Tessa Brunton

Sarah Deragon

Tessa Brunton is an cartoonist and author based in Santa Cruz, California. Her first comic book Passage was nominated for two Ignatz Awards: Outstanding Comic and Promising New Talent. Her mini-comic Second Banana is a Best American Comics 2014 notable comic. Her comics have appeared in Bitch Magazine, Maisonneuve Magazine, The Comics Journal, and many anthologies.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

What Do People Do All Day by Richard Scarry

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“To be able to stand not knowing long enough to let something alive take shape! Without the two questions so much is possible. To all the kids who quit drawing—come back!” —Lynda Barry, What It Is

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Laura Park, Geneviève Castrée, Zao Dao

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I loved other people’s art so much I wanted to try to make some myself!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Instead of looking at disappointments as failures, look at them as “not yet.” You just have to keep going and be comforted by the thought that the artists you admire have traveled this path as well.