Frequently Asked Questions:

Who are you?

I am a cartoonist and illustrator who also happens to work as a copy editor in an internationally renowned cultural institution. I have been working with publications there for the past several years, and it's my day job.

 

Why the specialization?

Because the arts are what I'm passionate about! As a cartoonist who writes her own scripts and self-publishes, I understand the frustration behind scriptwriting without much feedback, and how important that feedback really is. I am also quite well versed in art and I copy edit art-related publications and exhibitions on a regular basis.

 

You copy edit art history books for a living. Isn't the terminology in those sorts of books too technical for my comic about bunnies in space/my autobio/ice cream/etc.?

I'm used to writing for comics as well as for more technical, historical work. While writing a piece as a work of art, it may be your choice to write in a more stylistic manner that bends grammatical and spelling rules. This is totally okay. I believe, however, that these choices should be conscious, consistent, and are not so crippling that the work is illegible. My goal isn't to turn your work into a clinical thesis, but rather to make sure that your stylistic vision is realized.

 

But my comic is a comic, not a thousand-page literary manuscript. Why bother?

Comics are two artistic attributes put together: words and pictures. I believe that, even if the words are scarce in a comic, they hold equal weight to the pictures, and should be treated just as importantly. A reader may be attracted to the drawings first (who doesn't look at the graphics initially?), but the words--if they are done purposefully and clearly--will keep them there.