Cartoonist Dami Lee on Freelancing, Pitching, and Generating Ideas

 “As much as I’ve always liked the idea of doing art full-time, it also scares me.”


Episode Notes

This week, in her first episode as co-host of Working, Karen Han interviews cartoonist Dami Lee. In the interview, Dami talks about her resistance to art school and her early strategy of pursuing art “on the side.” Then she discusses her current career as a freelance cartoonist, her webcomic As Per Usual, and her book Be Everything at Once: Tales of a Cartoonist Lady Person.

After the interview, Karen and co-host Isaac Butler discuss the difficulties of pitching work as a freelancer.

In the exclusive Slate Plus segment, Dami talks about her work translating comics from Korean to English.

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  • Karen Han is a former Slate staff writer. Her writing on film, TV, and culture has also appeared in the New York Times, Vulture, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and Vice.