers doing art digitally. Of all the characters she has illustrated for BOOM! comics, her personal favorite is Bee from Bee and Puppycat. Her art has a distinct style, and people immediately recognize her work when they see it.

Fleck’s love for fan fiction inspired her to start Bad Influence Press, a small publisher focused on fandom publishing. Her latest project, RAW: A Hannibal/Will Fanthology, sold 3,000 copies and earned $97,000 through Kickstarter. She has done designs for a few small books since then. As of now, she looks forward to her next anthology project.

Aimee has recently started working as a designer for Macmillan. She has designed the cover for “Betty Before X” by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson, which is expected to release in January 2018.

Her advice for aspiring artists is to do what you love, hustle, and accept that luck plays a significant role. Feeling inspired? You can take a look at her stellar illustrations on her website. You may also find Aimee on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.

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