Chicago Zine Fest is THIS WEEKEND!

May 07, 2015

I will be tabling at Chicago Zine Fest this Saturday, May 9. The fest is at Plumber’s Union Hall, 1340 W Washington Blvd, from 11am-6pm. You can find me at table B11 next to Peregrine Angthius (Chicago artist/my childhood neighbor!) and Jessie Duke/Pioneers Press.

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At Chicago Zine Fest, I will have my first screenprinted comic, A Letter For You. It’s a short and sweet  ode to the handwritten letter. There’s a limited run of 100.

 

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Thalassic Sanctuary is FINISHED // RIPE

March 22, 2015

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My latest comic, Thalassic Sanctuary, is finished! It’s a 36 page, full color comic with a two color screenprinted cover. The sea green on the cover glows in the dark (!!!!). The first printing is a limited edition of 30. Thalassic Sanctuary is available at my online store, and I will have them at RIPExpo in Providence, RI next weekend.

Speaking of which–

Here is the map of RIPExpo 2015! I will be in the Ship Room at Table 19. If you are around Providence, come by and say hi! March 28 – 29, 2015, Saturday: 12 – 6pm, Sunday: 12 – 5pm, Providence Public Library.

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Thalassic Sanctuary–on PRE ORDER!

March 14, 2015

Greetings readers!

I’m pleased to announce the release of my upcoming comic, Thalassic Sanctuary. It will debut at the Rhode Island Independent Publishing Expo (RIPE) on March 28-29.

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The cover of Thalassic Sanctuary

 

The term thalassic means of, or like, the sea. Sanctuary represents the idea of taking ourselves somewhere where we feel grounded and safe, where we feel at home. These words describe the feel and story of this mostly silent comic.

Along with screenprinted covers, Thalassic Sanctuary will be my first full color comic to go to print. Printing comics in color is very pricey, so to help fund printing costs ahead of time, Thalassic Sanctuary is available for pre-order! This ensures you get a copy, and helps me be able to get more of my work out into the world.

Thank you for your support in advance!

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Winter Sale 2014//Craft Fairs

December 07, 2014

Looking for a present for your friend/sweetie/family member/yourself? I am currently having a 20% off everything sale in my online store! This sale is in addition to some older work that is already on sale. When checking out, use the code WINTERSALE14. The sale ends December 20 at 12AM CST.

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Also, if you are in the Twin Cities next weekend, I am tabling at the Elements of the Underground Makers Market on Saturday December 13, 2-9pm at The Abstracted Gallery in St. Paul.

On Sunday, December 14, I will be at the MPLS Indoor Flea Market from 11am-5pm, at 117 27th Ave SE.

If you see me in person at any of these events and say WINTERSALE14, you can get 20% off from me in person too!

Thanks for you support!!

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Handmade/Heartfelt Black Sunday TOMORROW

November 29, 2014

If you are in Minneapolis tomorrow (Sun 11/30), I will be tabling at the Handmade/Heartfelt MPLS Black Sunday Holiday Sale! There will be 40 local artisans, selling a wide range of handmade goods. Find something for you or your loved ones! The fair is from noon-7pm, at Ballentine VFW, 2916 Lyndale Ave. S. Hope to see you there!

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New digital prints

November 20, 2014

Hello all–

I have some exciting news. So those illustrations i’ve been posting throughout the fall, are now digital prints! They are meant to be on the walls of your home, your studio, your living room, your friends walls, or hidden under your bed.

You can order them here. Watch for more new work in the upcoming weeks!

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2015 Short Run Comix and Art Fest–This Weekend!

November 12, 2014

I am pleased to announce that I will be tabling at Short Run Comix and Art Festival in Seattle this weekend! The fest is THIS SATURDAY, November 15, from 11am-6pm at Washington Hall.

Below is the table layout. I will be at table J46, debuting my digital illustrations as new prints, some small screenprint projects, and the latest issue of my perzine Spinster Forever.

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See the Short Run exhibitors page for the full list of tablers. I hope to see you there!

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Workers Want: Art for Walmart Strikers

November 04, 2014

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Here is an image I created for CultureStrike and Walmart Strikers.

“This graphic was inspired by the video Stand Up, Live Better, documenting the multiple struggles of Walmart workers. This piece documents the main issues around the larger fight for workers rights.” -Fiona Avocado

For more information, visit BlackFridayProtests.org. To see more art around the Black Friday Protests, visit the Artists vs. Walmart Tumblr.

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Trust Yourself, Let the Waves Guide You

October 27, 2014

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Trust Yourself, Let the Waves Guide You. Pen and ink/digital illustration, 2014.

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Spot Artist in Cicada Magazine

October 22, 2014

I am pleased to announce that I am the spot artist for the November/December issue of Cicada Magazine!

Here is an excerpt from an interview:

CICADA: Your Cicada comic is so much fun! (Flower people! Playing in a labyrinth!) This playfulness and mirth seems characteristic of the comics world — has that been your observation?

FIONA AVOCADO: Absolutely, and that’s one of my favorite things about being a cartoonist. It’s an opportunity to talk about serious issues, but also to create worlds, especially when it feels like your ideas are not cut out for reality. I love being able to read a fantasy comic and escape just as much as I like to read a more serious memoir comic or a politically/socially engaged comic. Not that nonfiction comics can’t be playful; comics are actually very powerful in that they are able to bring elements of play and humor to very serious issues.

CIC: Your aesthetic reminds us of wood block prints — is that an influence? The lines are so bold!

FA: It’s funny you mention that, because you are not the first to compare my work to woodblock prints. In addition to being a cartoonist, I am also a printmaker. I find that the two mediums complement each other well because they are both meant to be reproduced and distributed widely. I’ve never actually worked with woodblocks (I aspire to!), but I am a screenprinter and a linocut printer. (Linocuts are linoleum block prints: a piece of linoleum is carved out to create an image. It’s similar to a woodblock.) I like to use a lot of strong blacks, bold colors, patterns, and contrast in my work, and I tend to be drawn to art that utilizes those elements.

Read the rest of the interview and see new work here.

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