Emil Ferris is an American writer, cartoonist, and designer. She debuted in publishing with her 2017 graphic novel My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.
“Do not listen to people’s idea about what you can accomplish,”  Emil Ferris insists as we wrap up our interview. “ You must do the thing you were sent here to do.” We’re short on time during the quick conversation. Someone’s stopped by to whisk her off to her next appointment. But, she adds, it’s important that she get that one simple and powerful message across. Ferris’ brief career as a cartoonist is nothing if not a lesson in perseverance. In 2001, she was paralyzed by West Nile Virus contracted from a mosquito bite. After a hopeless diagnosis from doctors, she learned to walk and draw again, eventually receiving a creative writing MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, at age 55, Ferris release her debut graphic novel, My Favorite Thing is Monster, a painstakingly crafted coming of age story that led Art Spiegelman to call the cartoonist, “one of the most important comics artists of our time” in a lengthy New York Times piece. Since then, the book went on to become far and away the most lauded book of the year, with a second part due out this August. In this brief but fascinating conversation, Ferris relays a message of hopefulness for aspiring artists and those dealing with seemingly insurmountable health issues. The cartoonist also expounds on her love for classic horror movies and how to overcome demons of negative thinking.
Emil Ferris (author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters) joins me in front of a live CCA audience for an educational talk about writing, witchcraft, and the magnet that lives inside of you. Tune In. 
After West Nile virus left her paralyzed, Chicago illustrator Emil Ferris had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the creation of her first graphic novel, 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Devil and Webster.' Tressie McMillan Cottom worked as an enrollment officer at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. She says that for-profit colleges can exploit racial, gender and economic inequality. Her book is 'Lower Ed.'
After contracting West Nile virus and becoming temporarily paralyzed, Chicago illustrator Emil Ferris had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the publication of 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.'
Share Profile
Are you Emil? Verify and edit this page to your liking.

Share This Creator

Recommendation sent

Join Podchaser to...

  • Rate podcasts and episodes
  • Follow podcasts and creators
  • Create podcast and episode lists
  • & much more

Creator Details

Chicago, IL, USA
Episode Count
Podcast Count
Total Airtime
2 hours, 39 minutes
Podchaser Creator ID logo 718040