life

“authenticity,” expat life, and (not) going native in France

If you ask, I’ll tell you: you should go live abroad somewhere for a while. The thing is, when you live abroad, your perspective on home changes, and is complicated to the point that “home” starts to require scare quotes.

pastel vasco: almond cake with almond-orange cream filling

For the last couple years, I have posted Facebook pix of Matt’s birthday cake, which is always pastel vasco. In response to a few recipe requests, voila, my first cooking post. I didn’t know I’d be posting this, or I’d have made a bunch more food-porny photos. Too late now, it’s all gone! Pastel vasco, […]

May 10th 2014

life

Pros/cons, ups/downs, love/hate: Life in France after almost a year.

I’m not a Francophile. I like France, but I’ve never fantasized about living here. I don’t idolize French food, or the language, or fashion. I decided a few years ago (with Matt, of course) that it would be a good idea to try to live in France, because the comics industry is so strong here, […]

Studio time

I moved into my own studio in September. It’s big, two rooms, one for a large computer desk, the other with a small round table and a huge drawing table. Top floor, angled roof, two dormer windows (known here as “chiens-assis”, “seated dogs”). It’s roomy, well-equipped, comfortable. And a little bit lonely. I’ve never had […]

On arriving in France (thought, mostly, at 320 kilometers per hour*)

I took the high-speed TGV train last week from Angoulême, France, where I live as of about a month ago, to Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris. It was the first chance I’d had to really sit and compose my thoughts about leaving my old life in Brooklyn and starting a new one in small-town France.

October 11th 2012

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Team Trash

I sit here just having finished the major inking on the first volume of Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, a task I could not have completed without a teeming studio full of assistants and interns. I salute you, Team Trash! Check out our new Trish Trash Tumblr, rollerderby + mars, featuring all the cool derby […]

Bookends, or, 40s are the new awesome.

Matt and I, and our kids, Aldara and Jasper, are picking up and moving to France in September, for a year. In some ways, the difficulty of shifting a fully adult life under full steam to a new track adds to the thrill. We will have been parents almost 5 years, in this house 10 years, teaching at SVA 11 years, in NYC 12 years. It’s more than time, beyond time, for a change.

Not comics: I’m a ‘locavore’

A dinner party Matt and I hosted last Friday has been written up on Wired.com by one of our guests, Paul Adams.

November 21st 2006

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