Sincerely, Harriet cover reveal

Check out the brand new cover for my upcoming middle grade graphic novel, Sincerely, Harriet! Ebook/library-bound edition’s out on January 1st, paperback on May 7th (I’ll be in North America to officially launch the latter), and you can preorder anytime via your favorite bookseller. Reveal and interview over here on Women Write About Comics.

Twisted Romance

Keep your eyes peeled for Twisted Romance, a new Image miniseries running this month! I wrote and drew a short story about fantasy romance tropes in issue #4. It will run alongside a longer fairy tale of a comic written by Alex de Campi and drawn by Trungles, as well as a short prose story by Naomi Salman. I recommend placing an order with your LCS if you’re interested because it’ll be a while before the collection is released. More info on the Image Comics website.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions story announced

I’m writing and drawing a story for the new Jem and the Holograms series, plus some cover art! It should hit shops in December.

Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #2
Cover A: Siobhan Keenan
Cover B: Sarah Winifred Searle
(W) Sarah Winifred Searle, Sarah Kuhn • (A/CA) Sarah Winifred Searle • (A/CA) Siobhan Keenan
In our first story by Sarah Winifred Searle, Shana takes center stage as her fashion design final is coming up, but when disaster strikes, will she use Synergy to “cheat” her way through?! And in the second story by Sarah Kuhn and Siobhan Keenan, you only need to know two words: KARAOKE. BATTLE.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Faith covers!

I drew two variant covers for Valiant’s Faith series, which you can get in May and June on the last two issues (11-12) of the series! They go together in a little sequence.

“Delicious Escapism” from Chainmail Bikini

Back in 2015, I wrote and illustrated “Delicious Escapism” for the Autostraddle award-winning Chainmail Bikini anthology about women gamers! It’s on play-by-post roleplaying, the friends I’ve made through it, and how it’s prepared me for a career as a cartoonist.

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“Better Than Fiction”

Wrote and illustrated “Better Than Fiction” for The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, an anthology of true stories on love and dating by female creators, consumers, and celebrators of geek culture. Other contributors include Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, and Marguerite Bennett. The Dark Horse edition includes a new cover by Noelle Stevenson and a foreword by Kelly Sue DeConnick.

My story is about finding romantic fulfillment in reality after relying heavily on escapism through fiction.

Bedside Press, December 2015. Dark Horse edition, October 2016.

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“The Only One”

“The Only One” is a love story that spans a lifetime in just ten pages, and you can get it as an ebook from Emet Comics or as part of the second print collection of Fresh Romance!

Here’s the wraparound cover that I illustrated for it:

We had a unique sort of process for this comic –– Cecil Castellucci (Shade the Changing Girl) wrote it, I drew the rough visual draft (layouts), Irene Koh (Legend of Korra GNs) finished the line art, then I colored it.

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And here’s an old process gif I made for promo:

Fair Use Comics

Co-created various comics on the history of fair use in the United States with artist Jackie Roche and librarian-lawyer Kyle K. Courtney for Harvard Library’s Office for Scholarly Communication’s Fair Use Week. February 2015, 2016, & 2017.

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Full Oath comic, “Darkling”

Here’s “Darkling”, the comic that I co-created for the Oath anthology of new heroes!

I wrote it way back in early 2015, then the amazing Carey Pietsch (you may know her from Adventure Time: Marceline Gone Adrift, Lumberjanes, or the upcoming Adventure Zone graphic novel) drew it! Gosh, it’s such an honor to be her friend and to have had the chance to work with her.

You can get a copy of Oath here if you want more queer superhero comics.

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Sparks graphic novel announcement

Spike over at Iron Circus Comics has announced that she will be publishing Sparks as a graphic novel in 2018!

For those unfamiliar: Sparks is an Edwardian era erotic romance about two women who meet and fall in love while working in service, and their subsequent journey toward social and financial independence as they try to make a real life together.

If you like Kaoru Mori’s Emma but wish it had steamy bits and ladies kissing, or if you like Downton Abbey but wish it had better queer representation and was nicer to its characters, this book is for you!

And if you want to read it right this moment and can’t possibly wait two more years, it is currently serializing over on Filthy Figments (note: that link is very not safe for work).

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Featured on the Huffington Post

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Huge thanks to Priscilla Frank from huffpo for this feature on my work in erotic comics! I was really glad for this chance to discuss erotic comics as a genre, as it’s a great passion of mine and often isn’t given the credit it deserves.

When creating a sex scene, what are the main things on your mind in terms of what you’re trying to convey and communicate? 

I go in with the mindset that sex itself isn’t the point of my comics, but rather it’s natural progression of a greater story. Even if it’s a vignette where we only see that particular kind of moment between the characters, there are always ways to weave in context and add depth. Sex offers opportunities for character development and growth that are really unique and special. After all, when else do we see them vulnerable quite like this? And I want to make the most of that.

