Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Days of Christmas!

Tenth Day of Christmas

Eleventh Day of Christmas

Twelfth Day of Christmas

A little late, but I got them in before the New Year.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Eighth Day of Christmas

One maid a-milking, seven others who need to get back to work.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Sixth Day of Christmas

And we're back. Now with more birds.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

First Day of Christmas

Yeah, cheated a bit. This one looks a lot like my holiday card illustration from last year.

Monday, October 31, 2011


I am not participating in NaGraNoWriMo (aka that bad idea I had in 2009) this year. Just moved across the country and went back to working retail. Too tired for extra comics projects. Or complete sentences.


While I whole-heartily endorse the challenge, I think I've gotten what I need out of the exercise. But, I will be following anyone else who's taken it on this year! So far the only participant I know of is the fabulous Beth Hetland. Anyone else in?

Phin's reading Colleen Frakes latest

If you want to buy the collected 2009 and 2010 efforts, it's available at the Trees and Hills website. The book has been endorsed by this adorable small child and his monkey friend, I hope you will enjoy it half as much.

Even though I won't be trying to complete a whole graphic novel this month, I'll still be updating the website every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with new sketchbook comics. In color!
Hope that's an acceptable substitute.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


It's still Wednesday for a few more hours. Here's a comic-
Gonna start updating every M/W/F again, until I have something better to do.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Long Journey Home part 4- Los Angeles

Oh right...I have a blog. Time to finish up this move report.

Los Angeles

Los Angeles! This was my last stop on the trip, but one I was really excited to see because so many of my friends have settled out there. I got to spend a few days with Adam Staffaroni and Heather Einhorn, and Adam was nice enough to give me a tour of the Boom! offices. Spent a day at Adriana Yugovich's, who is the new front-runner for "busiest person ever", but I got to stay at her cool house and meet up for lunch. And spent an afternoon with Caitlin Plovnick-

-we went to Newport Beach and pretended we were on Arrested Development.  Frozen banana stands everywhere!

So I'm a bad artist, and even thought I brought like four sketchbooks along on this trip, I kept forgetting them behind in the suitcase. First and only time I remembered was on a trip to the LA Zoo.

Los Angeles

This condor seemed to really enjoy the attention, he was hanging out at the back out the cage when I started sketching him, then got up close to check things out. Hope he approves of the likeness.

Los Angeles

Finally, a live elephant!

Los Angeles

Not sure if orangutans have a naturally sad face, or if this one was just having a bad day.
So yeah, LA was pretty great, but mostly because I'm lucky enough to know some great people. Other stuff happened too, but I'm tired of typing. Here's the pictures.

There will be comics on Wednesday, I promise.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Link Party!

Westport, WA
High five!

Talked with some folks at the Washington City Paper prior to SPX

Drag Bandits (written by Betsey Swardlick, drawn by yours truly) is now available! You can read a five-page preview here, or you can purchase a Retrofit Comics subscription and help keep the post office from going bankrupt.

Commissions are fun, especially when kids and/or superheroes are involved. Thanks for the mention, Jamie, and happy birthday, Robin!

Trees and Hills has a new anthology out, Woods, that I drew a little three page story for. Since it's a regional anthology, this is the last volume that I'll be contributing to. Sad times.

Panel Patter has been nice enough to link to me like, three times this summer. So I'm returning the favor. 

That's all the news that's fit to print.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Long Journey Home part 3- Chicago!

I've never been to the midwest before, and there's some debate as to whether or not Chicago counts because of the lake. Whatever, land-locked states make me uncomfortable.

But Chicago was great! Easy to get around on the train, pretty buildings, museums, and lovely fall weather. But best of all...

Chicago Trip

Chicago has Beth Hetland! Beth is a CCS alum, and worked with me at the Dartmouth Library (though her job was way cooler than mine) AND now she's in Chicago teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. And she makes some pretty awesome comics.  I know this is a lot of "ands", but she is a busy lady, aaand a great tour guide. We went to more museums and attractions than I can fit into a blog post, so here's the highlights-

Chicago Trip

In keeping with theme #2 of the trip, there were dinosaurs abound at the Field Museum. This giant sloth tried to sneak up on me.

Chicago Trip 

 Next day we headed to the Art Institute of Chicago where, besides some cool lions, they have an amazing collection. I saw a real Van Goghs! And a Jacques-Louis David! And this Goya series-

Chicago Trip

- that is totally a comic. It was pretty exciting stuff, makes me wish I could go back to school and take a few classes at SAIC.

Colleen in my class!
photo by Beth Hetland

Next best thing, I got to go speak with one of Beth's classes at SAIC! Talked about comics, my weird process and working on Island Brat.  They were a great group, I'm grateful I got the opportunity to speak with them, and I hope to be reading all of their comics some day!

But my favorite part of Chicago was probably the donuts.

