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I have proofs from the printer for Volume 4, Issue 1.
Postcards have arrived for Volume 4, Issue 1, featuring Sandy Coomer’s Phoenix Rising.
I would like to thank Suzanna for giving me this opportunity. She should be proud of this issue and all the strong voices that it captures. Some of my favorite pieces are “Turtle Bay” by Henry Hintz, “Punk 4 a Day” by Diane Hoffman, the poems of Holly Day, Chuck Thompson, GTimothy Gordon, and Sarah A. Etlinger. If it were not for my first choice, “Two Fools” by Sarah A. Etlinger would be my winner because to its tightness, sharpness, and grace of language.
However, I find the excerpt of Theresa Williams’ From The Diary of Lea Knight to be the undeniable centerpiece of this issue. In this excerpt, Williams balances a combined feeling of prose and poetry in her writing. Her line work is crisp when called for and chaotic when necessary. In the best way possible, the notebook presentation of Williams’ project brings to mind Lynda Barry’s Syllabus, while the dark, real philosophizing evokes Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Are You My Mother? The work also takes me to old folktales, like Cinderella, that showcase familial catastrophes by an unhinged parent onto an innocent child, and the ensuing existential crises people feel under the force of an oppressive thumb. I think this slice of From The Diary of Lea Knight is a fascinating piece of sequential art, and I cannot wait to see more of it once it is inevitably published.
Dom Fonce is an undergrad English major at Youngstown State University. He’s been published in fiction, poetry, comics, and journalism. Some of his work can be found at Calliope of the University of Mount Union, Penguin Review, the Jambar, and the forthcoming summer 2017 issue of 3Elements Review. Collaborated with Vincent Butka (penciller), Jared Burton (inker and colorist), and Kaleena Spackman (letterer).
Theresa Williams lives and teaches in Northwest Ohio. Her current project is a Sketchbook novel called The Diary of Lea Knight. It traces the inner life of Lea Knight, who has recently lost a baby. Theresa twice received Individual Excellence Grants from The Ohio Arts Council and has been published in numerous journals, including Gargoyle, Hunger Mountain, and TheSun.
Megan Miazgowicz is a digital artist and illustrator, who recently graduated from Bowling Green State University with a BFA in Digital Art. Megan enjoys both digital painting and creating comics, and hopes to someday publish her own graphic novels. She is currently developing a comic series with her best friend and hopes to begin work on it this fall. Outside of comics, she enjoys reading, writing, character design, sleeping, and hanging out with her dog.
Lonnie James attends BGSU for Film Production with a minor in Theater. James has been playing guitar for 17 years, and he is a touring musician. He now has a solo acoustic act under the stage name of Lonnie James, and he is currently in the process of writing the next screenplay and start filming over the summer. James’s film Temptation showed at the annual Ray Browne Film Festival, and the BGSU Film and Media Film Festival, and soon to be showing at the Glass City Film Festival on May 17th. His screenplay was chosen to be read at a live reading on October 2nd in the Donnell Theater at BGSU. James plans to make two films over the summer and graduate from BGSU next Spring.