Next week I’ll be performing/reading a new comic at the release party for ET Russian’s new book, “Ring of Fire.” Also featuring short performances by Mita Mahato and Sarah Rosenblatt. Come!

Now I just have to finish that new comic.

Painting outside with my niece. Fishing got boring.

Painting outside with my niece. Fishing got boring.

Cape Disappointment is a real place! 

Cape Disappointment is a real place! 

A Mother’s Day gift commission for Nicole in NYC. Her mother-in-law makes her own vanilla extract from her home in Florida - so sweet. 

A Mother’s Day gift commission for Nicole in NYC. Her mother-in-law makes her own vanilla extract from her home in Florida - so sweet. 

Writing Process Blog Tour

Cartoonist Kelly Froh tagged me in a Writing Process blog tour - my answers are below.

1) What am I working on?

I’m slowly writing and drawing a comics essay about charter schools and the education “reform” movement (quotes used because the use of the word “reform” is contentious). Also, I love to watercolor paint, and draw comics, but I’m still kind of a newbie in using color with comics. I’m experimenting with that. And I have a summer goal: practice drawing people, so they’re more recognizable as the same character from panel to panel!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I haven’t come across a ton of comics about education, but there are others. I admire the work of Aron Nels Steinke a lot. I’m most interested in the story of a comic, and get bored with dense visual riffs. 
My visual style and subject matter varies, which can make it difficult to identify my work - my images can look very different from one another. I draw/paint food often, and I make commissioned recipe illustrations. But I also make gag comics, and comics about teaching. 
3) Why do I write what I do?
I like the puzzle of story-telling through comics - it’s hard in a great way. I write about teaching because it’s something I care about in a sincere way - it involves a lot of funny moments, but it also has larger implications that matter. I’m a fourth generation teacher in my family. And my brother, Rusty, makes comics!
4) How does your writing process work?
I usually sketch/script a comic on printer paper. Then I draw it on heavier paper in pencil (usually non-photo blue) and ink it with mechanical pens. I’ve written comics scripts in prose and described the panel composition when writing longer pieces. 
In order to keep the blog tour going, I have “tagged” the artists Sarah RosenblattMita Mahato, and Aaron Brassea. Hopefully they will post their answers soon.  
Tomorrow’s the last day of a group show at Cupcake Royale - lots of great comics art. I have a couple paintings/drawings in it, along with Kelly Froh, Sarah Rosenblatt, Eroyn Franklin, and a bunch of others.

Tomorrow’s the last day of a group show at Cupcake Royale - lots of great comics art. I have a couple paintings/drawings in it, along with Kelly Froh, Sarah Rosenblatt, Eroyn Franklin, and a bunch of others.

For J’s oysters-and-chicken birthday party

For J’s oysters-and-chicken birthday party

For Dune #15, compiled by Max Clotfelter

For Dune #15, compiled by Max Clotfelter