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Want a Mixtape?

April 13, 2018

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Here is one of my favorite pages from my upcoming book ALL THE SAD SONGS. The retrofit Kickstarter is still going and I’ve added a special reward to sweeten the deal! An original mixtape made for you!  Mixtapes are a HUGE part of my book and what could be better than a mixtape to go with it? There’s only 5–so pledge while supplies last!

You can check out the update along with a few more preview pages from book here! Thanks to those who have already pledged!

Beacon Post Office Haiku

April 12, 2018

Haiku #4 Beacon PO

His shirt had seen better days.

MLK Haiku

April 4, 2018

Haiku #3

Today is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, jr. They killed the man, but they could not kill the dream. The struggle for equality and justice continues.

Finally I Can Show You This!

April 2, 2018

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LOOK! It’s the cover of my forthcoming memoir ALL THE SAD SONGS! A year ago I sat down to make a 25 page story and ended up 8 months later with a 104 page book and it’s coming in September from Big Planet/Retrofit. I am SO EXCITED to be able to FINALLY talk about it! Here is the description:

“How is it that a song doesn’t specifically have to be about you, but it feels like it is?”

In her first full-length graphic memoir, Summer Pierre takes us on a journey through the soundtracks that shaped her. Through mix tapes, boyfriends, late nights in Boston folk clubs, and ill-fated cross-country road trips, Pierre weaves a moving meditation on music, memory, and identity.

You can see can see a 3 page sample at the Big Planet/Retrofit Kickstarter that launched today!   Small independent publishers like BP/Retrofit depend on Kickstarter campaigns to fund printing costs and author advances. You can pledge at the $10 level and essentially be pre-ordering my book! Go get it!!

I am SO PROUD to be published in the 2018 line up, which also includes books by Sarah Lautman, T. Warren Craghead III, Yumi Sakugawa, Karl Stevens and a bunch of amazing other cartoonists. What company! Go see their amazing work!

Thank you in advance for supporting independent presses and my first ever full-length memoir. I am really proud of this work and I can’t wait for you all to read it!

Happy National Poetry Month

April 2, 2018

Haiku #1

This morning’s haiku comic.

As longtime readers know, I love National Poetry Month. I literally look forward to it every April–when I can use it as an excuse to read nothing but poetry. This month is no different–although I also want to spend it reading and listening to poets in interviews and essays and pondering poetry. I feel like poets and cartoonists have a lot in common. Poets and cartoonist both try to do a lot with very little. Both work in rhythm and timing. Financially both art forms are totally impractical when it comes to making a living and yet we devote ourselves totally to it. I learn so much about what to tell and how to tell it in comics from poetry.

Like every winter, my time is in short supply due to snow days and family needs. Today is no different thanks to a late snow storm. I have a big comic I am working on, but won’t get to it because I won’t have time.  This is when poetry is especially helpful–I can steal away and sneak a poem or two as time as needed. Recently, browsing a used bookstore, I stumbled upon James Wright’s book of haiku and have been starting my days reading and writing haiku of my own. It fits easily into very brief periods of time. I always have plans to make my haiku into comics, but I didn’t until this morning. I managed to fit it in when my son was eating breakfast.  Now he sits on the floor reading Tubby comics as I type this, behind him a large window of snow. Another day when I’ll have to be creative in order to make things work. Another perfect day for poetry.

Heading to MoCCA Arts Festival

March 31, 2018


Hey All!

I am going to be tabling at MoCCA Arts Festival next weekend! I’ll be tabling at E178 with the usual power houses: Glynnis Fawkes, Ellen Lindner, and Jennifer Hayden. Come on over and get a free MoCCA Bingo card while supplies last! I’ll have prints and comics available too!

What: MoCCA Arts Festival

When: Saturday, April 7th & Sunday, April 8th, 11:00am-6:00pm

Where: Metropolitan West- located on West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, New York, NY!

Hope to see you there!

New Game Nobody Wins

March 24, 2018