This 7-page comic is from Strumpet 5, international anthology of comics by women that came out in September 2017. The theme of the issue is Origin stories, and answering that theme, I made this compressed story about growing up in NW Portland, my mother's Alzheimer's, and the artists and writer who influenced me. Ursula LeGuin, acclaimed author of the Earthsea Books and so many more, lived a few houses away from where I grew up. Her words that originated from a place so close to home have inspired me since I first read her books in the 1980s. Her sense of justice and depth of integrity, her exploration of political and social situations through fiction, her vivid descriptions of place have all affected the way I go about my own work. She died last week on Jan 22, 2018. I wonder, did she walk beyond that low wall in the desolate place she described in The Furthest Shore? What must it be like forsomeone who has imagined death to so clearly to experience it? For me her memoryis as bright as ever, her books are living, there to be read.
I'm grateful to Ellen Lindner, founder of the Strumpet, for the chance to write about Thurman St. We co-edited this issue and came up with the theme together-- there's nothing like an assignment for getting a story onto paper. I hope to expand this comic into a longer one some day--there is a lot more to tell about my parents' careers as artists, this old neighborhood, and the interesting characters that I knew in Portland before I left in 1996.
You won't want to read this story without reading all the rest of the stories in Strumpet--so go ahead and buy the issue.
Reign of Crumbs
Reign of Crumbs is 76 pages, perfect bound b/w w/color covers and is published in June 2017 by Kilgore Books.
"Glynnis' comics have been some of our favorites for many years now. Whether she's detailing the joys and hardships of parenting in Vermont or the Middle East, adventuring in Greece, or re-telling ancient myths, she is a joy to read, with strong and clear line. She has a unique and uncanny ability to pull the critical thread out of a story and show it to the world."
In June and July 2016, I went to Greece to work on a dig, my 9th season at the site of Kenchreai on the Corinthian Gulf. For 5 weeks I drew every day, both diary comics and landscapes--3 notebooks full. Part of the Diary is about work on the dig and part is about the trip afterwards to Rhodes, Santorini, and Paros I took with my family--my husband John, Classics professor, musician, scholar of ancient music, and our two kids, ages 9 and 11. My goal now is to make this diary into a book by adding context to the daily trials: memories from my first and many subsequent trips to Greece over nearly 20 years and especially the beginning of the romance with John on Santorini 13 years ago.
Winner the Society of Illustrators/MoCCA festival Award of Excellence in April 2016.
Alle Ego means “good friend” or ‘other self” in ancient Greek. This is a middle chapter of a book-in progress (although it reads as a stand-alone story) and is a memoir of an art student’s adventures in Greece. This scene is about getting lost in Crete.
Composed between the 8th and 7th centuries BC, the so called The Homeric Hymns are epic songs dedicated to various gods, and by tradition (falsely) attributed to Homer, the poet of the Iliad and Odyssey.
Gregory Nagy, professor of Classical Greek Literature at Harvard University, made this translation especially for the book.
Just Doing My Job
These are a few of my on-going diary comics about my kids that are published on MuthaMagazine.Just Doing My Job was nominated for an Ignatz Award at SPX in 2016.
There are three volumes of drawings about the kids available in my shop: The Story of the Cheese, King of the Playground, and It Must Have Been the Kids.
Kinyras the Divine Lyre
This is a comic companion to John Franklin's 800 page Kinyras the Divine Lyre (Harvard University Press, 2016) about the legendary Cypriot lyre-playing Priest King. The complete comic is published on the Appendix.
This little comic is a valentine to my husband's home town on Cape Cod.
The Most Costly Journey (in Spanish, El viaje más caro) is an ethnographic cartooning project that employs collaborative storytelling as a tool to mitigate loneliness, isolation, and despair among Latin American migrant farm workers on Vermont dairy farms.