1. In which I write about writing.

  2. 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.


  3. 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.

  4. 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”)

  5. 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.

  6. counterintuitivecomics:

    MoCCA Arts Fest 2014!  Joyana McDiarmid ( heartsandminis) and Josh Lees ( lickspittlecomics) welcomed me to the Maple Key Comics ( maplekeycomics) table and were the loveliest cuties a girl could hock wares beside. Check out that spread! I forgot to grab a picture of me behind the table so I’ve taken a page out of inkmaggot's book and offer you some photographic proof of my badge!

    I had a blast this time around - not least because I got to meet up with all my comics pals and load up on their comics. We even had a little CCS Class of 2013 reunion under the benevolent gaze of our balloon overlord. As the weekend rolled on, Charlie Brown slowly drifted down to join in on the festivities, finally alighting one foot on a ladder.  So wistful, so wrinkly.  Here’s to comic friends, new and old! <3

    This weekend was awesome!

  7. kickstarter:

    Saying Hi to Kickstarter Creators at MoCCA Arts Fest

    Beneath the watchful eye of a giant floating Charlie Brown, we visited the MoCCA Arts Festival this past weekend and caught up with some fantastic project creators. There were great Kickstarter-funded comics to be found all over the festival — above are just a handful of the creators we saw (and managed to take photos of). Pictured:

    Great seeing everyone — now go back some projects and read some comics!

    Hey, that’s me!

    (via moccafestnyc)

  8. Got my package from Milk Money! Super stoked. Books by fingerpuppet , dyemondobryan and snakesanddaggers.

  9. maplekeycomics:

    Screen print postcard for our Kickstarter backers!

    Drawn by your truly, Joyana ( heartsandminis ) and I’ll be printing these guys on Friday.

    I’m looking forward to getting covered in ink when I print these bad boys.

  10. laurellynnleake:


    A watercolor portrait I made to celebrate to celebrate my friend Joyana aka heartsandminis for successfully funding the MAPLE KEY COMICS KICKSTARTER! Wooooo hooo! She’s making this comics magazine dream come true for the entire team, and I couldn’t be prouder to be a part of it. 

    And maplekeycomics is still going strong - we’re just $165 short of our first stretch goal with 35 hours to spare! Do you want Joyana’s magical maple keys to bring you 250-300 pages of primo indie comics in print or in pdf?  How about getting that amount of comics every other month? If you join in before time’s up you’ll save a bundle on subscriptions AND pick up some fancy rewards, like prints or a commission from ~*~yours truly~*~

    So go go go go to our Kickstarter and watch Joyana’s charming video and learn about our comics and get you some rewards!

    yooooo :D

    My friend Laurel is so sweet! A lovely little surprise.

    Please help me make an awesome comics magazine with contributors like Laurel Lynn Leake by supporting our Kickstarter in its last few hours.


    (via niahlikesstuff)