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Paper Pencil Life #5 is BACK IN STOCK!

November 3, 2017


After selling out at MICE I am happy to say that both Paper Pencil Life #5 and Souvenirs: a Travel Diary are BOTH back in stock in the shop! Come on and get them while supplies last!

Speaking of which, both of these volumes got a lovely write up from Dominic Umile who likens Souvenirs to Craig Thompson’s Carnet de Voyage–one of my favorite graphic travelogues. Go and check it out!

Hope your fall is going well—I am hunched over my desk and continuing to work like the wind over my book.  I’ll return to weekly posts I hope in the New Year–I miss you all so!

Hitting the Road

October 13, 2017

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


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

PPL 5 Cover

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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!