Have You Got The Face For Radio?

Before the internet, before I saw a picture of Terry Gross, I pictured her with frosted blond hair, a tan and red shellacked nails. She spent her nights taping Fresh Air sitting on a high stool in a dimly lit room with a microphone hanging in front of her and a sound board at her fingertips.

In my mind, she was a “Cougar” before the term “Cougar” existed.

Competence is attractive. Radio voices, like Terry Gross’, are a funny Rorschach test that tells us what our own brain thinks competence looks like. How did you envision Terry?

I was asked to do a special cartoon just for her when a comics website I was part of was launching and they were hunting for media attention. I remembered my early experience of her as some kind of ideal, and then thought about how she would fit into other people’s personal notions of what sexy/competent looks like.

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I haven’t looked up what Chana Joffe-Walt (from NPR’s Planet Money) looks like, because my brain is certain she’s the spitting image of Fiona Apple.

My School Girl Crushes, Plus a Survey

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And now for the juicy stuff:

I moderated a Women and Cartooning Panel at the Pittsburgh Toonseum over Memorial Day weekend, and fell totally in love with my four panelists– Lynn Johnston, Cathy Guisewite, Terri Libenson and Jen Sorensen.

Here’s me, on a chair, proclaiming that publicly. They were very gracious, as they were probably used that kind of thing. (Note:  I lifted this photo off of Curls creator  Carolyn Belefski’s blog.)

 

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They drew while they spoke, and it was magic:

Here’s Lynn’s:

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Lynn told us that she has a house full of hot wheels cars and toy furniture to look at for reference to get the perspective right. (I can’t WAIT to go over to her house to play.)

Cathy’s funny, poignant story of how she became a cartoonist brought tears to my eyes.
Here is the quick drawing she did of Cathy:
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And here’s why she explained you never see Cathy in profile:
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This is Terri’s quick self portrait:

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And here is Pajama Diaries cartoon of hers I will never, ever forget:

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She broke the bedroom barrier on the comics page! As far as I know, she is the first. Here’s her blog post about it.

Btw, you can see more cool pics of the everyone drawing on Terri’s blog.

And speaking of sex, here is Jen’s drawing of her sometimes alter ego Drooly Julie:

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If you haven’t seen her editorial strip Slowpoke, you must!
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