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December 15, 2010

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  1. December 15, 2010 4:36 am

    love this one. “free seems to be the going rate.” poetry, right thar

    Is color going to be a regular thing?

    • gabriellebell permalink
      December 15, 2010 9:26 pm

      Yeah, looks like it. They already feel naked without the color now.

  2. December 15, 2010 4:45 am

    I would be interested in hearing what the students had to say about it!

  3. Miss Carrie permalink
    December 15, 2010 4:50 am

    usually the person that sends ME the “the money will follow” quote is earning over 50K with benefits and a pension :/

  4. December 15, 2010 7:00 am

    Working as a freelance illustrator here in Brazil, I really know what you mean. Believe me.

  5. December 15, 2010 8:23 am

    Word up, Bell!

    I think maybe it’s only the publishers, printers, paper mills, retailers, distributors, truck drivers, etc, who are making money from graphic novels. But I’m gambling on the chance that maybe people will like my graphic novel enough when it finally reaches shelves to buy millions of copies of it.

    Meanwhile, I’m teaching (comics) part time and drawing educational comic books and stuff. You should try teaching! I like your honest approach.

  6. December 15, 2010 1:57 pm

    Just for the record, as one of the five students in that class, I don’t recall Ms. Bell telling us she was only there for the $50 or actually answering her phone when it rang.

    • gabriellebell permalink
      December 15, 2010 4:00 pm

      But it DID ring, DIDN”T it?!

      • December 15, 2010 7:43 pm

        Yeah, but you can’t help that. My point being you came off as way more polite and less cynical than perhaps your comic would lead one to believe. And it was refreshing to talk to someone who was just like “The most important thing is just to do good work” as opposed to all the ancillary stuff.

  7. Tony Groutsis permalink
    December 15, 2010 3:08 pm

    The last comment reminds me of the countless times Phoebe Gloeckner would be asked, “Did that like, really happen?” To which she would slap her forehead, fall backwards, hit the floor and bounce back again into a full upright position while maintaining the same bemused expression.

    • gabriellebell permalink
      December 15, 2010 4:01 pm

      All I have to say to that is HA HA!

  8. December 15, 2010 8:06 pm

    This comic is right on about the lucrative field of cartooning. But your real insight comes with the comment about Ramona. She is super cute right now except for the constant stream of buggers dried on her upper lip, but even they are cute!

    You have to have a suburban mom day out here in Maplewood.

    I miss you!

    • gabriellebell permalink
      December 15, 2010 9:28 pm

      Yes, Ramona is Lauren Weinsteins adorable daughter, growing exponentially cuter each day.

  9. December 15, 2010 8:52 pm

    So good and so true.

  10. December 16, 2010 12:40 pm

    Well, I feel sorry for you right now…It’s terrible to have this (probably recurring) kind of thoughts…
    Like the position of your feet, panel 3.
    Urban landscape, no one around, a lonely tree with no leaves, you, the last panel is splendid, consistent.
    Keep on walking, keep on thinking, keep on drawing, keep on posting.
    You’re not a cheater.
    All the best, dear Gabrielle

    • gabriellebell permalink
      December 16, 2010 3:06 pm

      Thank you Stephane,
      but you don’t have to feel sorry for me, I’m so incredibly lucky!

  11. kate permalink
    December 17, 2010 3:57 pm

    Amazing how you can be depressing and uplifting at the same time. I admire your drawing and writing so much.

  12. john permalink
    December 18, 2010 5:16 pm

    humiliation? i’m sorry but i really value everything a guest lecturer brings the table. maybe you should have earned your fifty somewhere else. too bad you can’t get comped for tweeting.

  13. July 4, 2011 4:50 pm

    As per Tony — I also heard that Gabrielle was never dropped from a great height by a giant. Pretty soon people will start using exaggeration and irony in comics and then we’ll all be fucked!

    Since I’m writing this six months after everyone else, I gather no one will see it. But I have amused myself.


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