Q&A with September’s speaker, Susanna Ryan, who will be speaking on the topic MUSE.

How do you define creativity? How do you apply that in your work?
When I think specifically about creativity in regards to making comics, I see creativity as problem solving. It takes a certain skill set and amount of creative thinking to effectively solve the constant conundrum of how to convey big ideas in small spaces.  

Where do you find your best creative inspiration?
Usually about five miles in to a ten mile walk! In general, though, slowing down and tuning in to the environment that surrounds me never fails to inspire me, in life and in art.  

Who from Seattle would you like to hear speak at CreativeMornings?
Seattle has an interesting, vibrant, diverse indie comics community and I would love to hear some voices from that world share more about their work and creative process.

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?I walk around Seattle and make comics about it.

What was the best advice you were ever given?It came straight from my mom: PICK YOUR BATTLES! In life, work, family, relationships, or whatever, figure out ahead of time what is negotiable and what isn’t. Stick by and thoughtfully defend the non-negotiable, and be willing to collaborate and be flexible on everything else. It will change your life!

If you could interview anyone living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why? As someone who loves zeroing in on mundane, overlooked things, I would really love to spend an afternoon with someone from the Seattle Department of Transportation sign shop, which makes all the street signs in the city. I have so many street sign questions and so few answers!