Shout Out Post

Hello! 

So, SPX was a lot of fun, but now it's back to reality. I will go into more about what I have coming up in the next couple months later, but I want to take this opportunity to do a shout out post abouot two people that I think deserve it. What makes these two special is that they are using their skills to elevate other artists. This is kind of a rare thing in the art world. We (artists) are a self centered lot in my opinion, so when an artist comes along and spearheads projects that help other artists, it's a big deal. 

Let's start with Steph.

Stephanie Zuppo.

Stephanie Zuppo.

This post is being written because of a conversation I had with my boyfriend about my friend Stephanie Zuppo and lead to this Twitter thread. Stephanie has three projects going that you should know about: Conosaurus, Lady Broad Ledger, and Blank Party. 

Conosaurus is an amazing database for conventions. You can look up shows all over the country on the site. They have a newsletter that lists all their application and volunteer deadlines and the actual show dates that you can sign up for and is emailed to you weekly. Conosaurus has let me know about all sorts of cool shows near me that otherwise I wouldn't have heard of. 

Lady Broad Ledger is a FREE comic newspaper that is available throughout Vermont featuring women and nonbinary cartoonists that live in the state. The only reason I am even tempted moving to VT ever would be to be near Steph and be featured in Lady Broad Ledger- too bad the sun sets at 4 and it is freezing so that will never happen! But the project is great!

Finally Blank Party is a collective that creates fan anthologies based on video games. Now, I am aware that I am possibly the only cartoonist under 45 that doesn't play video games, but the anthologies they've done so far top notch and feature a lot of great artists.

Steph has told me that while they create their own work, their focus is these community based projects. It really makes them a unique force in comics, and they deserve to be a superstar because of it. 

The other person I want to shout out is Emily R Gillis.

Emily Gillis.

Emily Gillis.

Emily is one of the founders of and truly the driving force behind Square City Comics, my comic collective in DC. SCC gave me my first community in comics. It's what got me serious enough about comics to go to grad school to learn how to make them. I have been in two of their anthologies. They have meetings once a month that are always a blast.  Emily is a natural leader and organizer, and Square City is an amazing group because of her. She is moving to Denver and literally five people are now going to try to work collectively to fill her shoes and accomplish what she does almost single-handedly. I don't know if she knows how important SCC is to me, and she is responsible for that. So I'm doing this post. If you are a cartoonist and in the DC area I cannot recommend checking out SCC enough. I literally drive 3.5 hours to meet up with these people, and used to drive 3.5 hours back in the same day after the meeting was over before I met my boyfriend and started crashing at his place (that's another thing: I met my boyfriend at SCC. Again SCC IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME). It is worth it. 

So, thanks Steph and Em, you two are rare but much needed creatures in comics. We can't all be flaky artists who are bad at business in this community. The fact that both your impressive skill sets and overall awesome selves are part of the comics world makes it a hell of a lot better.

If you like my work you should check out these two. They have helped me both as a cartoonist and a friend. I literally can't ask for more than that.

Thanks guys.

I will not be tabling at SPX next weekend, BUT

Hi guys!

So, I will not be tabling at SPX this weekend, but you can buy a bunch of my comics there in various anthologies.
 

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Rame, The story I put on my website a week or two ago, is part of the Sensus Obscura Anthology. This anthology is a collection of comics about words for specific feelings that have single words to summarize them in other languages, but not in English. "Rame" is Balinese for chaotic and joyful. You can buy this comic at table C8 from Emily Beauparlant.

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Averyhill Publishing will be giving out a special edition of Tillie Walden's and my Planned Parenthood comic at table G3 for a suggested donation, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

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Stephanie Zuppo will have their Zelda Challenge fan zine that I have a guest comic in. You can find them at table I13B.

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Liz Enright and Sage Coffey will be at table B14A and will be selling copies of Sweaty Palms, a collection of autobio comics about anxiety by over 50 cartoonists.

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Hazel Newlevent will be selling the Comics for Choice Anthology at table H14A. Comics For Choice is a collection of comics about abortion. I have a story in this anthology where I interview my mother about her two abortions. Hazel is also nominated for an Ignatz, so you should check out their work for sure!

So please come support all these great projects I'm in! I will be at SPX as an attendee, here's some photos of what I look like in case you end up seeing me and want to say hi:

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BTW I won't be wearing any of these outfits!

BTW I won't be wearing any of these outfits!

Hope to see some of ya'll there!

New Comic Up on the Comic Page

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Square City (my DC Collective) has started sending out copies of their newest anthology Sensus Obscura , so I have been given the go ahead to post my submission on this website. The theme of the anthology was single words that describe phenomena or emotions that don't have an equivalency in English. Rame means "chaotic and joyful" in Balinese. This is about a shy girl at a party. Read it here.

