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Comics & Illustration

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Event: Brooklyn Book Festival on September 22

I'm honored to be moderating a comics panel with these amazing cartoonists at the upcoming Brooklyn Book Festival this year!

Event information: https://brooklynbookfestival.org/events/anxious-in-public-serious-and-or-hilarious-comics-about-real-life-tough-stuff/

I'll be conversation with Catana Chetwynd (Little Moments of Love), Adam Ellis (Super Chill: A Year of Living Anxiously), and Lucy Knisley (Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos), all debuting their latest books. Join if you can!
bkbf comics panel event flyer poster

Friday, September 06, 2019

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Sketchbook: Goats in the City

A herd of goats were brought to the city for a few months as an NYC Parks "goatham" initiative to clear out weeds. I visited them so much, I almost memorized all their names.

They were 25 to start and these are the final 4 who haven't gone back to the farm. The remaining goats will return upstate this week. They were the highlight of my summer. :)

Friday, August 30, 2019

Marking the Occasion

New York City is an amazing, never-easy, ego-crushing, mettle-testing place to live. I just passed my 12-year anniversary of moving here. 

I guess I wouldn't trade it. That's the kind of trademark ambivalence New Yorkers have -- a feeling like you survived the day, the week, and the last 12 years of your life. 

I'll probably make popcorn and watch Netflix later to celebrate. Cheers.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Low Self-Esteem Relapse and Not Everyday

Two new sketchbook cartoons from journal entries. I recently started experimenting with drawing digitally. It changes my style a little, but also gives me some more flexibility to play around.

Thanks for reading along!

Friday, August 23, 2019

Creative Anxiety Spiral

Oh my gawd. Please, stop.
Sincerely, Elephant

New comic about self-doubt and the creative process. This is one of my more irritating habits of mind ;)
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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Sketchbook: Sleeping Couple on the Subway

Sleeping couple I saw on the New York City subway today. There was something statuesque and relatable about their exhaustion. 

Who among us isn’t tired, after all? Sleep well, friends. 

Elephant Acceptance

My new hobby is not dieting. Today's journal comic.

View on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B1boN1HjFnM

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Sketchbook: Babysitting a Terrace Garden in NYC

One of my favorite things is watering my friends’ terrace garden when they are away. It’s the best. A Sunday sketch from memory.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A Day of Climbing at the Gunks

New journal comic after climbing at the Gunks again. It's been a year since I was there.

Thanks to my good friend Matt for leading the climbs and who is always joy to follow.

View on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1Hf1_agvKY

Return to the place where your heart broke
a year later.
Forgive yourself - because you did the best you could
with what you had.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Friday, August 02, 2019

An Optimal Zone for Creativity

This is where I am in my writing and creative process: accepting that I have to let all of my old certainties go in order to move forward. The rug analogy* comforts me and makes me laugh at the same time.

*The analogy comes from a zen practitioner, as quoted by Elizabeth Gilbert, author, in a 2019 interview with Chase Jarvis on his podcast, Creative Live.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Election Year, No Chill

It has only just begun, if you're following the U.S. Democratic Party debates. New journal comic.

On Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B0mDDV5g50e

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Sketchbook: Polka Dot Girl

To the young girl on the subway wearing polka dots from head to toe: You go, girl.

New digital sketchbook drawing. https://www.instagram.com/p/B0jK9WTgYYW

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Update: New Comic on Body Image for The Lily

This is the true story of why I never learned to swim before this summer. It's my first piece for Washington Post's The Lily. Thanks to Rachel Orr for the opportunity and to everyone reading along. Appreciate all your supportive comments and love. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Totally Normal Day

Sometimes I try really hard to be socially normal when everything in me wants to be awkward. New journal comic.

Read on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/p/B0TSq9YAK6L

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Minimal Effort Therapy

I don't want to go to therapy as much as I want the people around to go to therapy.

I'm sure my life would be easier if other people had more self-awareness, wink-wink. New comic strip and rallying cry.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Drawing Comics Is Never Not Hard

There's no rational explanation - except a sense of chasing relief that may or may not come. All I know is that it's the closest thing to home.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

A Weird Battle

When my brain is tired, it picks fights with itself. A weird battle of wills.

New elephant journal comic.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Low-Key Boring Life

Elephant observation: nothing ever happens in your life.

Well, yeah - still figuring out the social rules. New journal comic.

Friday, June 21, 2019

Aches and Pains of the Heart

When I'm nursing random aches or pains that seem to come from nowhere, I sometimes wonder if it's related to my heart. New comic about psychosomatic symptoms and what ails us emotionally.

Read on Instagram.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Confident Minority

Somebody once told me that I'm a complicated person. I like how Elephant has no comment in this one.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

A Hair Emergency

I don't like getting my hair cut, so I tried cutting it myself for the first time. Weird flex but ok :)

First, thank you to loyal readers and friends who have followed along over the years! Starting up a new DIY career path has meant learning new skills and staying on track through the roller coaster ride of uncertainty. I couldn't do it without your backing and words of encouragement. I'm about to start phase 2 of my career transition and take on new challenges. Watch this space in the coming months for more updates!

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Tell Me About Your Cat's Instagram

Update: I'm taking a short break from making new cartoons this week. Back in a few! Thanks for reading!

Friday, May 24, 2019