10 great cartoonists you need to know: Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day, and once more, we’re celebrating with a list that spotlights the work of 10 fantastic cartoonists. While some exceptional female names are already on comics fans’ radars—such as Fiona Staples, Emily Carroll,Kate Beaton, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, Eleanor Davis, Meredith Gran,Emma Rios, Noelle Stevenson, and more—the purpose of this list is to gather interesting and exceptional contemporary cartoonists who readers may not be familiar with.

Brittney L. Williams

Mathilde Vangheluwe

K.L. Ricks

Carolyn Nowak

Aatmaja Pandya

Tillie Walden

Lizzy Stewart

Jane Mai

Leslie Hung

Sloane Leong

Read more about each of these amazing artists at



On May 1st, 2015, Oni Press will be opening submissions to the public. We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us. Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied and original work.



PITCHES - Cartoonists and writers, we’re looking for pitches. If you’re a cartoonist who can write and draw we’d love to see what you have. Writers, this is the day you’ve been waiting for—we are looking at story pitches without necessitating an artist attached. If you already have an artist lined up you think is up to snuff, fantastic! But if you’re a writer who needs help finding an artist, if your pitch is THAT good, we will help partner you up.


PORTFOLIOS - Illustrators and colorists! If you think your work is up to snuff and you are looking to be paired up and you think your artwork would fit in amongst some of the best storytellers in comics, now is your chance to prove it.



Anyone with a unique perspective and a firm grasp of the comics medium.



An excellent sense of storytelling and well-developed characters with a definite perspective.



I got my start in literary journals and feminist pop culture critique (shoutout to Bitch). I’m looking for complicated and nuanced characters with a developed perspective. I want to see diversity and originality, and I want stories with underrepresented characters—all I had in my formative years was Livejournal and The L Word, and no one should have to rely on The L Word to see themselves reflected in media. I’m a big fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and literary fiction fan, but most of all I want to read something I haven’t seen before. My favorite movie is Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, because life is a rich tapestry.



I started off in the YA/Children’s book world and I think that world has a lot of crossover with the comics world in terms of story and execution. I want fully-realized characters (not necessarily “strong” or even “likable”) with agency and direction. I want unique perspectives and different takes. I’m into a lot of different genres: high fantasy, science fiction, contemporary, literary, romance, coming-of-age, and anything that has to do with weird food-based Battle Royales. Or Battle Royales in general. (I wrote my graduate thesis about point of view choices in Battle Royale and The Hunger Games.)



The biggest thing I would like to see from incoming submissions is more diversity in not only the voices we publish, but also the kinds of stories and characters in our books. For too long a period of time, we’ve seen way too much of the same ideas from the same narrowing demographic of creator get pitched to us, and the only way to change that is to evolve the pool of creators we are talking to. If you are a female writer or artist, someone who identifies as a person of color, or LGTBQ, consider this an invitation and please come pitch us. We’re not looking for affirmative action in our books by any means, but with the readership growing larger by day, it’s important we find space for new voices who bring new ideas to the table while still maintaining the same level of pop appeal that defines the Oni Press library. As the tentpole and genre focused member of editorial, I’m hoping to find fast-paced and ambitious books that center around grounded, believable characters with the same diversity as the world we live in, and most of all, books that are fun, accessible, and original.



Oni Press has always been a place focused on publishing comics for an audience inclusive of a wide demographic. With other publishers finally catching up, it’s important for us to continue to break boundaries and continue to grow the diversity of our line. Our catalog has always been diverse, but it’s time for that variety to be reflected in the characters starring in our books and the creators making them. I’m looking for inventive stories with rich characters, a thoughtful approach to comic book storytelling, and a dedication to craft. You should be pitching us fully realized, considered pitches that continue the long Oni Press tradition of character-driven narratives that don’t fit in with other publishers’ conventions.



  • Superheroes! They have their place but their place is not with us.

  • Avoid pitching long-form series or stories in oversaturated genres such as supernatural noir, zombies, vampires and gritty detectives with a dark past.

  • Please also avoid delicate subjects such as rape and sexual abuse as fodder for exposition in genre stories–using rape as a plot point betrays not only a lack of sensitivity but also a lack of creativity when creating compelling female characters.

  • We are not accepting any prose or poetry – we’re a funnybooks publisher!



- The submission periods will operate on a two-months open, two-months closed schedule. Our first submission period will be open from May 1st to June 30th.

