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WATCH: Erica Henderson draw Marvel’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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Dec 6, 2017

Artist Erica Henderson has helped make Squirrel Girl into one of the most awesome and memorable superheroines in Marvel Comics today.

Henderson recently sat down with SYFY WIRE to draw us a sketch of Squirrel Girl from start to finish with impressive ease, all while revealing some interesting tidbits along the way.

“I try to think about when I’m laying stuff out or drawing the characters from a kind of cinematic perspective,” Henderson tells SYFY WIRE in the video below. “I was actually a film major in school, so every time I think about laying stuff out, I’m like, what kind of shot is this?"

Henderson has been working on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl since it debuted in early 2015 with an eight-issue run penned by Ryan North, based on the character originally created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko in 1991. The title was rebooted with the same dynamic duo at the helm in October of 2015 as an ongoing series and part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel branding. It was even nominated for an Eisner Award in 2016 and 2017, and won 2017’s Best Publication for Teens.

Not only can Squirrel Girl, real name Doreen Green, communicate with squirrels, she also possesses super strength and super speed, was a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, and also managed to defeat the Mad Titan Thanos! No small feat there.

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The character was meant to be part of the New Warriors series at Freeform, but since the network couldn’t find a place on its busy schedule, she and the Warriors are now looking for a new home.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.