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Cecilia Payne (1900-1979) is a real-life astronomer who discovered the chemical composition of the stars (and the fact that hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe).

Because her findings were so revolutionary, Prof. Henry Norris Russell scoffed and called the result “clearly impossible.” He persuaded her to add a sentence to her thesis stating that her findings were “almost certainly not real.”

But her findings were real, and she was right. Four years later, Russell published a book that reached the same conclusions as Payne.

Hence Cecilia Payne’s warning to young scientists:

“If you are sure of your facts, you should defend your position.”

(Image from “Science Sleuths of History: Cecilia Payne” in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #2, written by D.M. Higgins & Charley Macorn, art by Kelly Phillips & Andrea Scott. Available now on Kickstarter.)


Dirty Diamonds 5

by Alexis Cooke, Alison Wilgus, Ann Uland, Anne Mondeel, Ashley Austin, Carey Pietsch (Guest cover artist),Claire Folkman (Editor), Crystal Kan, Cyn Why, Denise Clamors, Dre Grigoropol, Faye Stacey, Jackie Huskisson, Jenny McKeon, Jillian Fleck, Julie Mills, Kelly Froh, Kelly Phillips (Editor), Miranda Harmon, Mouna Toure, Nicole Rodrigues, Patsy Chen, Sage Coffey, Sara Goetter, Scotty (Crystal Jayme), Silvia Carrus, Stevie Wilson, Tamara Ansing, Vicky Leta, Win Evans, Yao Xiao, Yui Wei Tan

Published by Dirty Diamonds

Dirty Diamonds is an all-girl comic anthology.

The milestone fifth issue of DIRTY DIAMONDS will be making its American debut at SPX, and this one’s a doozy! Edited by Philadelphia cartoonists Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, our first professionally printed book features 32 artists from six different countries all telling stories about the medium that means the most to them – comics! Read stories about these artists’ best, worst, and first experiences with comics.

Alexis Cooke
Alison Wilgus
Ann Uland
Anne Mondeel
Ashley Austin
Carey Pietsch (Guest cover artist)
Claire Folkman (Editor)
Crystal Kan
Cyn Why
Denise Clamors
Dre Grigoropol
Faye Stacey
Jackie Huskisson
Jenny McKeon
Jillian Fleck
Julie Mills
Kelly Froh
Kelly Phillips (Editor)
Miranda Harmon
Mouna Toure
Nicole Rodrigues
Patsy Chen
Sage Coffey
Sara Goetter
Scotty (Crystal Jayme)
Silvia Carrus
Stevie Wilson
Tamara Ansing
Vicky Leta
Win Evans
Yao Xiao
Yui Wei Tan

Perfect-bound – 112 pages – color cover / b&w interior – 8.5"x11"


For more information, or to pre-order the book, visit

2014 Comics Superlatives

As I started rounding up the comics I liked this year, I saw a pattern, so I made a joke:

Do men make comics?

— Eden (@comicsgirl) December 17, 2014

And then I just decided to go with it. This is not a definitive list but these are all comics, creators, events and projects from 2014 I want to recognize. I think we can all agree that 2014 was a pretty remarkable year for comics.

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I painted my Spring 2014 comics table crew! Done right after all that gouache, and I’m pretty clearly trying to fake its blockiness digitally. Enjoyed making up that messy crowd, which I drew for long enough to decide who in there is crushin’ on who.
Coming this spring to a city near you!*

*if you live in NY (MOCCA), NJ (ABPCC), or toronto (TCAF)!

Be sure to give Kelly & Claire of Dirty Diamonds at table E13 a nice warm welcome at SPX, along with Carey Pietsch at table E12B, in just a few short weeks!! Get your hands on DIRTY DIAMONDS #5: Comics as it makes its official US debut!

We’ll also have plenty of our own new books for sale, AND you may hear some highly anticipated news about the next open call for submissions… keep those eyes peeled :)


“Science Sleuths of History” is a new feature in JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #2 that pays homage to the “Wonder Women of History” feature in Wonder Woman comics of the 1940s.

Fun fact: Annie Jump Cannon was one of Cecilia Payne’s mentors at Harvard, and Payne’s groundbreaking work directly built upon Cannon’s work!

You can pre-order & support JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH now on Kickstarter.

Top image from Wonder Woman #33 (1949), written by Julius Schwartz, art by Paul Reinman & Bernard Sachs.

Bottom image from JILL TRENT, SCIENCE SLEUTH #2 (2015), written by D.M. Higgins & Charley Macorn, art by Kelly Phillips, colors by Andrea Scott.

Interview: Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, "Dirty Diamonds" - Comics on Kickstarter

As often as I can, I will try to bring you short interviews with people who are creating comics and doing everything they can to show their work to the world.

Today I spoke with Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman, co-editors of DIRTY DIAMONDS, currently funding on Kickstarter.

Interview below.

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I Received Those IRS Lawsuit Calls, Too: Scammers Don’t Discriminate

Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes, Aug. 9, 2016

I had three messages on my voice mail on Monday.

The first was this message:

The reason of this call is to inform you that IRS is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 862-274-2489. I repeat 862-274-2489. Thank you.

The second was a variation on that message but with a different callback number (716-265-1636).

The third was more stern, advising:

Hello, this call is officially a final notice from IRS, Internal Revenue Service is filing lawsuit against you. To get more information about this case file, please call immediately on our department number 260-216-1206. I repeat 260-216-1206. Thank you.

I knew that I had to write about getting the calls because I think it’s important for folks to understand how widespread and common they are (even my daughter received one on her cell phone and she’s just a kid).

Apparently, taxpayers are still questioning whether these calls are for real (they are not). On a few sites dedicated to helping folks sort out potentially abusive calls, these specific phone numbers listed above have come up with comments like “seems fraudulent.” I posted the numbers to clarify that it “seems fraudulent” because it is (I should also note that these numbers have allegedly been associated with other scams, including a Microsoft hack scam and a payday loan scam, as well).

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a warning about these “robo-call” scams just last week. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said, about the calls, “It used to be that most of these bogus calls would come from a live-person. Scammers are evolving and using more and more automated calls in an effort to reach the largest number of victims possible.”

And they don’t discriminate when choosing potential victims. They’ll call anyone, even a tax attorney, and even someone who has written about these scams pretty regularly.

How you react is important. You should not answer these calls, and you should not return these calls–even when you know that it’s a scam. There’s no way to win with scammers, and there may even be unintended consequences. Trust me. I wanted to call back. My husband joked I should start out by telling them they called a tax attorney. It doesn’t matter. Even when you call them on the scam or whistle in their ear, you lose: scammers are likely mining all kinds of data from these calls.

Other IRS and tax-related scams involve the nonexistent “Federal Student Tax,” scams targeting tax professionals and scams advising you to pay with iTunes gift cards and other gift cards).

As a reminder, the IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment over the phone, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

Don’t engage or respond with scammers. Here’s what to do if you receive a suspicious phone call or message:

  • If you receive a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam, don’t engage with the scammer and do not give out any information. Just hang up.
  • If you receive a telephone message from someone claiming to be from the IRS, and you do not owe tax, or if you are immediately aware that it’s a scam, don’t call them back.

  • If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS, and you owe tax or think you may owe tax, do not give out any information. Call the IRS back at 1.800.829.1040 to find out more information.

You can also contact TIGTA to report scam calls by calling 1.800.366.4484 or by using the “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” form on their website. You may also want to report the scam to the Federal Trade Commission by using the “FTC Complaint Assistant” to report persons pretending to be from the government; please add “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Don’t fall for the tricks. Keep your personal information safe by remaining alert.