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Hitting the Road

October 13, 2017
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My editor perusing the work so far

Yesterday it became fall. It has been a weird, late summer for the longest time–as if August had switched places with September and October. All we’ve had is hot and humid weather. Then rain came the night before last and I woke up in autumn yesterday morning. AT LAST! Fall is my favorite time–a time when my interior life is at home with the exterior world. Everything glows and tastes better. Today I am wearing a sweater and relishing my hot cup of coffee.

I’m hitting the road tomorrow for a week to burn through a chunk of this book that I’ve been working on since April. It was supposed to be done this summer. Then it was supposed to be done in October and now it has a very firm deadline at the end of the year.  I am working as fast as I can, but this story was originally supposed to be 25 pages and now it’s almost 75.  So there you go. There have been many freak outs along the way (and I am sure more to come), but I am thrilled at the prospect of going on a road trip all to myself and landing in a place that will welcome me and a project. I am grateful to my family for giving me the time away (and the family car!) to get stuff done.  If you’re interested, you can follow my progress (and many other fancies) on Instagram.

I’m ending my week away by tabling at MICE the weekend of October 21 & 22  in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I’ll have Paper Pencil Life #5 and the rest of my catalog in hand. I’ll be sharing a table with my friend Deb Lucke, the author of The Lunch Witch series. If you are in the area come on and say hi!

Speaking of Paper Pencil Life #5-I’ve had some WONDERFUL reviews from Rob Clough at High-Lo Comics and Rob Kirby at The Comics Journal (I only get reviewed by people named Rob).

Rob Clough says: “Pierre’s quickly become one of my favorite autobio artists, thanks to an approach that is full of warmth, wit and intelligence. Pierre’s ability to balance light and dark on a page, as well as her cartoony self-caricature with figures drawn from photo reference, make every page a pleasurable experience to read.”

Rob Kirby says: “A good collection of daily diary and autobiographical comics not only offers up revealing glimpses into day-to-day life, but also places quotidian events in context of past experiences, present and future hopes, dreams, and fears. Properly balanced, the collection will organically coalesce into an immersive, cohesive whole…Summer Pierre…gets the balance just right.”

How do you like them apples?

Hope you all are staying safe and taking care in this turbulent world. I send you love and song from the road.

Happy 100 Thelonious!

October 10, 2017

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Today is the 100th birthday one of my favorite artists (in any medium), Thelonious Monk. He was a genius improvisor and composer on the piano. He was an eccentric that critics either loved or hated, was known to spontaneously dance on stage when he was so moved by the music, and had a glorious collection of hats.

25 years ago I was at the beginning of a cross country road trip when I stopped at a friend’s place in Los Angeles who made me a couple of tapes for the road. Among them was a tape of Monk’s Dream. I wore that tape out and have been in love ever since. His song tribute to his wife,”Ruby, My Dear” remains one of my favorite tunes of all time.

Happy Birthday, my dear Monk. I am still living in your dream.

Underwear for Houston

August 31, 2017

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Like the rest of the United States (or perhaps wherever you are in the world), I’ve been watching the unfolding devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. I’ve already donated to the Red Cross, but as the news keeps coming it’s clear that those affected by Harvey will have ongoing needs. One of those needs that it totally overlooked is underwear. It sounds silly, but think about it: while used clothing is donated, our most basic garment underwear is never donated. The author and Houston resident Brene Brown says in a heartfelt plea: “We all take underwear for granted until we don’t have any.” It’s about dignity and it’s about health.

Here are three ways to give NEW (still in package) underwear. Please keep in mind that they need a variety of sizes for men, women, boys, and girls, including XXL.

1. You can order directly from this Amazon Wishlist. (Note: corrected link!) (This is what I did)

2. Collect new, packaged underwear and mail it to the address below. If you’re purchasing, they recommend Hanes or Fruit of the Loom. UFE doesn’t process or give out anything but underwear!

Undies for Everyone
1700 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

3. Give cash and Undies for Everyone will purchase wholesale.

Thanks all!

“I wore my love like a red, wet stain on the breast of a velvet gown.”

August 22, 2017

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Happy Birthday, Dorothy Parker!

I’ll Never Be Cool

August 19, 2017

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One of the fine comics you will find in Paper Pencil Life #5available now!

Paper Pencil Life #5 is here!

July 31, 2017

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The 5th issue of my ongoing collection of autobiographical comic stories Paper Pencil Life is HERE and READY TO GO! I know I said September, but I got it in early and so WHY wait? It looks SO GREAT and I cannot wait for all of you to have it!

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$8.00 for 52 pages of black and white (even some gray!) comics spanning the last year. Comics about old sitcoms, mixed tapes, lost uncles, found photos, freaky birds, jazz tunes and SO MUCH MORE!  Several comics appearing for the very first time!

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I am extremely proud of this issue and I hope you will like it. Get it now while supplies last!

Just What I Needed

July 30, 2017
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At the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA

It’s vacation time on my little neck of the woods. I just got back last night from a week away and have a few days before we leave again for another shorter jaunt. My family traveled to California to both visit other family and for my husband Graham and I to get a rare few days to ourselves to celebrate our 10th anniversary. Before we left I had been so mired in work that I was in denial about leaving. I kind of DIDN’T want to go. I have never made a long-form comic story and underestimated just how much time it takes to make something so intricate.  I had hoped to be done by the time we left, but it has kept growing as I’ve gone and there was no way I was going to get it done in time. I have never missed a deadline (I love and need them so!), so I was stressed about not meeting this one. Luckily, the publisher I am working with is used to working with cartoonists, where such things are common and was not concerned in the least. After months of lockdown at the desk writing and working at a white hot speed, going through intense loads of emotional work through it all, it was a tremendous relief to get permission to give it the time it needed.  After I got the reassuring e-mail. I closed the laptop and the studio and ran to the west coast on vacation.  It was one of the best trips we’ve had together in a long long time. I read 2 books, explored the midcoast of California, ate so much food,  did a little drawing, and just relaxed.

On the plane yesterday I got a huge lightbulb for an edit I needed to do for the section of the book I’ve been struggling with working on and just felt this surge of excitement at what I am making. As usual, what I am resistant to is actually what I most need.

Hope you all are having a good summer.  Announcement coming tomorrow–stay tuned!