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‘Her Name Was Prudence’ debuting at SPX this weekend! [Sep. 12th, 2012|10:02 pm]
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HER NAME WAS PRUDENCE, debuting at SPX this weekend! (Table W63)
by Cathy G. Johnson
16 pages
Grayscale interiors with screen-printed cover

Soomin is an unenthusiastic twenty-something who doesn’t know what to do, but does it well. She’s apathetic and gets laid and is reasonably social. At a used bookstore she finds an 18th-century poem by William Jameson and she thinks she likes it, but her friends are just kinda cynical about it. ‘Her Name Was Prudence’ is about trying to enjoy something when no one, not even yourself, really cares.

I’ll also have JEREMIAH FREEBIES! A lot of postcards and a limited amount of buttons, to promote my new webcomic JEREMIAH!

I’ll be at table W63 with Olivia Horvath and Eel Choy. Please come by and say hey!

Vote for us!

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JEREMIAH has begun its online serialization! [Sep. 8th, 2012|10:23 am]
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JEREMIAH began its online serialization on September 3rd!

JEREMIAH is an ink and watercolor graphic novel spanning 160 pages. It’s about a sixteen-year-old farm kid who starts to experience doubt for the first time in his life.

New pages will arrive on on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I’ll be posting all three pages to the Cathyboy Tumblr on Sundays, and I’ll reblog them onto

This has been a long time coming— years, really. I’m excited to finally, finally start sharing this story with you.

Go to to start reading!

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‘Her Name Was Prudence,’ a panel [Aug. 6th, 2012|07:59 pm]
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This is a panel from my upcoming comic, Her Name Was Prudence, debuting at SPX this September.

I’m moving at the end of the week, due in Providence, Rhode Island on August 17. The majority of my packing has been art, art supplies, and books. I also have some clothes and toiletries, regretfully. If you’re on the East Coast, I hope to see you at either Small Press Expo (SPX) in September, or Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Fest (BCGF) in November.

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Melt, July 21 [Jul. 21st, 2012|10:54 pm]
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Preparations for the impending move mostly feel good, but every so often I get a dramatic surge of frustration. I’m a complete mess, really; no projects I’ve started feel good enough or capture me. The art I’ve been consuming feels not only bad, but destructive– only recently have I decided to pull the plug on even trying to like things that feel wrong. I had a great conversation a couple nights ago about this, and we acknowledged our snobbery, but it felt more like a defense strategy. Being positive and nice is always number one, but actively trying to enjoy things that feel destructive to your psyche? Not so good. Consume the good stuff, the stuff that inspires you. Surround yourself with it. Cut out what doesn’t jive, or you may find yourself on a distracted path (as I have been continually finding myself on for months).

The “mess” also is coming from feeling like a patchwork of time and space. It will be consolidated soon after this move. Or something like it. Threads that have been started will either be mercifully abandoned or given the attention they need. I don’t think any of this is bad, by the way. I don’t think I’d want to be completely focused my entire life, being a mess right now is fine. I just need to acknowledge it and make sure the next solo path I choose is enriching.

I’m treading, treading, treading that goddamn water until this month is up.

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July 20, Drawings [Jul. 20th, 2012|10:59 pm]
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Caitlin [Jul. 12th, 2012|01:17 pm]
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On Tuesday night Caitlin & I shlepped around her uncle and aunt’s empty home in Minneapolis. It will be one of the final times we are together for a while– today she is off to Chicago for a two-week zine residency, and then she’s going to the Southwest for a month. In August I am moving to Providence.

The empty former home was just the right setting for a humid July evening, talking & drinking into the morning hours. We’ve been good friends for over ten years now; we had some rocky spots, spurred by our living together for a summer, but with many other factors involved. Growing pains. Now we’re both adults, and we’ve become incredibly tight again. It’s a relief and a miracle. To have someone so close to you for so long is so special and rare, I can’t help but feel beyond fortunate. And to have it be Caitlin is more than anyone could dream of.

I wanted to record the image I had of her that night. Our friendship is probably going to shift again, but I’m not afraid of it.

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Website Update and CAKE Chicago this weekend! [Jun. 13th, 2012|12:50 pm]
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Updated my portfolio website,, with tons of work. New books, drawings, comics, and a print.

CAKE, the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, is this weekend! Come to 1104 S Wabash, on June 16 & 17, 11am-6pm. It’s free and open to the public! I’ll be at Table 73, with all my books and prints:

I’ll also have issues of QUICKIE #4, edited by Rebecca Mock, which is really exciting! I contributed a “spread” to the cause:

Hope to see you there!

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Two Watercolors from May 2012 [Jun. 6th, 2012|04:08 pm]
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Here are two watercolors from the journals I kept during the month of May, while I was volunteering at Farm Sanctuary in Orland, California. The rest of the watercolors, as well as the transcribed entries, will be part of a final project that currently has no structure nor timeline. I don’t mean to be a tease; hopefully these will satisfy and wet your palate while I work to figure it out.

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I’m Back!: Photos from Farm Sanctuary [Jun. 3rd, 2012|07:35 pm]

I spent the month of May in California, at Farm Sanctuary’s Orland shelter. It was an incredible time that’s difficult to describe. I volunteered as a Shelter Intern, where I cared for animals, and met over a hundred new friends (about eight of them being human). I painted lots of watercolors and kept a daily journal; out of these artifacts I will make “a thing.” As that is what artists do. But, to satisfy your appetite in the immediate, I also took tons of photos. Here are a few that I thought best represented one of the most amazing experiences I’ve been a part of.

(Click the thumbnails to see larger, and for a short description. Click the image again if they appear squished in your browser.)


The Farm
Turkey Girls

Mud Hole

Baby Norman
The Jersey Boys
Main Santa Cruz Herd and July the goat

Family Portrait
Hen Sunset

Turlock Hens
Valentino and Me
Stephanie and a Turlock Red Star

Turkey Girl
Stick n' Poke 1

Chex Mix
Stick n' Poke 2
Never Forget
Don and the Main Cattle Herd

Main Cattle Herd
The Lake
Family Meal

Don, Sara and Sonny
Sara and Joey
Stephanie and Persia

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May Hiatus! [Apr. 22nd, 2012|05:01 pm]

I’m going to be in California for the month of May. I’ll be volunteering at Farm Sanctuary, which is a rescue for farm animals. Please visit the Farm Sancuary website for more information: click!

The Store is still open, but items will be shipped in June 2012.

I’m very excited to make more journal work while I’m gone, I have four new sketchbooks screaming to be filled. Have a great Spring! Be good!!

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