In 2003, Erika Moen started DAR: A Super Girly Top Secret Comic Diary. Ironically, this is a webcomic—posted on the internet for all to see. DAR has been an artistic rendering of her life since late college as Moen shared with her audience her romances, sexuality, and first steps into what we call the Real World.
Moen possesses a shameless sense of humor, which she applies to her comic. Along with her growing artistic technique she explores her sexuality, a common motif. Readers of the webcomic have watched her embrace and grow into her identity as a queer. She never tries to hide or downplay this aspect of her life. While DAR ended in 2009, Erika Moen has a Livejournal and other art projects online that are still updated today.
Linking her website would be a benefit for the blog as a balancing act. Art has the ability to transcend the legalese of some of the articles we have read thus far for class. It doesn’t search through the histories of “why,” instead Moen proclaims “I am here.” When dealing with issues such as race and sexuality, it is easy to get lost in helplessness, anger, and the feelings of oppression and rejection by a dominant society. With humor and her own style of art, Moen serves a reminder that bills and manifestos aren’t the only means of recognition for queers.