The anthology I am a part of, Dirty Diamonds Volume 9: Being, raised over $17,000 and debuted at SPX in September. I picked up my copies at the convention along with extra copies of Dirty Diamonds Volume 6: Beauty and will be selling them both at future cons. I am VERY excited about this! It was a hard fought campaign but it was an exceptionally well run.
I am in the new issue of Magic Bullet (Issue 17), a free comics newspaper put out by the Washington DC based comic organization The DC Conspiracy. I first learned about this group when I was invited to be part of the not too high not too low gallery exhibition, which also featured one of the heads of Andrew Cohen, one of the heads of DC Conspiracy.
My contribution for this comic was about the first (and only) time I tried meditation. It’s something that therapists have told me to try for years, and I’m sure it would be very helpful, but I found it to be insanely stressful. Hopefully I can find the discipline to make it a habit.
99% of my comics are done in a very tight three-tier grid. Since this comic was done in such a large format (it’s a newspaper, so 11”x17” also known as “tabloid”) I played with my layout a little. I can think of only 4 other instances where that has happened (three Everything’s Fine pages and one assignment for the Center For Cartoon Studies that I want to redraw at some point and put out as a zine).
Magic Bullet is distributed by it’s contributors, so it’s hard to say where you can pick one up. So far I have given them out to Creative Labs in Baltimore and Words & Pictures in Burlington, Vermont. I’m planning to distribute them in a few more places in Baltimore and
DC, so keep a look out.
Hello! I want to get the word out about a cool project I am a part of. 52 cartoonists (one for each state plus a cartoonist representing DC and one representing Puerto Rico) have each done comics about voting in their state. Some have done them about political activism, some have done them about their experiences with voting, and some have done them about their state’s upcoming elections. I did a comic about calling my representatives while living in DE. The best part of this is that when you select your state you get to read a cool comic and get all the info you need on how to register to vote.
I know things are hard right now, and the system seems broken, but changing it from within and being active participants in our government is the most effective way we can get through this administration. Please share this, register to vote if you haven’t, and DEF vote in November (plus any primaries of your party before hand. Let’s get as many progressive members in power as possible)!
ALSO SPEAKING OF POLITICAL COMICS- I’m working on a sequel to Safe (my Trump response comic from when he was first elected). Look how much my art has improved since January 2017!
VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!!
I have been part of a gallery exhibition of cartoonists at the Tectonic Space in Baltimore MD. So far I have participated in the gallery show as well as the drink and draw and the convention associated with it. This Saturday, August 25th there will be an artist talk with some of the people in the show from 5pm-7pm. It will be the last event I participate in at the Tectonic Space. If you are local to the Baltimore area I hope you stop by to hear the discussion.
I finished a sketchbook for my friend Christine Entienne back in May, but only was able to paint the cover for it this in July. Below are some of my favorite pages from the book. I feel like my sketchbooks are declining in terms of art quality and I'm doing a lot more planning and writing in them. They are just as useful, but not nearly as much fun to give away. I will be posting the newest sketchbook I gave my boyfriend some point soon; I finished that one in July.
I hope to see some of you on Saturday!
This is super late notice but tomorrow, August 18th I am part of the BMore Into Comic's convention Issue 19. The event is from 12-6pm at the Tectonic Space. Both of those links will give you more details about the convention. I will be selling my comics as well as participating in a panel Pushing Past Creative Blocks. Also, I will be part of an artist talk next Saturday, August 25th at the same location from 5pm-7pm. You can find out more about that here.
I will be selling my comics as well as debuting my new 16 page full color zine Moments. This series was originally part of the not too high not too low gallery show I participated in at the Pyramid Atlantic back in April. Moments is comprised of a series of four panel silent comics showing moments of intimacy. It was inspired by my first romantic relationship where I really became intimate with someone for the first time.
This zine is available for sale in my store for $6.00 plus shipping. I have taken three of the pieces and turned them into prints. You can buy them for $10.00 a piece or all three for $25.00.
My store is here.
You can also get the pdf version for pay as you on my Gumroad.
If you like my work please consider supporting it by buying something from my store.
I have officially relocated to Baltimore! And just in time, because now I get to participate in all of the events (minus the closing reception) of The Comics In Progress show at the Tectonic Space. You can find the entire schedule at that link or on the calendar section of my website.
Baltimore all in all is going ok. I technically live in Glynn Oaks MD, a Baltimore suburb. My new job is a mixed bag and may not be permanent (I'm in a probationary period atm) so I have a short lease. I have my first solo apartment and I like it so far. My boyfriend says I shouldn't make it too homey (I'm buying a lot of stuff for it) in case things don't work out, but he's also lived at his place for four years and doesn't own any furniture so he was excited just to spend time with me on (my) couch.
I just finished a one page comic for a large project by Oni being released next month. I'll plug that when it's launched.
The anthology I'm a part of is still running their Kickstarter. I really want this to succeed I need the money (also it's a cool project)!
I seem to be doing a lot of comic related things and a lot of social events but for some reason it NEVER feels like I do comics anymore. I'm not sure where that sensation comes from, but I've heard it discussed by other cartoonists. I do comic and art stuff all the time but it feels like I'm just coasting off old work and like I never make anything new. I think part of it is that I haven't produced any zines since 2016, I've mostly done anthologies and one off comics for various publications. I have some ideas for a few zines (not to mention my friggin Everything's Fine book I've been blabbing about FOREVER) but I don't seem to have time to do everything I want to do. And I'll need to get used to not spitting out zines all the time if I want to ever do long form work. I have various people in my life that favor different things in my work and it's hard not to be influenced by them or just feel shitty because I'm not doing enough fiction or enough autobio or enough political stuff or enough mental health comics or whatever the fuck they prefer.
Hopefully once I'm settled I'll start doing comics like a mad woman again and this crap will go away. Making comics is easy, figuring out which comics to do is becoming more and more difficult.
AND I JUST REALIZED THIS POST GOT REALLY NEGATIVE BECAUSE I HAVEN'T TAKEN MY MEDS!
Alright, I'm going to take my meds! Come to the Baltimore show, I'm not gonna edit post or end it cleverly, gonna do some self care.
I tabled at BMore Into Comics' Issue #18 (a small comic convention hosted in the Wind Up Space in Baltimore) and was part of the panel Comics Art: Traditional vs Digital. Being terrified of computers I try to do as much of my work as traditionally as possible. I really only use the computer for editing. Matt Kund was there tabling for the first time and he recapped his thoughts about my panel on his blog. He also was a participant of his own panel What Makes A Good Villain. I forgot to record my panel (I keep forgetting to record this stuff), so I'll recap it the best way I can:
Jonathon Eaton: Started doing comics digitally after doing them traditionally for years (he's doing them at 300 dpi which is too low for good print quality and I didn't say anything and now I regret it).
Orlando Caicedo: Is a professional cartoonist (and he worked on Frisky Dingo and did the VOICE OF THE WAITER IN THE EPISODE XPO OMFG!!!! I know a celebrity! And not the really famous celebrities I don't give a shit about, but a celebrity of a show I was obsessed with in college!) and he very much prefers doing traditional art but industry standards and tight deadlines force him to work digitally quite often.
Me: "Computers are the devil, I don't trust them."