Sally here with comics and wisdom from Shee Phon Lui, Alison Bechdel, Katherine Arnoldi, Julia Wertz, and many more!


Shee Phon Lui

Philippe Leblanc’s excellent small press and indie comics roundup for The Comics Beat brought a new comic by Shee Phon Lui to my attention (above). You can see several more pages of the piece HERE.


Mo, a character from Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For

Alison Bechdel is Vermont’s 3rd cartoonist laureate – congratulations! HERE is an interview with Bechdel and a look at her show at UVM’s Fleming Museum called “Self-Confessed! The Inappropriately Intimate Comics of Alison Bechdel”. The show is up through May 20th 2018.


From The Amazing True Story of a Teenage Single Mom by Katherine Arnoldi

There’s a great interview with Katherine Arnoldi on Mutha Magazine, about her adventures as a teen mom and her activism and advocacy for teen moms everywhere. Her graphic novel/instruction manual came out in 1998, and was republished in 2015. It continues to find an audience who can identify with the content and draw inspiration from her determination and drive to make a good life for herself and her daughter. Read the interview and see more scans of the comic HERE.


From Red Winter by Anneli Furmark

Hilary Brown reviews Swedish cartoonist Anneli Furmark‘s Red Winter on Paste Magazine, calling it “just about the most Swedish book ever“. The comic “focuses on the affair between a married woman with three children (Siv) and a younger man (Ulrik).” Although the story isn’t spicy enough for Brown, she likes the artwork and the chapters told from the perspective of the children.

These are the chapters that breathe, as Marita takes advantage of her time alone in the house to snoop through cupboards and her brother’s comic books and Peter rides around with his friends drinking beer. These chapters have the feeling of real adolescence, when you’re pushing a little to see how much you can rebel, and they contrast with the slow bits of the actual revolutionaries, who worry that Ulrik’s relationship with Siv could be turned against them. There are, as you might expect, plenty of nice sweaters, and it’s always snowing. Furmark’s colors lie loosely on top of her pen lines, which have a good bit of wiggle to them, suggesting a lack of sunlight. When hints of red flood the sky, it feels like life and renewal are on the way, in contrast to the darkness of most scenes. Maybe that’s a political metaphor? Or maybe it’s just beautiful.”

Read the whole review HERE.

Rachel Davies also reviews Red Winter, over on The Comics Journal.


Julia Wertz

Recently on The New Yorker‘s Daily Shouts feature: Julia Wertz‘s Conversations with Ma: Cheez Wiz and Tree-Climbing (pictured above); Leslie Stein‘s Yelp for Babies; and Barbara Smaller‘s Course of Empire: Part 2.

Although the “New Yorker cartoon” holds an iconic place, I really appreciate that The New Yorker now makes space for full comic strips with this feature. And that it is full of comics by women!


Chocolate and Crackers

  • Aline Lemos makes a lot of comics, which you can find on her Tumblr (HERE). One of her ongoing projects is about female Brazilian artists, and she recently posted the newest in this series (#35) which is about Lídia Baís. See it HERE.
  • Rob Clough reviews Hannah K. Lee‘s Language Barrier (Koyama Press, 2017) – read about it HERE.
  • Katie Skelly wraps up a week of A Cartoonist’s Diary on The Comics JournalHERE.
  • Here’s your reminder to read all of Nnedi Okorafor‘s books – and more specifically, the issues of Black Panther: Long Live the King that she wrote recently (#1, #2, #5, and #6 which features Ngozi, a character from Okorafor’s novel Venomverse: War Stories!)
  • Cory Doctorow highlights Jen Wang‘s The Prince and the Dressmaker for BoingBoingread the review HERE.


It’s the last day to get in on the blind auction for a copy of Fantastic Four #52 (pictured above) that Frank is running. Proceeds from the auction will go towards purchasing a season-long farm box for the full time Comics Workbook Rowhouse Residents – so it’s a good cause, and a terrific comic (first appearance of Black Panther!) Plus the story behind the comic, and why Frank has it is pretty cool – full details on the auction are HERE.


Joanie and Jordie – 3-02-2018 – by Caleb Orecchio


Suzy and Cecil – 3-2-2018 – by Sally Ingraham

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