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Hey, it’s the first ten pages of my mini-thesis from the Center for Cartoon Studies! It’s called Get Over It, and it’s about a food delivery cyclist who winds up battling monsters born out of emotional trauma. I like to think of it as Street Fighter: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

I’ll update this post with a link later to the physical copy, which has an additional 2 pages.

Anyhoo, this is about as simple as it gets. An echinacea tincture is the perfect first tincture to make. If you’re using fresh herbs you’d fill the jar ¾ with chopped herbs, and use 100 proof alcohol. You can use vinegar or glycerine to make tinctures, but that’s another comic.  

I’m doing that Center for Cartoon Studies one week workout to stretch some atrophied comics muscles. Bro, I need a month long remedial lettering course.

On Friday night, a new American monarch rose to power beneath a cascade of rose petals, a cracked mask and the ballads of Whitney Houston.

But she didn’t just use the glamour, comedy, acting and lip syncing prowess that fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race have come to expect from America’s Next Drag Superstar. Sasha Velour relies on brains.

When the 30-year-old queen is at home in Brooklyn, N.Y., she produces and stars in a monthly drag cabaret event called Nightgowns. She co-founded Velour, a magazine spotlighting lesser-known styles and issues in drag. She received an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies and studied political art as a Fulbright Scholar in Moscow.

She also considers herself an “amateur drag historian,” acknowledging there have always been different schools of drag — all competing, warring, pushing the art in new directions.

But for Velour, her style comes from simultaneously paying tribute to the queens who came before her and blocking out any voices that might try to dictate what her drag should be.

“I want to do something that is not just a pastiche of drag that’s come before, but is really authentically me,” she said. “I try to tune out all the drag that’s out there and tap into the drag that I was doing when I was a little kid — when I didn’t even know the word ‘queer’ or that gay people were out there. … Tapping into the things I’ve always loved and building a drag that honors those.”

'RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Winner Sasha Velour Cut From A Different Fabric

Photo: Courtesy of VH1


My Thesis Presentation! The upside of being too nervous about giving a live presentation is that I now have a nifty video to share with EVERYONE. :B

Hope ya like it. :3



For class, we were assigned a daily strip cartoonist to imitate, and I received the beloved Tove Jansson. In attempting to capture Jansson’s incomparable knack for gently & humanely razzing the middle class, I drew 3 very-loosely-autobiographical strips about a midwestern Moominmary trying to make it in the big city.

Related: is there any shape more fun to draw than a Moomin? 


Rawhead Rex will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 17 via Kino Lorber Studio Classics. Newly restored in 4K from the original camera negative, the 1986 monster movie been long out of print on DVD and has never been on Blu-ray.

Comic book artist Sean Phillips illustrated the artwork on the limited edition slipcase that houses the Blu-ray case. The Blu-ray also features reversible art, with the original poster on one side and the video art on the other.

Based on the short story by Clive Barker (Hellraiser), Rawhead Rex is directed by George Pavlou from a script by Barker. David Dukes, Kelly Piper, Niall Tóibín, Cora Venus Lunny, Ronan Wilmot, Donal McCann, and Heinrich von Bünau star.

Special features are listed below, where you can also watch the HD trailer.

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Some years back on a family vacation, my mother and I wandered into a great little comic shop in the town where we were staying. After we’d spent some time browsing and chatting with the friendly man behind the counter, he turned to my mother and asked whether I had gotten her into comics.

Well, certainly not! It was the other way around. Comics are, well, my life; I’m a Center for Cartoon Studies grad and a self-published cartoonist, with a handful of minis and anthologies under my belt and a webcomic launch planned for this year.  (If you were at SPX last year, you might have seen my proudest project to date, the neon-pink Queerotica anthology, sprinkled across a dozen contributors’ tables.)  In spite of those solidly indie affiliations, however, I’m a fan and reader across the breadth of the medium.  As a child I fell in love with funnybooks through titles like Action GirlElfQuestThe Adventures of Tintin, the X-Men in all their eighties and nineties glory … and my mother’s Silver Age DC books, saved up from the sixties and seventies (until my eager little fingers rather wore them to pieces).  As I grew up, I tried to return the favor, trading my Strangers in Paradise, Lucifer and Finder in thanks for all the Wonder WomanSuperboy and Supergirl.  These days when I visit, it’s hard to keep her from jumping into the middle of storylines when she discovers issues #11-13 tucked in my bag! (So when she stopped by to take this photo with me, I made sure to send her away with the first three issues of Ms. Marvel.) I started noticing that some parts of the comics world didn’t quite love me back when I was still a kid.  (There are probably some childish attempts at parodying the nineties “Bad Girl” sub-genre still squirreled away in a box somewhere, drawn in either color pencil or crayon.)  While I had my mom (and sometimes my brother) to share my passion with, few of my friends really read comics growing up.  These days I’m lucky to know people of many genders, ages and races who love comics, but that reality is still poorly reflected in most of the industry (both in terms of fictional representations and real-life opportunities).  We have to keep pushing in any way we can. Certainly, anyone who thinks that women haven’t always been here, making and reading and loving comics, has not been paying attention. I’m a 30-year-old queer cartoonist, illustrator, and fan. I am comics. And so is my amazing mom.

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An unpublished ‘Criminy Cockroach’ strip from 2010, originally conceived to possibly run at the bottom of each page of a different story, during my thesis year at the Center for Cartoon Studies.  That didn’t pan out so well, and I abandoned it.  Sort of a shame, I like a lot of these drawings more than most of what I produced while I was at CCS.  Drawn with a g-nib. 

I am now a bona fide graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies!

Here I am, receiving my diploma from James Sturm, which has been illustrated by the beloved and industrious R. Sikoryak, and grinning like a fool.  I’m also grateful that our graduation coincided with the Northern Stage’s production of Grease, which felt oddly appropriate. 

Thank you CCS!  This has been the best two years of my life.


Autoptic Minneapolis

I was at the Oily Comics/CCS table. The festival was professionally organized and well-run, with excellent programming and international involvement via the Pierre Feuille Ciseaux residency, and the Aria building was a beautiful space. Diverse work throughout, I always end up missing a lot of good stuff at these shows.

Some of the books I purchased/traded for:

1. Sonnenzimmer: How likely is the chance/Synthetic Chance

2. David Libens Comics (David & the Ghost #1-2)

3. PFC Comic, Max de Radigues + PFC participants

4. Amazing Facts, Beyond/Zettwoch/Huizenga/May/Weaver

5. Kevin Czapiewski Comics

6. Sammy the Mouse #2, Zak Sally

7. In Tongues Illustrated, JT Dockery

8. QUIET #2, A.Burkholder

9. Laura Park Uncivilized/Autoptic Mini

10. Simple Routines #18, JP Coovert

11. Saint Cole Part One, Noah van Sciver

Minneapolis is a great town. Lots of old/new/weird design and architecture throughout. All of these overhead passageways. I told Tom Kaczynski that I felt I had a better understanding of his work having spent time here.

It was good seeing everybody, albeit briefly. It was the most fun I’ve had at a show. Thanks to Charles Forsman/Oily Comics, Michelle Ollie/CCS, Barry at Secret Acres, Annie and Ed at Koyama, the Chicago Minivan Crew, Tom Neely, and especially the Autoptic Festival organizers.