Fan Art Fridays – See I told you

Oh you thought I was kidding that I was going to bring back Fan Art Fridays, DIDNT YOU.

 

It’s ok, I didnt believe me either…

 

BUT here I am :)  It’s happening!

This Fan Art Friday is dedicated to: Lauren Graham.

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Now, if you’ve met me before then you probably heard me mention Gilmore Girls, or at the very least I quoted or referenced it (even if you didn’t notice).  There’s no easy way to explain exactly how I feel about this show, but let me use the show to help figure it out:

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I was the same age/grade as Rory when the show first aired – we grew up together.  And now I am the same age as Lorelai’s character when the show first started – and I can honestly say I love it, because I have always loved her character the most.

That being said, I didn’t know too much about the actress who played her (Lauren Graham) other than what I learned surrounding the show.  Very recently I downloaded the audiofile for Lauren’s most recent book “Talking As Fast As I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between” .  All i can say is that I am so glad I bought this book.  Lauren is just as vibrant, weird, crazy and inspiring as my favorite character, if not more so because she is incredibly real.   She talks to the reader/audience like we’re old friends, and she discusses her experience with Gilmore Girls in such a lovely way that it made me cry – several times.

That show got me through my twenties and the majority of my college and teenage years, and I am forever grateful for the writing and the characters who inspired me and helped me as I grew up.

Thank you Lauren Graham.

 

 

Also, P.S.

To further my point, my amazing team and I recently won first prize in Gilmore Girls Trivia

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New Post About Old Stuff

I totally forgot to ever post the illustrations I did for Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Words Weekend last year.  It was an incredible experience and opportunity, and I had a ton of fun doing these illustrations.

Based on the poem by Irene Marquette (which you can read here)

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Thank you to 1,000 Chicago Afternoons, Anthology of Chicago and CHI_LIT and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago for the awesome opportunity!

**ALSO**

Recently featured again on the MCA Front page and in the Chicago READER for a similar even coming up this month: http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/welcome-to-the-neighborhood/Event?oid=16184828

Breakup Weekend – PART TWO!

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Breakup Weekend Comics – Part 2

no really it’s really funny… Last week i was told by this greg that I wasn’t important enough to make time for and that we’re never going to see each-other again.

And then, a few days later, i broke up with the guy i was currently dating… also named greg.

My life is weird.

 

FINALLY GEEZ – Now lets talk about Ghosts

So like I said last time (two months ago! AH!) my printer was messed up but I finally fixed it WHICH MEANS…   <3 <3 <3 !COMICS! <3 <3 <3   Todays comic is brought to you by people who pretend to like you and then disappear: ghosting_title ghosting1 ghosting2

 

 

So my friends, here is a story.

One of the reasons I make comics and share them publicly, especially ones like this, is because I want someone else out there going through the same thing to realize you’re not alone.

This particular story was drawn about two months ago, after my casual relationship with Greg, but it also applies perfectly to my most recent dating experience.  Actually… probably more so, because Dave was the best person I ever dated and felt like relationship was just around the corner.  But then just a few days ago … poof! gone.  I think this one hurt the most. (BTW, Happy Birthday Dave!)*

Yes it sucks, yes you will sit at home and analyze over and over “what did i do?!?!”, “what did I say?!?!”, “what could i have done differently!!!”.  The answer is nothing.  And we all do this.  But ya know what?  IT’S NOT YOU.  Trust me.  When this happens remind yourself that it has nothing to do with you.  It is on them – mostly from lack of maturity and the inability to deal with conflict and confrontation.  Any of the other reasons do not matter.  (and both genders do this btw, not just dudes)

Also, if you have done this… please stop.  It’s a thousand times worse to not know than to know.

Ok well now that we’ve all turned on The Smiths and had a good cry about ourselves, go out and enjoy your life.

Love Ya’ll

– Rachel

 

 

*Don’t be mean to comic artists!

The Greatest

Holy MOLEY i have just had a whirlwind of press and accolades since my art show opening on February 8th!!!!

First i found out i was featured in a Chicago Tribune article! (starpower!)

Then,  REELChicago posted a video from opening night (though i think i sound like an idiot)

AND THEN! – the last two days I have talked and visited with the arts reader from the ChicagoREADER, which is super super exciting (since people actually read that one!)  If you are around the Chicago area, you can pick up a copy NEXT THURSDAY (the 27th) or search for it on http://www.chicagoreader.com/

Basically… Im about to blow up ya’ll.

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On another awesome note – I am still working on my most recent comic!  It’s a Wealthy&Diamond diary comic, but it’s on a much larger scale, and with everything that’s been going i’ve only inked one page!  But here is the first pages ‘ rough copy for you to revel over until the other pages are done.

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I love all of you!

<3 <3 <3

HAPPY MERRY CHRITSMAHOLIDUKAH

Yeah, I went there.

Hey!  Guess what!  After years of abandonment I have reopened my Etsy shop just for Christmas!  Specifically to sell my new Christmas cards!!!

Please browse through if you’re interested in some hand illustrated cards this year!

Visit the shoppe HERE

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INSIDE READS: "All I want for Christmas is to wrap my arms around you"

INSIDE READS: “All I want for Christmas is to wrap my arms around you”

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"Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays"

“Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays”

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Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, I did this simple illustration to honor my ancestral tribe, the Absentee Shawnee.

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The background circle is homage to the tribe’s flag, as well as the two eagle feathers, which honor the great warrior Tecumseh.

The woman wears the Shawnee Nation’s tribal flag around her, the blue which represents the open sky, the 12 white stars represent the 12 clans of the Shawnee and the 12 leaders.  The star at the top of the flag also represents Tecumseh, who is sometimes referred to as the Shooting Star. In her hair hangs two leaves of the white oak, representing the modern Shawnee.

 

After finishing, I decided I wanted to do something more to honor this month.  I want to sell prints for $25 from now until December – All the money I raise will go to the Absentee Shawnee Tribe in Shawnee, OK.  If I raise a lot, i’d like to split the money between the Absentee Shawnee and the American Indian Center here in Chicago.  If you are interested or know others who would be please spread the word!

 

I love ya’ll <3

 

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