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To the Comic Drawn

The female collective Pizza Island gets its due.


“The quickest way to drive yourself insane is to work at home,” says Julia Wertz. Which is why, in January 2010, she and a few other cartoonists formed Pizza Island, an all-female cartoonists’ collective based in a Greenpoint studio. The six members will be speaking on a panel at this weekend’s Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art’s annual festival, a historically male-heavy event featuring small presses, independent comics, and emerging artists. No doubt they will be stressing the joys of working en masse: “Getting inspired by what the others do,” says Lisa Hanawalt, “getting input on things I’m struggling with and, most important, making a lot of really stupid jokes.” We asked each for a self-portrait and to give thoughts about their co-Islanders.


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