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Like so many of my friends, family and colleagues, the election of Donald Trump as president last week has felt like a personal trauma. The sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, islamophobia and generally violent rhetoric of his campaign and proposed policies are personally abhorrent and explicitly oppressive to our fellow citizens, to refugees, to undocumented families, to the most vulnerable of us. America is a country founded on these inequalities, whose systems of power structurally reinforce these inequalities. I guess I hoped another equally American narrative was one of working towards social justice, toward liberation of the oppressed; I hoped that was one that more of us shared. 

As an artist and freelance illustrator, I don't have the means to be financially generous to organizations I support and believe in. As an artist and freelance illustrator who is also the mother of an 8-month-old without the means for childcare, I do not have the logistical flexibility to be an extra body in demonstrations and protests. 

What I do have is pen and paper.

Every month of Trump's presidency, I will put up a new piece of original art on my store to raise money for a different Chicago-local organization that supports communities who are directly negatively affected by Trump's proposed policies. It's a drop of water against a tidal wave of violence, but it is a drop I can offer. Art will be priced to be accessible, but (hopefully) still a meaningful charitable donation. Artist friends, please be in touch and let me know if you would like to join me in supporting these organizations on this schedule, or if I can promote any similar projects you want to undertake.

I put all 7 ink/gouache paintings from "Nest" up for sale on my store to raise money for Planned Parenthood of Illinois. 

Below is the schedule of organizations I will raise money to support in 2017.

Let's do this.

Fall 2016: Upcoming Events and Publications

The fall 2016 calendar is already getting booked! Friends in Chicago, St Louis and Seattle, take note:

zine not dead 2016

September 3 I am joining a murderer's row of Chicago cartoonists for the third Zine Not Dead comics reading. Come in costume to get into the spooooky vibe! My reading will err more towards melancholy than spooky, since I'll be performing...

...Particle/Wave, a new 2-part memoir comic about family, identity, grief and the moon, published by So What? Press. I presented an early version of this comic at the Chicago Zine Fest reading this spring, and you can buy a copy yourself when it debuts on October 15 at...

October 14 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and October 15 at the St Louis Public Library

October 14 at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and October 15 at the St Louis Public Library

...the St Louis Small Press Expo, where I am an invited guest (!) of the festival. As part of the kick-off event at the Pulitzer on Friday night, October 14, I will do a performative reading of a new comic, Burrow, which will debut the next day at the festival. Burrow is in conversation with the current exhibitions at the Pulitzer, which engage with questions of domesticity. Burrow is a short story about new motherhood and the tension between the feral, animal wildness of infant care and the built domestic world. If you attend the reading, you can also get a free copy of my new illustration zine, Nest, which is a companion to the new comic and will also be for sale at the expo on the 15th.

And more! I'm exhibiting in early November at Short Run in Seattle! It's gonna be tight! 

I'm also working on putting together a late fall/early winter event in Chicago to celebrate the publication of three books this calendar year. (Please, if you haven't already: pick up a copy of the collected In the Sounds and Seas!) I haven't mentioned this on the website, but I also gave birth to my first child, a gentle smiling boy named Ilan, in March; I was lost in the woods of newborn care when I might have been throwing debut parties or touring the hardback collection. Please, Chicago friends, keep your ears open for news of the triple book party--I would sure appreciate your camaraderie!  

Black and Blue Plus Orange

Friends who will be in the Berkshires this fall: mark your calendars! I have 7 new small paintings in the upcoming "Black and Blue Plus Orange" show at the Geoffrey Young Gallery at 40 Railroad Street in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Folks who can't make the opening on September 3 (which I imagine is most of us, myself included) can see the series in a new illustration zine, "Nests," that will debut at the St Louis Small Press Expo on October 15. You can see all of the paintings on the "Illustrations" page.

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Upcoming Events: Autumn 2015

I'm very happy to share a series of upcoming events that will give me much-needed breaks from my current hand-aching marathon drawing for the 3rd and final volume of "In the Sounds and Seas" (exciting news forthcoming!). 

September 19 & 20: Small Press Expo (SPX) in Bethesda Maryland

SPX is one of the most vibrant shows of the year--if you're in the DC area or thereabouts, you'd be a fool to miss the festival! I'm grateful to be tabling with Radiator Comics at E12; if you want to buy books or say hello, I'll be behind the table from 2pm - 4pm on Saturday, and 4pm to 5:30pm on Sunday. The rotating group of artists behind the table at Radiator this weekend is a collection of some of my favorite artists & some of the loveliest people in comics, so even if I'm not behind the table you should swing by and visit! If you haven't had a chance to pick up the new printing of Mare Cognitum (published by So What? Press, also exhibiting at table B5A), I'll have plenty in stock. ALSO! What's Your Sign, Girl?, the zodiac anthology published by Ninth Art Press & edited by the lovely Rob Kirby, is debuting at SPX at table H12B. I was given the heady responsibility to represent my fellow pisces in a comic for the collection: I can't wait to see it in person!

 

September 30: Token

The first in what I hope is a long-running series of events, September 30 is the first Token, a night of local zines & comics, music and video games hosted by the genial Erik Schneider of Easy Press at Emporium Arcade Bar in Logan Square. From 6pm - 11pm, I'll be among the group of local comic artists & zinesters will be selling books. Stop by for a beer, a game of Frogger, and good reading!

 

October 6: Caxton Club Panel Discussion

The Caxton Club, a private social club & bibliophilic society that has been promoting book arts in Chicago since 1895 in association with the Newberry Library, his hosting a panel discussion at the launch of the words|matter show & artist book library at Arts on Elston on October 6. I'm honored to be part of the panel, representing the self-publishing community of comic artists and zinesters, alongside paper, book and installation artist (& my much-admired former professor) Melissa Jay Craig; letterpress master printer (& my friend and former employer) Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press; fine press book artist Pamela Olson; and book artists & pop-up wizard Shawn Sheehy. I'd be so happy to see familiar faces in the audience--if you're free on Tuesday Oct 6, please come along to Arts on Elston (3446 N Albany Ave, right at Elston) at 6pm.

 

October 8: Artist Talk

Arts on Elston is hosting a series of artist talks in October for Chicago Artist Month to celebrate the words|matter show. I am excited (and more than a little humbled) to be the first of the series of artists giving talks. Please come along to Arts on Elston (3446 N Albany Ave) on Thursday Oct 8; in an adaptation and expansion of the talk I gave at Bryn Mawr this spring, I will be talking about how questions of religious inquiry guide and bound my work.

More details about new books coming soon--til then, I hope to see folks at these events!