A New Project

New Jane’s World comics are in the works. They will begin to appear online January 1st (maybe even in December). I’ll post updates as the time draws near.

In the meantime… I’m working on a new graphic novel project. It’s a graphic memoir. I don’t want to share too much at this point, but I like the way the story is shaping up. More to come! Here’s a thumbnail sketch of page 13…

story-of-me-sketch

Comic Con 2016!

Art vs Artist

Hello, fellow comic fans. In addition to a few signings, I’ll be on two panels during Comic Con. I hope to see you there or bump into you somewhere in the craziness and comics mayhem that has become San Diego Comic Con:

Friday, July 22
10:00-11:00 Queer Representation in All-Ages and Youth Media—Many people have often dismissed queer content as adult content inappropriate for kids. However, as we’ve seen in the popularity and successes of Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, and Lumberjanes, LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines resonate with young audiences. Join moderator Dylan Edwards (Valley of the Silk Sky) as Dylan leads a discussion with Shannon Watters (Lumberjanes), James Tynion IV (Detective Comics, The Backstagers), Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Peanuts, Jane’s World), Magdalene Visaggio (Kim & Kim), and Josh Trujillo (Adventure Time, Love Machines) about how we can better include healthy representation and how to make it standard practice. Room: 4

Saturday, July 23
1:00 – 2:00 Teaching STEM with Comics

Paige Braddock (Stinky Cecil, Creative Director Schulz Studio), Jim McClain (Solution Squad), Betsy Gomez(CBLDF), Jen Aprahamian (CTO of VINA), Mairghread Scott (Writer, Transformers: Till All Are One, Guardians of the Galaxy), Rebecca Thompson, PhD (Head of Public Outreach, American Physical Society), and moderator Tracy Edmunds, M.A.Ed. (Graphic Novels are Elementary!) Shiley Special Events Suite, San Diego Central Public Library

Sunday, July 24th

Signing the Peanuts “Tribute to Charles M Schulz” book at BOOM booth

A reading from the novel!

Jane 6

Happy 4th! In honor of a little extra lounge time this weekend I thought I’d share an excerpt from the new Jane’s World novel, read by yours truly and uploaded on the Lesbian Review podcast channel:

https://www.podbean.com/media/player/w4ejm-5df6bf

Jane, Jane, Jane!

Jane FacesHello from Jane’s World! Just a quick update to let you know that the new Jane’s World novel is now available everywhere books are sold. That means your local book shop can carry it (and may already have it) and also Amazon. And of course directly from the publisher at BoldStrokesBooks.com

Happy reading 🙂

Jane’s World, the novel! It’s here!

It’s hard to believe that today is June 1st, which means the Jane’s World novel is now available from Bold Strokes Books. There are even advance reviews of the book on their site also.

Jane Sketch

An early sketch of Jane drawn a bit more realistically than the comic.

When I first had the idea of doing a novelization based on the long running comic series I wondered if I could really pull it off. And so I began sketching the comic characters as real people. For example, what would Jane look like if expanded from her 2D comic strip self. Because to do a novel is to not only plot the action (which is usually what happens in the comic) but to also plot the internal motivations of the characters. To write about the thoughts, hopes, fears, insecurities and other little known motivations for each character. To write about these things required unveiling the subtext not fully revealed through the illustrations. Those things have been uncovered in the book, and that was new for Jane.I’m excited for this next chapter in the Jane’s World universe. Change is scary. Change is good. Change is even better when it’s served with donuts.Janes World template.epsCover art: Inks by Paige Braddock, Color by Brian Miller, Design by Sheri

Alex and Annabel

alex-sketches

I’ve been playing around with sketches for a new graphic novel concept. This one is more of a young adult story, set in a High School. Not sure why I keep drawing Alex from behind. I’ll work on more sketches and various views. I just wanted to share these for fun. I need a good title. I realized at a recent panel I was on that my “working title” was too close to a title a cartoonist friend of mine is using. Titles are key. I find them inspiring. Maybe this one needs “High School” in the title… but I’m not sure. The concept is basically about the experience of being a young butch woman and dealing with all the usual angst of Junior year.