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.

 

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!
LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.
LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.
Preorder your copy of LOVF now!

32 hours left on Jesse Reklaw’s LOVF kickstarter!

LOVF is a 168-page, full-color travel diary of Jesse’s manic episode, where he threw away all of his belongings and moved around the country. An “Illustrated vision quest of a man literally losing his mind,” as he calls it.

LOVF has been funded, but he’s only $500 away from an awesome stretch goal: a six-city LOVF book tour, which he’ll also make a mini-comic about, and post it online for free! If the tour gets funded, I’ll be joining him for many of these appearances, so I really want this to happen.

Preorder your copy of LOVF now!

I got my boooooooks! boxes and boxes of them. pre-orders are getting shipped out today. this is debuting nationally at SPX, internationally at the Helsinki Comics Festival!

Recent illustration gig: doing cartoons for a training video for young men working in hotels in Saudi Arabia. I think they’re just crying out for New Yorker style captions.

There are some seriously weird art opportunities for intra-company stuff, which most people never know about because it’s not consumer facing. (Like industrial musicals!)

Pencils and inks by Jesse, watercolors by me (except the middle one, where I also did the layout and inks).

Re-blog in honor of Couch Tag getting nominated for the  Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. The final chapter is done entirely in this layered, mixed media, psychedelic style—one of my favorite parts. 
newlevant:

Another process gif from Couch Tag. I did the blue pencils, the rest is Jesse Reklaw!

Re-blog in honor of Couch Tag getting nominated for the  Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist. The final chapter is done entirely in this layered, mixed media, psychedelic style—one of my favorite parts. 

newlevant:

Another process gif from Couch Tag. I did the blue pencils, the rest is Jesse Reklaw!

So happy that my main man Jesse Reklaw was nominated for the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artistfor his book Couch Tag! All the nominees are a deserving and talented bunch, and I’m excited for this year’s SPX.

newlevant:

fantagraphics:

“Touching…” — Publishers Weekly

“[A] family’s evolution springs from the stories and the dialogue. Clever, moving and often hilarious.” — Houston Chronicle

“Unforgettable after the first page, sad and lonely, cute and innocent.” — NewCity Chicago

“Sad… but kind of funny too. I thought I came off OK in it.” — The Author’s Mother

“I liked your comic, even though you made up all those lies about me.” — The Author’s Father

Couch Tag
by Jesse Reklaw

176-page monochrome/color 6.25” x 9.25” hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-676-8

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/couchtag

This book would make a great passive-aggressive gift for a family member. If you’re estranged from your family, treat yourself!

birdcagebottombooks:

New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:

Hazel Newlevant’s “People of Coloring Book”

Who are these people, and what are they famous for? (If you don’t know, ask your parents or teachers.) Now you can make them any color you want! People of Coloring Book is a sincere joke, spoofing the well-intentioned yet hopelessly misguided children’s books of yore and the collective awkwardness of our “colorblind” society. Its covert aim is to make you think about the role race plays in identity, but the answers are left for you to color in.

8.5 x 11″, 16 pages. $6. 
Stapled. Color cover with b&w interior.

- See more at: http://www.birdcagebottombooks.com/shop/people-of-coloring-book/#sthash.tNlOixXE.dpuf

More old-school zines that I’ve reprinted!

Character sketches from the next big thing I’m working on: “No Ivy League,” an autobio comic about the crappy summer job I had removing invasive ivy as part of a youth crew. Highlights include getting my privileged white homeschooler bubble burst, crushing on my boss, and sexual harassment.

paperrocketcomics:

Jesse Reklaw Launches Lovf Kickstarter http://ift.tt/1v23bsT

You should pre-order LOVF on Kickstarter: it’s an incredible mixed-media comic slash travel journal about Jesse’s adventures traveling the country as a homeless crazy man after a series of personal tragedies and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
It’s a 168-page, full-color book. Other rewards include screen prints, art comissions, and Jesse’s previous graphic novels; Couch Tag and The Night of Your Life.
As Robyn Chapman put it on her Facebook page: “For just $25 you’ll get a copy of this intense, gorgeous, one-of-a kind sketchbook/memoir. Venture as close to madness as you dare, and help an artist who deserves your support and really needs it.”

paperrocketcomics:

Jesse Reklaw Launches Lovf Kickstarter http://ift.tt/1v23bsT

You should pre-order LOVF on Kickstarter: it’s an incredible mixed-media comic slash travel journal about Jesse’s adventures traveling the country as a homeless crazy man after a series of personal tragedies and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

It’s a 168-page, full-color book. Other rewards include screen prints, art comissions, and Jesse’s previous graphic novels; Couch Tag and The Night of Your Life.

