The Late Night Comix Show

I’ve started streaming on Twitch. I’m calling it “The Late Night Comix Show” because I’m leading the audience (you?) through comics making activities LIVE on Sunday nights at 9 PM! I’m also reading some indie and alternative comics (comix) to tie in what what we’re making into what people have already made, with a focus on what inspires me.

A comic, or a recording of my attempt to get into the image of what the show could be!

This idea has been bubbling up in me for a while now. I’ve wanted to be in Lynda Barry’s lineage of comics making (I have other inspirations I swear!). Her comics classroom and teaching position look so cool! But I can’t snap my fingers and become a comics professor.

So I’ve wondered… “what isn’t she doing that I could be doing?”

I’ve also noticed there aren’t many streamers leading the audience through drawing exercises, at least at first glance. Places like the Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) are holding free weekly zoom classes to make comics together, and that’s the closest thing I can think of to what I want the Late Night Comix Show to be. But as the sole show runner, and through the weird and new situation of “streaming” an almost one-way broadcast, I can do some different things.

“some different things”

Not necessarily original things! I’m sure the guided activity live stream is a thing! But comix? With the anti-critique, careerist-neutral, DIY philosophy of Lynda Barry? With time constraint and cheap material tactics?

Actually, I am thinking of WendyMac who has pretty much done this type of thing for children, up to and including using Lynda Barry’s methods. I am also thinking of Bob Ross. But also Mr. Rogers. Not that I’m planning to get that good at this, or that I’d like that level of production. I’d rather come off as a confident amateur. I feel like attachment to polished (gilded) aesthetics is a creativity killer, and it’s such a widespread and powerful demon. How many times has waiting “until it looks professional” stopped me from sharing my work?

But back to WendyMac – we deal with a whole new set of problems when we try to write and draw and make comics as adults… want to see me try to deal with them, LIVE? 🙂

Is this more or less professional than making this in OBS? If I waited to stream until I learned OBS… I would have never started.

My next stream will be tomorrow (5/7/2023) at 9 PM on It will also be recorded. It should be available there for 7 days after. I plan to upload recordings on YouTube as well. I run the show with that subset of the audience in mind.

I had fun doing my first two streams. So I’m confident enough to make a blog post! The first one I didn’t record – because I didn’t know I had to set Twitch up to automatically record. The second time my audio was bad. I solved that by turning off one of the cameras. So uh… the first recording is barely watchable. Try turning the volume down and don’t use headphones lol sorry!

The Late Night Comix Show is an experiment. It’s already been successful, because I have a lot of new data about what I like to do. I also now know members from my Comics in the Circle community are supportive of the idea! Now my goal is to make enough episodes (10?) where I can say I tried a variety things. At the very least it will be a log of my approach to making comics. My goal after that will be to confirm that I have audience members making comics with me, either live or using the recordings. If that’s happening… this could become a bigger project…

So that’s what’s up! If you’re interested, I hope you will participate to our mutual benefit! If you know of a friend who might be interested, please share this post! Thank you!

Games That Have Helped

Last week I went to the Music and Gaming Festival (MAGFest) with my husband Spencer and my friend Ben. I decided to put together a quarter-sheet zine to give to people at the festival. I ended up leaving the zines at various tables around the massive Gaylord hotel, and I traded some away at the little trading-only market. Often times the zines I left were gone within hours!

Below is the full zine, including Spencer’s three illustrations I placed in between the stories.

That’s the zine!

Here are those links: and Below is a photo of me trading my zine at the trading-only market, taken by Ben Shrager! Then there are photos I took of the community band concert featuring Ellen McLain (voice of GLaDOS, Portal spoilers!), an amongus as seen from the Gaylord hotel atrium, and the little free library in the indie arcade where I dropped my last few zines.

I wish I made fan zines for when Juno Birch came to Cleveland, or when Trixie and Katya’s show came through. My plan is to make more of these for different events, then incorporate them into my personal zine, CIMZANY. That’s all for now!

Three Artist Trading Cards

I put together a “wisdom text” shelf after taking a meditation course with Lama Rod Owens. It’s full of texts that have helped me experience some liberation. I’ll describe this experience as one where I feel open, not stuck, an experience of not constricting around any particular thought or feeling, at least for a moment. I feel like I can choose.

So a few weeks ago I went to this shelf without much expectation. I took out Making Comics by Lynda Barry. And I started reading it from the beginning.

This is the spread where I stopped. Look at that last sentence! YES! I have FAITH in the “spontaneous ordering forces from which stories appear.”

I wanted to make artist trading cards immediately. I also wanted to try copying styles of artists I had seen online. So I made these three cards:

Each started with a squiggle. I made one with pencil, then I made one with colored pencils, then I made one with colored Flair pens. Then I was tired, so I stopped. The styles I tried copying (from memory) for the first two were Paul Peng’s and Hannah Lock’s. Their drawings make me want to draw. This is a quality that I find precious. The goal was to experiment, not to copy their styles well. The experiment was a success because I made three drawings.

Stories and characters took shape. I had faith this would happen.

Current Projects

Hello! Here’s an update on what I’ve been up to.

Yours truly teaching Comics Journaling over Zoom
Co-leading Comics in the Circle

First and foremost has been Comics in the Circle. I’ve been co-organizing this weekly meetup with Katie Starr since last October. We’ve had a great, high quality turnout with about six regulars and more people popping in and out. We’ve also hit a digital groove with a Zoom meeting every Wednesday at 7 PM.

