State of the Art: March 2020

I’d like to update you on the story about my little dragon girl, Opal! I’m tentatively naming the project “Late Spring Daffodils”, since the story is about Opal blooming into her identity as a magic-user much later than she expected. This project has me really excited! I’m having lots of fun doing pre-production work, like character designs and building layouts.

My goals for the next month are to solidify the script, to complete the thumbnail sketches for the comic pages, and to complete the turnarounds for Gerta and Brenn. If I have extra time, I’d like to have layouts and illustrations of Gerta and Brenn’s shop, “The Sweet Tooth Bakery”, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself.

On top of this comic, I’m also prepping for events I’ll be attending! I’m going to be on a panel about diversity in comics at the Worcester Book Festival on Saturday, April 18th, I’ll be tabling at Stairway to Heaven Comics for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 2nd, and I’ll be tabling again at Portsmouth Pride on Saturday, June 27th. I’ll be making a zine from last year’s Inktober pieces, I want to make a farewell zine to all the cheeses I have loved and can no longer eat due to my lactose intolerance (*quiet sob*), and I have ideas for a few small foldy zines as well. 

It’s a lot! But I love making zines and I love having new content for folks to enjoy, so I’m going to do what I can! 

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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