SPX Spotlight 2015: Monica Gallgher

It's another entry in Panel Patter's SPX SPOTLIGHT series! We've been highlighting creators, publishers, and comics related to SPX since the site opened in 2008, but 2015 marks our fifth year of extensive coverage that is unlike what you'll find elsewhere! It's a great way to create your own personal guide for the show onSeptember 19th and 20th, 2015, in Bethesda, Maryland. Don't miss it! You can find all our SPX SPOTLIGHT posts here.

You may have heard of Monica Gallagher. If you haven't you're in luck, especially if you're going to SPX.  Monica is an indie comics creator with a sense of humor. Better yet, a sense of whimsy.

Monica's most recent work is Part-Time Princess, which has been nominated for a YALSA award. Part-Time Princess runs in the same vein as a lot of Gallagher's work. It's about growing up and facing the challenges the world brings you. Her characters develop depth and are relateable, despite the craziness Gallagher throws their way.

Better yet, Gallagher writes hilarious and utterly realistic situations. One of my favorites, boobage, is all about the expectations girls have about their bodies, femininity, and how they appear to others. Plus, it's wrapped up in a semi-autobiographical narration that is unafraid of embarrassment.

Gallagher is also a webcomic artist. Her Bonnie N. Collide is an ongoing story about a roller girl...yes, you read that right. It's pretty long-running, having been started in 2008. It shows a lot of the growth in Gallagher's style and writing ability. In combination, she's created a series of works that will make you laugh and then think.

Can't make SPX? You can check out her work on her website, eatyourlipstick.com.