I’m so excited to once again be attending the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD! If you live in the surrounding area, come out to the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on Saturday, September 19th (11am-7pm) and/or Sunday, September 20th (12-6pm) to see a whole mess of cartoonists selling books, minicomics, and all manner of fun stuff. There’s also a ton of really amazing programming this year, so check that out! Admission is $20 for a two-day pass, and less if you just go one day. Come enjoy the show! I’ll be at table E9A, with a big pile of minicomics just for you.
There’s still time to pledge to the Kickstarter for Eat More Comics,The Nib‘s collection of their best stuff since their launch in September 2013. For their second anniversary, they will be putting out a giant, 300-page hardcover edition of political cartoons, comics journalism, non-fiction, and humor comics.
The book will feature comics by tons of fantastic artists (visit the Kickstarter page for the whole list), and stretch goals include brand new, exclusive comics from Zach Weinersmith, Rich Stevens, Gemma Correll, and Matt Bors. Some of my comics will be featured in the book, including “Urine: The Miracle Cure,” which you may remember as the comic where I drink my own urine in the name of science and art (and let’s be honest, clickbait). If you missed that one, you can check it out here, or pledge some $$$ to get the print edition next month.
Hey Minneapolis! I will be visiting your fine city this weekend for Autoptic, a two day independent culture festival. The show is free to the public and will feature the work of cartoonists, musicians, print makers, and other artists. Check out the show at Aria in downtown Minneapolis from 10am-6pm on Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday. You can find me at table 90! Hope to see you there!
You may remember that earlier this year I participated in a panel at the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival called “Picking and Pruning: Editing Tips for Comics.” If you were unable to make it to the show (or if you were at the show and unable to make it to the panel) but are still interested in this topic, the entire panel has been posted on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. It is a conversation between myself, Sfé Monster (Beyond), and Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales), moderated by Jeff Ellis (Mega Fauna).
My newest comic is now online! Baseline Blvd is an autobiographical story about grief, and the feelings of anger, guilt, and isolation that come wrapped up with it. It depicts the drive between my home in southeastern Kansas to a small cemetery outside of Carthage, MO. This comic, as you may have guessed, is a bit more personal than the rest of my work, and it’s kind of heavy.
Some background for those interested: In 2007, during my last year of college, my boyfriend at the time committed suicide. Seven years later I moved across the country to Kansas for a job and discovered that my new home was only 43 miles from the place where he is buried. The cemetery is off a major country road that I find myself driving down semi-frequently. It’s an emotionally difficult drive that has become slightly less emotionally difficult over time. Sometimes I feel guilty about that, as though not stopping to mark the occasion every time I pass the cemetery is somehow lessening its significance, and by proxy, his significance. So I’ve been thinking a lot about him lately, and about what it means that he’s been woven back into the fabric of my day-to-day life in this way.
If you’ve been following my work for a long time you might remember that I’ve touched on this subject matter before, in Owlex, my short-lived webcomic. While that story involved keg parties in hell, Magic: The Gathering drinking games, and a band called Ritalin Reggie and the Short Attention Spans, it was at its heart, despite all the wacky hijinks, a story about feeling haunted by the ghost of a person who left the world in a violent and senseless way. Owlex took a tongue-in-cheek approach to some difficult issues that were still very fresh at the time I was making it. In many ways I guess Baseline Blvd is also about feeling haunted, though there aren’t any wacky hijinks in this one.