We had the good fortune of connecting with Emily Rocha and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emily, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
Relationships. Comics is a remarkably small world, so the more people know about you, the more clients are referred to you. At Comic-Con and other small shows, I’ve made some incredible friends and business partners that have really changed my career trajectory.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My affinity for comics started with those great 90s Fox Kids shows, X-Men and Spider-Man. They hooked me as a lifelong fan, and the more comics I collected, the more I wanted to make my own. I’m most proud of the short stories I published with the Accidental Aliens over the past 4 years. We all worked hard to put our best into those books. I got to where I am from just immersing myself in the world. Comic Con was a lot more accessible in the 90s and early 2000s, so I went every year that I could for fresh inspiration. Eventually I was invited to Artist Alley, and from there, smaller local shows like Comic Fest and Rocket Con. I don’t want to say it was easy, because I’ve worked my ass off, but the easiest thing about it is tabling at shows and talking to other people that love comics.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh jeez. I’ve lived in San Diego all my life, but I’m not sure how to answer that question. For food, we would go to any number of Mexican, Japanese, Thai, Filipino, or Indian restaurants. There are international restaurants everywhere in the US, but it feels like the entire world of food is here in San Diego. I’m very introverted, so going out for a “night on the town” isn’t the easiest for me. But I think the best way to spend a weeklong trip is at the beaches. Maybe a couple days downtown to get a grilled hot dog and go to a good brewery. The best things about San Diego are the weather and the ocean, in my opinion.
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?
The Accidental Aliens! I met several artists and writers through San Diego Comic Fest, and we all decided to hang out and draw once a week. After a while, we decided to make an anthology together, and we’ve been creating stories with each other ever since 2016. Scott Lost, Andi Dukleth, Travis Rivas, and Rodney Anderson are just a few of the Aliens that live in San Diego.