August 17, 2013

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SPX Spotlight 2013: Alisa Harris

Welcome to the another entry in the 2013 SPX Spotlight series!  For the next month, I'll be highlighting creators and publishers who will be at the best convention, the Small Press Expo.  You can check out all of my spotlights for SPX from both this year and prior years here.

Alisa Harris grabbed my attention by having mini-comics featuring her cats, which I reviewed here awhile back. Her slick, sleek line work was perfect for felines and extends to her other projects as well.

In addition to her cat minis, Harris also has an ongoing series called Urban Nomad, an autobiographical comic about her time in New York City, with issue 4 set to debut at SPX this year. This series really had a lot of cute scenes that anyone can relate to, drawn with the same style as her cat pin-ups.

Speaking of pinups, Harris also will be selling prints of the image above at the show, and her illustration work has quite a varied background and history, based on the samples she has available on her website.

If you're more of a culinary mind, Harris will have magnets based on her webcomic, Cooking Up Comics, a weekly vegetarian recipe comic.  Each comic has step by step directions, including illustrations of the ingredients and visuals showing the items being processed/cooked. It's a nifty idea, and I hope at some point Harris puts them together in a large-format mini-comic. Anyone who is meat-free or (like me) wants to vary what you put on the kitchen table  in the living room for watching Star Trek by would do well to it out and add a few new dishes to their dining plans.

These comics rely less on shading and blacks, just like the print above, but Harris' skills in depicting ordinary items shine through in either format. Alisa is also a cool person, which means you should definitely spend a few minutes talking to her when you make SPX this year!

Can't make SPX?  Sucks to be you, because it's awesome. But you can find Alisa Harris' comics at her website, where she also has a handy online store. Check it out!