Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Ah, Montreal ...

I had such a great time at Expozine in Montreal this weekend. Wonderful books, comics, zines, poetry, and prints. Wonderful turn out as well, overall a really great convention.

And Montreal was beautiful, we walked around, ate food, had drinks, window shopped, it was a fantastic weekend.

Check out me at my table, next to my lovely table mate, Laurel Lynn Leake! (Check out Josh Lees' comic on my table)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

EXPOZINE and a Review by Hi-Low

Robert Clough reviewed the first part of my comic Long Division on his blog, Hi-Low. Check it out!

Intrigued? Good! Come see me in beautiful Montreal at Expozine. I'll have Long Division parts 1 and 2, my Hearts and Mini Comics screen-prints (see them here) and a new one-page screen-print (soon to be published in the screen-printed anthology Bruiser.)

Thursday, October 17, 2013


Hey there!

I put up my portfolio site, you can check it out at! You can also find it up there on my navigation bar, or go through my hub site

Here is a picture of glasses, because three quarters of the people I know wear glasses:

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

The Indie Romantic Comedy of the Year!

A CCS assignment that I created with my classmates, and then was given to an alumni to illustrate is up on Slate! We wrote a movie pitch based on prompts and specific genres. It was fun following the tropes of a Hollywood RomCom, with a big helping of satire and a sprinkling of the racism that is usual in Hollywood movies. We then distilled our story down to twelve panels. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Hey! Huge SPX Print Run!

I'm finally printing copies of my funny-animal-horror comic, Hey! Huge Fez Zombies! I figure Halloween is just around the corner, so people may want to start filling their lives with zombies and blood and stuff.

I'll be selling it at SPX, table K4B. It costs $2, and I'll be trading it like an infectious disease that destroys your mental capabilities and awakens your violent instincts to feed on other people. 

See you there!

Saturday, August 24, 2013


I'm looking forward to tabling at this year's SPX in Bethesda, MD! The first two parts of my book Long Division will be debuting, which I am crazy excited/nervous about. I'll be selling two screenprints and copies of my funny-animal horror comic, Hey! Huge Fez Zombies!

Long Division © 2013 joyana mcdiarmid

hearts and mini comics #1 ©2013 joyana mcdiarmid
hearts and mini comics #2 ©2013 joyana mcdiarmid

ALSO debuting is the queer erotica comics anthology I helped do production on, Queerotica (I have a story in it as well.) It is 108 pages and fully risographed in purple and pink. It will be on my table, which I am sharing with my friend and former classmate, one of the editors of Queerotica, Allie Kleber.

So, you should be excited, too, and come stop by my table!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thesis Guts

Having been in post graduation haze I forgot to post images of the insides of my thesis comic, Long Division. Here's to remedying that. While not perfect pictures, I think these spreads can give you an idea of the comic. They are some of my favorites, and make me a little nostalgic for the Pacific Northwest, where this story is set.

I am working on the advice I received during my thesis review and ironing out the kinks in the story before continuing it. It will be ready for reading eventually!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


On Saturday May 18, I graduated from the Center for Cartoon Studies! It was a wonderful ceremony, my classmates looked flawless and all our thesis projects were amazing.

Speaking of which, check out the book design of my thesis:

I'm so grateful for the wonderful education and friendships I have gained from these past two years at CCS. You all rock!

Next on the agenda: Get a job, move, and keep making comics.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

65 Pages

Yesterday I hit 65 pages penciled for my thesis project, Long Division! That's 61 pages penciled in 3.5 months (I completed the other four in the fall) I'm pretty excited, as you probably can tell, and I have about twelve more pages to pencil until I start inking. I'll only have the first half of the story done, but I can work on the rest after I graduate (!) in May.

Stack of penciled pages in my studio space 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Winter Sketchbook, Part 4

During our Visiting Artist class at CCS I tend to doodle. Since I've been having trouble getting the fabrics of character's clothing to look different I found myself drawing wrinkles.

A study in wrinkles

Monday, January 28, 2013

Winter Sketchbook, Part 3

Steadily plugging away at my thesis story - which is still untitled. Here are the many faces of two of my characters:

Face clusters of two characters: Elena and Phoebe