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comics by katie skelly

website: katieskellycomics.com buy stuff: my shoppp
Jun 29 '14
a nurse nurse screenprint.

a nurse nurse screenprint.

Jun 29 '14

Anonymous asked:

hey i don't know if i did this already and forgot but while it's on my mind i just want to say thank you for answering my question about twitter accounts, reading suggestions, and recipes! I'm currently reading Operation Margarine right now and loving it!

darrylayo:

Yeah no problem!

Operation Margarine is one of those comics that digs right into the skull!

and then it sets your skull on fire

Jun 23 '14
tomscioli:

I don’t think anybody recorded our HeroesCon Panel, but we got this great picture.
left-to-right: Benjamin Marra, Jim Rugg, Katie Skelly, Tom Scioli

tomscioli:

I don’t think anybody recorded our HeroesCon Panel, but we got this great picture.

left-to-right: Benjamin Marra, Jim Rugg, Katie Skelly, Tom Scioli

Jun 23 '14

my favorite commissions from HEROES CON. great show!

Jun 16 '14

i’ll be selling comics, drawings, commissions and some original pages at HEROES CON in charlotte, nc, june 20-22. this is my first time doing the show and i’m very excited! check me out at table AA-1017 (near ADHOUSE BOOKS). 

if you’re interested in getting an original drawing from me at the show, message me at skelly.katie(at)gmail(dot)com and we can work out what i’ll have ready for you. don’t forget: if you want some art from me and aren’t going to heroes, you can always order from my shop.

Jun 13 '14
rah-flores:

Katie Skelly

30,000 tumblr malcontents can’t be wrong
BUY OPERATION MARGARINE

rah-flores:

Katie Skelly

30,000 tumblr malcontents can’t be wrong

BUY OPERATION MARGARINE

Jun 13 '14
"But now that I’m on the other side of treatment I’m feeling like I want to work harder and grosser and draw uglier; one thing drawing used to do for me was help me feel like I was contributing beauty to the world because I felt so ugly. But now I feel like, fuck that, ugly is good."
Jun 12 '14
Jun 9 '14
in progress

in progress

Jun 9 '14

sequentialstate:

Review: Operation Margarine

My first experience with Katie Skelly and her work was at the Contemporary Erotic Comics panel at TCAF 2014; Operation Margarine was a book that was on my radar for the show, but Skelly had already run out of copies by the end of the first day – a happy occurrence for her, but it meant that it took me a little while to procure a copy.

Operation Margarine is 104 pages of black and white comics with a two color soft cover. The book plate very charmingly reads “Ex Libris, Mother F@$%er” and foretells the attitudes prevalent inside. Two tough girls, Margarine and Bon-Bon, have escaped the confines of the big city and have been riding their motorcycles through the desert. Both are dealing with a past that they’d rather forget all together. But previous actions come back to haunt the pair, with disastrous consequences.

Skelly uses stark blacks and whites and with that palette, the two heroines are opposite sides of the spectrum – Margarine is illustrated with a white dress or white pea coat, while Bon-Bon is generally illustrated with a black leather jacket. The simplicity of the standard black/white, evil/good dichotomy is alluring, but I don’t think it’s very accurate – both Bon-Bon and Margarine have their strengths and weaknesses as characters, and both show capacity for both good and bad.

The art of Operation Margarine is likewise very stylized, using block white and black to create her scenes. One of the things I noticed was Skelly’s use of dramatic waves around the main characters as they interact with motorcycles. The motorcycle is a key aspect of Operation Margarine and seems to represent free will throughout the book. In scenes where Bon-Bon gets out of the city by stealing her ex’s motorcycle, or when Margarine learns to ride a motorcycle on the fly, both are exerting their independence from the people that have tossed them aside or locked them up.

Operation Margarine seems like a genre story, but I think it works best when read through the lens of companionship and independence. The characters go from having nothing to lose to having a lot to lose in a very short space; they also reject the social structures that keep them captive and strike out on their own.

 I think what is most effective about Operation Margarine is the transition from loner to partner, the change from passive to active. This is a story about two women finding their freedom together and taking what is theirs, despite the consequences. 

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Operation Margarine is published by AdHouse Books and can be purchased now from their webstore, if so desired. You can also get a signed copy from Katie Skelly herself. Skelly’s other comics, like Nurse Nurse, can be found at her website.