The middle school jewelry has been classed up with simple brown cardboard. Also, I love this room. Also, that’s my grad school diploma on the desk.
I first heard of Lesley Kinzel by way of a mention on Marian Churchland’s blog, hchom. Later, I followed Lesley’s writings to xoJane. This summer I finally read her book, Two Whole Cakes. Brimming with her intelligence and straightforwardness and sense of humor, it was full of memorable lines. The oft-quoted “your body is not a tragedy” is of course great, but this is my favorite:
“This is a book about many things, but it is mostly about not being sorry.”
I made “impossible pie.” It’s delicious.
This is a goofy little mini-comic I dashed off earlier this summer while teaching a comics class for 12-year-olds. A lot of my comics aren’t kid-friendly, but it turns out one thing that 12-year-olds and I have in common is an obsessive interest in dogs.
It’s bittersweet to think about SpringCon (and FallCon) right now, after the recent, untimely death of Dominic Postiglione, “driving force behind the Midwest Comic Book Association.” I really can’t articulate how unique and welcoming the MN comics scene is, and Dominic was a huge part of that.
The very first time I ever tabled with my comics was at The Source, where Dominic was a partner. The amount of enthusiasm and effort he put into his work there, and with SpringCon and FallCon (both entirely volunteer-run shows, with zero table fee, and a free lunch) is astounding. It’s hard to imagine not having him there this October, but I’m grateful for all that he gave to us MN cartoonists, and grateful that I got to know him however briefly.
Made a gooby—er, goofy birthday card for a friend.
Here’s one of the comics from Mailings, the collection of mail-themed mini-comics I made last winter while living in Savannah. This one’s about my mom.
Playing with texture overlays.
I’m so happy to finally be able to share this! On June 21, my friend Maia married a really great guy named Charlie. She asked me to make this map/infographic of their relationship as a surprise wedding gift for him. The last two images are early sketches I emailed to Maia. The photos are of the final result!
Daria/Duncan card for Professor Duncan.
Lee Marvin thank you card for a cool professor.
Don Bluth card for the ladies I worked with in Special Collections at the Jen Library. (My main task there was scanning boxes from the Don Bluth Collection.)
Yoga card for the cool SCAD yoga teacher whose classes I enjoyed, even though I have zero flexibility, or experience with yoga.
Chicken card for my aunt (who owns chickens and recently brought one to a City Council meeting).
I’ve been making some thank you cards for some special people.
Back in high school, my friend Sarah and I made a lot of movies. One of our movies was shown at the Walker Art Center on the afternoon of our junior prom. We attended the screening in formal wear, then went to the prom.
These days, Sarah does music and I do comics (I even got to do the cover for her first solo album). But next week, that movie we made in high school is going to be shown in another film festival.
So if you want to see the filmic artistic efforts of high school Athena and Sarah, head over to the Weitz Center on July 15 for the kickoff of the third annual Northfield Film Festival. Our movie is the opener to The Graduate.