Sellin' you wisdom from a plexiglass prism. I'm Hazel Newlevant, a Portland-raised, Queens-residing cartoonist and illustrator.

I've self-published a lot of cool mini-comics, and even a coloring book! You can buy them from my storenvy.

 

 Thanks for reading. This comic is a different direction for me artistically, and it’s close to my heart. If you want to read it bigger, you can download a PDF of A Visit from the Gringa for $0+ on Gumroad!

I visited my homegirl lauralannes in Rio this summer, and made a 18-page comic about it. Watch as I make naive mistakes, challenge cartoonist Rafael Coutinho to a dance-off, grapple with gender and class in Brazilian culture, check out women, and throw up a lot!

Download a PDF of A Visit From The Gringa for $0+ on Gumroad!

First question on Chainmail Bikini submissions: Can folks submit multiple proposals, if they have several different good story ideas?

Answer: Yes! Please keep them all in the same email. If accepted, I will let you know which idea to go forward with.

Chainmail Bikini submission guidelines here!

Announcing Chainmail Bikini!
At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.
Featuring the talents of:
Aatmaja PandyaAnna Anthropy & Solomon FletcherAnna RoseAnnie MokCaitlin Rose BoyleCarey PietschElizabeth SiminsHazel NewlevantIasmin Omar AtaJane MaiKinoko EvansLaura LannesMaggie Siegel-BereleMegan BrennanMeghan Landsmerritt kopas & Mia SchwartzMiranda HarmonMK ReedMolly OstertagSera Stanton
I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.
Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!
—Hazel Newlevant, editor

Announcing Chainmail Bikini!

At a time when the female perspective and female presence and in gaming has once again come under fire, Chainmail Bikini seeks to celebrate the experience of women as players, makers, and critics of gaming. Female creators have come together to make an anthology of comics that is not only entertaining but insightful. From videogames to table top role play to collectible card games, Chainmail Bikini will show that while women are not always the target market for gaming, they are a vital and thoroughly engaged part of it, and are eager to express their personal take on the medium.

Featuring the talents of:

Aatmaja Pandya
Anna Anthropy & Solomon Fletcher
Anna Rose
Annie Mok
Caitlin Rose Boyle
Carey Pietsch
Elizabeth Simins
Hazel Newlevant
Iasmin Omar Ata
Jane Mai
Kinoko Evans
Laura Lannes
Maggie Siegel-Berele
Megan Brennan
Meghan Lands
merritt kopas & Mia Schwartz
Miranda Harmon
MK Reed
Molly Ostertag
Sera Stanton

I’m still searching for a few more contributors, so submissions are open from now until October 15th, 2014. If you are a woman interested in contributing a 1-8 page comic about gaming, please visit the submission guidelines.

Chainmail Bikini will launch a Kickstarter in March 2015. Until then, keep playing!

—Hazel Newlevant, editor

Highlights and haul from the Helsinki Comics Festival!

My first time tabling at an overseas convention was a blast. (Sorry TCAF, you don’t qualify as “overseas.”) One of the best aspects was the international scope of thing thing—as well as many Finns, I met people from Sweden, France, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Latvia, Poland, and more! The photo of me drawing was taken by the very sweet Hien Thuy, who was visiting from Vietnam.

Another highlight was doing portraits, like this rad couple who wanted matching ones. It’s a good excuse to talk to people and stare blatantly at their faces, and it’s gratifying to see how excited people get about their own likeness.

Stuff I got, top row from left to right:

She Wants to Tell Me and Birch Control by Laura Ķeniņa (birchcontrol). Beautiful comics mixing magical realist elements with a very truthful story about a summer romance between two women.
Lepakkoloula. Anthology of Finnish lesbian fantasy and historical comics, with English subtitles. Contributor Dawn Davis (playerprophet) told me that “lepakko” means “bat” and is Finnish slang for a lesbian, so the name is “Batcave”… sneaky!
Feminist jam comics made and printed on-site at the festival, at the Jemma mini-festival, organized by Feminist Comics Action.
Too Much, Never Enough, by B. Carrot. Short autobio comics about the Gulf War, street harassment, and baby dreams. It reminded me of one of my faves, Ellen Fourney.
The End, an anthology by the Swedish group Comics Collective Ritualen (ritualens). They’re all graduates of Serieskolan, the School of Comic Arts, in Malmö!
Patrick Kyle postcard and kuš! #12 “Future 2.0” by kuš! komikss (kushkomikss). This Latvian comics anthology (all in English) is one of the most consistently entertaining around, with a good eye for design.

