My art: Genealogy emotions comic

My art: Genealogy emotions comic

These are the common feelings I have when researching my family tree.


Text description:
Six panels show the same person expressing six emotions: delight (happy face), confusion (one raised eyebrow and one lowered eyebrow), frustration (angry face with pointy teeth), elation (happy face with arms raised in the air), “Ooh I might be related to a famous person” (wide eyes with “ooh” lips), and in the last panel, “Why do I have to pay for this information” (crying).

My art: 1860 census comic

My art: 1860 census comic

Another genealogy comic. I didn’t expect to be so affected by a table with numbers in it.


Text description:
Panel 1: “One day, I was doing some genealogy research and I found my great-great-great grandfather in the 1860 census.”
Panel 2: A table showing the names, genders, and age of the family: Charles Spencer, age 21, Mary Spencer, age 20, and Franklin Spencer, age 0.
Panel 3: A picture of a cute baby with big eyes, wrapped up in a blanket. The caption reads, “He was just a baby.”
Panel 4: An illustration of me with my hand over my heart, eyes closed tightly, with the caption “Right in the feels”.

My art: Genealogy Junkie comic

My art: Genealogy Junkie comic

I can quit anytime I want.

Genealogy researchers know what I’m talking about.

By the way, Family Search is the website I go to first for family research. Thank goodness Mormons love to baptize dead people, or else we wouldn’t have such a great resource!

My art: Short hair comic

My art: Short hair comic

(Sorry about the delay, but I’d like my + Anima posts to stay at the top a few days longer.)

Now I sing the praises and point out the downsides of having short hair!


The pros:

  • It’s easy to style.
  • You spend less time in the shower.
  • You use less shampoo.
  • You feel light and airy.
  • Sometimes it makes you look taller.
  • You feel cooler in the summer.

The cons:

  • You have to trim it regularly.
  • You feel cold in the winter!
  • You get bed head.
My art: Long Hair comic

My art: Long Hair comic


The pros of long hair:

  • You can use it as a pillow.
  • You can shield your face from the sun
  • You can keep your ears warm in the winter.
  • You can cover up your boob area if you want.
  • Maintenance can be pretty easy – just brush and go!
  • You can re-create many historical hairstyles.


  • It can get really hot.
  • Pulling it up can cause headaches.
  • It sure takes a long time to shampoo.

Next week I’ll post the pros and cons of short hair soon!

My art: Monster Plaque comic

My art: Monster Plaque comic

This is one of those comics that just came to me, although being at the dentist recently may have had something to do with it.


Artist profile: Nell Brinkley, Queen of Comics

Artist profile: Nell Brinkley, Queen of Comics

Every month, I profile an artist who inspires my own art, in several segments.
Nell Brinkley. Wow.

She came to my attention about two months ago when I was searching for something related to women and comics, and boy, did her artwork knock me out!

Brinkley (1886-1944) grew up near Denver, Colorado and dropped out of high school to be an artist. She worked in pen and ink, and (I assume) watercolor from the 1910s through the 1940s. At age 21, she and her mother moved to New York so Brinkley could illustrate for William Randolph Hearst’s publications.

Brinkley at work (1915)
Brinkley at work (1915)

In 1907, Brinkley reported on the famous Harry K. Thaw trial, drawing beautiful portraits of Thaw’s actress wife, Evelyn Nesbit. Brinkley found instant fame from these portraits, and soon her trademark pretty girls appeared in periodicals all around the country. Everyone recognized a Brinkley Girl: graceful and well-dressed; dramatic, long-lashed eyes; Cupid’s bow lips; curled hair; and most importantly, active and emotive. Brinkley Girls went on adventures, had jobs, and loved their men with abandon, just like modern ladies were doing all over the world in the 1910s and 1920s.

Beautiful Eyes
Beautiful Eyes

Brinkley’s periodical artwork took two forms: a single image accompanied by her written thoughts on the subject matter (for example, encouraging girls to learn to play a musical instrument), or an arrangement of scenes from a story with numbered captions explaining the action. In this way, she is a sequential artist, even though her comics don’t take the form we’re used to today, with clearly-defined panels, dialogue bubbles, and such.

The Adventures of Prudence Prim (1925)
The Adventures of Prudence Prim (1925)

Speaking of comic formats, Brinkley’s art reminds me very much of shoujo manga. Both are just so damn pretty, and nearly smother the viewer with lush detail. It’s like she took the dynamic beauty of shoujo manga and perfectly blended it with the more realistic tendencies of American comics… and then traveled back in time to draw in the early 1900s, before both of those genres even began!

Detail from “Cupid Catching Butterflies” compared to Yukari from Paradise Kiss

I really can’t help but wonder if Brinkley’s style didn’t impress some early Japanese manga artists – and/or she was influenced by Japanese art, like so many other Western artists were around the turn of the century. I have no idea how popular she was in Japan – that would be a great research angle.

Brinkley’s art also shows the influence of both Art Nouveau and Art Deco – starting out more Nouveau and becoming more Deco as it became popular.

Brinkley’s subjects (both art and writing) ranged from romance to war adventures, theatre reviews to profiles of society women (including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt), interviews with women working in factories during WWI to her experience flying in a bi-plane.

As you’ll see next week, Brinkley was a great supporter of women in the workforce – being one herself. She also drew in support of women’s suffrage and raising funds for America’s participation in World War I.

I can’t wait to show you the images I found and share with you some of Brinkley’s own words, every Tuesday this April!

*My resources for Nell Brinkley:

Brinkley with a startled cat!
Brinkley with a startled cat!

Other parts in the Nell Brinkley artist profile series
Girls who toil
Golden Eyes
Serial girls
Glamorous girls