Erica Henderson was previously a video game artist who was doing conventions and a webcomic on the side — when she was laid off and decided to go freelance. An email from Marvel later and she’s been doing comics for over two years now and is the artist on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. In the video below, she works on the cover for Squirrel Girl #27 while talking about how her father fed her love of comics by giving her stories from his collection, which included the Watchmen and all of the Marvel Archives.
She explains that the hardest thing about this particular covers was trying to draw Beta Ray Bill’s head in that position — not normally how we see the character. She lays out, pencils, inks, and colors the cover herself. She explains that the trick of producing a cover is to put enough on it to entice the reader without giving too much away.
Henderson appreciates that Squirrel Girl is trying to do more than just beat people up; she’s trying to solve social issues and think things through. She’s heard a lot of positive feedback that the character is in a STEM program, as well.
It’s nice to see Marvel Quickdraws continuing to focus on artists after a stint of being a commercial vehicle.