nonfiction story, short fiction

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

Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars book 1 excerpt


Click on Trish to read a 10-page excerpt—in English— of Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars. Note: there are no plans as of this date to publish the complete book in English. I’m sure there will be a plan some day, but in the meantime, if you want to read the first volume (of 3), you can learn […]

Feminism Core Sample: new poster available

feminism thumb

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


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


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

Camille Paglia


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.

Trish Trash: Rollergirl sur Mars tome 1 extrait


Cliquez sur Trish pour lire un extrait de dix pages. Trish Trash: Rollergirl sur Mars est disponible aux libraries! Commandez Trish Trash chez FNAC Commandez Trish Trash chez Fait avec la collaboration graphique de Lydia Roberts.    


godzilla icon

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


  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


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