Middle row:

Polaroid of me, given to me by a man whose portrait I drew. I’ll treasure it always.
Ella Kurki postcard (dodostad). Bird master, illustrator, table neighbor, and also a contributor to Lepakkoloula.
Der Kuti #33 by Finnish collective KutiKuti. Free comics newspaper with English subtitles!
Tiger! Tote bag by Kirsten Carina and Ines Christine. Mysterious zine team made this merch for the Giant Fox & William Honda Group.
Cider by Heta. A prehistoric story with delicate and impressive drawings. She did such a detailed drawing for me when she signed my comic—gotta love European cartoonists!

Bottom row:

Lapsosand Borrowed Tailsby Inès Estrada (inechi). I love the casual humor and psychedelic colors of her work. Can’t wait to read Lapsos, which was a debut book at the festival!
Good Morning, Are You Awake? by Carolina Hicks (subtleceiling). A zine to help you appreciate the life around you, because being a person is hella weird. Carolina knows a thing or two about staying woke.
Who Will be the Champ?and birthday card by Sara Varon. I went all the way around the world, and met another cool Brooklynite! Sara takes calligraphic animal and food characters, and puts them in a well-observed city context.
Mega Bitesby Laura Heikkala (heikala). One-page comics about classic video games. Laura is also a graphic designer, and has a cute and sleek style.

Näkemiin, Helsinki! It’s been swell, and I’ll miss you.

lgbtq-spx:

Hey y’all. I’m Hazel Newlevant, a cartoonist living in Queens. I’ll be at table F8A, debuting my comic If This Be Sin! It’s a collection of three stories about queer women and music, and it was awarded the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. The first is based on the life of blues singer Gladys Bentley, the second is about rockstars Wendy and Lisa (of Purple Rain and Prince fame), and the third is a fictional story of same-gender dance partners at modern-day blues dance competition. Some of my other mini-comics also mention queer themes and my own bisexual dating history.
Come through! I also draw excellent portraits.

Tony Breed has organized this great tumblr, lgbtq-spx, to highlight the queer comics and creators exhibiting at the Small Press Expo. Follow it. Live it. If you yourself are a queer creator at SPX, you should submit a post!

lgbtq-spx:

Hey y’all. I’m Hazel Newlevant, a cartoonist living in Queens. I’ll be at table F8A, debuting my comic If This Be Sin! It’s a collection of three stories about queer women and music, and it was awarded the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant. The first is based on the life of blues singer Gladys Bentley, the second is about rockstars Wendy and Lisa (of Purple Rain and Prince fame), and the third is a fictional story of same-gender dance partners at modern-day blues dance competition. Some of my other mini-comics also mention queer themes and my own bisexual dating history.

Come through! I also draw excellent portraits.

Tony Breed has organized this great tumblr, lgbtq-spx, to highlight the queer comics and creators exhibiting at the Small Press Expo. Follow it. Live it. If you yourself are a queer creator at SPX, you should submit a post!

Lambda Literary Review of 'If This Be Sin'

I’m in Finland this week, selling If This Be Sin at the Helsinki Comics Festival. After such a long time drawing and printing, it’s a thrill to finally be able to show it to people and hear their responses. In that spirit, here’s the first review of If This Be Sin the book, by Cathy Camper. Her introduction:
I love comics about musicians, especially behind-the-scenes bios about their life and creative processes. So for me, Hazel Newlevant’s comic If This Be Sin, which features three music related stories, was like getting triple scoops of my favorite flavor.

http://eviscerateyoungcaptain.tumblr.com/post/96295829353/book-meme-from-batarde-via-redpulp-rules-in-a

constellation-funk:

benneb:

danemartin:

eviscerateyoungcaptain:

book meme
from batarde via redpulp

Rules: In a text post, list ten+ books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [ten] friends, including me, so…

the child bastard danemartin tagged me, so:

