A Little Ketchup

Here are some recent things! Like, some things since… July!

At the end of my Artist in Residency at Town Hall last fall, Scholar in Residence David Montgomery and I gave a presentation about how a cartoonist and a geologist spin our nonfiction material into stories. It was fun, it went great! Here is a video of that talk.

I won an Inkpot Award at the San Diego Comicon in July, and the trophy is totally adorable:


I interviewed the charming and wildly popular Allie Brosh (“Hyperbole and a Half”) at Bumbershoot in Aug.:

Bumbershoot 2013 Seattle, WA Photo by Christopher Nelson (c) One Reel 2013

PsychCentral interviewed me for an article in Dec., descriptively titled “The Biggest Lesson I’ve Learned in Managing My Bipolar Disorder.” Not my main point but here is one thing: treats. I still hate blood draws even after all these years, so I’ve started buying myself a fancy matcha tea drink afterwards, and it’s done wonders. I even found myself happily thinking about my tea drink as I was walking to the lab a couple months ago. Success!

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a full-page interview in Dec. as the end of a yearlong series about mental illness.

I’ll be a keynote speaker at the 2014 Comics & Medicine Conference at Johns Hopkins. Very very excited!!

Another talk in a medical context: a symposium at George Washington University in April 2014, “examining the fraught relationship between the diagnostic work of the medical industry and the embodied lives of disabled people.”

Another talk in April 2014: part of “Compulsive Narratives: The Graphic Novel as Confession and Inspiration,” an exhibit at Rutgers-Camden University, which includes a bunch of Marbles originals and an installation that looks like a psychiatrist’s office, with my sketchbooks and pills scattered on the floor.

Right now I’m working on a comic for The Stranger about a disastrous attempt to make a nice dinner for my sweetheart, the murals for the Sound Transit light rail station, teaching “Graphic Novels as Literature” and “Comics: Essential Tools” at Cornish College of the Arts, a couple of private commissions, and….. a new book!