I’ve been surrounded and fascinated by comics ever since I was a little girl. My first childhood book was a collection of comic strip stories by the Danish cartoonist Herluf Bidstrup, who still has a significant influence on me. The other and even more significant impact was my older brother Rokas, who used to draw alien battlefield comics as a child. When I was six, my brother divided an A4 sheet into box frames and gave it to me to fill in. That’s how my first comics were born. That was 30 years ago.
A lot has changed since then, but I always tended to come back to drawing whenever I felt stressed, excited, or simply bored. The themes and styles of my drawings changed over the years, as did I.
Becoming a parent to a little boy called Vincent had fundamental changes in my life and was full of challenges that every first-time parent faces. The lack of sleep, losing your old "self" as you knew it, and questioning each conflicting decision you make as a parent made me feel like I was failing at it all together.
As my son was growing and turning into a happy little boy, I realized that we push ourselves to compete with some imaginary ideals of parenthood while we are all secretly just learning to reshape our lives around our children. That’s when I decided to create these short satire comic strips documenting my experiences as a new mom, which I call "Toddlerama – parenthood uncensored."
It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it takes away my sleep and provides me with energy sources that I didn’t think existed, but most importantly, it inspires me to draw again as I navigate through being a mom.
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