8 Questions with Farid Nad

Farid Nad is a character designer and illustrator based in Malaysia, and a contributor of SOUND: A Comics Anthology. https://farideacs.xyz/


Which talent would you most like to have?

Honestly, I would very much like to have the talent of doing a backflip. That is always super impressive no matter who you are.


What is your most treasured possession?

This stuffed monkey named Bongo. He was gifted to me by my online childhood friend (we've known each other for decades but have never physically met!), and it's about as old as I am.


What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A world where no one has to struggle to meet their basic needs or have their basic rights. I think that'd be the perfect happiness not just for me but for everyone.


What is your motto?

"The past is done, the present is priority, the future doesn't exist." It helps me not overthink and ruminate on the what ifs of what has happened and what might happen.


Who is your hero in fiction?

I aspire to be someone as resourceful and good humoured as Mark Watney from The Martian. Maybe with a little less snark.


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

They say your face looks like what you were in your past life or what you will be in your next life. A lot of people have agreed my face looks kind of like a frog (not in a bad way! I ADORE frogs!), so I think I would like to keep to that. Maybe a pet frog.


What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Being 'realistic'. More often than not it just becomes cynicism and stomping on dreams just for the sake of it.


What is your current state of mind?