Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Jamcomics from MIT

Update: I won't be at the Hollyfair after all, health not up to par. I think one of my minicomics might be for sale there, though.

Weather's oddly warm for December in Boston.

I had a minicomic (Mark and the Gillys, "Reading") for sale as part of a minicomic giftpack at the Bazaar Bizarre last weekend. This weekend, I plan on helping with a table at the Hollyfair on Sunday.

Holly Fair 2011

Sunday, December 11, 2011 from 12:00 noon - 5:00 pm.
42 and 56 Brattle Street, Cambridge Ma. 02138

You can see Jamcomics (lead by me) from MIT's community service event here:

Or... here, I copied what was on the website:

Above: each drawing was based on the caption above it (and nothing else), same thing with the caption.

This one below was done from the last panel backwards.

Above: Exquisite Corpse with four feet.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Occupy Boston and Global Day of Action photos

Photos from Saturday Oct 15 with Occupy Boston and Global Day of Action.

Near South Station, across from Tent City, around 1pm.

Tent City. A whiteboard at the front (not pictured) showed the layout of the tents and where the food, legal representation (I think?) and other tents were.

After assembling at Boston Commons, activists (and curious people) began marching through Downtown Crossing. The crowd seemed quite diverse, including young people, old people, different faces, families, children and dogs.
(*Labs, whippet, chihuaha)

The march continued through to the financial district. The crowd was especially agitated and loud in front of the Bank of America building, it was quite dramatic. In front of BoA's doors, some people were drumming and dancing as a way of protest or expression.

I thought this was interesting.

Assembling in front of South Station again, speeches were given.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

24 hr comics day this Saturday (Oct 8)

Most of them were last weekend, but here's one at MIT that I am helping to organize:

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

MICE, MIT comics, Harvard Bookstore

Recap of This Week in Comics and Aya Nearby Them!

Thursday night: Minimum Paige anthology release party!
I have a story in here, and I will be hosting jam comics as well.
7pm Harvard bookstore, Harvard Square
* Google Map

Friday: MIT Comics Fair!
I will be selling books and hosting jam comics here too.
9-4pm Lobby 10, MIT
* Enter 77 Massachusetts Ave or see campus map or Google map

Saturday: MICE (Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo)!
10am - 6pm at Lesley University, Porter square
* Get off at Porter Redline T stop and look for signs taped everywhere, or see: map

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Also new cover up at Trends in Cell Biology


The company is sending copies of this issue to Exciting Biologies, a conference they are co-hosting in Japan.

Harvard Bookstore anthology "Minimum Paige" and release party

Just got news that I've been accepted into "Minimum Paige", Harvard Bookstore's comics anthology. There will be a release party on Sept 22!


So as of now, this is where I will be around town, doing comics things...

Sept 17 (Sat) 6-9pm: Art Show at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave.
Sept 22 (Thurs) 7pm: Harvard Bookstore anthology release party
Sept 23 (Fri): Possible comics event at MIT
Sept 24 (Sat): MICE at Lesley University

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Now a hurricane. Also MICE and comics.

Quick update -- the power went off in my neighborhood for a day or so, and a great deal of tree bits and some trees have fallen onto the road. But now the weather is sunny and beautiful, as if nothing happened.

Saturday Sept 24! I will be at Porter Square selling comics at MICE.

I will also have art in the comics art gallery at Lesley.

Also something possibly comics-related happening Friday Sept 23 at MIT, more details to follow.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Whoa! Earthquake!

Just felt a small earthquake. I thought the chair moving was my imagination, then I thought there was a heavy cart rolling through the building, then I thought someone was trying to get into the neighboring office door by banging on it.

But stepping out into the hallway, there was no one there.

I realized the door nearby was rattling on its own accord -- because -- as I held on to the doorjamb and felt the floors and wall sway -- the whole building was shaking.

By then, other people were trickling out in to hallway, asking if they were feeling the shaking as well. A few more moments, and it stopped, and little groups began to form to talk about what happened, and quite a few people were forming groups outside and calling others on cellphones. Despite one person's ideas that something blew up in the basement, it was soon confirmed to be an earthquake.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Trends in Cell Bio

Check it out! I illustrated the August issue cover for Trends in Cell Biology. You can click on the thumbnail on the webpage and see a larger version.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Giant protein structures riding on horses

Above: part of a cover I made for the Trends in Cell Biology September issue.

Those are alpha helices and beta sheet proteins (sort of) riding horses.

The September issue may be appearing at Exciting Biologies, a scientific conference in Japan this fall, hosted by Cell Press and RIKEN. More news as I find out!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Happy 4th of July! And picture of a cat

Happy 4th of July!

I am working on another cover for the cell bio journal I mentioned previously.

