February 24, 2018

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SLJ Webcomic Exclusive: “Economy of Form” by Melanie Gillman

SLJ presents Economy of Form, an exclusive webcomic by Melanie Gillman, creator of the long-running webcomic As the Crow Flies, nominee for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013) and an Eisner Award (2014).

As the Crow Flies stars Charlie, a queer 13-year-old girl who finds herself at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp. Here, Charlie and her friend Mei learn about—and question—some artistic conventions of cartooning.

Gillman, a self-described “queertoonist” living in Denver, CO, holds an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies. On average, 1.33 colored pencils are sharpened into oblivion per page, Gillman says. As the Crow Flies updates usually occur on Mondays and Fridays.

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Sarah Bayliss (sbayliss@mediasourceinc.com, @shbayliss) is associate editor, news and features, at School Library Journal.

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  1. Nicolas Verstappen says:

    Hi. Great first page. But it seems I can’t access the next one… Just me? Or is there a problem with the “next” button? Best. N.