We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Lide and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I probably still spend way too much time working, haha. It’s pretty rare for even one day to go by where I don’t draw anything. But I do try to give myself some time off here and there. That’s definitely something I’ve gotten better at over the years. When I was younger I was always trying to push myself, but nowadays I find you get more done in the long run if you let yourself rest every now and then.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a comic artist. I originally started in webcomics and indie comics, but now I’ve begun transitioning into traditionally-published graphic novels. I attended the School of Visual Arts for cartooning, which was a blast. Once I graduated I just kind of started putting comics on the internet without thinking about it too much. Over the years I managed to cobble together something of an audience. I like drawing stories with big personalities and over-the-top action scenes!
Over the years I found it was getting tough to reach the audience I wanted to in indie-land, so I started trying my hand at traditional publishing. Now I’m working on my debut graphic novel with Union Square Kids, as well as some other secret stuff. Shh!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I don’t live in a particularly interesting area, but I am currently close to New York City, so I’d probably just bring them there. I always love stopping by Kinokuniya to check out the manga and art books. As for food, nothing beats pigging out at Go! Go! Curry.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d love to give a shoutout to my parents, who always encouraged and supported my art, even when things were rough. If it wasn’t for their love and patience I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Also, coffee. Coffee definitely helped.