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).
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.
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.
What a week it's been! I'm thrilled to announce that I am now a contributor at Huffington Post. You can view my first cartoon "Hillary Every Wednesday" here: http://huff.to/2bfUCF5
And you better believe, there's plenty more where that came from.
Today I'm here to announce that I've joined a very cool new crowdsourcing website called Patreon.
Unlike Kickstarter where artists look to fund a sole project, Patreon is a monthly (or 1 time) donation that helps me make cartoons. You can choose any tier of patronage, each one offering a different level of SUPER COOL access and rewards from me, like monthly online wine hang outs, personal letters, printed cartoons, & digital sketchbooks. And if you change your mind, you can cancel at any time!
Basically, Patreon will help me keep going in between illustrating projects. It's so great that the internet exists and I will always continue to post cartoons for free every day, but without Patreon supporters I'll have to go back to some other job and have less time to draw cartoons for you (and I love drawing cartoons for you). (Read more reasoning in my first Patreon blog post).
To celebrate my launch, tomorrow night I will be hosting the first Cartoon Wine Social! Normally, you would have to become a patron to participate, but this time around everyone is welcome! Please join me on Thursday, August 11th at 9 PM EST (6 PM PST) to drink wine on ice, talk about cartoons, things my mom said this week, how bad Suicide Squad is, etc. Those interested should email email@example.com.
So if you love Cartoons by Hilary & are intrigued by this, please check out my profile on Patreon and consider becoming a patron today!
Skipadeedoodaa!!! I am so so so happy to announce that Cartoons by Hilary will have a new weekly comic series on one of my favorite online publications, Real Pants! When they asked me to join their team I of course screamed “YEAH!” but then quickly agonized over what to title my series. I won’t tell you all of the absurd titles I tossed around with my mother/roommate/groupchat, but I will tell you where “Toast & Such” originated from. Yes, I love toast, that’s a given. I think I would replace every meal with toast if it was socially (physically) acceptable. But the phrase “toast & such” has stayed with me for many years, since the first time my cousins and I sat down at a little diner on the first hole of a shabby golf course on the Oregon coast. Perhaps it wasn’t really the first time we sat at this diner, since my family has been traveling to Gearhart every summer since the 60s (pre-Hilary, yes), but it is one of the earliest real memories I have from these trips. Not one of those fake memories I think I have only because I’ve been shown them on VHS tapes repeatedly. (See: Condo Olympics)
This diner is attached to the clubhouse of the Seaside Golf Course and you will be lucky to be waited on by one of two ladies. One whom I’ve only seen pass by and the other, a terse, tired, old Russian woman with dry red hair (I wonder if she uses conditioner?). She is rude and blunt and I love her. Our family being the type that only travels in herds, our arrival never ceases to give her a near heart attack. She throws the menus on the table with a “What the hell do you want attitude” and then you can delight in hearing phrases like “ we are out of fries because your kids ordered them all” or “We only have Pepsi.”
But where does toast come in to play? I will tell you. There is a little section on the menu titled “Toast & Such.” And that’s it. My cousins Jacque and Katie and I read this and truly believed it was the funniest thing we’d seen, at least that day. Tears streamed down our cheeks as we repeated it over and over, “toast and such!”
I ordered from the toast & such section that day and found they were out of wheat bread.
I am thrilled to announce that a project I started in June of 2015, BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO BUT YOU COULD'VE DONE BETTER, was acquired by Animal Media Group and will be published as a book Fall of 2016.
Animal is the company behind many great works of art such as Steve Hoover's critically acclaimed documentary Blood Brother, Michal Paul Smith's Elgin Park, and most recently ABC ordered a pilot production of their original web series Downward Dog! I am thrilled to partner with Animal on this book and know that it will be a great next step for Cartoons by Hilary.
Many of you have already submitted to this project (THANK YOU!) and can find your comics here. But for this book to really come together, I need more break up stories! So if you have a story, or your friend has a story, or your mother has a story (we all know she has one), please submit to be a part of this book!
It can be done in two easy steps!
YOU: Write and submit your break up story with all it's juicy details.
HILARY: Draws a cartoon of your story!
Let me turn your painful memory into beautiful art! As always, these stories will remain anonymous, but you will have the privilege to know your ex's horrifying words are in print, making the world laugh.
For complete submission details, please click here.