Cartoonist and author Jessica Abel is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida (winner of the the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award) as well as two collections of stories from her omnibus comic book Artbabe. She and her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden, were series editors for The Best American Comics from 2007 to 2013. Together they’ve authored two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics. Jessica collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a non-fiction comic about how the radio show This American Life is made. Her new book (and podcast), Out on the Wire, is about how the best radio producers in the world use story to keep us listening.
Jessica is the chair of the illustration program at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Both within and without PAFA, Jessica works with creative people with big ideas that have led them deep into overwhelming projects. Together, they create a map to guide them out of the forest and start actually making their work instead of just dreaming about it. Get her free tool to discover how you can work smarter and with less anxiety, here.
Jessica lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with her husband and their two children. Her latest comics series, Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars, debuts in November 2016.