1. exit421:

    30 Minutes to Live
    featuring Joyana McDiarmid, heartsandminis

    This project has been cooking in the background for me for the past several years.  It’s gone through many incarnations, and I wasn’t so sure that I’d ever see this realized.  But now it is!  This is the final story in the series, and I’d like to thank everyone who drew these stories, everyone who’s read them, and everyone who’s shared them!  Maybe one day I’ll do more, but for now, I hope you enjoyed the ride.

    You never know when it’ll come to an end.

    See my story for Greg Thelen’s “30 Minutes to Live” here and check out the rest of the stories as well!

  2. Style Journal.

    More journal then style today. 

  3. Thanks to brokenpencilmag for doing a little excerpt from my comic Long Division! Grab yourself an issue, there is lots of great stuff in here.

    (That’s the beautiful view of Pittsburgh from my balcony)

  4. dogcitypress:

    Avast, new self-published comics are on the horizon in Pittsburgh this September!  

    The gang here at Dog City Press and our good friends at Maple Key Comics will be celebrating the release of the third issue of Dog City and the third issue of Maple Key Comics at The Copacetic Comics Company in Pittsburgh. Come join us on Saturday September 6th for a night of comics revelry, why dontcha?

    You’ll have a chance to chat with comics pals and peers and enjoy food, drinks and limited editions goodies. Editors Joyana McDiarmidSimon Reinhardt and Juan Fernandez will be present to discuss our ongoing projects. 

    And, of course, you can pick up copies of both publications, hot off the press!!

    Can’t wait to see you there!
    (Hop on over to the Facebook event for more details)
    ♥ All zine and comics lovers welcome.♥

    Yes, come see us!

  5. Gotta keep myself drawing everyday, and I love style blogs, so here we are. Style Journal, Day One.

    Also, being a chubby lady can be difficult on the self-esteem. Somedays it is chubby style blogs that give me the confidence to been seen in public. Maybe making my own can be helpful too. 


  6. In which I write about writing.

  7. angstuniversity:




    Fresh new Maple Key Comics in the shop!

    I might be preaching to the choir here, but let me tell you folks a little bit about Maple Key Comics via the official press release. (Bold emphasis: mine.)

    We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Maple Key Comics issue twoMaple Key Comics is a bimonthly comics anthology featuring the work of indie comics notables, combining the eclectic appeal of manga monthlies like Shonen Jump with the edgy aesthetics of minicomics.

    The inaugural issue of Maple Key Comics debuted at MoCCA 2014 and included indie cartoonists: Jon Chad (Leo Geo), Sasha Steinberg (StonewallQueerotica), Sophie Goldstein (Best American Comics 2013), and Rachel Dukes (Adventure TimeGarfield), among many other up-and-coming indie cartoonists.

    The June/July installment of Maple Key Comics is  a packed 268-pages, available in print ($15) and digital ($6) formats via the Maple Key Comics website. This second issue includes stories by indie comics vetrans: Jon ChadSophie GoldsteinSasha SteinbergNicole GeorgesCenter for Cartoon Studies graduates: Bill “Billage” BedardLaurel HoldenLuke HowardJosh LeesJoyana McDiarmidDan RinyloIris YanLaurel Lynn LeakeCarl AntonowiczAdam Whittier; and many more.

    Maple Key Comics is independently produced, printed, and distributed by Center for Cartoon Studies alum and 2014 Expozine winner Joyana McDiarmid. The first two issues of Maple Key Comics were funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign in February 2014. For full solicitation and ordering information, visit www.maplekeycomics.com

    Maple Key is one of my favourite ongoing anthologies out there. I recently went up to MeCAF to help promote it and was completely honest in my pitch, saying ”[Maple Key] has tomorrows cartoonists superstars, today!”

    The first two issues were funded by Kickstarter but, starting now, the book will need to be self-sustaining, with the sales of issues one and two to pay for three, then three for four and so on. If you want to get in on the ground floor of something wonderful, or if you simply want to read nearly 300 pages of some wonderful freaking comics, you should totally go check out Maple Key Comics #2. You won’t regret it!


    I am so excited to read issue two and very proud my comic is sharing a home with so many talented cartoonists!

    This is my dream coming true, editing and publishing a magazine dedicated to raising up talented cartoonists at the beginning of their careers.


  8. Anonymous said: Hey Joyana, I just saw your kickstarter! Congratulations on successfully funding your project. Your artwork looks amazing! I hope you are well. (the preceding failed at being a question)

    Ah, jeez, thanks! The Kickstarter was quite the adventure, and I’m so excited to be working on Maple Key Comics. 

    I am well, I hope you are too.

  9. maplekeycomics:

    Editor in Chief and Expozine Award winner Joyana McDiarmid ( heartsandminis ) unveiled the first chapter of her intricate family drama “Hale” in Maple Key Comics issue one—and the story continues in our second installment, coming this June!

    From "Hale," Part 2
    McDiarmid’s narrative takes place in the near future, when Elliot Hale is called home from his senior year at college to deal with issues involving his half-brother’s inheritance. Skeletons were dragged out of closets, dirty laundry was aired, and now none of the Hales know what to think of each other. How can they mend their broken family?

    From "Hale," Part 2

    You can see more of McDiarmid’s stunning work at her tumblr or at her website.

    Preorder Maple Key Comics Issue 2 Today!

    An new chapter of “People yelling at other people!” (Also known as “Hale”)

  10. Last week I was honored (and amazed) to win the best English comic award from Expozine for my comic Long Division

    It warms my heart and makes me excited to continue to work on Long Division.