Unrelated, here's a picture of a cat I saw while traveling:

Monday, June 27, 2011

Trends in Cell Biology (upcoming)

I have a cover that will be used in the upcoming August issue of Trends in Cell Biology journal...


Sunday, June 19, 2011


I have recently returned from a roadtrip partway across the US (Boston to Chicago).

Top to bottom: Somewhere in Ohio, somewhere in Indiana or Chicago, and Lake Erie at sunset.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Going to Camelot, BRB

I am going to Camelot this weekend.

It's in New Hampshire.

I thought about bringing along coconut shells to clack together, but it seemed like extra weight.

(Camelot is a MIT Outing Club hiking cabin)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

New mini-mini-minicomic and MeCAF show on May 22nd

Yesterday, I spent part of the afternoon at Million Year Picnic, a comic book shop in Harvard Square, drawing jam comics with people. (Part of Free Comic Book day events)

I should probably try and promote events before they happen, so: May 22nd, I will be at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland, Maine. http://mainecomicsfestival.com/

Here is my bio for the site --

Aya Rothwell currently lives in Arlington, MA. Aya was recently attacked by a Canada Goose when she foolishly walked too close to its nest. (She apologized and ran away.) Aya's minicomics include "The Wolf and the Sun" "Mark and the Aliens". She also has stories published in the "Inbound" and "Show and Tell" anthologies. www.AyaRothwell.com

And below, the cover for a recent mini-mini-comic I made...

Monday, April 25, 2011

Park Serve Day 2011

April 16 -- A group of volunteers out on Spectacle Island for Park Serve day 2011, including me. (There were at least 83 volunteers on the island) That's Boston in the background. It was really cold that day. I helped here and there and took photos for the park service.

This photo was taken by one of the Park Rangers.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

MoCCA this weekend

Comics festival this weekend!

I will be with the Boston Comics Roundtable table, at location "F2, 3 & 4."

MoCCA Festival
Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th 11am-6pm

At the Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave (Between 25th &26th Streets)
New York City

Also, I will be going to MeCAF on Sunday May 22.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Doodle at Stata center

Doodle of someone sitting across from me at Stata Center.
(That is not a drawing of me)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Podcast review with my minicomics

"Tales from the Parents Basement" did a review of independent comics from Boston, which includes some of my comics:


My comics are mostly mentioned from 16:00 to 21:20.

Friday, March 25, 2011

First, see you at NECAC this Saturday in Rhode Island!

I will be showing up at the New England Comics Arts in the Classroom conference this Saturday (March 26) at the Rhode Island College Campus. (John Lincoln Alger Hall)


I will help hawk "Show and Tell", an anthology of stories about school. I have a story in there from highschool involving hydrochloric acid, Mrs. Stein and Mrs. Gilbert Smith.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

See you at MoCCA 2011 (April 9-10)

I am going to be tabling at the MoCCA Festival (link) during the weekend of April 9-10! I will be with the Boston Comics Roundtable.

I also have a new story in an anthology related to the New England Comics Arts in the Classroom conference. I think. More info to follow.

Monday, March 21, 2011

New Store (on website)

I have set up a store on my website, where you can order my comics and books.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Flower shop anecdote

I was at a flower shop yesterday. A young guy, a slightly acne-faced college student with a styled black shirt, was helping a customer, an older man with silver hair and a worn face.

The older gentleman shook his head, saying gruffly, "I just can't decide which rose."

"It's a hard decision, sir," the younger guy nodded, quite seriously. "But you gotta go with your heart." He soberly thumped his fist against his heart to emphasize his statement.

For some reason, this scene stayed with me for the rest of the sunlit day.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Melting ice lake

Photos from Spy Pond this weekend.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Traveling and being evacuated out of workplace

I have been traveling to Montreal and finishing a comic.

On other news, I was dawdling at leaving work today. Then someone spilled a chemical in the hallway (or so I heard), and the entire building was evacuated. At that point, I did pack up and leave work.

If it wasn't for deadlines, we'd get nothing done.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sam the Dog

This is Sammy T. Dogg.

As his owner pointed out, he's wearing cotton. But everyone else should avoid wearing cotton for winter outdoor activities.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Winter Mountain

A hike up Wachusett Mountain.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Arisia photos and new comic

Photos from Arisia!

Me, standing next to my art panel. The original watercolor of the red bird was bought by Jim Belfiore, who was also paneling next to me.

I also sold a few of the prints. (The larger watercolor was not for sale.) For the most part, I was at my table in the artist and authors alley:

I debuted a new minicomic, "The Wolf and the Sun", which I drew last October.

Rick from Dandelion Studios was kind enough to review the book:

Here's also a review for a goofy jam comic Julia and I made: http://dailycomicreview.blogspot.com/2011/01/bonus-review-how-trendy-dog-went-to.html

And I made a flyer for the show.

I have also been hiking and cross-country skiing recently.