Artist August: Liz Prince [Art Feature]

By | August 29th, 2014
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Liz Prince’s comics are exactly the type of comics I want to see more of in the world. Her work lies somewhere between the self-reflection of Jeffery Brown and the raucous energy of James Kochalka, examining herself and her surroundings through the lens of a humorist. Her comics are easily digestible while simultaneously impactful and thought provoking, which gives her work an accessibility a lot of other cartoonists can lack.

When not focusing on punk rock or cats Prince’s comics can lean towards cynicism, but she uses humor to keep from ever becoming bleak. Even when she’s her own punchline, the laughs are never meant to be mean spirited or overly self-depricating. Instead, there’s a type of tongue-in-cheek feeling that comes from the cartoonist’s knowing that her reader can relate on some level to the situation. We laugh with her because we’ve all been there. Prince is incredibly honest about her relationships and inner-most feelings, inviting readers to join her in examining some of life’s pitfalls.

Prince’s forthcoming Tomboy will be her longest work to date, more than doubling the page count of her last book Alone Forever. From the excerpts that’re floating around, as well as some advance reviews, it’s looking like Tomboy is going to make a bit of a splash, and I’m super excited to read it! It’ll be available next month at finer comic shops everywhere. She’s also got a trio of books available from the good folks at Top Shelf.

Most of the images below are from Liz’s website and Tumblr, so you should check those out for even more comics.

I Don’t Want to Grow Up, originally published in Razorcake magazine

Punk Rock is Ruining My Teeth

Page from ‘Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed’

Page from ‘Alone Forever: The Singles Collection’

I knew they did it on purpose.

Page from ‘Alone Forever: The Singles Collection’

Sorry, Dracula.

Crappy Valentines

A valid point, from ‘Alone Forever: The Singles Collection’

Page from ‘Alone Forever: The Singles Collection’

Page from ‘Alone Forever: The Singles Collection’

Cover to ‘I Swallowed the Key to My Heart #2

Cover to ‘I Swallowed the Key to My Heart #3

Worriers shirt design

Back up strip from Marceline and the Scream Queens #3

From Adventure Time #30

A study in Prince

Cover to the forthcoming ‘Tomboy

A page from the forthcoming ‘Tomboy

A page from the forthcoming ‘Tomboy

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Mike Romeo

Mike Romeo started reading comics when splash pages were king and the proper proportions of a human being meant nothing. Part of him will always feel that way. Now he is one of the voices on Robots From Tomorrow. He lives in Philadelphia with two cats. Follow him on Instagram at @YeahMikeRomeo!


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