Nicole Georges

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Nicole Georges
Nicole J. Georges at Stumptown Comics Fest 2013.jpg
Georges at Stumptown Comics Fest 2013
Born 1981 (age 36–37)
Nationality American
Area(s) zinester, cartoonist
Notable works
Invincible Summer
Calling Dr. Laura

Nicole J. Georges (born c. 1981[1] in Kansas)[2] is an illustrator, zinester and educator living in Portland, Oregon. She is best known as the author of the autobiographical comic zine Invincible Summer, whose individual issues have been collected into two anthologies published by Tugboat Press and Microcosm Publishing, and the graphic memoir Calling Dr. Laura.

Books and illustration work[edit]

Georges has been creating Invincible Summer since 2000, and has published 23 issues of the zine. It is an autobiographical comic zine detailing her life with dogs, dates, coffee intake, teaching, and creative pursuits. The zine has a queer and feminist slant, and provides crafting tips and simple vegan recipes.[citation needed]

The first eight issues of Invincible Summer were collected by Tugboat Press in 2004, with the addition of a second volume[3] (issues 9-14) published in 2008 by Microcosm Publishing.[1]

She co-edited the zine Coffeeshop Crushes,[4] and is a contributor to the zine Tell It Like It Tiz,[5] which documents the lives and stories of senior citizens in Portland, Oregon.

Georges' illustrations have been found in The Rock n Roll Camp for Girls (Chronicle Books), Food & Booze (Tin House Press), Baby Remember My Name (Carroll & Graf), It's So You (Seal Press), Bitch magazine.[6] She has created pet portrait-themed calendars and sold them in the Portland area and has been described as "a quintessentially Portland artist".[7]

Her graphic memoir, Calling Dr. Laura, was released by Mariner Books in January 2013.[7][8][9] The book was featured in Vanity Fair, USA Today, and named one of the "Best Books of Summer 2013" by[10][11][12]

Her second graphic novel, Fetch, was released in July 2017.

Georges was the 2013/2014 Fellow at the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont.[13]

Organizing, teaching, and extracurricular work[edit]

Georges is a co-founder of the Portland Zine Symposium, an organizer of the Midwest Underground Media Symposium, and has was involved with the Independent Publishing Resource Center from 2000-2015.

She chronicled her time working at Farm Sanctuary in her zine Invincible Summer, and taught Homorobics,[14] a punk exercise class, from 2008-2009.

Georges has been teaching children, adults and seniors about zines, comics and self publishing for over a decade, and is currently on the roster of Writers In The Schools, The Right Brain Initiative, and Young Audiences of Oregon. She has been volunteering with the Portland Rock and Roll Camp for Girls since its inception in 2001.[15] She has been volunteering with senior citizens for the past decade, creating a book about them called "Tell it like it tiz". She is currently on faculty at California College of the Arts.

Awards and tours[edit]

Georges was listed one of "Five Writers To Watch Out For" by the Lambda Literary Foundation,[16] one of ten "Cartoonists Who Could Be the Next Dan Clowes" by Flavorwire, and one of eight "Worthy Successors to Alison Bechdel" by Flavorwire. Georges was named "Miss Specs Appeal 2006" by the zine Hey Four Eyes.

She traveled the country in 2007 with Sister Spit: The Next Generation (alongside Michelle Tea, Eileen Myles and Cristy Road), and again in 2010. She has also toured with Cassie J. Sneider, Microcosm Publishing, Fact or Fiction, and the Rock n Roll Camp for Girls (with Katy Davidson and sts).

Calling Dr. Laura won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBT Graphic Novel at the 26th Lambda Literary Awards in 2014.[17]

The French translation of "Calling Dr. Laura" ("Allo, Dr. Laura?") was an official selection at the 2016 Angouleme International Comics Festival.

Personal life[edit]

Georges is an open lesbian and made a video of herself discussing her sexuality with her mother, with plans to publish it on YouTube.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Kevin Sampsell (January 17, 2008). "Invincible Summer". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Georges, Nicole J. and Marc Parker, Tell it Like it Tiz! (2013).
  3. ^ Annalee Schafranek (March 11, 2009). "Nicole J. Georges: Does the J stand for "just lovely?"". Bitchmedia Magazine. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Coffeeshop Crushes: Tales of Love and Lust in Coffee Establishments page, Microcosm Publishing website. Accessed Apr. 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Hu, Ev. "Day care elders give volunteers lots of material for zines," The Oregonian (June 04, 2009).
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  7. ^ a b Alison Hallett (January 16, 2013). "Invincible Nicole: A Portland Artist Gets Personal with Calling Dr. Laura". Portland Mercury. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  8. ^ Carmen Giminez Smith (January 31, 2013). "In Search Of A Father, Finding Herself". NPR Books. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Mitch Lillie (January 2, 2013). "Nicole J. Georges, Calling Dr. Laura: An ambitious memoir from a twee local zinester". Willamette Week. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
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  13. ^ "Nicole Georges: CCS Fellow 2013-2014," Center for Cartoon Studies website. (April 10, 2013).
  14. ^ Homorobics website. Accessed Apr. 21, 2014.
  15. ^ Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls. Accessed March 31, 2012.
  16. ^ Gillette, Courtney. "Five New Queer Voices To Watch Out For," Lamda Literary (June 2010).
  17. ^ "Looking for summer reading? Lambda Literary Awards rain down a host of choices". Times-Picayune, June 3, 2014.

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