I’ve been experimenting with characters and style for the “tree girl” narrative—playing particularly with combining cut-out with ink.  These pages are a little more coherent than the others … though it’s too early for me to tell if they are more than experiment.  She doesn’t need a nose … does she??!

Laydeez did comics!

I had the amazing opportunity to collaborate with Comic Nurse (MK Czerwiec) for the purpose of writing up our visit to the Toronto rendition of Laydeez do Comics (held the day after the Comics and Medicine conference wrapped up).  MK sent me photos of the event, I would make cut-outs of the clothes (or a tree in the case of the first image), scan and send over to her, and then she would create these marvelous drawings (using markers–check out how awesomely tactile those backgrounds are!) to complete the rest of the image.  Here is the post.  If you have the opportunity to attend a Laydeez event, GO.

Too—the artists featured in our post (along with the two of us) appear in this article in the Toronto Globe and Mail that came out this past weekend.  !!!!!

MK and I had such a blast—learning from each other and about our own styles too in the process.  We’re excited to continue collaborating.  Can’t wait!

Here is death!

I’ve been working on a set of pages in which my mother the line asks me to tell her the story about her death.  This portion of the larger narrative will be lengthy and difficult (emotionally) and I am taking it very slowly … breaking it up with work on the fictional portion of the narrative.

The images I’ve completed thus far on the death have come quickly.  The words, though, have been slow to manifest themselves.  I finally thought I had it “right” (and penned them in) only to see that some of it doesn’t read well and I need to go back and revise.  Minor revisions, but important, I think.  Here are a few of the images, isolated from the words:

P.S.  During the making of those tiny clock-hands, I sustained my very first scalpel injury!  Took off a tiny bit of my index finger.  Graphic Medicine!