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A Brief Bio or Personal Summary
Katie Wheeler is a cartoonist living and working in Seattle. She attends Cornish College of the Arts for comic book art. Loves and interests include: finding the best chinese food in Seattle, writing strong and diverse lady characters, window shopping at art stores and reading comics. Katie loves Seattle and hopes to create a stronger artistic community for women in the comic industry.
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Influences & Inspirations
Like most cartoonist in her generation, Katie grew up on the greats: Calvin and Hobbes, Far Side, Bone and TinTin. She went through a phase where she read X-men voraciously and feel madly in love with Gambit. (Hey, it was middle school okay?) Currently Katie is interested in new indie comics and is really jammin' on Chris Ware, Pia Guerra, Lucy Knisley, Fiona Staples and anything that Fantagraphics puts out. Seattle is a huge influence on her comics and art, and the PNW will be a feature in her upcoming comic.
What are you currently working on?
Katie is currently in the writing and storyboarding process of her book. The best way to describe this story would be, "a young girl's coming of age in a post apocalyptic PNW," or "a mix of Lord of The Flies, Hatchet, The Road, and the Babysitters Club." (Okay, maybe not that last one.) In a country where those past puberty are becoming sick or quarantined, how will the children left behind survive? Can a young girl bring her family back together and solve the mystery behind this disease?
Why should people vote for you?
"I'm a beginning cartoonist, and the only thing holding me back from creating the comic of my dreams is a) funds, and b) time. This opportunity is huge for a beginning designer, and I would be ecstatic if I had the time and funds to continue writing my comic. Seattle is where my heart is, and my comic will reflect and celebrate this. As a female cartoonist, I hope to tell a story that creates a strong and diverse character for women to read and relate to. Women are coming up in the comic world, and I want to do my part in creating an environment where we are respected and given the chance to express ourselves through the amazing media of comics. This story is one that I have been thinking about for years, and until now did not have the skills or audience for it to happen. Now after attending Cornish, participating in shows around Capitol Hill, and getting involved in the comic scene in Seattle, I finally feel confident enough to make something great.Help me create a story you want to read. Help me write a character that women relate to. Help me publish a kick ass story that showcases our beautiful city and the PNW. Thanks so much for your vote!"