Aya Rothwell

is creating Comics about Science, Fantasy and Animals

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I’ve re-organized my Patreon to focus on comics!

I make original short comics that range from non-fiction science communication pieces to fantasy stories. I have a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management and a background in communications and visual arts. A lot of my comics are a mix of fantasy and scientific information woven together. My stories typically feature animals, nature, slice-of-life humor, adventures, all-age stories and watercolor art.

I have so many comics I want to work on! With your support, I can get them finished and printed. I have a slew of projects in various stages, from “this is an idea with concept sketches and storyboards” to “I have the pages finished".

As a supporter, you would be charged only when I finish a minicomic or book. You will be not be charged by month. It may take a while between finished books. In 2019 and 2018, I printed 3 different minicomics per year.

Here’s a sample list of comics I could finish, with your help...

"My Favorite Mosquito" minicomic - So I spent Summer 2019 sampling mosquitoes and now I have a favorite mosquito: Uranotaenia sapphirinia. This would be a loose, quick, probably color, maybe 8 page nonfiction minicomic about mosquitoes. Did you know that U. sapphirinia bites leeches?

“Exodus” minicomic - fantasy horror comic with insects dissapearing from the earth. I  drew this 10-page comic for the Dark Lady Returns anthology (sample pages). I'd like to add a few bonus pages and print it as a minicomic (using Keness printing services).

“Nekomata” follow-up minicomic
- I have ideas/drafts of comics about the further adventures of Yoshiko, Mikan and their new friends from the yokai world.

“Kattan and the Volcano” - a longish fantasy story about creatures trying to get out of a volcano. Currently posted on Tumblr and Tapas. This comic is half-inked. I think I'll wrap up the first 3 chapters and print copies as a softbound book through a on-demand printing service.

“The Errant GPS” - 5-8 pages. A short magic-realism story that I drafted out about a GPS that does strange things. A comic for everyone who is lousy at navigating sans technology.

“The Metamorphosis of Asil” - 15-20 pages. Short fantasy story inspired by insects. A creature is trying to get her young sister to finish her instar stage and turn into an adult already.

“The Beetle and the Sanderling” - 20-25 page. Story about an American Burying Beetle and a Sanderling going on an adventure. Loosely based on real creatures and the setting of Block Island in Rhode Island. My comics are generally written as all-ages, but this one in particular has an elementary/middle school kids-comic vibe.

“Quartz Bones of the Appalachia” - 6-10 pages. Short fantasy story with ecology themes. A researcher and a giant creature chat in the Appalachian mountains.

“Fifty Seals by the Shore” - 5-8 pages. Autobio story of when I was working in water ecology in Cape Cod and taking samples at beaches.

“The Albatross People” - reprint of the comic or a possible short follow-up comic. (I’m thinking maybe a wordless comic with watercolor oceanscapes).

“A Quick Guide to Poison Ivy” - Honestly, I wish someone would just give me this book, because I constantly get poison ivy. This is a non-fiction minicomic and a companion to “A Quick Guide to Ticks and Lyme Disease” that I’m considering creating.

“Mark and the Gillys” - scif slice-of-life stories about living on another world. I haven’t printed comics from this series in a while, but I’d like to return and finish more comics.

And more….!

For more of my work, follow me on my art Twitter or art Instagram. Or check out my bird illustrations and comics about a giant chickadee (fiction) or an invasion of caterpillars (non-fiction) on my website. Or, read comics I co-created about mosquitoes and other vectors at the Couret Vector Biology Lab website. Thank you!


Recently finished minicomics:

“Stories from Bird Banding” minicomic -- A 38-page book combining the original “Bird Banding” comic I drew for “Boundless” anthology + an extra original bird banding comic + photogenic and goofy photos of birds from bird banding. Printed with Keness.

“Nekomata” standalone minicomic
- A 12-page book with the original “Nekomata” comic I drew for “Screams Heard ‘Round the World” anthology + bonus material (the translated scene of a yokai street party, and a guide to each yokai depicted). Printed with Keness.

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