Friday, April 30, 2010

What Is It Rollergirl Month or Something?

This is a tattoo design for my beloved manfriend... sans background, of course. That color halftone would be such a headache to try and ink! Anyway, it is as of now for his use only. If I get permission, she may be a new card.

And then this one was a commission from a teammate for her daughter's birthday party invitations. The request? A roller skating ballerina. So, in other words, everything I wish I could be.

I swear to you that I will start posting art that is not roller derby-themed soon.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Interstitial: Thrillist and Tom Jones

So today I get an email telling me I have been reviewed on Thrillist! I had not heard of Thrillist before and I'm still not entirely sure what it is, but the review was awesome. Plus I've gotten a bunch more favorites on the Etsy store since the article went up, so that's always good!

In other news I am trying as hard as I can to get my Old Money Honeys to adopt "She's A Lady" as our intro song... However it seems I'm fighting a losing battle against Ludacris & Rilo Kiley. What the hell? These kids today and their hippity-hop!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Motif Season Kick-Off

Motif Magazine is doing its annual feature on Providence Roller Derby, complete with interviews of each home team captain and predictions on the season's wins and losses. This year the cover illustration slot goes to me! Kudos, me.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Sunday Sunday Sunday!

Big game Sunday... I probably won't be playing very much as it's my first bout with the travel team, but hey, it's experience. I'm having flashbacks to three seasons ago when you were only guaranteed 3 jams per period for home games. Boy howdy, I only played the bare minimum those days. Here's hoping we win!

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.