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Two years ago, I started Artful Comics on a whim. To many, comics are all about men in leotards and capes or girls with magical powers. At least this is what I thought until a few friends recommended Blankets and Maus to me, and I realized one Sunday afternoon what a comic could be. I have always been a dedicated writer and, though my art supplies tend to sit neglected in a shoebox in my closet, I have even been known to draw. Comics seemed like a great combination of these two areas. The idea that a graphic novel could have the same emotional impact

uncharted territory, which would explain why more colleges didn't have literary magazines focused on comics, and I decided that Emerson should. Several students got on board immediately, and their dedication and enthusiasm is what kept the project moving forward. One of my most memorable moments as Editor-in-Chief was watching these students, one after the other, speak passionately to a faculty member about Artful Comics, this thing I had started only months prior out of thin air, and realizing what it meant to them now. I have had the pleasure of connecting a number of talented artists and writers who went on to collaborate on projects we are all very proud of, and

I'm not sad to leave this organization because I know it is in the care of a wonderful group of people.

Amy Collier Founder of Artful Comics


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Editor in Chief & Art Director Editors

Marketing Manager Design

Amy Collier Gabe Albright Nick Gaudet Meredith Pomeroy Maureen A. McDermott Elizabeth Cormack Jeannie Harrell Meredith Pomeroy Rose Parry Hana Carpenter

Many thanks to all of the writers, illustrators, and superheroes who made this

Aaron Block, Kathleen Duggan who walked us through the publishing process, Chris Robinson and Jessica Bonet of THREAD, and of course the founding members of Artful Comics: Gideon Bautista, Kate Begin, Ryan Douglass, Alex Lang, Sam Kusek, and Adrien Warner.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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COMICS TEACH US

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TERRITORIAL DISPUTE

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by gabe albright

by mateusz odrobny

PHAROAH VS ANNUBIS by jack teagle

CONJOINED by molly roth

SYMMETRIES by jake topkis

TOOTHFAIRY by robyn ng

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PLANNING AHEAD

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THE LOST LETTERS

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DEAD ASTRONAUT COMICS

written by paul spears | illustrated by rae borque

written by kailey godoy | illustrated by michelle roberge

ASTRONAUT WANTED written by jeannie harrel | illustrated by lindsay hines

by jack teagle

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Gabe Albright | Comics Teach Us


Territorial Dispute | Mateusz Odrobny

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Jack Teagle | Pharaoh vs Annubis


Pharaoh vs Annubis | Jack Teagle

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Molly Roth | Conjoined


Conjoined | Molly Roth

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Jake Topkis | Symmetries


Symmetries | Jake Topkis

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Robyn Ng | Tooth Fairy


Tooth Fairy | Robyn Ng

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Rae Borque & Paul Spears | Planning Ahead


Planning Ahead | Rae Borque & Paul Sprears

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Rae Borque & Paul Spears | Planning Ahead


Planning Ahead | Rae Borque & Paul Sprears

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Rae Borque & Paul Spears | Planning Ahead


The Lost Letters | Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy

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Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy | The Lost Letters


The Lost Letters | Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy

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Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy | The Lost Letters


The Lost Letters | Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy

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Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy | The Lost Letters


The Lost Letters | Michelle Roberge & Kailey Godoy

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Astronaut Wanted | Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell

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Lindsay Hines & Jeannie Harrell | Astronaut Wanted


Dead Astronaut Cmics | Jack Teagle

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Jack Teagle | Dead Astronaut Comics


Dead Astronaut Comics | Jack Teagle

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Jack Teagle | Dead Astronaut Comics


COLOPHON Artful Comics issue 1 is set in Raleway, a font by Matt McInerney for The League of Moveable Type, a free open-source type movement. The display font is Alexandria, which is also in the logo.

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