Beautiful Rule-Breaking Moth


A fairy tale where a child is cursed and the spell can only be broken with true love’s kiss.
Their mother then gently kisses them on the forehead and the spell is broken.
After all, love isn’t just romantic.




Arabian Little Red Riding Hood with a red hijab

A Japanese Snow White with her coveted pale skin and shiny black hair

Mexican Cinderella with colorful Mexican glass blown slippers

Greek Beauty and the Beast where Beast is a minotaur

Culture-bent fairy tales that keep key canonical characteristics




badass mermaid gangs who demand a stop to ocean pollution and warn ships about imminent storms

faeries of the forest jamming out to heavy metal in the dead of night and sighing because there are literally no band shirts in their size

wizards that travel with play groups and do the special effects 

friendly people reading ghosts’ favorite books aloud to them since they can’t always affect the living world when they want to

dragons that allow little children ride on their backs and roast marshmallows for them if they ask politely

immortal elves obsessed with medical science because human lives are already too short




Here is “Knot”, a short comic I drew to sell at Mocca and TCAF this year. The printed version is going to be SO PRETTY. I’m in love with the cover (which I will post later).

I just wanted to do something fairy-tale-like that talked about doubts and frustrations and how to deal with them. I’m really happy with how colorful and adorable the story turned out to be. 

If you enjoyed “Knot”, please consider reblogging it and/or checking out my ongoing webcomic Namesake! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!

Isa’s been showing me wips of this for awhile, look how pretty this is finished, ahhh!!



Here are all 9 pieces from my first thesis project!

At the beginning of the semester, I read folktales from around the world and sought out interesting imagery and characters to develop into 9 full page illustrations. As I made each illustration, I did a ton of research into the clothing, symbols, patterns, and other related imagery from the each story’s culture.

I am fascinated by old stories and how they have been passed down and shaped future stories. I learned a lot from this project, but I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface! There is so much more to these unique cultures, and I’ll continue to draw inspiration from them.

For each individually, and some process sketches see the links below:

The Fisherman and the Gruagach of Tricks (Ireland)

The Giant Who Had no Heart In His Body (Norway)

The Firebird and the Horse of Power (Russia)

Sinbad and the Seven Voyages (Middle East)

The Magic Brocade (China)

Urashima (Japan)

Hats to Disappear With (Korea)

The Search for the Magic Lake ( Ecuador)

Oni and the Great Bird (West Africa, Yoruba Tribe)

All are available as prints on my inprnt!

Thank you everyone for your support over the past year! Here’s to a great 2014!


"Fairy Tales" by Lorena Alvarez

We, the queer women of the world, are good enough to be in fairy tales and adventure stories, stories where we get to ride dragons and hang out with warrior women and enter creepy castles and cursed temples clutching the ends of our scarves with nervous excitement. Stories where we exist.
Shira Glassman on Ladies Rescuing Ladies (via lesbianfairytales)
Everyone thinks of them in terms of poisoned apples and glass coffins, and forgets that they represent girls who walked into dark forests and remade them into their own reflections.
Indexing, Seanan McGuire (via mirroir)


stories about children in towers are important to me but i am sad that they rarely ever seem to address how life was in the tower.

if the kid was alone then it must have been the dragon fed them with fruits picked clumsily with too-big claws or meat picked off sacrificed cattle and gently fire-breathed on.

if the kid was alone with the dragon then did they learn to speak at all. did they speak dragon. did they look at their reflection sometimes and wonder at the smoothness of their skin, the lack of scales, the weakness of arms seen beside wings. did they blink and hope their pupil would turn out slitted instead of round, reptilian instead of mammal.

if the kid knew what family is. if they called the dragon their brother. if when the knights came they clawed at their faces and roared and spit at them hoping for fire.