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July 3, 2017

houseIn comics news:

Rob Clough reviewed some of the spring line up for Kilgore books, including The Kilgore Quarterly #7, where my story “Dappled Light” is first appearing. He gives the story a wonderful review: “To be drawn with any more naturalism would be unbearable.” Go read the review!

The Comics Alternative podcast also included the first 4 issues of Paper Pencil Life in their review of recent self-published works and had LOTS of great things to say about it. Among their comments they said that PPL was one of the more “positive” autobiographical reads they’ve read recently.  I had mixed feelings about this comment because “positive” usually means “uncool” in the art world–but I also know that any “positivity” I express is hard won and comes from years of being in bleaker places. I am insanely grateful for everything I’ve lived and I am glad that my work can remain honest and also make people feel good or connected or hopeful (whatever “positive” means in this context). So there!

And finally: Paper Pencil Life #5 is officially at the printers! Woohoo! This house is in it. Does anybody recognize it? It’s a place many of us visited as kids.

Every time I get a copy of the proof for the new issue of PPL it feels like Christmas. There is something so magical about getting your work in a real and tangible package. Since each issue is about a year’s worth of work, it feel like the culmination of a cycle. Another year of work is put to bed. So it’s also a good time to take stock and see where you’ve been and where you would like to go next. Every single issue of Paper Pencil Life has been filled with places I’ve gone after feeling an inward arrow that said, “Go here!” The results have sometimes been crooked, misspelled, and scratchy, but I’ve never regretted any of it. I have always felt good about what I have made. 4.5 years in, I can say this has been among the most satisfying years of work I’ve ever had.

Here’s to more!

2 Comments
  1. July 3, 2017 7:05 pm

    ‘positive’ is a good thing! Leave It To Beaver house?

  2. summer permalink*
    July 3, 2017 7:43 pm

    ding! ding! ding!

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