Old Comics

These are how I did comics from sophomore year of high school until 2014. The vast majority of them were just funny conversations I had with people. I have 2 1/2 sketchbooks worth. I dug them out of storage to show my boyfriend, but I reread them all. I ended up sending some to old friends if they were featured in them, it was great. These comics played the role of a diary, a lot of old memories flooded back when I read them.  It makes me wish I still had time to make comics like this, to capture funny moments in my life. But being in DE where I know no one (thus I don't have funny conversations with people) and having different creative priorities means I won't be able to do them. Anyway, it was fun to stroll down memory lane with these.

Comics Are My Life Line.

Comics have been my saving grace the last few years. They are my healthiest coping mechanism for battling mental health issues; they make me be present in the moment (which is something I struggle with most of the time) and keep me busy and productive. They have the potential to be really cathartic as well (Safe is the best example of this).  Recently, it has become apparent to me that I don't work hard enough on both comics and all of the back-end business side of things in  order to ever make money with them. At this point, they actually cost me a lot of money to do, with things like supplies, traveling to conventions, and paying for this website. This was bothering me a lot the last couple months; when I decided to not continue my webcomic I felt pretty lost.  I had put about 10 months working on that script, and it felt like a giant waste. I also was so preoccupied with a new relationship so I stopped working on comics for about a month. But I've come to terms with something that I had known before going to grad school for comics, which is that this is a passion not a job, and I want to keep it that way. So, I'm slowly getting back into making work, and loving it just like I always have.  

Feeling Vulnerable While Publishing Work.

In my last blog post I posted a comic that I was hesitant to put online (the bottom comic with me and My bf in bed together). I feel really vulnerable when showing it to people, it's a conversation that most people would keep private.

I often get anxiety before putting a comic on my social media (Twitter and Tumblr ; I will eventually get an Instagram when I run out of business cards that only list my two current social media accounts). But occasionally, I don't just feel anxiety, I get genuinely scared. Some of it makes sense; Everything's Fine  is all about me being insane, so it's understandable why it would make me feel a bit exposed to be putting it out into the world. Safe is an example of where I felt insanely vulnerable putting it online, even though it's not apparent why. I won't go into why I felt that way here, but it is an extremely personal comic for me despite being fictional.

All of these works can be found just by googling me. All of my social media and this website are  under my name, and I am the only Anna Sellheim on the internet (with the exception of an Anna Sellheim that died in the late 1800s that you can find if you go through the first few pages of google), so people see my stuff and thus know some very intimate details about my life. 

The reason I post my work here and elsewhere, the reason I actually make comics, is to connect with other people. It's an odd, very niche way to go about it, but that is my motivation to stay productive. I make comics of things that I feel compelled to express. That's why I really don't do fan art or commission work. That's why I really have never drawn anyone else's script (though I would be open to that maybe, if it was the right script for the right price). As such, my work doesn't connect with everyone. It doesn't connect with the majority of people. But when my work does resonate with people, it resonates hard. I might have less than 1000 followers on tumblr, I may not have a published book, or ever won a comic related award but there is a guy out there with my avatar tattooed on his freaking arm. When I exhibited at TCAF, my sales were slower than anyone else in my section. The guy next to me literally had a line so long that it often blocked my table. But people that bought my stuff on Saturday went out of their way to come back on Sunday and tell me that they loved what they had bought (almost every one of these was about Everything's Fine: And On And On- available in print here or as a PDF here. This made me really happy because that and Safe are the two comics that I am most proud of). 

For a while I thought my comics might be a barrier to connecting with me in real life. After all, I am more than just my mental health baggage. I am more than just solid fictional work. But then I landed a boyfriend because he read my stuff and really liked it. I've made new friends because of them, and have strengthened old friendships because of them.

So I will keep posting work that comes from a private place, an intimate place. And I will always appreciate when people take the time to read them, despite it often being scary as hell.

Relationship Comics.

Hello!

I ended up getting together with the guy I wrote this post about. I really really like him. A big reason we got together is because of my comics, actually. 

Here are two comics that I have done about our relationship, posted with his permission. One of them is very mushy (a term I steal from Chu when she draws the main couple in Slightly Damned) and I was literally bitching to Tillie  less than a month ago about how much I hate gross mushy comics. Then I make the second one of these. Old forever-single Anna would be furious.

Ah well.

The first time we met, Chris bought a copy of literally every comic I had ever made that I still had copies of. And me being insane in a lot of them didn't scare him away.

The first time we met, Chris bought a copy of literally every comic I had ever made that I still had copies of. And me being insane in a lot of them didn't scare him away.

I honestly am a bit scared to post this, it makes me feel really vulnerable. But I like this a lot, so fuck it. 

I honestly am a bit scared to post this, it makes me feel really vulnerable. But I like this a lot, so fuck it.