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Big July Diary Post

August 2, 2019
This is the first year I wasn’t able to meet my own challenge of one comic per day in July. I’m so glad I gave up so early, though. I’d have made myself miserable and been difficult to be around, once again. Instead, I really enjoyed making the comics I did do, and I was really involved in the actual life around me.
I’ve been out in the mountains in Northern California for the past month, with limited internet access, and have only been able to post these on Instagram (@ms.gabriellebell), but now I’m compiling them up here for you, in case Insta is not your thing. I’ll keep working on and posting this series as I go along, now that I’m back in civilization.
Oh-I forgot to mention-if you’re wondering why it’s so messy, it’s because I’ve been drawing with my left hand, to rest the RSI in my drawing arm, but also because it’s become a fun challenge.
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Never Ending Tour

May 3, 2019

If you ever wanted to see me in the person and haven’t, it might be your chance within the next few weeks. Here are a few events which I’ll be participating in (if you click on the images you can see the details of the events):

-Next Thursday, May 9th, from 6:00 PM til 7:00 PM in NYC, I’ll be on a panel for the PEN World Voices Festival called Resonances, along with writers Niviaq Korneliussen, Bridgett M. Davis, Willivaldo Delgadillo and moderated by Esther Allen.

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-Then, on Saturday, May 11th, I’ll be in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the inaugural Wordplay literary festival. A lot of big names will be there.

Here is where you can find me at Wordplay:

I’ll be signing at the Uncivilized Books table on Saturday, May 11th at

-12:00 PM to 3:00 PM with Kristin Tipping

-3:15 to 4:15: A Conversation with Eric Lorberer, “More Than Words” at the Loft Stage

-4:15 PM to 5:00 PM: Signing at Uncivilized Books

-8:00 PM: I was roped into doing a reading for LitCrawl at Morrisey’s. Come see me squirm!

On Sunday, May 12th I will be signing for one hour at the Uncivilized Books table at 10:00 AM with Erik Johnson, just before I fly home again, if I manage to survive the brutal day of extroversion that Saturday will be.

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Finally, a couple weeks later, on Thursday, May 23rd, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Printed Matter back in NYC, Seamus O’Malley and I will be discussing  A Place Inside Yourself, a new book about Julie Doucet and ME!
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This Friday

November 28, 2018

Me and Ariel Schrag will be celebrating our new books and drawing portraits at Desert Island Comics. Come by! 540 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, seven to nineugly.jpg

Here is the Facebook event.

And, if you’re anywhere around Summit, New Jersey, I’ll be part of Getting Graphic event, with many other great cartoonists like Lauren Weinstein and Julia Alekseyeva and many more.

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New Comics, Old Comics and Autoptic

August 17, 2018

I’ve had some comics up on Spiral Bound, the classic How I Make my Comics, a comic   about a humiliating heartbreak, a comic about John Porcellino, a comic about meditation, And a comic about teaching but more about footwear. Also on the New Yorker site is another humiliating heartbreak story. That’s what I get for putting myself out there. Also, this weekend I’ll be at the Autoptic Festival in Minneapolis. Tonight there will be a kickoff art show at the Light Grey Art Labs, which is at 118 E 26th St, Ste 101 Minneapolis, Minnesota, from 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM.

If you’re still hungry for more comics, there are some on my Instagram page, which are selections from my Patreon page.

Not July Diary

July 13, 2018

If you’re a long time follower, you might’ve noticed that there’s been no July Diary this year. I’m going to a meditation retreat soon, where I won’t be allowed to draw any comics, so I drew the annual comic in advance, in June, and posted it covertly on my Patreon account. I prefer to give my comics freely, and it’s not my favorite thing to put up a paywall, but I find that it suits my shyness and the personal exploration in my work. Also my financial needs. Here is one of the better pages from last month: guns.jpg