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I make A Zillion Dollars Comics from my home studio, at 4400 feet in the mountains outside Los Angeles. Moving here in 2007 with my husband and two goofball mutts, I discovered that isolation can be great for creativity, not always so great for sanity. But hey, for an artist, sanity is optional, right?

I have been making comics since I was a wee lass in the suburbs of New York City. I shared my childhood with Clyde, a cheerful cartoon worm with spiral antennae poking through his bowler hat. For years I filled pages of cheap drug store sketchpads with the adventures of Clyde and his wife, children, and pets (Claudine, Clarence, Claudette, Clarissa, and Clementine; Clementine being the parrot). Junior high inspired my first novel, 63 pages in a marble notebook about a 13-year-old girl with long blond hair, ESP, and a gorgeous bedroom with a built-in stereo and a bright yellow shag rug…

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  • Born on May 12
  • Joined October 15, 2011

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I make A Zillion Dollars Comics from my home studio, at 4400 feet in the mountains outside Los Angeles. Moving here in 2007 with my husband and two goofball mutts, I discovered that isolation can be great for creativity, not always so great for sanity. But hey, for an artist, sanity is optional, right?

I have been making comics since I was a wee lass in the suburbs of New York City. I shared my childhood with Clyde, a cheerful cartoon worm with spiral antennae poking through his bowler hat. For years I filled pages of cheap drug store sketchpads with the adventures of Clyde and his wife, children, and pets (Claudine, Clarence, Claudette, Clarissa, and Clementine; Clementine being the parrot). Junior high inspired my first novel, 63 pages in a marble notebook about a 13-year-old girl with long blond hair, ESP, and a gorgeous bedroom with a built-in stereo and a bright yellow shag rug. Maybe just a little fantasy going on there? At any rate, drawing and writing were right up there with air and food for survival, a means to make sense of the world, or maybe even shape it how I wanted it to be.

The drawings and stories centered around the intriguing world of people - their relationships, emotions, hopes, dreams, rages, embarrassments, frustrations, egos, longings. This curiosity found its expression in the world of psychology and art therapy, and after majoring in fine art in college, I embarked upon a hugely rewarding career as a psychotherapist and art therapist.

The sketchbooks stayed with me, however, and in 2011 the characters appearing in them were requiring a little more time and space in my life. So A Zillion Dollars Comics was born, a realm in which the absurd assumes it's rightful place alongside the serious and logical. A Zillion Dollars seemed like the right name for it all- huge, imaginary, what we all might long for. And what we all gain when we tap into the immense wealth and richness of the imagination.







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