Still drawing witches! Drew this one for a friend who wanted a punky witch with a black cat familiar. All my favorite witches are punk as fuck anyway.
Back to Constance Classen: “The poisonous reek of the witch was an intensified form of the foul odor attributed to women in general. The cold wetness of the female body was imagined to predispose it to putridity. Not only did women corrupt others through their sensuality, therefore–they were themselves in a continuous state of decay.”
PUNK. AS. FUCK.
The deadline for Doykeit #2 (the diaspora issue) quickly approaches and I have finally come up with a potential cover–like the cover for #1 references the story of Ruth and Naomi, this one draws on the story of Jacob wrestling the angel in a queer(ed) hermeneutic (#nerd). Send me your submissions by August 1st!
Some rad zine friends are putting together a new review zine, coming to a Chicago Zinefest near you (I think) this spring. I drew this cover for it!
Just a quick comic page from my sketchbook, drawn late at night after I couldn’t think well enough to write anymore.
In case you, like many of my friends, are Canadian or otherwise not familiar with the East Coast of the United States, D.C. is an hour further south than Baltimore. Also, geography is not taught in most public schools.
I got asked to draw some kind of Haraway mermaid assemblage by my buds at Hoax zine, and it happened to coincide with a Leonard Cohen kick, so I was thinking about drowning sailors and mermaid assemblages which led to thinking about drowned zombie sailors self-assembling into mermaids which led to this drawing.
Back to reading about ghosts and capitalism,
You can look around the Internet and find all sorts of cool information on the radical roots of Mother’s Day. I am also content to just hang out with my mom, with whom I disagree on almost everything, but who I resemble intensely in personality and love dearly. She also thinks it’s funny when I sketch our family as the Addams Family for her Mother’s Day card, which is a unique attribute. One of these days I’ll draw my family in actual proportion, so you know, my dog isn’t bigger than my 14 year old sister.
I recently started drawing a piece about physical memory that I ended up not finishing–I’ll probably return to it in another guise at some point–and decided to ink the first two panels to play with some different styles.
Like many people invested in old things (thinking of course of garçonnière), I love the history of objects, the way they carry memory and affect across time and space. One of my most treasured possessions is this gold bangle that I inherited from my Oma–one of a set of seven, for the seven days of the week that my Opa loved her. During WWII, they were imprisoned in an internment camp in France which was bombed. My grandfather, a toddler at the time, was playing with the bracelets in the dirt when the bombs started to fall, and in the haste of their escape, my Oma always said, she lost her “Sunday”. This was a story we grew up with–part of my family mythology. When I was given the bracelet, and slid it over my hand, I couldn’t imagine how they even got them off my Oma’s wrist. I always imagined them as a part of her body. So that’s what I had started drawing about.
Solidarity in struggle on this International Workers Day, to everyone on strike and everyone stuck at work, and to comrades fighting for their lives, like Cece McDonald.
A lot is going on and I haven’t had a chance to process much less write or draw about pretty much anything, but here is a banner I drew for the upcoming Pop-up Zine Library at the University of Maryland, which you should totally come to on April 5th. Here is the description written by my co-organizer and back-of-head model Melissa: “Come check out 100+ zines (and books about zines) at UMD’s first ever Pop-Up Zine Library, a day-long celebration of feminist self-publishing and DIY cultural activism. Make your own zine in one of our free workshops occurring throughout the day, collaborate on a unique compilation zine (theme TBA), and learn more about why people around the country love this medium from online interviews, podcasts, distros, and archives.”