Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Where Have I Been?

Gosh, it's been a month since my last post, just about! Well, time for a big giant update! Artwise, things are a little slow- I am in between freelance assignments right now but cooking up some exciting stuff. I have been teaching after school classes in cartooning for Providence middle schoolers, and we just finished up our winter session. In three weeks, the spring classes will start, and I can't wait. While it's nice to have a break, the time I spend with my students is something I look forward to every day. I have been applying for more teaching jobs, hoping to add a few classes to my schedule. More and more I've been thinking about going back to school for art education. I love making comics, and I love teaching, and I would really like to do both throughout my life.
The roller derby season is upon us again- I've been added to the Riveters, our all-star travel team, after a lot of training and pep talks from my beloved manfriend. I play my first bout with them against the London Rollergirls on April 18th. At this point in my derby career, I have developed my hard skills as much as I can, but my biggest obstacle to being a full-fledged travel team competitor remains in my own mind. I have been considering hypnotism... Maybe someone can brainwash me into thinking that I am the greatest rollergirl that ever lived. In the meantime, however, I'm struggling to feel as if I'm good enough to play at this level.

A few months ago, I did some freelance work for a media company in California that creates all of the merchandise, branding, and web presence of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. The first of these projects to come out is this cool patch! I did the vector graphic of the speed skate, which was then incorporated into the design and mass produced all fancy-like. They sent me some free samples, which arrived recently. They look great!

That derby comic I submitted a while back is about to be published in Jam! Tales from the Roller Derby, due out from Oni Press in June. The other contributors are really talented, and the editors at Oni have been very nice. I'm super excited that Oni, which published all my favorite comics in high school, is the first to publish my work.

Shortly afterwards, in July, the comic on which I collaborated with writer Cheri Couillard will be published in Zombie Bomb! volume 2, edited and conceived of by Adam Miller and Rich Woodall and produced by Terminal Press. This series is a labor of love for Adam and Rich, and they've been doing a great job promoting the hell out of it. It will officially debut at San Diego Comic Con.


Ian Topple said...

Awesome! Sounds like you are doing well.

sally said...

freakin' sweet rhoda! and btw- you are a great, riveter-level player and i can't wait to play with you again (even if it is on lowly ht or if you swing for bees, since i'm not a riveter-level player (yet))!!!!

Ali Blackwell said...

Since when are home teams lowly? Home season is our glory, dude! Fans don't care about our travel teams, they want the local drama! Jam me every third for Honeys and I will treat it like the national championship is on the line!!! I can't wait to skate under you... The mantle of the Honeys leadership has passed from one great captain to another!

(Let's see if I can end ONE MORE sentence with an exclamation point!)

Eloise said...

You? Are awesome! (SUPER congrats on all the comic work! Too cool!)