About

By , October 31, 2017 10:18 pm

Hi! I’m Elaine, a cartoonist and illustrator from the wilds of Canada. I've been drawing since I could hold a pencil, and I've been drawing comic books since I was 5! I hold a BA in Illustration from The Arts University at Bournemouth in the UK. View my portfolio here.

Look Straight Ahead is a project that's been rattling around in my head since 2003. I had always wanted to do an epic book-length comic of some sort, but could never seem to get one finished. I noticed that there was a distressingly small number of comics centering around mental illness, and wondered if I should try my hand at drawing one. I had suffered an actual mental breakdown in 2002 and had been devouring every book related to mental illness I could lay my hands on ever since, so I certainly knew my way around the subject. I also felt it was an important story that needed to be told.

After a number of false starts, I finally began working on LSA in earnest in 2009. It was nominated for a Joe Shuster Award in 2011 and was the recipient of a 2012 Xeric Award. The book was very well received, and a good amount of the positive press can be found here in the Press section.

My comics work has also appeared in Chilly Tales, published by 11th Dimension Press in 2014,Then It Was Dark, published by Peppermint Monster Press in 2015 and Bottoms Up, published by Birdcage Bottom Books in 2017. My illustration work has appeared in Broken Pencil, Verb, The Feathertale Review, Blunderbuss and This Magazine.

A new edition of Look Straight Ahead is being distributed in December 2017 by Renegade Arts Entertainment, and my second graphic novel Dustship Glory is also forthcoming from Renegade in early 2018. (You can read the first chapter of Dustship Glory online here!)

Thanks for reading! Please address any questions, comments, criticisms or freelance inquiries to e2w@e2w-illustration.com !

One comment on “About

  1. Marty Will on said:

    Hi Elaine, saw your book on my local library and as we share an unusual surname (the only Will’s in the UK are related to my family I believe). Given my daughter Kelly has a BA in Fine Art and is currently sudying for her masters, i thought the similarities were perhaps less of a coincidence? I have an Aunt and cousins in Vancouver although my uncle George Will lived there till he passed some 30 years ago, if you’re interested Kellys facebook is Kelly Art. Regardless keep up the great work.
    All the best
    Marty Will

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