The original plan was to do one group exercise and do a show and tell every week, inspired by a combo of Coffee and Comics by Cleveland Public Library/The Ohio Center for the Book and Cleveland Game Developers’ monthly meetup. What we do now rather is a monthly schedule: usually at least one exercise night (typically Lynda Barry), one free draw night, and one Broken Picturephone night. Next week we’re trying a presentation night, and we’ll see how it goes.

Organizing this group has filled me with so much energy. Comics in the Circle is really becoming the supportive comics making community that I’ve wanted for years now. We have many different perspectives on comics, drawing, and writing — AND on the market and culture around it. Don’t let the weekly schedule intimidate you. If you want to pop in and say hi, please do! Or email/direct message me your questions.


Secondly is teaching! My second Comics Journaling class with Lake Erie Ink concluded last month. It’s a great paid gig. I get to lead Lynda Barry exercises and the like with students from middle school to high school. This eight week session had a lower turnout than my four day summer session, but we made it work. Zoom fatigue is real, and these last months of this Ohio pandemic winter have been mentally brutal for me. I have assumed it has been just as nasty for students, if not more nasty.

My weekly goal was to sit in front of the camera, make comics with them, and be okay while doing it. I found that if I could just sit and hold this space to make this work in the comp book, it was enough. The journaling exercises in Making Comics supported this honesty and openness. I try to be as real as I professionally can with students. The practice of observing your day on paper doesn’t need to be fun or high energy. I would say it’s a blessing, but teaching this practice in particular was my intention when coming up with ideas for LEI last summer: this compbook writing and drawing practice meets you where you are, even in the stormiest environment.

I took time off from my day job to teach two Friday workshops and one Saturday workshop at Lake Erie Ink’s annual Kids Comic Con. I led one exercise where you draw a monster’s entire life and another activity where you turn a lie into a one-page minicomic, inspired by something LB posted on her Instagram. I wish I had a kids comic con around when I was in school. Also all of the panels are up on their YouTube page.

Just today I led some exercises for Writers In Residence, an organization that teaches writing to youth who are incarcerated in Ohio. Then I’ll be doing another summer Comics Journaling class with Lake Erie Ink. I am not sure if it will be outside in person or online yet.

This Blog + Career Research

My third project is this blog. Okay, self explanatory. I want to navigate my portfolio to this website too. This is part of an overarching effort to research and solidify my creative career ambitions. Comics and writing? Illustration and comics? Comics and teaching and writing and editing? I am accepting unsolicited advice on how to make steady money off of creative work. 🙂

My Perzine

My fourth project is my upcoming perzine, short for personal zine. So… actually making comics! Lol. Self-anthology-style. This will look like a 24-page self published half-sheet (digest format) booklet. Very similar to King Cat Comics and Stories. I’ve been excitedly sharing progress on the Comics in the Circle Discord, to much encouragement. I need a regular place to put short story comics, illustrated essays, fanart, and maybe some comics that have resulted from doing exercises with other people. 24 pages lets me be picky and intentional, but it’s big enough to be satisfying for a lil’ sit down read on the couch. Easily sent though the mail too.

That’s what I’ve been up to. It looks like a lot, but I only do a little at a time. Between a full time job and other commitments, I put maybe 4 or 5 hours into my comics stuff a week. Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Intentions for this blog

Hello! I’m excited to finally start this thing. I’ve been imagining it for over a year now and I’m finally brave enough to start it.

I intend for this blog to be my Super Official Internet Home for expressing my comics-related thoughts. In the past I’ve wanted to write WAY too much for any decent Instagram or Twitter post. It seems an old fashioned blog is what I’m after.

Social media has been a great tool for discovery and engagement. I’ll still use it! But I also find it abusive. Profit-driven content algorithms, quantitative engagement comparisons, slot-machine-like psychology, and insulation from the greater web — it’s all very gross. I like email and RSS feeds. They give more power to both the sender and the receiver. Start a mailing list! Start your own blog! Let me know about it!

What’s this blog about?

Expect my personal experiences making comics, going to meetups, experiencing festivals, maybe teaching classes. I want to get honest and vulnerable, contribute to the comics renaissance from my vantage point, and help people engage with comics making, because it is just so darn fulfilling and accessible! Paper and pen! That’s it, if you want it to be!

My affinity for comics making has led me to truly sacred community, at first in small doses, but now in HUGE heartwarming doses as I co-organize and co-run Comics in the Circle. I want radically inclusive community! I want to do more of what I love, and I want other people to find that too, and I want us to be well together. For some of us, making comics really helps.

I also want to contribute to the digital public commons like some of my role models. Blogs that have helped and inspire me include Juan Jose Fernandez’s blog (I’ve been taking amazing private lessons with him), Lynda Barry’s blog (she has been my greatest inspiration for a couple years now), Kevin Huesinga’s, Austin Kleon’s, and the blogs Brain Pickings and Wait But Why.

I’ve created a page on this site with other great comics-related resources. I hope I can be helpful in distilling and pointing to big buckets of wisdom for comics making beginners.

I’m really open to how this blog goes. I’m excited to be in the presence wonderful DON’T KNOW. If you’d like to follow along, please subscribe via email or RSS feed!

Me and Lynda Barry’s “don’t know” monster