Society6 Shop!

A handful of pieces are now available as art prints in my Society6 shop! Within the next few weeks I plan on uploading more work and making the art available on more merchandise, so please let me know if there’s anything in my portfolio or on this sketch blog that you’d like to see in my shop.

I would love to have some leggings with my space piggies on them, so keep an eye out for them in the near future. :)


Where Comics + Children’s Books Collide

I recently visited Portland State’s campus to pick up a copy of some books that I helped design this past year, and discovered that my master’s thesis has been downloaded by a bunch of folks since it was uploaded to PDX Scholar at the end of August. Apparently people want to read about the intersection between comics and children’s books! Maybe you would like to read it?

Here’s the abstract to whet your interest:

When did speech bubbles first appear in children’s picture books? In what ways have speech bubbles been co-opted from comic books to serve picture book narratives? What does this example suggest about the future of children’s books co-opting the visual language of comic books? The visual language of comics has slowly permeated American popular culture since the first regular newspaper strip, Richard Felton Outcault’s The Yellow Kid, back in 1895. From the onomatopoetic visuals in the campy ‘60s Batman television series and pop art paintings of Roy Lichtenstein, to the never-ending string of superhero-based blockbuster movies today, comics have been co-opted and adapted to almost every medium imaginable. One area slow to embrace the visual language of comics is perhaps the most similar in form in terms of its relationship between words and images: the children’s picture book. A closer look at the historically poor reception of comics by the gatekeepers of children’s literature will illuminate the tension between comics and picture books, and underscore the innovation of fusion texts that meld elements from comics with picture books.

If you’d like to download the paper and read it (it’s got lots of pictures, as I am a visual person at heart), you can find it on PDX Scholar here: linky link.

One Month of Marriage ^__^

To celebrate being married for one whole month (woo!) here are the two comics Dan and I created for our wedding activity book:

Wedding Comic 1 Erika Schnatz

Apologies to the hosts of all the parties and gatherings we’ve skipped for pizza.

Wedding Comic 2 Erika Schnatz

Our hamster is even more antisocial, if that’s even possible.

Alex Trebek, Omnipresent God

I usually save my comics for Thursday afternoons, but since there was a new Celebrity Jeopardy sketch this weekend on SNL (!!!), here’s an autobiographical comic about the time I tried out for Jeopardy in sixth grade. Please note that my head is full of cats and pizza and not the quadratic equation.

Added bonus: the Celebrity Jeopardy sketch I mentioned earlier!

AmeriComics, Part II

Just in time for Independence Day, here are some comics reflecting on my AmeriCorps term of service:

I learned a lot this year!

One of the mentor leaders did work with a student to get her several thousand dollars in scholarship money. So awesome.

Advising at Portland State is a bit of a mess. I’m sure students have similar experiences at campuses all over the country. We need better advising systems so students aren’t taking classes they don’t need!
Materials: Micron pens