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Jessica Abel started making comics in college, at the University of Chicago. Her early efforts appeared in the student anthology Breakdown. After college, in 1992, she won the infamous "Stinky Date" contest in Hate comics, and, since she had arranged to meet Hate's creator Peter Bagge at the Chicago Comics Convention, she decided to put together a sampler of her comics to show him and the rest of the crew from Fantagraphics Books, his publisher. She printed 50 copies of Artbabe #1, but Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, who claims not to remember this encounter, didn't take the bait. Four issues (and four years) later, she won a Xeric grant, put out the first full-sized and professionally printed issue of Artbabe, thus finally appearing on Groth's radar, and beginning a new volume of Artbabe with Fantagraphics in 1997. Abel won the 1997 "Best New Talent" Harvey and Lulu awards and she completed Artbabe Volume 2 in early 1999.
Abel currently lives in Mexico City with boyfriend Matt Madden, where she has been working on her Spanish and making a few minicomics.
Pretty much everything I wanted out of this.
Short, well-illustrated and straight to the point.
This book makes me smile. It's a cute little illustrated piece and it is still able to touch on the basics of radio production. If you need a start, this is it.Published on September 2, 2011 by Dominick
$40 new on Amazon? What? You can get it for $5 on the This American Life website store.Published on January 20, 2010 by A. Seay
I didn't know what to expect when I ordered this. All I knew what that I knew nothing about radio. This little comic has changed that however. Read morePublished on November 22, 2007 by thaiteaman
Jessica Abel and Ira Glass have done an admirable job of explaining the basics of what it takes to do radio reportage and story telling in a novel format, mainly that of a comic. Read morePublished on July 30, 2007 by Matt Moore
The team at "This American Life" tell stories as well as anyone in the media. This book was recommended to me during a seminar on multimedia storytelling for photographers, so its... Read morePublished on July 5, 2007 by Michael