CCS Deep Girl Exhibition Recap

Before I launch into my CCS recap, I want to announce (loudly, boisterously) that Paper Rocket will be at Comic Arts Brooklyn this Saturday. CAB is Brooklyn’s newest, most anticipated comics festival. The show is managed by my boss, Gabe Fowler of Desert Island. I’m super excited!


I had a sweet, but way too short (less than 24 hour!) visit to The Center for Cartoon Studies last weekend. I was there to give a talk at the opening of Ariel Bordeaux’s new exhibition. It was great to see Ariel again, and we also got some quality time with James Sturm.


The show is great, and there’s a room full of Ariel’s Deep Girl pages.


I talked briefly about Ariel’s Deep Girl years, and then I went into depth about the production details of The Complete Deep Girl. I also talked briefly about micropresses, a concept that the students are familiar with–they have one in town (Good Pals) and CCS grad Chuck Forsman runs one of the best micropresses around (Oily comics).

Ariel followed my talk with a reading from her book. We had a smart and friendly audience. Lecturing for CCS students is always a treat.


Ariel and I, looking fancy. Here’s hoping I can make it back to CCS soon.


Robyn and Ariel at the Center for Cartoon Studies

This Friday Ariel and I will be at CCS to celebrate an exhibition of her artwork, which will include many pieces from her Deep Girl days. The exhibition is part of White River Junction’s First Friday gallery walk, and it’s free and open to the public. Ariel and I will be talking from 6-7pm. The Complete Deep Girl will be available for sale, and Ariel will be on hand to sign books.


MoCCA Recap


In 2013 MoCCA got classy! I like how the Society of Illustrators managed it. If they can get the table cost down I will be a loyal fan.

I had a good time with my table mates Jesse Reklaw, Ariel Bordeaux, Rick Altergott, and Ellen Lindner. I wouldn’t mind if the attendance had been higher–a lot of familiar face were absent. In general, the energy felt a little low. Still, a good time was had.

Of course, it was the LOVF debut. I was able to hand deliver copies to a few Kickstarter backers who were attending. It was also the debut of some new crafts! Those turned out to be the big sellers, especially the light switch covers.

Folks, if you’ve written off MoCCA, give it another chance in 2014! We missed you this year.






Paper Rocket at MoCCA this Weekend!

It’s that time again! MoCCA is this weekend. Stop by the Paper Rocket table (G205) to see what’s new. And visit with our table guests: Ariel Bordeaux, Rick Altergott, Jesse Reklaw, Ellen Lindner and (of course) myself (Robyn Chapman).

MoCCA Fest
April 6th & 7th, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue in NYC

We have a lot of new stuff!

Lovf New York: Destination Crisis


The Complete Deep Girl


Crafts and jewelry!


And more! Be there or be square.

Announcement, Announcement, Announcements!

Last weekend I took a trip up to Providence, Rhode Island to do some secret work on a secret Paper Rocket project.  I started writing this post from the top level of a double-decker Megabus, heading back to New York (the bus had wifi, amazingly, and a broken restroom, unfortunately). I made it home safely and I’m ready to unveil my project.

As you know, Paper Rocket is a minicomics publishing house.  In addition to publishing new material, I plan to start a Classix line which would republish comic gems long out of print.  My main focus will be on the minicomics of the early to mid 90s, a period which I consider to be the golden age of zines.  There was a strong self-publishing movement, fostered and made visible by Fact Sheet 5.  A really remarkable community of self-publisher created, sold, and traded thousands of zines.

One of my favorite minicomics from this era is Deep Girl by Ariel Bordeaux.  Ariel’s stories are unflinchingly autobiographical and packed with energy and humor.  Deep Girl‘s approach to subjects like body image, self-esteem, and sex offered a form of feminism that I found genuine and relevant. Deep Girl was deep–Ariel wrote about her life, but she also wrote about her thoughts.  “Why Do You Put Yourself Down So Much” read like an essays on how Ariel’s brain processes feelings of competitiveness and inadequacy.

When it came time to pick a debut title for the Classix line, Deep Girl was my first choice.  Luckily, Ariel has obliged.  We are planning a single volume of about 80 pages, which will collect most of the work she created from 1993-1995.  It will be a thick minicomic, not a graphic novel (Paper Rocket doesn’t do graphic novels).  The book will include an interview, photographs, ephemera, and an essay by yours truly.  It is my goal to create an archive piece that presents the work and its historical relevance.

Last weekend I spent several hours at the Atlergot/Bordeaux household, scanning Ariel’s original art.  Ariel also dug up some of here mail correspondence, which turned out to be a huge pile of handwritten letters, drawings, and postcards.  This only represented a small portion of the mail Ariel received (after 15 years, she’s only kept the good stuff).

I also got a peek at some old photos.


Last weekend was the first step toward publishing the Deep Girl collection.  I want to give a big thanks to Ariel, Rick Altergot, Travis Doggett, Kelli Nelson, Chuck Forsman and Melissa Mendes.  My buddies fed me and put me up while I was visiting lovely Providence.

Keep an eye on this blog for more news on the Deep Girl project!