One thing doesn't follow another

The sketch and process journal of Jenn Manley Lee

In this latest page of Dicebox, Captain Grae continues to not be amused.

In this latest page of Dicebox, Captain Grae continues to not be amused.

Without intending to, I ended up totally revamping and updating my main website this past weekend. I think it speaks to Squarespace's ease of use and configuration options that it took me only the weekend to do.
The upside to all this —beyond having a more satisfying website with integrated store —is how much simpler it is to update the gallery, so that I might more quickly share work like the wedding invitation above which was a lot of fun to do. And allowed me to cross pteranodon off the drawing bucket list. (Full comic can be seen at the website.)

Without intending to, I ended up totally revamping and updating my main website this past weekend. I think it speaks to Squarespace's ease of use and configuration options that it took me only the weekend to do.

The upside to all this —beyond having a more satisfying website with integrated store —is how much simpler it is to update the gallery, so that I might more quickly share work like the wedding invitation above which was a lot of fun to do. And allowed me to cross pteranodon off the drawing bucket list. (Full comic can be seen at the website.)

I’ve learned in this latest page of Dicebox that I just don’t know if I got mare’s face right unless she’s wearing a smirk or a snark.

I’ve learned in this latest page of Dicebox that I just don’t know if I got mare’s face right unless she’s wearing a smirk or a snark.

I think Molly accurately captures my frustration over not being able to update Dicebox for too long a while. But never mind that: here is, at last,  page 19 of Birth.

Eating Bugs

I had a lot of fun drawing “The Greener Meat” written by Adrian Quinn, who was a delight to work with. Created for an upcoming issue of Symbolia Magazine, the entire comic is currently available on the Nib.

It’s a fun and informative journalistic comic about the present and possible future of eating insects (with intention, that is). I had a lot of fun drawing many things I hadn’t attempted before and was inspired to have the cricket sushi at Sushi Mazi and try a scorpion pop from Hot Lix. (Well, finish Taran’s scorpion pop. Crunchy!)

I also got to imagine what some gourmet plated insect dishes might look like:

So a little while ago, I was asked to submit samples for a possible comic adaption of Karen Cushman’s wonderful book “Catherine, Called Birdy.”

As I am sharing these samples with you now, you might have guessed the project is not happening, at least not at the moment. At least I got to do some very fun art and learn that Karen Cushman and I share a strong admiration of Trina Schart Hyman and her work. 

alexdecampi:

One of the things I enjoy in comics is the ability to capture a character in a single word of dialogue. (From a project not yet announced yet.)

Hmmmm. That art and those colors look familiar. The words, of course, are all Alex de Campi.

alexdecampi:

One of the things I enjoy in comics is the ability to capture a character in a single word of dialogue. (From a project not yet announced yet.)

Hmmmm. That art and those colors look familiar. The words, of course, are all Alex de Campi.

It’s been a while since I snuck some green man into the background of Dicebox. Or spend too much time on prop art. For page 18 of “Birth" I managed to do both!
Page 17 of Birth (And you thought Griffen talked alot…)

Page 17 of Birth (And you thought Griffen talked alot…)

Because I miss drawing Molly.

Because I miss drawing Molly.