The Killer Inside Me, Jim Thompson
Locas II, Jaime Hernandez
The Unexpurgated Memoirs of Bernard Mergendeiler, Jules Feiffer
The Passport, Saul Steinberg
The Man Who Grew His Beard, Olivier Schrauwen
Paper Rad BJ and Da Dogs, Ben Jones and Paper Rad
Dictionary of the Khazars, Milorad Pavic
The Complete Jack Survives, Jerry Moriarty
Tank Tankuro, Gajo Sakamoto
Powr Mastrs vol. 3, CF
Area CC, Alex Degen
The Freddie Stories, Lynda Barry
Goodnight Punpun, Inio Asano
Hyperspeed 2 Nowhere, Lale Westvind
Well Come, Erik Nebel
Missy, Daryl Seitchik
New Engineering, Yuichi Yokoyama
Cities and Spaces and, Rebekka Dunlap
Strawberries, Mia Schwartz
Tiny Bangs, Olivia Horvath
Mister Cellar’s Attic, Noel Freibert
Space Ducks, Daniel Johnston
Multiple Warheads, Brandon Graham
Unfortunate Horse Magazine #1, Dane Martin
Shower Radio Station, Minipete
Donald Duck, Carl Barks

writing this is a sickening reminder not only of how little I’ve read (2 fuckin prose books that I feel personally invested in and aren’t embarrassing to name), but of how detached I’ve come from the books I loved. it was such a struggle just to come up with this puny little list; I got up and looked at my bookshelf as a refresher of what I’m into, and almost none of the books spoke to me. either everything I like is ultimately disappointing or I disappoint it. regardless I’ve got to become a better reader.

tagging roarlivia, antibodyxxx, dixiewetsworth, adactivity, hassavocado, bonesludge, eriknebel, 1990-present, juryrig, and constellation-funk, sorry friends, thank you, have fun

alright here we go

All My Friends Are Going to Be Strangers-Larry McMurtry

Lonesome Dove-Larry McMurtry

Streets of Laredo-Larry McMurtry

Spring Snow-Yukio Mishima

The Decay of the Angel-Yukio Mishima

Confessions of a Mask-Yukio Mishima

Solanin-Inio Asano

Mother, Come Home-Paul Hornschmeier

Maus-Art Speigelman

Tintin: The Black Island-Herge

The Transit of Venus-Shirley Hazzard

Final Crisis-Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones and Dave Mahnke

The City in Which I Love You-Lee Young-Li

Zero-Ignacio de Loyola Brandao

American Psycho-Bret Easton Ellis

The Squirrel Machine-Hans Rickheit 

The Portable Frank-Jim Woodring

From Hell-Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell

Apollo’s Song-Osamu Tezuka

The Killer Inside Me-Jim Thompson

Body of Evidence-Patricia Cornwell

Family Happiness-Leo Tolstoy

The Stand-Stephen King

I guess I’ll tag mendelpalace, shlabam, lutine, liars, newlevant, venomousswan, and ehhhh just do it if you want honestly, I’d probably be interested to see it 

An Arrow’s Flight—Mark Merlis

Amphigory—Edward Gorey

Arabel and Mortimer—Joan Aiken, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

GoGo Monster—Taiyo Matsumoto

Epileptic—David B.

Neverwhere—Neil Gaiman

Persepolis—Marjane Satrapi

Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons—Bill Watterson

Dykes to Watch Out For—Alison Bechdel

A Child’s Life—Phoebe Gloeckner

I nominate belleandwhistle, rustbeltjessie, mazotopia, bikesbabesandbooze, whimsicalnobodycomics, darrylayo​, scaryjokes​, and b-m-f-u​ to be the new ministers of books.

birdcagebottombooks:

New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Hazel Newlevant’s “If This Be Sin”

Winner of the 2013 Prism Comics Queer Press Grant!

Hazel Newlevant’s ‘If This Be Sin’ is a collection of comics about queer women expressing themselves through music. It tells the stories of Gladys Bentley, the Harlem Renaissance blues singer and drag king, and Wendy and Lisa, the lesbian rockstars of Prince and the Revolution.

“Hazel Newlevant draws like a dream and weaves a mesmerizing story. ‘If This Be Sin’ is a stunning achievement.” 
—Alison Bechdel, author of ‘Fun Home’

“The stories are super sweet and hopeful, but also have a touching gloominess to them. I loved it!” 
—Ross Campbell, author of ‘Wet Moon’

8.25″ x 11″, 44 pages. $10
Full-color cover & interior, perfect bound.
An SPX 2014 debut.

*** This is the expanded book version, the mini comic version is out-of-print *** 

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/if-this-be-sin-book/#sthash.YVUF7evu.dpuf

You can also order my new book from my distributor! BBB is the best.

In honor of the recent news that 48% of American gamers are women, here’s a gaming-related panel from my next mini-comic, “A Visit from the Gringa.”
I’ve been working on a big project about female gamers that I’m excited to share soon, stay tuned for more!

In honor of the recent news that 48% of American gamers are women, here’s a gaming-related panel from my next mini-comic, “A Visit from the Gringa.”

I’ve been working on a big project about female gamers that I’m excited to share soon, stay tuned for more!