As the Crow Flies is a story about Charlie — a queer 13 year old girl who finds herself stranded in a dangerous place: an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp.  It has been nominated for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize (2013) and an Eisner Award (2014).  Updates usually fall on Mondays and Fridays.

On average, 1.33 colored pencils are sharpened into oblivion per page.

Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story.  They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Denver, CO.  This is their second all-colored-pencil graphic novel. Their first, “Smbitten”, is a lesbian romance about swing-dancing and vampirism, and is available here as a pay-what-you-want download on Gumroad.

Questions, comments, and lavish gifts can be directed to them at melanie.k.gillman at gmail dot com.

Melanie has also has a tumblr, where they’ve been known to post coloring recommendations, terrible fishbeasts, and the occasional mythological lesbian screenprint series.