about me

“When it comes to fancy hors d'oeuvres plates, some people eat the fruit and some people eat the cheese – I'm the one that eats the decorative orchid.”


Very early on in my life, I realized there wouldn't be very many places I would feel like I fit in. I was a strange girl with strange interests who, despite being fluent in English, “spoke a different language” from the kids around me. This caused a lot of pain and confusion growing up. But I found out that the more I embraced that weirdness and let go of trying to “pass” as some kind of “normal,” the happier and more confident I was. 

My style has morphed and grown over the years, but the heart of it is made up of simple ink drawings and comic timing inspired primarily by Bill Watterson's incomparable “Calvin and Hobbes.” I consumed the work of other cartoonists voraciously as years went on, but I always returned to his in the end for inspiration. As I discovered more and more of my identity, those facets of self become themes in my comics: Musician, Queer, Geek, Nerd, Jewish, Awkward, Mentally Ill, Ace, Esoteric, and whatever else may come. 

After matriculating from Tyler School of Art, where I majored in printmaking (with a sort of unofficial minor in jewelry/metals), I moved to South Philadelphia where I now reside. I drew a webcomic for many years called “places you find cats,” which is exactly what it sounds like – and self-published 2 books of those comics. I'm currently producing work primarily for my comics “sad/funny/true” and “The Gathering of Sparks,” with one s/f/t book self-published and more on the way. 

Philly has been good to me: In 2015, I received an honorable mention in the National Liberty Museum's “Caretoon” Contest for my work “Maimonides the Bridge.” The comic was featured in their 2015 exhibition with the other honored works. I was nominated for “Best Cartoonist of the Year” at the Philly Geek Awards in 2016. (The competition was so fierce and amazing, I was actually relieved I lost!) Last year I was chosen to serve on a panel that addressed comics and mental illness at the “Queers & Comics” conference in San Francisco. I continue to table at conventions and attend conferences wherever I'm able, and am occasionally a guest on the podcast The Cosmic Geppetto, a podcast about “every geeky/pop culture topic under the sun.” have a lot of exciting things in the pipeline, and I can't wait for everyone to see them. 

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