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All Things Small Press Expo

September 16, 2016

This morning I am head to SPX and it turns out I’ll be (partially) at table D4B selling copies of Paper Pencil Life #4 & Souvenirs, if you are going and want to drop by.

In other news, I was on the jury this year for the Ignatz awards that take place at SPX every year. I wrote a giant processy post about what it was like to read HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS (16 boxes worth, plus over 180 on-line comics) of submissions, but in the end just couldn’t press ‘publish.’ Needless to say, it was an education and also very humbling as a creator. There is SO MUCH quality in comics these days it’s literally staggering.

While the 2016 Ignatz nominations are in and they are great, they don’t cover nearly ALL the works that also deserved nominations. So I wanted to put together a list of stuff that I loved and that if you are going to SPX (or just shopping for new reads at home), you should absolutely check out. (Please Note: this is NOT my list of nominations, this is a list of just a SELECTION of things that stuck with me out of so much.) Read more…

Let’s Make Something Together

September 8, 2016


There are still a few slots available for my on-line comics class that starts ON MONDAY. This class is FANTASTIC for getting your juices flowing and making drawing a more present part of your daily life–plus you make comics!

Self-Paced, 5 weeks and totally convenient! You can take it from any location in the world–I come to YOU from the magic of the internet!

Meet me there! I’ll be so glad to see you!

Paper Pencil Life #4 is HERE!

September 6, 2016

PPL4 front Cover




Excuse me while I do a little dance! My latest collection of comics and diary comics, Paper Pencil Life #4, is at last available to purchase! 52 pages of comics in beautiful black and white! Stories about road trips, the artistic life, strange mothers, anxiety, and so much more! All for just $8.00!

I have to tell you that I am immensely proud of this work–I think it is my best issue yet. It has my favorite stories I’ve made in it–plus I just love how it looks!

Also–THIS JUST IN: I’ve also added a limited edition 4 pack of all 4 issues of Paper Pencil Life in my shop–4 issues for the price of 3! This way you can get the whole shebang and for a cheaper price!


I’m thinking about not reprinting Issue #1 after this conference season to make room for more stuff (although the jury is still out on this one). I’m growing away from those initial first attempts pretty quickly and it’s starting to embarrass me a little when people buy PPL #1 to get an introduction for what I do. It doesn’t feel current anymore! So if you’ve been considering buying one, this 4 pack might be a good way to go–get the complete set while it lasts! 

All of these will be available at CXC and MICE in October, but if you won’t be there or can’t wait–get ’em in the shop!


Portrait of the Artist At The End of the Summer

September 1, 2016

portrait of the artistWho has two yellow jacket bites and is ready for the fall? THIS GAL.

Workable, Doable Comics

August 31, 2016


Hey gang there are still spots left in my ON-LINE COMICS COURSE! It starts September 12! 5 weeks of workable, doable lessons to get you making and COMPLETING comics RIGHT AWAY!

Here’s what some of my previous students have said about it:

“Last week I finished up Summer Pierre’s online comics-making course. Short version: It was wonderful. Making comics with no pressure to be perfect, surprise surprise, makes it so much easier to get in there and actually make comics. Can’t recommend the course enough…you should definitely do it if you’re curious but think you can’t. It has nothing to do with drawing ability, just a desire to do it.”

-(the great) Esther B.

(go read her full post on how this course was part of a larger shift for her artistically.)

“Timed exercises really helped with getting into the flow. No one expects you to be Michelangelo in 60 seconds, right? In a weird way, the time pressure actually takes the pressure off. I found that when I wasn’t concerned about “getting it right”, I had a lot more fun and was freer with my imagination. Characters and situations appeared on the page that probably wouldn’t have if I had longer to think about it.”

-(the fabulous) Divyam B.

(Go read her full break down about what she learned in this course. It’s great!)


It’s self-paced and you can take it literally from ANYWHERE in the world! Using readily available and non precious materials like index cards, pens, comp books and LIMITED amounts of time, I KNOW you can make comics.  Seriously, come learn how to do it–we’ll have fun!

Sign up now! Questions? Shoot me an e-mail or leave a comment down below. Gift options are available too!



If This Isn’t Nice

August 29, 2016


My birthday was on friday. For years I claimed I adored my birthday because I love cake and presents and attention, but the truth is, I’ve always hated my birthday.  It’s historically been a day spent in neurotic pain and anxiety worried about who would and wouldn’t remember it (namely my parents who had a very spotty record of acknowledging it), and often unable to be present and enjoying the day that was available. This year feeling the anxiety rev up once again as the day approached, I decided to admit this pattern to both myself and my husband. As a result I was able to feel more present and grateful for what was happening that day as it happened.

Read more…

People Who Look Like Drawings

August 22, 2016

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