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Amanda, the cool mind behind "Amandapanda comics," used to juggle being a lawyer, single mom, and a comic artist all at once. Recently, she's hung up her lawyer hat to focus more on her passion for drawing and making people laugh. Even with a busy life, especially with teaching her 4-year-old life lessons through Mario Kart, she's all about creating comics that make her and everyone else smile.

Now, without the crazy hours of a law job or school to deal with, Amanda's finding more chill time to get into her art and start working on her dream of writing a fantasy novel. Her comics are her way to unwind and share some fun with people all over the world, proving that laughter really knows no language.

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Given the chance, Bored Panda reached out to Amanda with a few interesting questions!

Amanda shared with us, "I began making comics as a way to blow off steam and channel my anxiety into something positive. When I first started, I was working full-time, attending law school in the evenings, raising a toddler, and dealing with some huge upheavals in my personal life. Comics gave me a way to escape and sometimes even express some of that stress in a way that was creative and fun. I gravitated towards comics because, at that time, I got so much joy from reading comics created by other awesome webcomic artists. I thought it would be really cool if I could also create something that other people would enjoy reading. I also love comics because they can sometimes transcend language in ways that many other forms of humor can't. For example, one of my comics had no words at all, and I often see it reposted by pages and profiles from all around the world. It tickles me to no end knowing that people in different countries who speak different languages can find the same jokes funny."

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When it came to her creative process, the artist said, "I always start with the joke or the story I'm trying to tell. Even though it is a visual medium, the writing will always be the most important element of any comic (even ones with no words)." Amanda believes that the essence of a comic lies in its storytelling, which can overshadow artistic imperfections if the narrative is strong.

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Amanda feels she has "evolved a lot" since her initial foray into comic creation, exploring different series and audiences to discover her unique voice. She finds the most joy in niche comics, such as those about her favorite book series or law school experiences. "Looking back, I've received some pretty cool recognition for my comics from people and organizations that I respect and admire, and I consider those my biggest artistic achievements."

Currently, the artist is at a crossroads, having recently left her law firm job to ponder her next career move while focusing on writing. "I've always dreamed of writing a fantasy novel, so that is where my creative energy is focused for now," she shared.

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On the topic of motivation, Amanda also expressed to us, "Motivation is fickle. I have never been able to count on motivation or inspiration to strike when I want it, and I think that is true of most creators. I think that forming habits and developing discipline is essential to powering through challenges and overcoming the blank page. Being a lawyer has actually helped me there, as lawyers do a lot of writing. I write when I don't feel like it. I create outlines and organize my ideas before I start writing. When I get stuck, I look at my outline for direction. If the story diverges from the outline, I let it happen. I also try not to put a lot of pressure on the first draft. The first draft of anything is always going to be s***, and that knowledge helps me get words onto the page in those moments when I feel like a total hack."

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, got me . Kind of a "burp-chuckle", but it was there. :-)

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You left out the deadly Frigate Bird, swooping down closer.......

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

tip-toeing through your late-night fantasies has amusing moments... not sure about this one, though...... :-)

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"A genuine anteater, the pet shop owner told my dad. Turns out it was an aunteater, and now my uncle's mad." Shel Silverstein

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When my daughter was 3, I told her if she blew the seeds off the dandelion she could make a wish. She gave a big blow and smiled. I asked her what she wished for, and she said, "Lots more dandelions!" Literally, the only right answer.

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1 month ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ok, got a full belly laugh for that one. :-) Humans DO have such nasty things sticking to them...

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