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Comics & Illustration

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Friday, November 08, 2019

Friday, November 01, 2019

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Sketchbook: A Hedgehog Named Alphie

Fun fact! Hedgehogs are nocturnal animals and do not like to suffer fools.

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Sketchbook: My Friend's Dog

Sketch of my friend's dog, who tolerates about me only 30 percent of the time.

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Update: New Comic on the Symptoms of Stress for The Lily

"Many of us learn to be tough and resilient under stress, which serves us well in our daily lives. The only catch is that these “superpowers” can become weaknesses if we rely on them too much...Compartmentalizing and suffering through emotional discomfort can have mental and physical costs over time. Changing old habits is not easy, but I am learning to sit with difficult emotions longer and to listen harder to what they are trying to tell me."

Read as separate panels on Instagram

For The Washington Post's The Lily.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Friday, October 18, 2019

Sketchbook: Friday Feeling

Put on music. Dance badly, off the beat. Be grateful nobody is watching.
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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Friday, October 11, 2019

No Way Of Knowing

Meditating or procrastinating?
Waste of time or living the dream?
To lunch or not to lunch?

Just-for-fun journal comic. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3fZ9lXA9ao
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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Clouds Accumulating & Friendly Intervention (Two Comics)

Two new comics about feeling overwhelmed.

Thanks to my friend Aatish for listening to me vent and accurately observing that I should chill out :)
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Monday, October 07, 2019

Thursday, October 03, 2019

Shy With Dogs

These are based on real dogs at the climbing gym I go to and drawn from memory. I think I do this with people too. I'm social, but I have a very careful approach.

You can read this as separate panels on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3KR1tFA9nu
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Monday, September 30, 2019

Learning To Swim As An Adult

I can swim now, but it wasn't easy :)

Thank you for reading and supporting and sharing your own stories with me.

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Self-Care Swim

New journal comic about the relief that comes after swimming. Personally significant because I just learned to swim this summer. (See my comic for The Lily earlier this year.)

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Friday, September 20, 2019

Fewer Birds In The Sky

"It’s as if all birds are canaries, and the entire world their coal mine." - Ed Yong for The Atlantic.

A haunting line that I've been thinking about a lot. New journal comic inspired by the article.

Link: The Quiet Disappearance of Birds in North America

Comic on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2ph0eWAAms

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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!
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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.