Carol Lay

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Carol Lay
Carol Lay photo.png
Lay, photographed in 2006
Born 1952 (age 61–62)
Whittier, California
Area(s) Cartoonist
Notable works
Way Lay
Good Girls
The Big Skinny
Illiteracy

Official website

Carol Lay (born 1952) is an American alternative cartoonist best known for her weekly comic strip, Story Minute (later to evolve into the strip Way Lay), which ran for almost twenty years in such US papers as the LA Weekly, the NY Press, and on Salon. Lay has been drawing professionally for over 30 years. Based in Los Angeles, Lay's strips and illustrations have appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Mad, Newsweek, Worth Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Lay was born in Whittier, California. In 1975 she graduated with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts from UCLA.[1]

Career[edit]

After graduating from UCLA, Lay entered the comics industry at DC Comics and Western Publishing, while simultaneously writing and drawing underground comics for titles such as Weirdo and her own Good Girls #1–6.[1]

She is the author of Mythos, a prose novel featuring Wonder Woman (DC/Pocket Books, 2003),[2] Goodnight, Irene: The Collected Stories of Irene Van de Kamp (Last Gasp, 2007), and The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude, a Memoir (Villard, 2008).[3]

In 2012, Lay and a friend started Waylay Comics to adapt her long-out-of-print and never-before-reprinted weekly strips into the Mobipocket format for Kindle.

Since 2010, Lay writes and draws Simpsons stories for Bongo Comics.

In 2013, Lay created MURDERVILLE#1: "A Farewell to Armories", a self-published, small-print-run, Kickstarter-funded comic featuring twenty-four pages of story plus four front & back, outside & inside cover pages.

Bibliography[edit]

