Emi Gennis


It’s time for another great issue of Symbolia! The theme this time around is THIS MIGHT HURT. Get it: iPad // PDF. Kindle edition coming soon!

Learn about the rise of integrated medicine, explore the future of free clinics in Maine, and investigate the food safety crisis in China. 

This issue is included with a Symbolia subscription, and can be purchased as a single issue for $2.99. Contributors this issue include Emi Gennis, Kat Leyh, Roxanne Palmer, Owen Tucker, and Lily Weed.

Don’t delay! Download now: iPad // PDF.

ALSO: If you love Symbolia, support us in year two. Here’s how: Check out our publisher page at Tugboat Yards, where you can chip in a few bucks in exchange for some digital and physical art.

Just $5 will help us pay contributors and expand to new devices in 2014. Thanks in advance for the support.

“NYOS” by Emi Gennis, excerpt from Irene 4.

Emi Gennis is a cartoonist and illustrator currently living in southeastern Kansas, where she teaches art at Pittsburg State University. Her true account of the end of a world depicts how brutal and surprising real life can be and opens Irene 4 on a note of doom n gloom…but somehow also on one of possibility.

Irene 4 makes its debut at TCAF and will be available wherever fine comics are sold thanks our new partnership with Hic & Hoc Publications,

Can’t wait? You can place your preorders now! You can also order the combo pack and get more Irene for less money. You can have it all.


New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Hic & Hoc’s “Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends” anthology

Unknown Origins and Untimely Ends, edited by Emi Gennis, and published by Hic & Hoc, contains over 30 non-fiction unsolved mysteries by relative newcomers and small press comics legends alike, including Box Brown, J.T. Yost, Julia Gfrörer, Noah Van Sciver, Simon Moreton, and Sam Spina. Previews below from pieces by Nikki DeSautelle, Sam Alden, and Graham Kahler. Featuring tales of slaughtered hikers, vanishing prime ministers, suicide forests, and meat falling from the sky. 192pp, 6×9.

6″ x 9″, 192 pages. $12
Full-color cover with b&w interior 

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/unknown-origins-untimely-ends-a-collection-of-unsolved-mysteries/#sthash.UV0F5GfV.dpuf

Here’s the condensed version of my favorite nonfiction comics of 2013 list.

The Heroines issue in Symbolia

Josh Neufeld’s story in The Nib

The comics journalism issue of inkt|art

The comics journalism series in truthout

Art Hondros in The Washington Post

Susie Cagle in The Grist

Emi Gennis in Bitch Magazine

Andy Warner in Slate and elsewhere

Gabby Schulz with this piece 

Mike Freiheit’s comic Monkey Mind


New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Emi Gennis’ “Unfortunate Mishaps in Aviation History”

Two tales of foolhardiness resulting in disaster at the dawn of aviation. First, the tale of Franz Reichelt, a foolish inventor who was determined to create a “parachute suit.” Then, the story of S. A. Andrée and his ill-fated attempt to reach the North Pole in a hot air balloon.    8.5″ x 5.5″, 13-pages. $2
b&w on color cover-stock with b&w interior 

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/unfortunate-mishaps-in-aviation-history/#sthash.JlXhRr57.dpuf


In 2006, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to travel to Beijing, China with a group of 25 other University of Chicago students and three professors. We stayed there for four months, learning the history, culture and language of China and I can easily say it was the most fun I have ever had in my life. This story, “Squat,” which I drew in January of 2011, depicts a slightly less fun experience I had while on the trip. It was originally published in SCAD’s Travel anthology, and then again, in SPAZ! #4.