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8 Questions with Nicolette Lee

Nicolette Lee is a Singaporean comic book artist, and a contributor of SOUND: A Comics Anthology.


Which talent would you most like to have?

Being able to understand multiple languages. Imagine a whole world of dialogue opening itself up to you – the stories you could learn!


What is your most treasured possession?

I have a pair of jade earrings given to me by my mother. My mom used to say jade changes colour as you wear it – she would show me her bangle, and say how it changed over the 20 years she had it. I’m excited to see how I’m leaving an imprint on my jade before I pass it on myself.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

I don’t know if it’s possible to attain perfect happiness. Maybe I’m happy in tiny moments – stretching out in bed on a Sunday morning, that satisfying chew you get when the pasta’s just right, the ping of a phone when you’re expecting a text? Oh, I’m happy then.


What is your motto?

“It’s never as bad as you think.” A stressful situation is never as scary as you envision it, a bullet won’t taste so bad once it’s bit, and people? People are never as bad as you think they are.


How would you like to die?

People say Osamu Tezuka’s last words were: “Please let me work!” when a nurse tried to take his art supplies away. I often think about drawing to my last breath, too. I don’t want my stories to die with me, they deserve a chance to live even when I no longer can.


If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

Maybe something short-lived. Life’s been an adventure I’m not sure I’m ready to repeat! Now, if I get the chance to see a brand new world of colours – like how shrimps and parrots see UV – I think I’d find reincarnation to be pretty exciting.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Cynicism: it’s often confused for intelligence. I think cynicism and world-weariness come easy to most people, it’s harder still to keep hope in your heart.


What is your current state of mind?

The short answer? Confused, exposed, and tired.

The long answer is I’m at a crossroads at my life - trying to balance my art with whatever comes after graduation. Things are tumultuous in a tumultuous time; and the world never felt scarier, or more open than before. Fingers crossed! I hope if you ever see me again, I’ll have found a good place where my life can comfortably rest.

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