Epidigm is a comic studio started in 2008 by comic artists Wei Li and Anise Shaw. We have our humble beginnings in featuring our science fiction drama, Anatta.
Epidigm’s mission is to bring comics that work within and push popular genres to a diverse audience. Through book, print and related product sales, we hope to keep ourselves fed, happy and making more comics for everyone to enjoy. Most of our comics are available online and in print.
Epidigm has a community mandate and has partnered up with Cloudscape Comics to support the comics community in Vancouver. Through this strong coalition we hope to continue our work with a range of artists who have a passion for sequential art.
About the Artists
Wei Li is a Vancouver artist and writer and the big conceptual brain behind Anatta. He is a graduate with his BBA from Simon Fraser University and is currently doing the commercial animation program at Capilano University. Wei was born in Shenzhen, China and immigrated to the United States at 9 years of age. He and his family arrived in Canada in 2001 and have remained here since.
Wei spends most of his time drawing, and when we say most, we mean about 95% of his waking hours. All of his friends cannot remember a conversation with him where his sketchbook is not open in front of him. He has been drawing comics as long as he’s had a pencil on a piece of paper, with Anatta being his first serious attempt at a webcomic. Wei’s life goals include being a full time comic artist and writer and bringing excellent, high quality work to his readers. As a very goal oriented and obsessively hard working individual, he will most likely achieve these goals.
Wei lives and works in his Coquitlam apartment with his two cats, Eire and Charlie and his partner and often co-artist, Anise Shaw.
Wei can be contacted at threeeyesworm[at]gmail.com
Anise Shaw is a Vancouver-born jack of all trades and general know-it-all. She is a recent graduate at Simon Fraser University’s School of Contemporary Arts with her BFA in Visual Arts. This means that she spent most of her degree pretending she wasn’t a comic artist at all, because comics tend not to fit into gallery exhibitions. Nonetheless, she continued drawing in her cutsy and bubble-like style until she finally met a person who could focus her chaotic artistic energy into the worthwhile project of Anatta.
Anise spends her time jumping between the 100 coexisting projects she has on her plate, usually opting to focus on two art-oriented projects, two domestic projects and one self fulfillment project. This sounds quite organised, but it’s not. It’s more that Anise tries to force order on her chaotic personality and usually has to watch everything unravel in front of her eyes. Currently, she’s trying to juggle Anatta with a table top RPG for Preteens and youth and a manga-style comic about sexual liberation on top of it all. Not to mention her desire to do home renovations, read science fiction and fantasy novels and watch some great televisions series at the same time.
As a bread earning project, Anise is a cartooning, animation and visual arts instructor for several municipalities in the Greater Vancouver area. She loves teaching after school program to children as they tend to be great sources of laughs, unbridled aspirations and artistic inspiration. She lives with her partner, Wei Li and is often caught cooing at something cute her two cats are doing.
Anise can be contacted at anise.shaw[at]gmail.com