"Meeting Place" by Carol Lay.
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). "Reach Out and Touch Someone" Pontiac Tempura (July 1980), unknown publisher
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Binswanger, Lee and LeMieux, Kathryn (ed). "The Mysogynist" Wimmen's Comix 8 (March 1983), Last Gasp
  • Lay, Carol (as "Cora Lloyd") (w, a), Bagge, Peter (ed). "Midwestern Wedding" Weirdo 10 (Summer 1984), Last Gasp
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Gilbert, Erick (ed). "Brainfood" Cannibal Romances 1 (1986), Last Gasp
  • Bridwell, E. Nelson; Cavalieri, Joey; Lay, Carol (w), Lay, Carol (a), Gafford, Carl (col), Weiss, David Cody (as "Cody") (let), Thomas, Roy (ed). The Oz-Wonderland Wars 1 (January 1986), DC Comics
  • Bridwell, E. Nelson; Cavalieri, Joey; Lay, Carol (w), Lay, Carol (a), Barube, Liz (col), Lay, Carol (let), Thomas, Roy (ed). The Oz-Wonderland Wars 2 (February 1986), DC Comics
  • Bridwell, E. Nelson; Cavalieri, Joey; Lay, Carol (w), Lay, Carol (a), Barube, Liz (col), Lay, Carol (let), Thomas, Roy (ed). The Oz-Wonderland Wars 3 (March 1986), DC Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 1 (April 1987), Fantagraphics Books
  • Hernandez, Gilbert (w, a), Lay, Carol (col), Hernandez, Gilbert (let), Groth, Gary (ed). "Heartbreak Soup: Space Case" Anything Goes! 4 (May 1987), The Comics Journal
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 2 (October 1987), Fantagraphics Books
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 3 (May 1988), Fantagraphics Books
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 4 (February 1989), Fantagraphics Books
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Kominsky-Crumb, Aline (ed). "The Prince and the Art Girl" Weirdo 27 (Spring 1990), Last Gasp
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 5 (January 1991), Fantagraphics Books
  • Lay, Carol (w, a). Good Girls 6 (1991), Rip Off Press
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Kinney, Jay (ed). "Panty Raid" Young Lust 8 (1993), Last Gasp
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Schreiner, Dave (ed). Now, Endsville (November 1993), Kitchen Sink Press, ISBN 0-87816-235-6
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Amara, Phil (ed). Joy Ride (January 1996), Kitchen Sink Press, ISBN 0-87816-398-0
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Couch, Christopher (ed). Strip Joint (September 1998), Kitchen Sink Press, ISBN 0-87816-578-9
  • Wonder Woman: Mythos, Pocket Star, 2003. ISBN 978-0-7434-1711-2. (prose novel)
  • Goodnight, Irene: The Collected Stories of Irene Van de Kamp, Last Gasp, 2007. ISBN 978-0-86719-659-7. (collects the Irene Van de Camp stories from Good Girls plus a cover gallery and "About Face" (2006), a new 18-page story drawn for the collection)
  • The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude, A Memoir, Random House, 2008. ISBN 978-0-345-50404-3. (graphic novel/memoir/diet book, with recipes)
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "The Sound and the Flurry" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 52 (February 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hellard, Alan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "The Mystery of the Pesky Desk" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 53 (April 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Simpsons Comics Get Some Fancy Book Learnin', Bongo Entertainment, 2010. ISBN 978-1-892849-30-4. (5-page story, new for the collection, Lisa and Maggie Simpson in "Pandora, Jr.")
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hellard, Alan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Dirty Laundry" The Simpsons Summer Shindig 4 (May 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Fortunate Son" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 54 (June 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hellard, Allan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "The Princess Priciple" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 55 (August 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villaneuva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "The Generosity Gene" Simpsons Comics 170 (September 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "A Tomb With a View" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 57 (December 2010), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Pranks a Lot" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 58 (February 2011), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Sleepless in Springfield" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 59 (April 2011), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Fur'n'Hate 451" The Simpsons Summer Shindig 5 (May 2011), Bongo Comics
  • Duggan, Gerry (w), Lay, Carol (a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Mousery" Simpsons Comics 179 (June 2011), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Planet of the Plants" Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson 61 (July 2011), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Guardian Snow Angel" The Simpsons Winter Wingding 6 (January 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Ralph Wiggum's Day Off" Ralph Wiggum One-Shot 1 (February 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a)Rote, Mike (i), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "The Social Fretwork" Simpsons Comics 190 (May 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Tattoo You" Simpsons Summer Shindig 6 (June 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill,Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Wedgie Issue" Bart Simpson 72 (June 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Morrison, Bill (ed). "Children of the Corn Maze" Bart Simpson 73 (July 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "Mean Genie" Li'l Homer 1 (August 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "Decisions, Decisions" Bart Simpson 74 (August 2012), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "Scent of a Baby" Maggie 1 (October 2012), Bongo Comics
  • CAROL LAY'S ILLITERATURE: STORY MINUTES Volume One, Boom! Town, 2012. ISBN 978-1-60886-282-5. (First of a prospective four volumes, contains 103 STORY MINUTE strips from 1997-1999, plus an Introduction by Kim Deitch.)
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Hamill, Nathan (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "Maggie and the Moon" Bart Simpson 80 (February 2013), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "Maggie's Pancakes" Bart Simpson 81 (March 2013), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Villanueva, Art (col), Bates, Karen (let), Kane, Nathan (ed). "The Murder Party" Simpsons Comics 201 (April 2013), Bongo Comics
  • Lay, Carol (w, a), Lay, Carol (col), Lay, Carol (let), Lay, Carol (ed). "A Farewell to Armories" MURDERVILLE 1 -- 24 story pages + 4 front & back cover pages -- Kickstarter-funded, self-published (September 2013), Carol Lay

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Talking to Carol Lay - Irene and More". Newsarama. July 19, 2007[dead link]
  2. ^ Carol Lay Wonder Woman: Mythos, Pulse News, Comicon.com, May 15, 2003
  3. ^ Mason, Marc. "The Aisle Seat," Comics Waiting Room. Accessed July 12, 2011.

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