Flaming Bentley. Work in progress.
Cripes, has long has it been since I’ve rendered a car… wr

Cover illustration by Edward Gorey



One of the best Storm panels, y/y?

Infinite this.

Punk storm regat omnia.




 #world’s greatest detective

#when i see stuff like this i imagine christian bale saying this in his serious gruff batman voice and i literally cry from laughing so hard

is no one going to mention the fact that his gloves disappear 


Only a Witch Can Fly

written by Alison McGhee, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo

Feiwel and Friends 2009

The first thing I should tell you about this book is that it is a poem, a tricky poem written in a very old form called a sestina. It stumps you on the first read through, tripping over stilted sentences, but read properly it is lilting and magical — a wonderful match for the story of a little girl who wishes she was a witch. Yoo’s linoleum block prints capture the drama of the story with a muted palette of autumn colours busy with bats, owls and black cats, but she keeps it cosy with glowing windows, smoke wafting from chimneys, and parents in pyjamas. The perfect book for little dreamers.

I was asked in an interview once: You’re writing another book with a female lead? Aren’t you afraid you’re going to be pigeonholed? And I thought, I write a team superhero book, an uplifting solo hero book, I write a horror-western, and I write a ghost story. What am I gonna be pigeonholed as?

Has a man in the history of men ever been asked if he was going to be pigeonholed because he wrote two consecutive books with male leads? Half of the population is women. I lose my temper here. And it’s certainly not at you. It’s just this pervasive notion that “white male” is the default. And you have to justify any variation from it.



Jackie Ormes (August 1, 1911 – December 26, 1985) is known as the first African American female cartoonist. Her strips, featuring the lovable characters Torchy Brown, Candy, Patty-Jo, and Ginger, appeared in the Chicago Defender and Pittsburgh Courier in the 1930s - 1950s. 

Jackie Ormes said, “No more…Sambos…Just KIDS!” and she transformed her attractive, spunky Patty-Jo cartoon character into the first upscale American black doll. At long last, here was an African American doll with all the play features children desired: playable hair, and the finest and most extensive wardrobe on the market, with all manner of dresses, formals, shoes, hats, nightgowns, robes, skating and cowgirl costumes, and spring and winter coat sets, to name a few. (Jackie Ormes Online)

I finally got Nancy Goldstein’s biography of Jackie Ormes for Christmas, and it’s fascinating stuff. I love that we have this video (or gifset of a video) of her at work. It is rare enough to see footage of any women cartoonists from this era, even fewer with merchandise based on their work. Jackie Ormes’s importance to the history of both women cartoonists and black cartoonists cannot be understated.

Finished! Didn’t want to overwork a literally delicate subject, so after a few ink washes (that really don’t show up in my hasty documentation here) and a bit of acrylic I’m letting it be. Now it’s out the door and off to the party, hoping the fairy-loving recipient likes it! wr

A bit further along, apologies for the wonky camera distortion. Birthday gift or no, doubt I could draw a fairy of the sugary sweet variety if my life depended on it. wr