For every woman who grew up loving comic books and ponies, visual artist Jodi Moisan’s superhero/My Little Pony mashups are, as V. aptly put it, “So much perfect!” Jodi is one of the many creative talents who have contributed pieces being auctioned for Wonder Woman Day, the Wonder Woman Museum’s annual project that supports anti domestic-violence programs. Delightful and highly detailed, Jodi’s ponies of Wondy, Batgirl, Modok, Mockingbird and Wolverine made my inner 6-year-old positively giddy. And as the mother of an actual 6-year-old, I know there are scores of girls and boys — and grownups, for that matter — who would love to get their hands on these four-legged action figures. No less than Stan Lee is a fan of Jodi’s work (he has a custom Stan Lee figurine that she made), and John Byrne owns one of her ponies.
Jodi was kind enough to talk to Girls Gone Geek about her work and her longtime appreciation of comic books and various things geek-related.
G3: We first became familiar with your work via the Wonder Woman Day Project at the Wonder Woman Museum. How did you get involved with that?
JM: The gentleman who is in charge of the auction (Andy Mangels) saw my ponies on a comic book website and liked them. He contacted me to ask if I would be willing to do a Wonder Woman pony like the one I had on my website.
I was extremely honored that he felt my ponies were worthy of being on the same level with the other artists involved in the auction. I did a George Perez Wonder Woman. The one on my site was modeled after John Byrne’s Wonder Woman, and he owns that pony. I wanted his pony to be a one of a kind, so I did a different artist’s take on Wonder Woman for the auction.
G3: What inspired you to combine superheroes with My Little Pony figures? It’s a perfect combination, if not an immediately obvious one.
JM: I belong to a comic book forum and there is a customizing thread there. I have been customizing toys for a really long time. When my son was younger, he and I shared a love for the movie “Star Wars,” and he collected all the old toys from the original release date. We had gone to toy shows looking for the older toys and ran across some custom-made figures. They were really expensive, and I knew I could do them because I have always been artistic, so I started making figures for my son. On the forum I am on, I started sharing what figures I had done in the past, and one of the members posted a picture of a blank My Little Pony and challenged me to do something with it. Well, the moment I saw that Hasbro blank pony, I felt the stars were aligned, the heavens opened, and angels sang. Here was a thing that combined so many things I LOVED. I had a horse growing up, loved any toy connected to horses and loved reading comic books.
I went to the Hasbro site and found the blanks, ordered one and made one of my favorite characters into a My Little Pony. The Thing from Fantastic Four was my first custom pony. I posted the result, and the guys on there loved them. Their kind words encouraged me to do more, and sometimes they would challenge me to see if I could handle a certain character. I have a great time doing them, because they are for fun — like the custom toys I made for my son.
G3: This seems like a wonderful way to get little girls into comic books. Is that something you thought about when you created the hero ponies?
JM: Yes, as I [said previously], these really combined things I loved and spoke to my inner little girl who was also a big tomboy. I think comics treat women really well for the most part. They give women great power, and I love that. If making these would cause a girl to be interested in reading comics, I would be thrilled.
G3: How long does it take you to create one? I assume these are intended as works of art, not necessarily playthings.
JM: It varies. Sometimes I can get one done in a couple hours, but most take some time because I put a lot of research into the look of the character. I want to be true to how the character looks in the comics. If there are many sculpted add-ons, that adds a lot of time to it. Like Big Barda and Modoc; they took multiple firings, so it takes a long time to finish them. I have made some for kids, but these really aren’t intended tobe played with, which sort of makes me sad. I think toys should be played with, not just looked at.
G3: You mentioned that you grew up reading comics as a kid. Is that still a hobby of yours? Any favorite characters?
JM: Yes, I still read comics, I grew up reading Archie, Richie Rich, Eerie, Creepy and a variety of superhero ones. I really love Batman and Kitty Pryde. John Byrne did an amazing job on Kitty Pryde, and I love his artwork. He inspires me to want to be a better artist.
G3: Are there other hero ponies that you’re working on, or do you consider the series complete?
JM: I just finished a Jack Skellington pony. I have eight ponies waiting to be worked on. There never seems to be an end to the characters I can turn into a pony.
G3: If readers are interested in purchasing a pony, how should they get in contact with you?
JM: Right now I am not selling them. I have too many to do to take any orders. But if people really want to buy one, they can get one at the Wonder Woman auction!