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.
You can read the whole thing right here. (trigger warning: suicide)
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.
If you enjoy Baseline Blvd and would like a print copy, you can grab one when my Etsy shop reopens in July, or from the Birdcage Bottom Books online store.
It’s summer! School is out and it is lovely outside and I’m taking this opportunity to do a bit of traveling and see friends. As such, my Etsy shop will be closed for the time being and will reopen in mid-July when I return. If you would like to grab a copy of my newest comic, Baseline Blvd, during my absence, you can pick up a copy in the Birdcage Bottom Books online shop, or at Floating World if you’re in Portland, or Quimby’s if you’re in Chicago. As always, there comics to read on the “Comics” tab right here on the website!
This week I returned from an adventure to Vancouver, BC for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, a fantastic show featuring lots of talented artists and great programming. Among the highlights of the show for me was debuting my brand new comic, Baseline Blvd! Now that I’m back home, this comic has been added to my Etsy shop and is available for purchase along with my other mincomics. Baseline Blvd is a 64-page, mostly wordless autobiographical story that explores grief, and the anger, guilt, and isolation that come with it. The heart of the narrative depicts the 43 mile drive between my home in southeastern Kansas to a cemetery in rural Missouri.
This comic is deeply personal, a step outside of my usual comfort zone for my work. Making it felt uncomfortable, at times. I finished the comic amid grading finals and juggling a hectic travel schedule and deadlines for other projects. It was incredibly emotionally and physically taxing to make, and it is satisfying to see it completed.
Baseline Blvd is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop for $8. Grab a copy if it sounds like your jam.
This weekend I will be returning to Canada for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! If you are in the Vancouver, BC area, come check out the show from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday! The show is being held at the Roundhouse Community Centre and is free to the public. I will be at table E6, right by the entrance to Hall 1 – you can’t miss me!
At the show I will have copies of most of my minicomics, the Hic & Hoc Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends anthology, as well as a couple of other anthologies my work has been featured in. I am also very excited to be debuting a brand new comic at VanCAF this year! Baseline Blvd is a 64 page autobiographical story about grief, and about driving through rural Missouri. Pick one up at the show!
I will also be participating in the “Picking and Pruning: Editing Tips for Comics” panel on Saturday at 12pm, along with Kel McDonald and Sfé Monster, and moderated by Jeff Ellis. If you are interested in the process of editing comics, come listen to us talk shop!
Hello Toronto! I am visiting your fine city this weekend to exhibit at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The event is free to the public, and located at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). I’ll be there on Saturday from 9am-4pm, and on Sunday from 11am-5pm. You can find me upstairs, at table 268. Unfortunately, the minicomic I was planning to debut at the show is not quite ready yet, but I will have copies of all of my older minis, as well as copies of the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology, a few other anthologies, tote bags, and buttons. So, come by my table and say hi! (Also, keep your eyes peeled for that new comic online within the next few weeks).
This weekend I will also be participating in a panel on Comics Reportage in the Internet Age, moderated by the esteemed Eleri Harris, along with Dan Berry, Jess Fink, Ed Piskor, and Jon Rosenberg. You can catch that on Saturday at 4pm at The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland Street). Hope to see you there!