Jessica Abel

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Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel is the author of the graphic novel La Perdida (winner of the the 2002 “Best New Series” Harvey Award) as well as two collections of stories from her omnibus comic book Artbabe. She and her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden, were series editors forThe Best American Comics from 2007 to 2013 and teach at various institutions. Together they’ve authored two textbooks about making comics, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and Mastering Comics. Jessica collaborated with Ira Glass on Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a non-fiction comic about how the radio show This American Life is made. Her new book (and podcast), Out on the Wire, is about how the best radio producers in the world use story to keep us listening.

Jessica works with narrative artists with big ideas that have led them deep into overwhelming projects. Together, they create a map to guide them out of the forest and to a brighter, better, stronger story. Find Jessica’s free tool that will give you a new point of view on your writing here.

Jessica lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and their two children, but is currently on a residency at the Maison des Auteurs in Angoulême, France. Her latest science fiction comics series, Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars debuted in January 2015.  

Senior Lecturer, Comics

BA, University of Chicago