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comic book, nonfiction story, short fiction

short comics and excerpts of longer books for you to read and enjoy.

Feminism Core Sample: new poster available

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Every time I turn around these days, I encounter this wave of angry feminist feeling emanating from Twitter, the internet, my friends. It simultaneously thrills and energizes me, and makes me miserable to realize how much horrible shit still happens all the time to women because they are women. Not like I didn’t realize it before, […]

The Beautiful Ones

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In 2009, for some reason, Editions Dargaud (my publisher for the Trish Trash project, as well as the French version of Life Sucks) decided to publish an anthology with Arte TV on the subject of… “Summer of the 80s”. The whys of this decision are unknown to me. Whatever the reason, I took the opportunity […]

Waiting for Douglas Coupland

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One of my more, ahem, opinion-infused “journalistic” comics—about the (non) appearance by Douglas Coupland at a Chicago bookstore.

Camille Paglia

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Here’s the strip that started it all: “Camille Paglia” is a report on a talk that she gave at the University of Chicago in 1994, and was the first journalistic/researched nonfiction piece I ever did.

Godzilla

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A report on the 1995 Godzilla Con in suburban Chicago, first published in the NewCity (Chicago). Featuring Very Special Guest Alex Wald!

Girls’ Comics: inspiration and serendipity

Girls' Comics © Jessica Abel

  In the mid to late 90s, I was a bit obsessed with early 20th-century adventure comics; Wonder Woman (in the Harry G. Peters era), Flash Gordon and Terry and the Pirates. It was at this time, too, that I drew my short-lived weekly strip Doc Trader for the Willamette Week in Portland, which was kind of […]

Out of the frying pan

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  Hot on the heels of six years of reading hundreds of American comics every year for the Best American Comics, I’ve agreed to do the same (much smaller volume, but IN FRENCH) as a member of the Grand Jury of the Compétition Officielle of the Festival International de la Bande Dessinée, to be held […]

Cordão de Ouro

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This capoeira strip ran in Pulse! Magazine. It’s one of the few collaborative comics Matt and I have ever done.

The Kickstarter drawings

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Drawings from a Kickstarter in 2011—costumed figure drawings to prep to jump back into drawing comics: my sci-fi series Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars

Girls’ Comics #4 lithograph (EC Comics)

Girls' Comics 4 © Jessica Abel

Limited edition of 25 16” x 21” inch 5-color lithographs hand-printed by Landfall Press of Chicago. The prints available from me are artists proofs, of which there are 8. $300 (order from me: commander-in-chief (at) artbabe.com)