Owen Curtsinger is creating Comics
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I'm a comic artist and scientific illustrator living and working in Fort Worth, Texas. For most of my comics career, I've been combining research with graphic storytelling to help make sense of some really interesting scientific research. I've worked with a narwhal biologist, neon sign artists, a flu virologist, and a marine ecologist. I believe that creating nonfiction graphic works can educate, inspire, and change the way we look at the world.

From 2008 – 2013 I interned and was a boardmember of the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, or ZAPP, which solidified my belief in zines and comics as an educational tool to empower and give voice and purpose to all people of all backgrounds and abilities. My educational background is in Creative Writing, but in 2016 I completed a Certificate Program in Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington that opened me up to a new array of subject matter and mediums.

Most of my comics and printed matter have been self-published and sold in several Seattle-area bookstores, but my work has also been published in Seattle Magazine and Quest, a quarterly journal of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.

Seattle was a great place to become interested in comics and self-publishing with a huge network of folks doing really creative and experimental work. In the summer of 2017 I moved from Seattle to Fort Worth. I've been continuing to draw comics and illustrate the flora and fauna that I am discovering each and every day here, and if you like what I do and decide to support me on Patreon, you'll have access to all of my Texas-based comics and nature sketching as I explore this new place. These will be collected and self-published in late 2017/early 2018 as my “Texas Comics Journal.”

I'm also working on a couple of long-term projects which your support will help fund. The first is a comic about Kristian Birkeland, the Norwegian astrophysicist who studied the Northern Lights in the late 19th century and who first proposed the idea of solar magnetism to explain why they occurred. I have been chipping away at this long-form comic with short installments released over the past few years; your support will give you access to see progress on this project as well as help fund the creation of the third and final culminating work. The second long-term project is a children's picture book that I'm writing and illustrating about my dog, a blue heeler named Willie, who tells some tall tales about how he lost his missing tail.

Being a believer in self-publishing and having a DIY ethos in most forms of self-expression, it's not in my nature to solicit help or contributions for ongoing projects. But having just moved to a new place and being away from many of my friends, family, and followers, Patreon provides a unique way for people around the world to keep up with the work that I'm doing and be able to show their support. I'm not naively trying to quit my day job and make comics full-time (yet), but having a consistent flow of support through Patreon, however large or small, will provide me with an impetus to keep refining my passion and keep in touch with those who follow my work.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Here's a sample of what you'll find in my regular posts and sneak preview of "Texas Comics Journal:"


Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 1 patron
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.
Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.


Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.

Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.


Get a BIG discount on all mail-order goods from my shop, including zines, comics, stationary, and prints.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.

Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.


Get a BIG discount on all mail-order goods from my shop, including zines, comics, stationary, and prints.


Get a FREE set of stationary every six months!

Goals
$75 – reached! per month
This is great! All of my basic needs and printing costs are covered as well as any membership dues to societies and organizations that will help me advance my work, such as the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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I'm a comic artist and scientific illustrator living and working in Fort Worth, Texas. For most of my comics career, I've been combining research with graphic storytelling to help make sense of some really interesting scientific research. I've worked with a narwhal biologist, neon sign artists, a flu virologist, and a marine ecologist. I believe that creating nonfiction graphic works can educate, inspire, and change the way we look at the world.

From 2008 – 2013 I interned and was a boardmember of the Zine Archive and Publishing Project, or ZAPP, which solidified my belief in zines and comics as an educational tool to empower and give voice and purpose to all people of all backgrounds and abilities. My educational background is in Creative Writing, but in 2016 I completed a Certificate Program in Natural Science Illustration at the University of Washington that opened me up to a new array of subject matter and mediums.

Most of my comics and printed matter have been self-published and sold in several Seattle-area bookstores, but my work has also been published in Seattle Magazine and Quest, a quarterly journal of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute.

Seattle was a great place to become interested in comics and self-publishing with a huge network of folks doing really creative and experimental work. In the summer of 2017 I moved from Seattle to Fort Worth. I've been continuing to draw comics and illustrate the flora and fauna that I am discovering each and every day here, and if you like what I do and decide to support me on Patreon, you'll have access to all of my Texas-based comics and nature sketching as I explore this new place. These will be collected and self-published in late 2017/early 2018 as my “Texas Comics Journal.”

I'm also working on a couple of long-term projects which your support will help fund. The first is a comic about Kristian Birkeland, the Norwegian astrophysicist who studied the Northern Lights in the late 19th century and who first proposed the idea of solar magnetism to explain why they occurred. I have been chipping away at this long-form comic with short installments released over the past few years; your support will give you access to see progress on this project as well as help fund the creation of the third and final culminating work. The second long-term project is a children's picture book that I'm writing and illustrating about my dog, a blue heeler named Willie, who tells some tall tales about how he lost his missing tail.

Being a believer in self-publishing and having a DIY ethos in most forms of self-expression, it's not in my nature to solicit help or contributions for ongoing projects. But having just moved to a new place and being away from many of my friends, family, and followers, Patreon provides a unique way for people around the world to keep up with the work that I'm doing and be able to show their support. I'm not naively trying to quit my day job and make comics full-time (yet), but having a consistent flow of support through Patreon, however large or small, will provide me with an impetus to keep refining my passion and keep in touch with those who follow my work.

Thanks for your interest and support!

Here's a sample of what you'll find in my regular posts and sneak preview of "Texas Comics Journal:"


Recent posts by Owen Curtsinger

Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
$1 or more per month 1 patron
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.
Pledge $3 or more per month
$3 or more per month 2 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.


Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.

Pledge $5 or more per month
$5 or more per month 6 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.

Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.


Get a BIG discount on all mail-order goods from my shop, including zines, comics, stationary, and prints.

Pledge $10 or more per month
$10 or more per month 5 patrons
See all of my posts and sketches: one-page comics about life in Texas, illustrations of strange plants or animals I see, and sketches and updates for my longer works in progress.

Receive FREE pdf downloads of all of my major self-published work when they are released.


Get a BIG discount on all mail-order goods from my shop, including zines, comics, stationary, and prints.


Get a FREE set of stationary every six months!