An outtake for a reference photo for a comic. Thanks @guuey for indulging me with a weird angle photo shoot.

True story from a day-in-the-life. Here’s a piece of advice. When you contact someone to do work for you, don’t put them in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether your money is worth having to deal with creepy subtext in your messages to them. >:I

Comic-a-day: Day 10 of 31

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Two of our swoon babies are moving out in the next week. So bummed! If you know Laura and Guy, come see them off tonight at their going away party at Swoon City.

This happens like once a week…

Comic-a-day: Day 9 of 31

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The above pages are Chapter 2 of my graphic memoir Tomboy, which will be released on September 2nd.  In addition to the preview zine (which was given out at comic conventions and book expos across the country this summer) I wanted to give folks who weren’t able to get one a sneak peek at the book.  This is a different chapter than was in the preview zine, so if you’ve got one of those as well, then you’ve been able to read TWO CHAPTERS of the book before anyone else!  Lucky ducks!

I hope you enjoy the pages, will share them with your friends and followers, and are looking forward to the day when you can get Tomboy at your favorite bookstore/comic shop!  (If you just can’t wait, you can preorder book directly from the publisher HERE).  I will be posting my book tour dates in support of Tomboy at the end of the week, so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading!

Thanks for sharing this preview. We’re so excited for September 2nd!

Yesssssss. Get so stoked for Liz’s new book. Read this preview chapter!

He has since gotten a haircut.

Comic-a-day: Day 8 of 31

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lemonheadandlollipup asked:

Is it true that you studied experimental animation in college? What kinds of animations did you do? I'm really curious!!


It’s true! For the most part, animation is extremely technical and I was in a really new program (the year I started was the first year they offered it as a major at MICA, where I went to school) so I spent a good majority of my college experience just doing animation exercises. I think the teachers were sort of building the program as we went and I’m sure it’s really different now. But I didn’t mind at all, because I wasn’t invested in animation - I was just frustrated with fine art, so I chose it as a major sort of out a knee jerk reaction, and because I knew I would learn a lot of really new things, from sound editing to lighting to photography to illustration to storytelling to really technical computer programs. I was mostly interested in stop-motion animation.

I only made one animation that was actually a fully realized short, and that was my junior thesis project that I did when I was abroad in France. I was totally cramming together a lot of stuff that I was brand brand new at, and it was hard! My senior thesis project ended up being a total flop for some of those reasons (I spent the whole first semester building sets, and when I went to animate them second semester, I realized I had built them too small and fragile to actually work with and everything fell apart - and I didn’t have enough time to rebuild, so I used After Effects to animate it digitally and I had never done that before so I just was bad at it! But it was a great learning experience.)

I didn’t draw comics yet at this time. I actually started drawing comics after college, because I realized the storyboarding part of animation was the part I enjoyed most and the rest I could do without. It’s such a labor intensive medium! Comics are too, but don’t even compare to animation on that front. I couldn’t really illustrate for the life of me when I decided to be an animation major. I could just draw and paint from observation, very realistically (i.e. my pet portraits). When it came to making stuff up, it was really hard for me! I got better at drawing comics from making my zine, List, because it didn’t feel like my real ‘work’ so it didn’t matter if I was bad at it, and through doing several issues of List, my illustration skills got better without me even noticing it.

That’s what I love about comics. Coming up with a world that feels believable and consistent enough that you forget it isn’t realistic. That was a huge challenge for me to arrive at because I’m such a logic brain that doing something so stylized was much harder for me than just making it look like what I saw in real life - and I’m still working on it. Sometimes my comics “world” still isn’t as consistent and effortless as I would like. 

Long answer to a short/easy question. Sorry! 

Here’s my animation from my junior year- 2005! Holy cow, so long ago.


A selection of the “awesome comics by awesome ladies” section of my library. #ladiesmakingcomics #comics #art #readallofthese #books #lizprince #juliawurtz #sarahglidden #alisonbechdel #corrinemucha #ramseybeyer #marjanesatrapi #leelacorman #lucyknisley #smutpeddler #friendsoflulu

Aw! I’m not worthy of such good company.

Comic-a-day: Day 7 of 31

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