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MF (cont.): This year I'm working on "The Grombulus Project". I'm collaborating with this guy named Jamie Flam who is involved in the comedy scene out in L.A. I directed him to come up with a song with a made-up language and he enlisted Vanessa Ragland to do most of the vocals. This project is exciting for me because I am in charge of the entire thing, even the story line. There is no literal interpretation like there was in "The Fox" so I get to do what I do. Another thing I want to add is that this year I started learning After Effects. In my opinion AE is far superior to Flash and it is going to be the dominant software that I use for "The Grombulus Project".

TM: The Grombulus Project sounds like a lot of fun. Please let us know when it is completed - I'm sure our readers would love to check it out. What aspirations do you have for yourself and your art over the next couple of years?

MF: It's pretty simple but at this point I would just love to be able to make a living painting or animating. If that doesn't happen I will probably start focusing more on the animation and build up a body of work. It doesn't matter if I make money or not, I will continue to create. I am hoping to buy a house in the next year and am in the process of researching that. If that happens I think it will have a positive impact simply for the fact that I will have more space. My boyfriend and I want to turn the basement into a music studio and one or two of the bedrooms will be for art-making. We are looking at Vermont because it's close to my family, we are tired of living in a big city, it's beautiful, and we can have a lot more space for 2/3rds the price of living in Chicago. The town we are looking at is only a 6 hour train ride to NYC. Other then that it is hard to say where I'll be or what I'll be doing. I tend to jump around a lot in my project choices so I have a difficult time making concrete goals.

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indy Fisher is an artist who playfully uses color and composition to create delightful stuffies and paintings and comics. She's recently tried her hand at animation and this gal is definitely an artist to keep an eye on.

Tension Magazine: You are a bit of a Renaissance women when it comes to art. Give us the list of the various media you've used in your creative process.

Mindy Fisher: Ok here's the short answer: Cartooning, painting, drawing, collage, set design, scenic painting, crochet, sewing, and now I'm slowly teaching myself animation.

TM: I know you've also created several comics - which ones did you do and are any of them still in print?

MF: When I was in high-school I created my first comic which I titled "Mwaguzi". After I graduated from college I worked on "Undeciluna" with my boyfriend Calvin. It was going to be a several issue mini-comic for young adults. I completed two issues of that then fell into writers block. After that I teamed up with John Xerxes Piche from Love Bunni Press to make a couple horror comics called "Suburban Legends". He wrote the scripts based on stories he heard growing up in Cleveland. This year I printed up copies of "Chicken Head Hit Lady" and "Just Like Us" which are available from Love Bunni through their zine subscription service. "Chicken Head Hit Lady" was created in 24 consecutive hours on 24 Hour Comic Day a couple years ago. "Just Like Us" pokes fun at the column in US Weekly Magazine with the same title. On a somewhat related note I did put together a coloring book called "Ornaglyphology". It has some sequence but I shuffled the pages when I put the book together so that people can rearrange it any way they choose. Right now it's only available as an ebook on my website.

TM: Ornaglyphology is also the name of your website. What is "Ornaglyphology"?

MF:If you roughly translate Ornaglyphology it means "the study of bird prints". When I title my work I brainstorm things that I would like in the title, then look up those words in different languages. Then I pick parts of words I like and smoosh them together to create new words. I started Ornaglyphology as a painting series that was part sequential, part non-sequitar. I encourage the looker to arrange and rearrange the panels to create their own comic strips on their walls. The made-up language allows them to tell their own story. It is a lot of fun when they share the stories they come up with, some of them are hilarious. I love the idea of creating art that involves audience participation which can be a challenge when painting in 2-D.

TM: What sorts of projects are you currently working on?

MF: I try to put out at least a couple small paintings a month. I buy 5 small panels at a time and draw from a theme. Last month I did five Egyptian gods, this month I painted five different dog breeds. The Ornaglyph's are something I've been developing for over five years now. I find that the random paintings that I create are difficult to sell. They may be a little too weird for most people. Most of the paintings that I do sell are custom requests from buyers. When I started offering custom work I thought I was going to get a lot of orders for kids and

pets but I mostly get requests for paintings of adults. My customers are oddballs and misfits!

When things are slow I work on learning more about animation. I was slowly teaching myself Flash for a couple years and not getting anywhere. Last year my friend Paul asked me to animate a video for his band, Tangleweed. He then requested that I complete it in 4 months. This forced me to learn Flash much faster. The final video isn't perfect and I wish I had a little more time but all in all I was happy that it was my first attempt.

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