Paige Halsey Warren spent nearly a year writing and drawing about breasts. The cartoonist, who recently relocated from Massachusetts to Burbank, is the creator of Busty Girl Comics, a series of incisive anecdotes on life with an ample bosom. Divided into categories like "Busty Girl Problems" and "Busty Girl Perks," the cartoons originally ran in 2012 for 300 days, plus two weeks of guest comics, and are now available in book form. Saturday afternoon, Warren was at Long Beach Comic & Horror Con with copies of the books at her table.
Liz Ohanesian Paige Halsey Warren of Busty Girl Comics
"It started on a whim," she says of Busty Girl Comics, "because I was frustrated at my boobs and just wanted to vent it." But Warren's gripes resonated with a lot of readers. She notes that the comic peaked with about 250,000 readers coming to the site every day. Busty Girl Comics also appeared on Buzzfeed twice and was featured on the Today show. Since the comic ended, she's been working on a new one called Ahtspace, about artists living in Massachusetts.
When she was working on Busty Girl Comics, Warren considered the diversity of her characters. Diversity was something she discussed earlier in the day at a panel called "Wonder Women in Comics." When we met at her booth, Warren reiterated how important it was that she incorporate characters of various ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. She even took gender into consideration, noting that there are busty individuals who don't identify as female. "I wanted to make sure that I represented my audience as effectively as possible and as accurately as possible," she says. "A lot of my fans really, really appreciate that."More »