My Interview with 7 Contributors of “The Big Feminist BUT” for Slice Magazine

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I was honored when the editors of Slice Magazine asked me to interview 7 contributors of The Big Feminist BUT. As a feminist and artist myself (including my own comics), I appreciate that this conversation was engaged in the illustrated form and hope to see it continue into more voices for the future. Check out the interview here on Slice’s A Word About Writing. And here is an art sample from Gabrielle Bell, involving her Mom & Valerie Solanas:

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Gabrielle, your story is so rich and complex; I loved it so much. I have a friend who thought everything you wrote was true – verbatim. How do you balance truth with fiction, especially in a story that is rooted in historical events?

I didn’t worry too much about messing with history, at least not until after I’d finished the story. I tend to worry about upsetting people I’ve used in my story only after I’ve done. While I am in the grips of storytelling, it doesn’t occur to me that someone might take issue with it. It wasn’t easy though…continue reading

cover © 2013 Joan Reilly; comic sample © Gabrielle Bell

DIY: Jewelry Organizer + IKEA Closet Hack

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I love our Brooklyn apartment to pieces, but it definitely came with its own set of challenges. One of them being no proper closets, albeit a common apartment-dwelling dilemma. For over six-years I have been gradually developing IKEA’s Pax Wardrobe into my own dream closet as best I can. The next problem that needed solving (after my jewelry hanger broke) was how to have easy access to my chunky jewelry. I was originally going with pegboard, until I spotted this lattice metal grating across the aisle in Lowe’s. The corners are a little sharp, but it was definitely more my speed with its metal industrial look. Tim helped me hang it up by drilling carefully into the narrow Pax door using eight screws, nuts & washers.

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My solution to the bulkier items were to hang these little drawer organizers by Rubbermaid. We drilled two tiny holes into each bin and bent thick metal wire to act as hooks. I’m sure there are better options, but this was my down & dirty problem-solving for the time being.

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Some time ago, while watching an unforgettable marathon of Graham Linehan’s Black Books in the background, we wallpapered the wardrobe with my substitute (and more affordable choice) to Cole & Son’s Two Woods. I love my customized DIY closet!

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