The Future is Now

Autumn is always a time of change and this year some big changes are coming to Trumpetflower-land. First and foremost, I’m launching a Patreon campaign! If you don’t know about Patreon, it’s a nifty new way to support artists. It’s kinda like a Kickstarter in that you get “rewards” for participating, but it’s a monthly subscription instead of a single contribution – you can contribute as much or as little as you want, for as long as you want, and have all kinds of fun doing it.patreonbannerI’ve also replaced with a more simple website, featuring an updated portfolio, resume, and links to all my social networky things. This blog will stay put, but mainly as an archive for now while most of the action will occur on Patreon and Tumblr. It’s the way of the future!

I’ve also added some items recently to my Etsy shop, with many more to come soon – I’m hoping to post new items each month.

I couldn’t be more excited for all these changes.
Onward, upward and away!

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Friends from Far Away, PZS & beyond

"Friends from Far Away vol. 1"The longer the wait between blog posts, the more news I have to report, so naturally this post is a bit of a doozy. But followers of my Tumblr might already know about the recent release of “Friends from Far Away vol. 1,” a compilation of travelogue comics by myself & Max Karl Key chronicling our couchsurfing trip of Europe last year. Our travel tumblr Made En Route is still updating now, and a second printed volume is on the way.

Next week Portland-area folks will have 2 exciting opportunities to check out “Friends from Far Away.” First of all we will present alongside some other great Portland zinesters at Print Fancy, a group zine release party at the venerable Reading Frenzy. This will be my first time delivering a presentation of my work since college, so it’s certain to be a barrel of laughs! The event takes place next Wednesday, July 9 at 7pm and offers refreshments.

But wait, there’s more… it’s time again for Portland Zine Symposium, and this year I’ll be more involved than ever. Check this out:

  • Me & Max will be tabling with “Friends from Far Away,” “Trusty Companion” and “Creature Colors”
  • I’m leading an all-ages workshop on character design for cartoons & comics (schedule TBA!)
  • I’m participating in the Portland Zine Symposium Art Show at Floating World Comics, with an opening event Friday July 11 from 6-9pm
  • In case you hadn’t noticed I did all of the promotional art for PZS this year, including the posters, t-shirts, stickers and buttons! The theme was “outer space” and as you can probably tell I had a lot of fun with it.


Feel free to share these around willy-nilly, it is promotional art after all! And if you didn’t know, Portland Zine Symposium is FREE, volunteer-organized, and takes place July 12-13 at the Ambridge Event Center. Stop by if you can and I’ll give you a high five for being awesome.

Of course if you can’t make it to these events, you can always purchase a copy of “Friends from Far Away” by contacting me directly – katy @ will do the trick. A mere $8 and we are happy to ship anywhere in the world.  :)


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Travels & more!

Hello there! This being my first blog post in months, I have much to report…

maxankleFirst things first: I have just returned from a grand couchsurfing adventure in the company of Max Karl Key and our fabulous friends from foreign lands. Our travels to New York, Germany, France, Sweden and Denmark have of course been chronicled in cartoon form and will be coming soon to an internet near you!

Our travel tumblr Made En Route is the place to find doodles and comics drawn while on the road. We have quite a backlog waiting to be scanned & uploaded, so when the summer simmers down a bit (i.e. when it isn’t too hot to spend hours at a computer) there shall be a flood of awesome updates.

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Meanwhile, further adventures are in store for us this weekend at the always wonderful Portland Zine Symposium, June 10-11! Me & Max will be tabling on Saturday June 10 only, offering copies of our latest join venture, Trusty Companion Vol 1. We will have some other comics too along with original art and more. Just come on down to Ambridge Event Center this Saturday between 10am and 6pm, track us down and say hello.

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March Morning

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A few weeks ago I saw the kind of moon that people write poetry about. So I made a comic about it. “March Morning” is also a glimpse at my morning routine in late winter mode…

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