This 96-page book is out of print! It was once available at Birdcage Bottom Books Distro. This book is on hold while I revise, edit and expand it in the next few years. Rob Clough reviewed the book at High-Low in August, 2018.
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.
I drew it for The 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.
Exit Archaeology is a 48-page diary from several weeks in May 2017, and published in August 2017 in time for SPX. I kept this diary while working on an excavation in Greece, and is full of stories about dogs, ouzo drinking, the diva-ish illustration department, and thoughts of what it would mean to quit all of this. This book's predecessor, Greek Diary, won a MoCCA fest award in 2017.
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.
Time Out in Palestine
In 2012, our family lived in East Jerusalem for the semester while John had a fellowship at the Albright Institute of Archaeology. I drew about our daily life with the kids there.