Read more here! (Warning: minor nudity and sexuality in the sample illustrations, may not be work appropriate.)

Sybil’s Sigh, 8 hour comic challenge

I participated in a challenge run by 24 Hour Comics Day Perth today where we had to draw an eight page comic in eight hours! This is what I came up with and, honestly, I’m proud of it, probably because I’m amazed I remember how to draw with a pencil after having an all-digital workflow so long!

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1001 Knights!

Here is my spread illustration for the kick butt 1001 Knights anthology/art book collection, now on Kickstarter! It features Kaspar and Grizel, the main characters in the comics I wrote for the Vertoscope and Other Side anthologies. Other contributors include Ryan North, Steven Sugar, Victoria Ying, Loish, Josh Tierney, Meg Hunt, Molly Ostertag, and over 200 other awesome people. Check it out!

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Illustrations for the A.V. Club’s best TV of 2015 list

Huge thanks to the A.V. Club for having me illustrate their best TV of 2015 list! It was massive fun.

AV Club best of TV 2015

Part 1 left to right: Tom Haverford, Bob Belcher, Leslie Knope, Lindsay, Brienne of Tarth, Ilana Glazer, Steven Universe, Louise Belcher, Eddie Huang.

AV Club best of TV 2015

Part 2 left to right: Rick and Morty, Kimmy Schmidt, Evie Murphy, Jessica Jones, Elliot Alderson, Bojack Horseman, Dev, Forrest MacNeil, Jane Villanueva, Hannibal Lecter.

Dark Horse publishing Secret Loves

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Dark Horse is publishing a new edition of The Secret Loves of Geek Girls in 2016, featuring a fancy new cover by Noelle Stevenson and a foreword by Kelly Sue DeConnick! I feel pretty darn honored to be in a book alongside these ladies, many of whom I’ve admired and respected for a long time.

You can still read my story here!

Entertainment Weekly feature + Vertoscope Kickstarter

The Vertoscope Kickstarter has launched just in time for Halloween and Entertainment Weekly has featured my story! “Breakfast in Bed” is a tale of haunted armor, unfortunate mistakes, and true love. Story and layouts by me, art by the amazing Hannah KriegerRead it all here.

Gorgeous Vertoscope cover art by Lynn Nyugen.

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For everyone who likes to explore the dark side, VERTOSCOPE is an all-new original comics anthology that specializes in beasts, villains, and shadows. From the ravenous werewolf to the schoolyard bully, VERTOSCOPE seeks to tell stories that bypass shiny heroes and get behind the lens of those who do wrong. Editors and comic artists Nechama Frier and Ten Van Winkle are proud to unveil this graphic novel anthology featuring twenty-two creators presenting sixteen psychological shorts focused on the theme “antagonist as protagonist”.

Creators are often encouraged to the point of tedium to create protagonists that are likable, relatable, and possessed of redeeming qualities. Those are the basics. But sometimes, having a complex, realistic character takes you in a direction opposite of “good guy”. VERTOSCOPE is for a particular kind of reader that chases that complexity. This anthology is brought to you by creators who have sat through dozens of movies, books, and comics falling in love with the despicable characters. We don’t hate the hero or happy ending, but straightforward stories about a good person are easy to find. VERTOSCOPE is for readers who crave the challenge of understanding someone immoral, and who exorcise their own demons by watching someone else live them out. They allow space for the darkness inside of them and grow from investigating it through fiction.

The VERTOSCOPE anthology will be a 200 page softcover graphic novel that intimately explores a diverse set of villains from a range of genres. There are countless stories for readers who want to watch a hero become the best version of themselves. For those who want to see the best of the bad, there’s VERTOSCOPE.

“A Lonely Line” Preview

Carey Pietsch is drawing the story I wrote for the second volume of Colonial Comics (remember the first?), and I am so excited to see how it turns out! Here’s a preview from Carey’s pencils.

Molly Ockett

On this Indigenous People’s Day, I’d like to share some pencils from Sarah Winifred Searle and Carey Pietsch’s story about Molly Ockett, an Abenaki woman who was renowned in the English colonies as a healer and sage. Sarah wanted to do a story about Molly from the day I first spoke to her (about three years ago – how time flies!), and we finally get to include her early history in the upcoming second volume of Colonial Comics. The page I’m sharing carries with it a great message that seems particularly relevant today. –– Colonial Comics

Vacation

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Just a heads up, email responses and communication in general may be slow between August 19th and September 6th! I’ll be on the opposite side of the planet for reasons that may have something to do with my Secret Loves comic. Thank you for your patience in the meantime! This animation from my sketchbook expresses just how gleeful I am at the prospect of this adventure.

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So excited.