I apologize if this comes off as disrespectful to Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin. Or their families. Or YOU, the reader. I’m not about that. That’s not why I drew this.

I am just really freaked out that 40% of Americans (and 47% of White Americans) do not think that the killings and violence in Ferguson ‘raise any racial issues.’ Fellow White Persons, this is our chance to learn. This is our chance to change.

When Trayvon Martin was murdered because Full Grown Men in America are frightened to violence by the presence black children, the dialogue turned very quickly into a conversation about gun control.

And gun control is an issue that deserves our attention.

But it won’t change the massive poverty in Black America. The arrest rate. The education statistics. The institutional, systemic, casual, and passive racism that plagues our country.

And it wouldn’t have saved Michael Brown.

Anyway. I’m sorry if this comes off as disrespectful or insincere or preachy. I’m sorry if my execution (or personality) gets in the way of what I’m trying to say. I am an imperfect artist, an imperfect person, and I am, undoubtedly, blinded to a million things by my own glaring whiteness. So this might be… Lord, this might be awful. I’m so sorry if it’s awful. Really.

But. I just keep thinking… Look, my wife is pregnant with our first child. A boy. We’re nervous, we’re excited, we’re SO ANXIOUS because what the hell do you do with babies? WE don’t know. But if we were a black family… in this country… we would be so terrified. Because we live in a nation that murders the children of black parents, puts it on the news WITH RIOTS AND TEAR GAS as decoration, and still half of us don’t even see it as a problem. Can you imagine that? Can you imagine bringing a child into that reality, to face the odds we lay out for black kids?

That would break me. I’ve never known anything like that. No one should ever know anything like that.

So let’s talk to our friends about race. Lets talk to our families. And when actual victims of racism try to tell us what’s going on in, say, a peaceful community protest as they are being gassed and shot at by cops WE SHOULD LISTEN TO AND BELIEVE THEM. Let’s talk to each other about this until we are all on the same page.

And then let’s turn the damn page.

Thank you, Jake. I, too, am made ignorant to most of racial prejudice by my whiteness. Too many crimes of hate are committed against people of color that I’ll never, ever experience or understand. That is my privilege in this country. And race IS hard to talk about, because it’s a delicate subject fraught with a history of suffering and shame.

We’re going to say some stupid things—me especially—as we learn how to talk about race with respect and honesty. But we can’t afford NOT to talk about it, not anymore. Our lives literally depend on it.


During the scene when Mulan decides to go to war instead of her father, she decides to do it while sitting on the foot of the Great Stone Dragon. The image of the dragon looking over Mulan is repeated several times throughout the sequence, and the bolts of lightning strike at significant times whenever the dragon is in sight. When Mulan takes her father’s scroll and when she is praying to her ancestors, the Great Stone Dragon can be seen. It is also engraved on the sword Mulan uses to cut her hair and the handles of the wardrobe containing the armor are in the shape of the dragon’s head. The dragon’s eyes glowing in the temple symbolizes Mulan’s role as protector of her family awakening, instead of the actual dragon.

The reason Mushu couldn’t wake the dragon is because the dragon was no longer there. Mulan is implied to be the Great Dragon that protects her family.



Me to this day.

I just think that’s the best middle finger a lady could give.

Comics & Watercolor Technique


Comics & Watercolor Technique


For the longest time I’ve held fast to coloring my comics with watercolor, using my own two hands (and a brush of course.)

My technique has gone through a few changes, but ultimately I found a way of working that gives me a crisp black line and vivid colors that are easy to edit. The original idea for my technique came from Alison Bechedel,who makes her wash and ink layers separately, which is…

View On WordPress


The hubs and I have been in Orange County for two months now, and while SoCal has its beauty, beaches, and fabulous weather, our hearts are still tied to Boston. So I was all too thrilled when the Dig’s AD (and my good pal), Scott Murry, asked me to contribute a cover illo!

It illustrates a great article written by John Ruch, detailing the aftermath of the Olympics in Atlanta and how Boston could suffer the same fate if it wins its bid to host the games. Low-income families and the homeless are cast aside while the host city undergoes grand development plans that it can’t support in the long-term. Moral of the story: If you love your city and care about its residents, don’t have an Olympics there.

If you’re in Boston, make sure to grab a copy of the Dig and read up!

Smushed faces are a blast to draw!
Beer Advocate’s next BYOB column is about homebrewers opening up their homes to eager students.

Smushed faces are a blast to draw!

Beer Advocate’s next BYOB column is about homebrewers opening up their homes to eager students.


Fear of Flowers Part 1

JASON, oh my gawd. Beautiful!

Non-sequitur sketchbook comic.

Non-sequitur sketchbook comic.

Severed body parts doodles.

Severed body parts doodles.

Whenever I do a BYOB I provide between 2-3 ideas (thumbnails) for my AD, Taylor, to choose from. Sometimes I’ll end up with a drawing/concept/composition that I really like but it doesn’t best fit the theme of the article.

I got a wild hair up my butt to show you some of these rejected thumbs.