Paige Braddock

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Paige Braddock
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Braddock in 2010
Born (1963-05-06) May 6, 1963 (age 53)
Bakersfield, California, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Cartoonist, author
Known for "Jane's World" comic strip

Paige Braddock (born May 6, 1963) is an American cartoonist best known for her long-running comic strip, "Jane's World," the first gay-themed work in the United States to receive online distribution by a national media syndicate.[1]

Early life[edit]

Braddock was born in Bakersfield, California. She spent most of her childhood years in Mississippi. Due to her father’s job as a forester, Braddock and her family moved frequently across the country. By the time she reached high school in Brevard, North Carolina, they had moved 17 times.[2]

Career[edit]

Braddock knew at the age of 7 that she wanted to be a cartoonist.[3] She published her first cartoon, “Bart Winkle,” in her junior year of high school in the local newspaper, The Transylvania Times. Cartoonist Dave Graue of the comic strip “Alley Oop” lived in the area and served as her mentor.[4]

Braddock earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Early in her career she worked as an illustrator for several newspapers, including The Orlando Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, and The Atlanta Constitution.[5]

Braddock began crafting her long-standing comic, “Jane’s World,” in 1991.[6] In 2006, she received an Eisner Award nomination for best humor book for her work on the comic.[7] Braddock published the first novel inspired by the comic series, Jane’s World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride, in June 2016 with Bold Strokes Books.

In 1999, Braddock became the Creative Director at Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. In this role, Braddock is charged with overseeing the visual and editorial direction for all Schulz licensed products worldwide. As a professional cartoonist, she has illustrated several Peanuts children's books. The Snoopy U.S. postage stamp issued in April 2001 was designed by Braddock.[8]

Throughout Braddock's career as a cartoonist, she has published a diverse collection of comic works. In 2008, Braddock co-created the science fiction graphic novel series The Martian Confederacy with writer Jason McNamara.[9] In February 2015, Braddock published a graphic novel for children with Andrews McMeel Publishing titled, Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, followed by Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror in February 2016.

PB9 Comics/Girl Twirl Comics[edit]

PB9 Comics serves as the hub for all of Paige Braddock's independent comics.

In 2001, Braddock launched her own publishing company, Girl Twirl Comics, to make “Jane's World" available in comic shops and bookstores.[6] In 2008, Girl Twirl Comics published Volume 1 of The Martian Confederacy graphic novel series. Volume 2 in the series was published in 2011.

Pen Name/Missouri Vaun[edit]

In 2015, Paige Braddock began writing lesbian romance novels with publisher Bold Strokes Books under the pen name, Missouri Vaun. They include, All Things Rise, The Ground Beneath, The Time Before Now, Whiskey Sunrise,Valley of Fire, Death By Cocktail Straw and One More Reason to Leave Orlando.

Personal life[edit]

Braddock and her wife, Evelyn, live in Northern California.

Selected Works[edit]

  • Jane's World: The Case of the Mail Order Bride, Bold Strokes Books, 2016
  • Stinky Cecil in Terrarium Terror, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2016
  • Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue, Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2015
  • One More Reason to Leave Orlando, Bold Strokes Books, 2016
  • Death By Cocktail Straw, Bold Strokes Books, 2016
  • Valley of Fire, Bold Strokes Books, 2016
  • Whiskey Sunrise, Bold Strokes Books, 2016
  • All Things Rise, Bold Strokes Books, 2015
  • The Ground Beneath, Bold Strokes Books, 2015
  • The Time Before Now, Bold Strokes Books, 2015
  • Jane's World, Volume 1, Girl Twirl Comics, 2003
  • Jane's World, Volume 2, Girl Twirl Comics, 2004
  • Jane's World, Volume 3, Girl Twirl Comics, 2005
  • Jane's World, Volume 4, Girl Twirl Comics, 2006
  • Jane's World, Volume 5, Girl Twirl Comics, 2006
  • Jane's World, Volume 6, Girl Twirl Comics, 2006
  • Jane's World, Volume 7, Girl Twirl Comics, 2007
  • Jane's World, Collection 1 (first 15 issues), Girl Twirl Comics, 2007
  • Jane's World, Volume 8, Girl Twirl Comics, 2008
  • Jane's World, Volume 9, Girl Twirl Comics, 2009
  • Jane's World, Volume 10, The New Frontier, Girl Twirl Comics, 2011
  • Jane's World, Volume 11, Girl Twirl Comics, 2014
  • The Martian Confederacy, Volume 1, with Jason McNamara, Girl Twirl Comics, 2008
  • The Martian Confederacy, Volume 2, with Jason McNamara, Girl Twirl Comics, 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sen, Jai (2013-10-18). "Paige Braddock Changes the World Without Bending or Breaking It". The Clyde Fitch Report. 
  2. ^ Braddock, Paige (2011). Jane's World, Volume 10, A New Frontier. Girl Twirl Comics. p. 85. ISBN 0979420792. 
  3. ^ "Q&A: Cartoonist Paige Braddock". Oxford American. June 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Braddock, Paige (2011). Jane's World, Volume 10, A New Frontier. Girl Twirl Comics. p. 86. ISBN 0979420792. 
  5. ^ "Paige Braddock bio". Peanuts Studio Blog. 
  6. ^ a b Braddock, Paige. "Official website". Bio. 
  7. ^ "The Banal and the Profane: Paige Braddock". Lambda Literary. August 24, 2013. 
  8. ^ McLeod, Susanna. "Paige Braddock, Creator of 'Jane's World'". The Cartoonists. Retrieved February 9, 2007. 
  9. ^ "About The Martian Confederacy". The Martian Confederacy Blog. 

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