Author Archives: Emily Flake

A Failed Experiment

— Always on the lookout for ways to avoid the ill effects of holiday over-indulgence, I thought this year I would put my own skills in the traces and draw everything I ate. The logic behind this seemed sound enough: If I knew I had to go to the trouble to draw it, would...

The Patron Saints of Illustration

— As a kid, I envied Catholics. In my mostly Irish and Italian hometown, most folks answered to the Pope. (My own religious upbringing could best be described as “haphazardly Unitarian.”) The few Masses I attended with friends filled me not with a sense of piety but with an aching sense of jealousy: Candles!...

Dispatches from the Small Press Expo

— The 2009 Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland, celebrated its 15th anniversary this year. As in years past, the conference was a treasure-trove for the comics fan and comics producer alike, with full slate of panels and more than 450 exhibitors of comic art. Turns out, you can overdose on comics. And on...

Down Argentine Way

— “I saw a really bad knockoff of one of my characters painted on a kiosk, and I felt like ‘Yes! I’ve finally made it!’  ” says Argentina’s Ricardo Siri Liniers, known by his nom de comics, Liniers. The artist is referring to one of the newsstands that line the streets of Buenos Aires...