Next stop, Los Angeles.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Long Journey Home part 2- New York!

NYC trip

So I got a ride from SPX to New York from GP Bonesteel and his lovely fiance Alison. This is where Theme #1 of the trip came into play- everyone I visited was either sick or just getting over a cold. I'd planned to stay with Katherine Roy and Tim Stout during my stay, but was delayed the first night 'cause they were feeling under the weather. The lovely Robyn Chapman and Dennis Pacheco came to my rescue, and put me up on their Brooklyn futon my first night in town.

NYC trip

Besides seeing all these great people, the big reason for stopping in NYC was to visit some of the museums I'd missed in previous trips. First stop, the Met!

NCY trip

...still can't believe I got to see a Vermeer. A person!

NCY trip

...and took a goofy picture of myself in front of this mural. So yeah, the Met is huge. I walked around for three hours, got lost, ended up in a pyramid, got lost again, found my way outside and ate a hot dog.

NCY trip

Next went to the American Museum of Natural History, which brings us to Themes #2 and 3 of the trip:

NCY trip

DINOSAURS (rawr!) (#2) and

NYC trip

#3 elephants. The museum had two taxidermied elephants herds, and the Field Museum in Chicago had another. This is why they're endangered!

NYC trip

Another endangered species preserved in the museum- Sasquatch!

NYC trip

After museums, a late lunch at my favorite restaurant in the city, and a cannoli...or three, I got to meet up with some of my favorite people for beer and pizza! Andrew Arnold, Sean Ford, Leon Avelino, Robyn, Dennis, Katherine and Tim for making the time on a week night!

NYC trip

...apologies for the blurry photos, I dropped my camera in a lake.

Next stop, CHICAGO!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Journey Home part 1- SPX

Okay, so I'm moving back to Washington, right? And I decide that, instead of flying straight there, to make a bunch of stops along the way. So I head from Vermont to Bethesday, MD for the Small Press Expo (SPX, like anyone reading this doesn't already know that), from there to New York City, then Chicago, then Los Angeles, then home.

SPX 2011

This was a stupid idea. It's also been awesome...and sad, and exhausting, and you wouldn't believe this bruise on my leg from where the rolling suitcase keeps bumping into it...but mostly awesome.  Anyway, the first stop was SPX!

SPX 2011

I was lucky enough to share a table once again with Jon Chad and Laura Terry. Katherine Roy had to miss the show this year, which was sad, but it was because she had a gallery opening to attend, which is great!

We were also next to the Sundays guy and gal, which was nice. Family reunion!
SPX 2011

The Ignatz Awards happened. Joseph Lambert won two of them, which surprised no one but delighted everyone. Look at that crowd! Cartoonists are a fire hazard.

SPX 2011

Been putting off writing an SPX wrap-up post because I was struggling with what to write in regards to Dylan William's passing. So many people have articulated it better than I ever could. I only met Dylan twice, once in Olympia when I was just starting out, and once in Portland at his Bad Apple dvd store. When two shy and quiet people meet, not much happens. I've come to know him better through the good things others had to say about him, and...yeah. It's a sad time.

Monday, September 5, 2011

SPX time! Sept 10th-11th, 2001 in Bethesda MD

SPX 2011
Why did I think trying to move cross-country right before SPX was a good idea? Things are a little crazy, but whatever, THIS IS HAPPENING! Get on board the crazy train.

Okay, SPX. I'll be at table D1, where I'll have a pile of mini comics on sale CHEAP for $1, copies of Island Brat, The Trials of Sir Christopher, and Tragic Relief and lots of little paintings.

Sharing the table will be Jon Chad, with his Bikeman series and a new issue of Drop Target,

and Ms. LAURA TERRY, who has been nominated for an Ignatz Award for Outstanding Mini Comic!
You should come check it out. And if you like her comics, maybe vote for her. I know we'd all appreciate it. Hope to see you in Bethesda!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Moving- Found Objects

Packing up to move means going through all my junk. Packing, sorting, selling, tossing. In the process, I came across a few things that reminded me how great this town is.

Found objects

On my 25th birthday, a little sketchbook was passed around town (I think Joe made it?) and, living in toon town, it came back with some pretty amazing comics.

Found objects
by Joseph Lambert

Found objects

Gabby, aka Ken Dahl

Found objects

Chuck McBuck

Found objects

Also found a thank-you card  from the Lamberts, that Joe had made the winter before that. It was mixed in with my mini comics, because at first glance you'd THINK it was a comic, possibly about a moose...

Found objects

Holy crap, the moose's antlers are words!

Found objects

-and also houses? This thing is beautiful and I wish I could figure out  a way to frame it or something.

Found Objects

Then I found my old copy of The Evergreen State College Library Calendar from 1985 that Lynda Barry illustrated. I forgot I had Lynda Barry's autograph! The moving stress is too much, I'm losin' it.

More to come, as the treasures are uncovered...