Please join me at Bulletin Broads Sunday June 11th for a drink and draw! I am very excited to be selling art at this all female branded store throughout the summer. (Pssst new zine premiering there soon!)
Make sure to RSVP on Facebook so you don't forget about it like you forget about everything. You don't want to miss this! There will be rose! And coloring books, made by me!
This past weekend the Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Storytelling book tour began with a wildly hilarious night of stories.
Hosted by Michela Ratto and featuring Ginny Leise, Bernie Somers, Rekha Shankar and more, the evening drew out a large crowd of those eager to hear how sad other people are. For each story told live, I drew a live cartoon on stage for the speaker to keep (if they could get their hands on it fast enough).
Held at Ludlow Studios, the evening was sponsored by Bargetto Winery, Chaucer's Mead and Sixpoint Brewery. Relive the evening and check out the photos from Ian Stroud here. The tour continues tonight in Chicago at Volumes Books Cafe!
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
THE STORYTELLING BOOK TOUR
Celebrate Galentine's Day with this new line of Greeting Cards from Hilary & Feminist Fight Club!
If you've been wondering how to properly tell your gal pal not only that she's the greatest, but an all around bad ass, Feminist Fight Club and I are very excited to announce a project we've been working quietly working on--the Feminist As Fuck Greeting Cards! From birth control woes to lady boss high fives, snail mail has never been so delightfully sassy.
And while you're at it, why not complete your gift with a copies of Feminist Fight Club & Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better! Celebrate each other, fight the patriarchy, and remember you're quite relieved to be #singleagain this Galentine's Day.
I am ecstatic to share that I've been awarded the Rooftop Film Short Filmmakers' Grant for my next film Uncle Jim.
I am so honored to receive this grant from such a wonderful festival. This short film will follow me in the two weeks I will spend on the road with my Uncle Jim, a 63 year old bachelor and wine salesman from California. This film will ultimately be a part of a much larger project, Related, a feature documentary about anyone related to me.
Uncle Jim will go into production Summer of 2017. Read the full press release in Variety.
Say "I do," not to the guy who is eventually going to leave you, to my first book of cartoons Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better!
Available today through Animal Media Group and in select stores, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do is a book two years in the making, ever since I got ghosted on and cried on a freeway overpass in Brooklyn and decided to draw a cartoon to get me through the pain. The saying continues to ring true--laughter is the best medicine--and this book proves broken hearts are stronger together.
With tales of heartbreak from young and old, this book validates emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago. Jessica Bennet (NY Times) says it's a must read that "Your therapist would approve of [sic]" and author and artist Jon-Michael Frank calls it "Brokenheart-warming, irreverent, and celebratory as hell." Get your copy today or join us on the national book tour from New York to Chicago, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles!
And if you live in my hometown of Sonoma, CA please join me tonight to celebrate the release of my book at Roche Winery off the plaza from 5-7. Have a drink and a laugh as we toast to the launch of the book and the storytelling tour that will officially begin February 4th in NYC. Books will be for sale as well as greeting cards and my first zine, ironically another break up tale (this time holiday themed).
"Cartoonist, filmmaker, chronicler of emotional pain."
I was in the front page of my hometown paper The Sonoma Index Tribune to celebrate the release of my first book of cartoons Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better. But really the best part is that that morning I wen to the grocery store and an old family friend stopped me to say congratulations. I thought they were talking about me and the book, but no. They were talking about how my brother got engaged. But hey I'm still single and I'm in the paper! Read the full article by David Templeton here.
Also here is my mom reading the paper:
Today one of my absolute favorite tumblr accounts I LOVE CHARTS! premiered the "Am I Getting Dumped Today?" flowchart from my first book of cartoons Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better, available this December 27th. Click here to read more.
I am so flippin' excited to share with you today that I have launched my first line of greeting cards. It's called Small Talk and it's for any of you out there who believe in conversation on a tiny platform, also known as snail mail.
There are many many cards for you to pick from and there is going to be many more in 2017! Some of these will be art you've seen before, some is brand new stuff, some for saying thank you, some for saying you're hungover. Please check out the whole shop here! And hey maybe instead of getting your sister a gift she won't use this year, give her a card that will make her laugh. It's cheaper and is guaranteed to last longer in the happy memory bank. This week with code HOLIDAZE16 you can get 5 cards for $20! Offer ends Friday December 16th at 11:59 PM.
