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Jessica Abel is known to some for her comics/graphic novels such as La Perdida, ArtBabe, Life Sucks, or maybe you're about to know her from Trish Trash, Roller Girl of Mars, her new, teen-to-adult graphic novel, coming out in November.
Still others know her for Radio: An Illustrated Guide, a skinny little handbook she and Ira Glass of this American Life put together in 1999 for a pledge drive reward, which has been reprinted many times since then.
The book led me to her podcast, which led me to her Creative Focus workshop, which helps artists get shit done. The workshop was six weeks long, six weeks which, coincidentally were scheduled to end exactly when I'd told myself (my fourth such deadline, the first three having failed miserably) that Episode 1 would be done and dropped!
When that workshop and those six weeks were up, Episode 1 of 15 Minutes launched, and five months later, here we are at Episode 16 - YAY!~!~!
Jessica and I talked about fame, of course, and her books, and went deep into one of her primary missions of her work/creative life: "Helping creative people make their work, not just dream about it."
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