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all about Jessica (FAQ)

In an effort to answer everyone’s burning questions about me, my work, and my extremely interesting opinions about things, I’ve written this FAQ. I will add to it as I’m able.   Here’s the big picture:  Way back in college, an angry young me, shopping for records punk enough to play on the turntable I […]

September 29th 2011


who is Jessica Abel? Jessica Abel is a cartoonist and writer. Born and raised in Chicagoland, she moved in 2000 to Brooklyn, New York, after a two-year pit stop in Mexico City. Since 2012, she’s lived in Angoulême, France, with her husband, Matt Madden, and two children. (more: see bio) Photo by Gert Jan Pos

September 26th 2011

I talk about Love and Rockets on Studio 360

A short segment about the influence Love and Rockets had on my artistic development aired recently on the public radio program Studio 360. You can hear it “here”:

November 5th 2008

Books and their covers: designing for Trish Trash

A few notes on designing book covers for Trish Trash and for Susan Choi’s My Education.

November 18th 2014

radio comics

I’ve made something of a habit of making comics about something you can’t see: radio and audio storytelling. My first foray was in 1999: a short comics called Radio:an Illustrated Guide, co-written with Ira Glass and about the way This American Life was (is) made. It also sets you to encourage and equip you (in […]

November 18th 2014

“authenticity,” expat life, and (not) going native in France

If you ask, I’ll tell you: you should go live abroad somewhere for a while. The thing is, when you live abroad, your perspective on home changes, and is complicated to the point that “home” starts to require scare quotes.

August 11th 2014

pastel vasco: almond cake with almond-orange cream filling

For the last couple years, I have posted Facebook pix of Matt’s birthday cake, which is always pastel vasco. In response to a few recipe requests, voila, my first cooking post. I didn’t know I’d be posting this, or I’d have made a bunch more food-porny photos. Too late now, it’s all gone! Pastel vasco, […]

May 10th 2014

Waiting for Douglas Coupland


One of my more, ahem, opinion-infused “journalistic” comics—about the (non) appearance by Douglas Coupland at a Chicago bookstore.

April 30th 2014

Using Scrivener to create fictional comics

A huge portion of my writing process doesn’t happen on the comics page, and all that stuff I do in Scrivener.

February 11th 2014

Big new project in the works: Out on the wire: Ira Glass and radio’s new masters of story

I’ve been dropping hints about this regularly for the last year or so, but here’s the official word: I am at work on a major project on narrative techniques and ideas of the new generation of great American journalists/storytellers on the radio. Jumping off from Radio: an Illustrated Guide, a 32-page comic I did in collaboration with […]

January 18th 2014