December 8, 2014

Said what?


Nasty Day and My Body Is A Lemon


A nice review from Rob Kirby! 

My Body is a Lemon & Nasty Day by Kelly Froh
These two titles from Froh showcase her winningly straightforward, merciless narrative voice. Lemon is a sometimes darkly humorous rundown of the various maladies Froh has suffered over her adult life, while Nasty Day is an exposé of sorts, examining in close detail the warped lives of her notoriously cheap grandparents (on her mother's side) and the fallout from a dark family secret brought to light. Froh always makes reading about the fraught, scary things in life a genuine, pocket-sized pleasure. 

December 3, 2014

DIY Holiday Fair


Come visit Max and I next Saturday for mini-comics, zines, posters, tapes, Intruder comics newspapers, Short Run anthologies, and more! 

John Porcellino at Short Run




It was a great pleasure to host John Porcellino at Short Run this year - a long-time pen pal and friend of mine, and personal hero.  He inspired so many other exhibitors in the room that day to make their first mini-comic or zine.

The day after the festival, he showed "Root Hog or Die" at Central Cinema and a bunch of us hardcore fans were there.

(First photo by a woman holding my camera phone, the other two by Alex Stonehill.)

International artists at Short Run 2014

Anna Sailamaa from Finland displays one of her beautiful fold-out books
at her table at Short Run. She sold out of all her books before the day was over.
Jamie Coe from the UK shows his graphic novel, "Art Schooled", published by Nobrow.
His book is getting lots of good reviews.
Jean De Wet from South Africa also sold out of his table full of mini-comics. 

Jean and James Stanton made this amazing mural in less than 3 days.
It is located at 22nd & Union on the side of Cappy's Gym. 
This was our first year featuring International artists and we could not have dreamed of a better trio. Anna, Jamie, and Jean were delightful, fun, enthusiastic and super hard working.
(First 3 photos by Alex Stonehill, mural photo by me.) 

October 24, 2014

Lit Crawl Seattle



A great night! We read to a packed room at Ada's Technical Books. 
Lots of friends showed up! 
Group photo by Eunice Verstegen. 

October 21, 2014

October 9, 2014

Handwriting Analysis Zine



We are happy to report that the first Issue of Handwriting Analysis has been published. 

100 copies were produced. 

The samples are being analyzed and published in the order in which we received your initial email inquiry. The next issue will hopefully follow closely. This project has become more extensive than we at the PIG and PLGR ever thought possible, but we are making great progress.  Thank you for your great patience.

 If you are interested in obtaining a copy for your records, they are available for $9 post paid in the US, by paypal to diamondsnout@hotmail.com.

Best Wishes,

IMA Pelican
Independent Consultant to the Pelican Institute of Graphology (PIG) and the Pelican Laboratory for Graphological Research (PLGR)

I'm in this zine! - Kelly 



September 9, 2014

WTF? G-PA!




Upcoming readings!



Sept. 24th 7pm
Vermillion
I will be reading from my "Tales of amazon" series. 




Oct. 23rd 8-8:45pm
Ada's Technical Books
I will be reading a new piece about my cheap and cruel grandparents. 

July 2, 2014

Retirement


Recent "Overheards" -



New mini-comic, "This Body Is A Lemon"




A very revealing auto-bio comic about all my health problems since the early 2000s. "What next?" you might say half-way through. 32 pages, color cover, side-stapled, 1/4 size mini. $3.00.

April 24, 2014

Writing Process Blog Tour

Georgia cartoonist Patrick Lee Dean tagged me in a "writing process" blog tour, my answers are below.


1)     What am I working on?


I am writing the 3rd part of the story of my cheap grandparents. The first mini-comic was called, “The Cheapest S.O.B’s” and the second was “Debbie’s Story”. This 3rd part is about my grandma’s miserable funeral called, “Nasty Day” and I am developing it into a performance with a life-size cardboard cut-out of my grandpa that I will make, somehow. I am also working on a few anthology pieces, and the planning of Short Run comix & arts festival here in Seattle on Nov. 15th! www.shortrun.org

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?  


I guess it differs in that I am not overly obsessed with the drawing part of my mini-comics, I am more focused on story, and providing the reader an entertaining experience. My main reason for creating these mini-comics is to connect and share with others. Personal expression! It turns out that even though I am nervous and shy, this is still important to me.

3)     Why do I write what I do?


Because I think we all have interesting life experiences to share. I think it’s so easy to judge someone in 30 seconds, but if you give them a bit more time, you’ll learn fascinating things. I also think the gorier the better when it comes to storytelling. Personal narrative is not about shielding yourself, it’s about opening up. I want to read more about failure than success, and everything else uncomfortable because I truly believe that is real life, the day by day.

4)     How does your writing process work?

Long-hand scrawl in notebooks mostly. I write out my story, then circle the parts that I feel would be enhanced by drawings. My mini-comics look more like adult coloring books than sequential art paneled pages, and I’m fine with that. 


In order to keep the blog tour going, I have "tagged" the artists Rob Kirby, Robyn Jordan, and Tom Van Deusen. Hopefully they will post their answers soon. 






April 1, 2014

Dirty Diamonds #5 Comics

I'm in this anthology by women artists writing about how they got into comics (making them, reading them, or loving them.)

March 10, 2014

Magma Fest Poster

I drew the girls on the phone image and Max and I colab-ed on the title (I drew the paisleys!). This was a fun project to work on! This image is also used in the Hollow Earth Radio zine, which tells you how to listen to Hollow Earth Radio on the internet. http://www.hollowearthradio.org