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.
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.
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.
For J’s oysters-and-chicken birthday party
For Dune #15, compiled by Max Clotfelter