Cloud Queen, gouache on paper.

Cloud Queen, gouache on paper.

Chicago Zine Fest

image*official CZF poster illustration by Marnie Galloway

Hello friends! Today is the start of Chicago Zine Fest, which features some great events for self-publishers and zine lovers. Tomorrow is the exhibition day of the event, where you’ll be able to find me at Table 29 on the first floor of the venue. I’ll be tabling with my good friend Jamie Davida Lee, who has some great comics available, including the adorably bittersweet “Vanishing Act”.image

We will also be selling comics and postcards by the talented Surabhi Kanga, whose beautiful comic “Human 2.0” will make you rethink the meaning of your existence. It’s the real deal, guys.

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I’m so happy to be a part of this event and to table alongside such lovely people. Although I’m still working on getting everything printed, assembled, and ready to go for Saturday, I can’t wait! It’s going to be a great opportunity to meet people and I hope if any of you are able to come, that you will. (And that you’ll stop by my table to say hi!) There is always so much creativity on display at this event and it’s just a really good time.

I look forward to sharing more updates with you all! Until next time!

Drawing of my sister - ink and colored pencil.
(She really dresses like this.)

Drawing of my sister - ink and colored pencil.

(She really dresses like this.)

Finished this new, more detailed cover design for my comic Life in Bodies of Water. It’s a wrap-around design, so it will actually be folded in half so that this is the front and this is the back.
I’m re-printing copies of this comic in color, which will be available for sale very soon. And speaking of which, some exciting news! I will be tabling at both Chicago Zine Fest (March 14-15) and CAKE (May 31-June 1) this year! Both events look like they’re going to be amazing, with a lot of great artists that I’m either really lucky to know or dying to meet. If you attend either event, stop by my table and say hi! I’m planning to have at least one free minicomic available for guests to take.

Finished this new, more detailed cover design for my comic Life in Bodies of Water. It’s a wrap-around design, so it will actually be folded in half so that this is the front and this is the back.

I’m re-printing copies of this comic in color, which will be available for sale very soon. And speaking of which, some exciting news! I will be tabling at both Chicago Zine Fest (March 14-15) and CAKE (May 31-June 1) this year! Both events look like they’re going to be amazing, with a lot of great artists that I’m either really lucky to know or dying to meet. If you attend either event, stop by my table and say hi! I’m planning to have at least one free minicomic available for guests to take.

Chicago residents - if you love comics, come to this amazing show organized by my friend Michelle! You can check out my three most recent zines there, amongst a great selection of work by some very talented Chicago artists! Seriously, what are you waiting for? ;)

Chicago residents - if you love comics, come to this amazing show organized by my friend Michelle! You can check out my three most recent zines there, amongst a great selection of work by some very talented Chicago artists! Seriously, what are you waiting for? ;)

(Source: liveinzineshow)

Here’s some older work, for archiving purposes. A short response comic I did after reading Martin Cendreda’s beautiful comic, Catch Me If You Can.

The Answer to Your Question, minicomic, graphite

Since I’m graduating from art school in a few days, I’ve been pretty preoccupied with worries about the future. I couldn’t really think about anything else, including the story I was supposed to be working on, so I made this instead. Lately everyone’s been asking me (with only the best intentions, of course) what I plan to do after graduation, and the truth is, I don’t know. But for now at least, I’m okay with not knowing. So here’s my best attempt to truthfully answer all those questions.

Expressing my feelings about lipstick in gif form.
(Seriously though, whenever I buy a new tube of lipstick it’s like suddenly nothing can bring me down. Money well spent.)

Expressing my feelings about lipstick in gif form.

(Seriously though, whenever I buy a new tube of lipstick it’s like suddenly nothing can bring me down. Money well spent.)

Wear/Worn

You’re gold
Rubbed silver
From where I leaned on you too much
Somehow more beautiful
For having been used.
My collar-bone sweat, my sebaceous skin
Instruments of abrasion;
Your dove’s-wings, your linked rings
Its monuments.

Am I revealing
My lesser minerals
To you too?
Underneath the gold, silver;
Underneath the silver, tin;
Underneath the tin,
Perhaps only
Sediment and stone;
Not precious
But brave
And necessary.

Forgive me for looking past
Your gleam
For a dull shine like my own
Forgive my backwards appraisal
Because I think you are
Priceless
With no need for polish

Life in Bodies of Water, minicomic, watercolor & watercolor pencil

I have zines of this comic, printed in grayscale on blue paper, available for $2 directly from me or at Chicago Comics, Quimby’s, and the Graham Cracker Comics in the Loop. If anyone is interested, I could make some copies in color as well for a couple extra dollars. Message me if you’d like one! I’m also happy to do trades if you’ve got a zine to share.