Fig. A: From Ellen Forney’s ‘Marbles’
Hi. My name is Whit Taylor. I’m a cartoonist and comics writer. I also happen to be bipolar type II. This does not mean I’m “crazy”. In fact I don’t even know what crazy actually means. That I even had to bring that up…
Lovely little essay on being bipolar and a cartoonist. I agree that the more honest stories about people with mental illnesses that are brought into the world the more accepted people with mental illnesses will be. Stories are a powerful thing, they can change how people think.
Check out our website! Not much here yet, but there is lots to come!
Maple Key Comics is a comics anthology magazine, released bi-monthly. Dedicated to featuring the work of talented emerging cartoonists. Focusing on serialized stories, Maple Key Comics brings you the joy of new installments of your favorite stories with the connivence of having them all in one book.
Maple keys are the winged fruit that fall from maple trees like little helicopters (they are also called whirligigs or whirlibirds.) If comics are the fruit, Maple Key Comics hopes to be the wings.
My comics magazine has a website now. Great comics, great creators, great stories. Debuting April 1, 2014.
A few months back my buddy Greg Thelen asked if I wanted to illustrate a short story for his upcoming webcomic 30 Minutes to Live. I agreed, had a ton of fun drawing it, and have been patiently waiting for it to post online so that I could share it with you.
Today is the day: the story, Carol & Rita, went live! This is only the first page of the ten-page story. Head on over to 30 Minutes to Live to read the whole thing.
Keep your eyeballs on this! In nine stories I’ll have a story up too! First time I’ve drawn from someone else’s script, great experience.
Are you itching to get your paws on one of the last eleven luxuriously risograph-printed physical copies of this anthology? Then head on over to our long-awaited store!
(store hosted by Sasha Steinberg, one of our fab Queerotica editors!)
Go to it! And thank you all, as always, for your patience and support.
Yay! It liiiiiiiives!
Robert Clough reviewed my comic Long Division!
We received the final word from RIBBON this morning. As we feared, they suspended our account because of their policy against “adult material.” This is outrageous because their terms and conditions only mentions a restriction on “obscene material and child pornography.” The QUEEROTICA anthology is neither obscene nor illegal. It is a collection of thoughtful and artistically rendered erotic stories. It is no more obscene than a romance novel, and those are all over the damn internet. The only difference is that our characters have queer bodies and identities.
Unfortunately, RIBBON will not budge on their policies. A little too late we learned that other queer erotica artists have also struggled with RIBBON. Please read about prolific gay comics creator Dale Lazarov’s experience here.
He writes: “Six months later, they dumped me without telling me — even though I’d cordially, continually agreed to all the changes they asked of me so I could continue publishing with them during the period following my conversation with their CEO. They blocked me from accessing my sales records when they discontinued my account so I don’t know what they actually owe me, which is excessively punitive. The CEO wouldn’t let me access them, either, when I asked.”
Needless to say, we will not be pushing forward with our RIBBON store. But we offer our story as a warning for anyone who wants to make Queer Erotic work available online! We are contacting Bleeding Cool and other comics tips organizations, because it is important for queer creators to know which online venues are not friendly to us and our work!
BUT FEAR NOT, another option is underway. It may be a few more days before it is ready, but we are confident that it will be a more reliable and easy-to-use option! More details soon, and thanks for your patience.
This stinks! BUT another store is in the works!