- All submissions should be submitted electronically through our Submittable site, located here: Any physical submissions will be destroyed without reading. Please do not email (or tweet at) editors directly with pitches. It will just make us grumpy.

- All submissions should should have your name, email and phone number on every page. They should also begin with a cover letter telling us who you are, who your project is for and how it fits at Oni Press. Also feel free to include any previously published comics work or comic-related education.

- Expect a response to your submission within one month. Everyone will get a response but not all responses will be personalized—we simply don’t have the time to do so.



- Writers:

- Pitches should be:

- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]

- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace

- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.

- A sample comic script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages. This should be a comic book script, NOT a screenplay.

- Artists:

- Submissions should be:

- A portfolio with at least eight sequential storytelling pages with FINAL LINE ART / INKS. No pencils, just final inks [or the digital equivalent] by you.

- No covers, pinups, etc. SEQUENTIALS ONLY. We only care about your ability to tell a story. Adding pin-ups of Marvel/DC superhero characters are not an opportunity to wow us, it’s mostly just wasting our time. Again, SEQUENTIALS ONLY.

- Please make sure your sequentials include characters of both genders and at least one person of color.


- Cartoonists or Writers w/ Artists: Combine the two categories above!

- Pitches or submissions should be:

- A logline - [what’s the idea/concept]

- A one-page synopsis / overview - A short summary that contextualizes who your project is for and how it fits into the marketplace

- A 3-5 page outline - give us the full beginning, middle and end of your story so we can see your execution.

- A sample script containing at least two scenes, consisting of at least eight pages and no more than twenty pages.

- At least 8 sample pages of sequentials from the project being pitched.

- Note: The creative team in your pitch is the one we expect to see actually working on your book. No switcheroos!


- Colorists:

- Submissions should be:

- A portfolio with at least eight pages, containing at least two different scenes, from at least two different artists.


* Sorry, we are not currently taking submissions from pencillers, inkers, or letterers.


That’s it! We hope to hear from you soon.



The Oni Press Editorial Team

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James Lucas Jones


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Charlie Chu

Senior Editor

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Robin Herrera


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Ari Yarwood

Associate Editor


Pioneering Cartoonists of Color (2016)

“Syndicated cartoonist and illustrator Tim Jackson offers an unprecedented look at the rich yet largely untold story of African American cartoon artists. This book provides a historical record of the men and women who created seventy-plus comic strips, many editorial cartoons, and illustrations for articles. The volume covers the mid-1880s, the early years of the self-proclaimed black press, to 1968, when African American cartoon artists were accepted in the so-called mainstream.

This project strives not only to record the contributions of African American artists, but also to place them in full historical context. Revealed chronologically, these cartoons offer an invaluable perspective on American history of the black community during pivotal moments, including the Great Migration, race riots, the Great Depression, and both World Wars. Many of the greatest creators have already died, so Jackson recognizes the stakes in remembering them before this hidden yet vivid history is irretrievably lost.”

By Tim Jackson 

Get it  now here and leave a review if you can.

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It wasn’t until I read Laura Miller’s Salon article on the PEN-Charlie Hebdo courage award, that I learned about Molly Norris (that’s her, above, with her dog).

Molly Norris was a Seattle cartoonist. Four years ago, on FBI advice, she went into hiding. She had drawn a cartoon that she refers to in the cartoon above, and for that cartoon she was placed on an al-Quaida list of targets for murder.

Molly’s story came back to light last month after twelve cartoonists and journalists were gunned down at the offices of the French satirical publication, Charlie Hebdo. They were slain by Islamic radicals who were offended by their depiction of the Prophet Mohammed.

Norris, a Seattle cartoonist who drew for local publications like the Seattle Weekly and City Arts, found herself on the same al-Qaeda hit list as some of the murdered Hebdo artists.

On the advice of the FBI, she abandoned her life and work when Islamist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki called for her assassination in retaliation for posting a comic referencing Mohammed…

Learn her story here:

Edit to add: I’ve removed the image of the actual cartoon that caused Molly’s death sentence, because people were getting upset by it, and my intent was not to put something up that made people upset, angry or defensive or offended, but simply to draw attention to and give context on a cartoonist driven underground, who might otherwise be forgotten. The image, for the curious, is at this link.  

Open Submissions Coming in May!

We’re incredibly excited to announce we’ll be opening our submission process this May. Check the full press release below for more info:

PORTLAND, OR March 19th, 2015 - Oni Press, Portland’s premier independent comic book publisher, announced today they will begin accepting submissions and pitches in May. Under this policy all writers, artists, cartoonists, and colorists seeking to publish their work with Oni Press will be able to submit their portfolio to the Oni Press editorial team.

