it’s not really about washing knives

it’s not really about washing knives

I wrote a piece recently about comics, and art, and method, and disrupting and questioning and hopefully growing the work that we do in the academy. Remember those little capsules that you put in water and they suddenly expand and become a huge sponge dinosaur? 

this is the work

this is the work

A few years ago I wrote a rough, raw little comic called “Research in Pain.” It was so popular it was reprinted in a book called Through the Lens of Cultural Anthropology. Today I got an email from the editor from someone who read the 

Stories of good in the world.

Stories of good in the world.

I owe 99.99999% of who I am and the work I do to the education I received at Grinnell College (’96, English). I went there sight unseen from Honolulu, Hawaii. I didn’t have a warm winter coat, many pairs of socks, or any idea of 

Graphic Installation on Carers in HE

Graphic Installation on Carers in HE

Wondering what I’ve been up to? Dr. Marie Pierre Moreau and I have perpetrated a delicious graphic installation piece of comics-based/arts-based research focusing on the experiences of carers in higher education. This project has been generously supported by an AdvanceHE Good Practice Grant. We hope 

WTF?!

WTF?!

https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvcOmvpj8qGtULOnsBXYCozsUxPC5pLEKP

On Fearlessness, or Chickadees

On Fearlessness, or Chickadees

This week’s Helpers cartoon focuses on the fearless chickadee. I used to live in a little house on a remote dirt road. At that house, there was a wooden post cover in the center of the yard that had a perfect little round hole in 

A love letter to parents

A love letter to parents

Today’s cartoon in the Gazette is my favorite one so far. And it’s not just because I am the single mother of three little girls, or because my work as an anthropologist focuses on parents and their children fighting for the side of love in 

HELPERS EVERYWHERE

HELPERS EVERYWHERE

I’ve been so busy drawing I have not had a chance to post the latest comics from Helpers Among Us in the Hampshire Gazette. So here they are in a great big pile. While the news cycle rumbles along noisily–but blamelessly– with hourly updates about 

Hold the Door

Hold the Door

When was the last time you were running in the rain and cold, perhaps loaded down with packages or groceries or unwieldy children’s art projects, and someone held the door open for you? Maybe they held it for quite a while while you shuffled along. 

Look for the Helpers

Look for the Helpers

As noted in my previous post, I’ve been doing a bit of cartooning for the Hampshire Gazette. There are a few reasons for this– one, I really miss the culture, pace and visibility of newspaper work. This was where I started out in the early