August 29, 2013

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SPX Spotlight 2013: Katie Sekelsky and M. Bennardo

Welcome to 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.

I first encountered Katie Sekelsky in her excellent part-prose, part comic Time Traveler's Guide (review here), and am always excited to see what she's working on next.

An avid Pirate fan, which just makes me like her even more, Sekelsky draws sketches on a regular basis chronicling the highs and lows of the baseball season. (It's sure been a lot happier this year.) She even got her art on the PNC big screen this year, which is a huge honor.

She also collaborates with a friend's daughter on mini-comics, which is both adorable and awesome. This year's entry is Dr. Princess, MD, and that's really all you need to know, because that's enough to know it's going to be crazy fun as only a child can come up with.

Sekelsky also did illustrations for another prose-comic combo work, 16 Single Sentence Stories, edited by Matthew Bennardo (who also worked on the Time Travel book). It contains exactly what it says, including work from Alex Shvartsman and A.T. Greenblatt.

Katie's work is definitely a bit different from those of her SPX peers, because it falls more into the line of illustrative prose, ala some of Kupperman's work or the more recent God is Disappointed in You from Top Shelf. It works really well, and she's a creator you want to stop by and see at the show.

Can't make SPX? I expect more than a single-sentence reason! But you can find Katie at her website, with a link to her store to buy her work.