As Robyn Chapman put it on her Facebook page: “For just $25 you’ll get a copy of this intense, gorgeous, one-of-a kind sketchbook/memoir. Venture as close to madness as you dare, and help an artist who deserves your support and really needs it.”

Be excited! I’m proud of the piece I did for this anthology about finding love as a nerdy homeschooler, and all the previews I’ve seen of other people’s contributions have increased my enthusiasm.
Basically, you should get a copy!
ninthartpress:

Subcultures: A Comics Anthology is now available for pre-order!
35 independent cartoonists explore the various and varied worlds-within-the-world we know as “subcultures”. From Star Wars conventioneers to Bigfoot hunters, from goths and gamers to record collectors and cosplayers, these stories reveal the rules, rituals, and relationships that define these infinite and intricate subsets of humanity. (edited by Whit Taylor, published by Dan Mazur, Cover by Box Brown)
Contributors Include:
Sam Alden
E.J. Barnes
Cara Bean 
Bonesteel
Melinda Tracy Boyce
Box Brown
Matthew Crehan
Ben Doane
Alizee De Pin
Rachel Dukes
Jillian Fleck
Holly Foltz
Maggie Glass
Andrew Greenstone
Nick Johansen
Jay Kennedy
Rob Kirby
Jesse Lonergan
MariNaomi
Dan Mazur
Anna Mudd
Hazel Newlevant
Sigit Nugroho
Ion O’Clast
Dave Ortega
Maria Photinakis
Liz Prince
Ansis Purins
Rob Queen
Alex Robinson
Michael Scully
Daryl Seitchik
Whit Taylor
Nick Thorkelson
Noah Van Sciver
Aaron Whitaker
Kriota Willberg
Stevie Wilson
Li-Or Zaltzman
Courtney Zell

Pre-order now or pick up a copy at SPX!
 

Be excited! I’m proud of the piece I did for this anthology about finding love as a nerdy homeschooler, and all the previews I’ve seen of other people’s contributions have increased my enthusiasm.

Basically, you should get a copy!

ninthartpress:

Subcultures: A Comics Anthology is now available for pre-order!

35 independent cartoonists explore the various and varied worlds-within-the-world we know as “subcultures”. From Star Wars conventioneers to Bigfoot hunters, from goths and gamers to record collectors and cosplayers, these stories reveal the rules, rituals, and relationships that define these infinite and intricate subsets of humanity. (edited by Whit Taylor, published by Dan Mazur, Cover by Box Brown)

Contributors Include:

Sam Alden
E.J. Barnes
Cara Bean 
Bonesteel
Melinda Tracy Boyce
Box Brown
Matthew Crehan
Ben Doane
Alizee De Pin
Rachel Dukes
Jillian Fleck
Holly Foltz
Maggie Glass
Andrew Greenstone
Nick Johansen
Jay Kennedy
Rob Kirby
Jesse Lonergan
MariNaomi
Dan Mazur
Anna Mudd
Hazel Newlevant
Sigit Nugroho
Ion O’Clast
Dave Ortega
Maria Photinakis
Liz Prince
Ansis Purins
Rob Queen
Alex Robinson
Michael Scully
Daryl Seitchik
Whit Taylor
Nick Thorkelson
Noah Van Sciver
Aaron Whitaker
Kriota Willberg
Stevie Wilson
Li-Or Zaltzman
Courtney Zell

Pre-order now or pick up a copy at SPX!

 

I’ve been working on New Yorker gags! I submitted for the first time on Tuesday and got a pretty positive response, so I’ll try to keep it up. Here’s a few of my favorite rejected cartoons.