Oni Press will accept submissions electronically through email. Creators whose submissions are selected for follow up will be contacted within a designated length of time. Further specific details on the process and where to submit will be released this May.

“We are on the hunt for new stories from new creators, featuring characters that reflect the diversity of the world around us,” added Editor-in-Chief James Lucas Jones. “Oni Press has always valued content and execution, and we are looking for creators and projects that can support our goal to publish excellent, varied, and original work.”

Hey, folks! Iron Circus Comics is currently accepting unsolicited submissions from comics creators far and wide for the very first time! Click the image, or this direct link, for details on where and how to submit. ICC is looking for graphic novels, erotic graphic novels, and trade paperback collections! Take a look at our rules and see if your stuff makes the cut!

Founded in 2007, Iron Circus Comics is Chicago’s largest comics publisher and remains a one-woman show, run by C. Spike Trotman (with occasional help from Lucinda the pit mix). Responsible for renowned collections Smut Peddler 2012 and 2014, New World, and The Sleep of Reason, ICC and Spike have been featured on, The Guardian, AV Club, Paste Magazine, and NPR. And Spike’s looking to expand ICC’s lineup with more strange and amazing comics!

Even if you’re not a comic creator, please help one find out about this opportunity! Reblog, relink, and tell pals about this post!

Thanks, everyone! Looking forward to seeing what you’ve got!

Happy 100th birthday to cartoonist Charles Addams (7 January 1912–29 September 1988), who saw a minor cast of cartoon characters parlayed into a transmedia empire.

Above, the man himself in 1948, in a photo by George Silk.  Below, a history of the family.


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But, as a girl, looking at old New Yorker cartoons, I didn’t much distinguish Addams’ “Addams Family” cartoons from his others:

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UPDATE: Even Google joined the party!

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG DOG. One of the one-hour drawings I’ve been doing, available for purchasing by you right here. All the ones thus far are here.

This was a commission for Joe Lambert’s birthday, purchased by his wife. Joe is one of my favorite cartoonists in the world, and someone who’s a major influence on me, both as a cartoonist and just as a regular old human being. He’s also like 29, if you can believe it. What bullshit.
black webcomics, a selection -
  1. Ants, by Julian Lytle:
  2. A variety of comics, by Terence Wiggins:
  3. MFK, by Nilah Magruder:
  4. Star Trip, by Gisele Jobateh:
  5. Monster’s Garden, by Ash:
  6. Agents of the Realm, by Mildred Louis:
  7. Winona, Inc., by Edwina Owens Elliott and Danita Carter:
  8. Check Please, by Ngozi Ukazu:
  9. Orchid Colored Glasses, by Indigo:
  10. On the Edge, by Leisl Adams:
  11. A variety of comics, by Jennifer Cruté:
  12. Saturn Return, by Whit Taylor:
  13. Serial Box, by TyraWM:
  14. Fashion Forward, by Shawnee’ Gibbs, Shawnelle Gibbs, Linda Chung, & JM Tolman:
  15. Angry D Monkey, by Keon Brown:
  16. Sack of Oranges, by Keon Brown:
  17. A variety of comics & sketches, by Chris Kindred:
  18. Full Circle, by Taneka Scott:
  19. Super Mega Awesome RPG, by Prince Neo VII:

Thanks iamdavidbrothers

Boom! The two unique lineups for LWNW 2016 have been released, with over 100 artists and publishers over two days! Don’t miss out, make sure you come out on both Saturday, May 21 AND Sunday, May 22 to see all the amazing illustrators, cartoonists, designers, and creators who make Linework NW one of the best illustration and comics festivals in the nation! Check out the full two-day lineup here.

And there will be even more Special Guests, exhibitors, and panels coming soon! Stay tuned on Tumblr, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up to date!

Poster art by Kinoko Evans

Es un error tan gigantesco enseñar arte como si fueran matemáticas. En matemáticas tenés que seguir las reglas siempre, pero en el arte no. Está bien entenderlas, pero no podés quedarte pegado. Tampoco entiendo que se le ponga una nota a un dibujo. Es ridículo. Cuando yo estudiaba era así, los maestros te sacaban las ganas de dibujar. Me acuerdo que nos hacían hacer unos degradé de colores y era una cosa totalmente inútil, no servía para nada. ¿Para qué sirve aprender de pantones? Es una pavada.
—  Liniers