What She Does: Maria-Elisa Heg has been drawing since she was a kid. As her talent progressed, her work became more and more derivative, and realizing that, she made it a point as a teenager to focus on creating a unique style that embodied her. Most recently she's embraced sketching because of its spontaneity and the easy flow of her ideas onto the page at a rapid speed.
Her work, most easily viewable on her tumblr, tends toward the cartoonish and the simplistic. However, what it tends to lack in nuance and depth, it makes up for in a kind of punk rock brutality. There's an unfiltered genius, as if each picture were a snapshot of a single disturbed thought transmitted directly to paper.
She's also one of the minds behind Zine Fest Houston, which gathers some of the brightest and the best of our comic writers and artists every year. It started as an informal gathering in 1993, but Heg and co-organizer Anastasia Kirages took over the fest in 2012 to begin a dedicated expansion. The two partnered with The Printing Museum last year and have been a growing concern ever since.More »