State of the Art: August 2019

August was quite the month for me! I feel like I accomplished a lot! I applied to an art zine for the first time! I got turned down, but that’s okay – I had fun, and I want to apply to more zines in the future. I applied to table at Woo! Comix Con and got accepted! It’s happening in Worcester, MA at the PopUp space on Saturday, September 21st from 12PM – 7PM, so come by if you can! I might also be giving a presentation on art as a tool for processing emotion and mental health issues as well! 

Aiden and I have been making progress on the prep work for our future webcomic, “Unnatural History”! It’s a story about a young man who gets pulled into an internship for a peculiar professor of natural history and magical animal biology. Throughout the story, he learns how to overcome his anxieties and how to tap into his own unique strength. It’s a story about empathy, personhood, and super cool magical creatures!

I’m also working on a short side comic that I haven’t named yet. It’s a story about bread, homesickness, and adapting to change.

I’ve been having a lot of fun with streaming on Twitch! For those who don’t know, I stream art stuff on Twitch every Monday from 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM ET and every Thursday from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET. I’d love it if you dropped in! You can find me at twitch.tv/TinyDragonOnFire.

I had a great time making some fanart! I used to be terrified of making fanart or writing fanfic because I was convinced that I’d get in major legal trouble somehow, even if I just kept it in my sketchbook. I was a very anxious young person! But recently I’ve been dipping my toes in little by little, and it’s been really wonderful. It’s kind of relaxing, and it’s so gratifying to be making art about the things that inspire me to make art! 

Author: Katie McMahon

Katie is a comic artist and illustrator living in rural New Hampshire in a town mostly populated with elderly folks and roving gangs of sassy turkeys. She enjoys reading comics, playing board games and RPGs, drinking fair trade tea and coffee, discussing feminism and social justice, and cracking the best groan-worthy jokes the internet has to offer.

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