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Eva Creek: Creation of My First Graphic Novel

On June 1, 2020, I began work on an online graphic novel development course offered by the Sequential Artists Workshop, or SAW. Our instructors, Tom Hart and Emma Jensen, have put together a fabulous course full of resources, and have … Continue reading

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Gag Cartooning

At the height of the COVID-19 crisis of Spring 2020, I signed up to take an online gag cartooning class with Emily Flake, who creates for The New Yorker. Gag cartoons are single panel cartoons. The class was through the … Continue reading

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The Dunleavy Disaster of 2019: Editorial Cartoons

Early in 2019, Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy unleashed his budget disaster on our state. In February, he announced a 41% cut in state funds to the University of Alaska, for a total of $136M in cuts. The cuts would have … Continue reading

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PFD Fury

The alt-right thrives in certain parts of Alaska, specifically in the Mat-Su Valley region just north of Anchorage. And lately, the alt-right posts on Alaska social media have gotten downright scary. Mat-Su is a Trump stronghold, and has also emerged … Continue reading

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The meeting

The long-awaited, but hastily scheduled meeting started ten minutes late. Tensions were high, and hostility quickly escalated as a New Idea was tentatively floated. One or two of my male colleagues have quick tempers and tend to interrupt women, even … Continue reading

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“There will be enough women on the Supreme Court when there are nine.”

Earlier this week, I saw the new film, “RBG” at a favorite local theatre. RBG, of course, is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice on the United States Supreme Court. The film documents her life’s work as a super smart … Continue reading

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Compassion Fatigue and Insurance Adjusters

Social scientists have been studying compassion fatigue since at least the 1980s. The term refers to the psychological state of feeling numb or uncaring as a result of an overload of caring. Workers who commonly experience compassion fatigue include social … Continue reading

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Manterruption

There is plenty of scholarly and anecdotal evidence that men chronically interrupt women. They interrupt women at home, at work, and at social events. When women protest being interrupted, they are accused of being bossy, bitchy, and emotional. In the … Continue reading

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White Male Fragility

Recently, there has been a lot of attention paid to white fragility, a term coined by Robin DiAngelo (2011) to explain how white people are triggered to hyper-react to even low levels of racial stress. DiAngelo notes that white people … Continue reading

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Wrong Thinkers Anonymous

After Charlottesville, I was one of the few people in my circle of acquaintances who refused calls to “punch Nazis.” I do not believe that meeting violence with violence will stop further violence. Instead, I try to understand why people … Continue reading

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