And let me just take a moment to freak out over how freaking cool this stamp is. Designed by me, manufactured by Casey's Stamps in the East Village. If you ever need to get a stamp made, this is the guy to go to. Hand made, beautiful, and and very reasonably priced!
Yesterday the first of five animations from myself and Refinery29's Short Cuts was released! I teamed up with R29 earlier in the year to do a series of videos dealing with daily beauty gripes of the average lady -- aka ME. These will be rolling out through the near year, I hope you enjoy!
A cartoon I was originally commissioned to do by Cup of Jo for Hillary Clinton's victory was published in GQ alongside many other now deeply sad illustrations. See my cartoon and the full article here.
With less than 72 hours left on the Kickstarter Campaign for the Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better Storytelling Book Tour I've decided to release my second short documentary Small Talk to the public.
I can't believe it's been a year since I began production on this film. I set out to document the neighborhood I love so dearly, having no idea how important it would be become to me and my neighbors. After the world premiere at the Slamdance Digital Bolex Fearless Filmmaking showcase, where we were awarded the grand prize, my family, neighbors and friends suddenly lost one of the greatest men we had ever known. I am so honored and grateful that I was able to capture Bob Records spirit, personality, and amazing sense of humor on camera. He will live on forever in film and in our hearts.
After playing around the country for the past year, Small Talk had it's last festival showing this past weekend at the Cucalores Film Festival in North Carolina. With such a great response from the audience, Small Talk was given a second screening on the closing night of the festival.
I hope you enjoy the film and can continue to enjoy it. It will remain available to you and all the humans of the internet, for whenever you need a laugh or a reminder that good people exist.
In one week the Kickstarter Campaign for the Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Storytelling Book Tour reached initial funding, but we're not stopping there!
I am so honored and humbled by your support. I'm also really excited. Thanks to the help of my fans, friends, and family, I am going to take my first book of cartoons on a kick ass book tour from New York to San Francisco to Los Angeles. But why stop there?
With 22 days left in our campaign, we've added stretch goals to go to more cities, to hear more of your stories, to share in more of your laughter. If you live in Chicago, Seattle or Portland -- or maybe your friends, family and exe(s) do - - please check out this campaign! The more you can support, the more everyone benefits. More buttons, more books, even more animation! Plus, there are still so many great rewards available from me, Jon-Michael Frank, Matthew Sweet, Feminist Fight Club and more!
And just in case you haven't seen it yet, or you need a reminder, or reason to laugh, here's my mother and I discussing the tour, campaign, and you know, Kim Kardashian.
Today I launched a Kickstarter Campaign to support my first book tour, a storytelling series where you can come tell your break up story.
When I opened up submissions for Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But You Could've Done Better, I never could have imagined it would go this far, and this is all in great thanks to you, humans of the internet. You poured your heartbreak out to me and next thing you know, publisher are telling me they want to make it a book! Of course, it wasn't that simple, but it's more fun to put it that way.
After seeing the artwork so many of my submitters responded that they felt better having shared their story, having seen something beautiful made of something ugly. Which is why today I am turning to you to help me take this cure across the country.
Because this won't be any old book tour with boring readings, sitting quietly in your seats. This will be a series of open mic nights where you can come tell your break up story, get a copy of the book, hang out with me and other wonderful artists, and hopefully feel better after laughing about the terrible shit your ex said. And for every story told live, I will do a live cartoon for the person to keep. It's basically the book, but IRL and with swag!
With your support I will be able to bring this storytelling series to a city near you! Any donation helps. Whether it's $1 or $100, your support will be pivotal in this campaign. And in return, there are so many awesome rewards available from me and other artists & communities like Jon-Michael Frank, Matthew Sweet, Scout Durwood, Feminist Fight Club and more!
Last night Martha Reads a Script premiered at the third installment of the Shoot Em Up! script to screen series in Los Angeles, and now the film is available for you to see!
The producers informed me that the audience loved Martha, which I will say, I am not surprised to hear.
If you're dying to hear how this all began, the full evolution of story to script to screen is available on YouTube! Story by Sharon Houston, script by Eitan Loewenstein, film by Hilary!