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  1. What's your dream travel destination?
  2. Week of 5/28: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Sure, all your friends and family have been replaced by poorly-concealed malevolent changelings, but all in all you’ve found the change refreshing. Taurus: You have nothing to fear in the woods surrounding grandmother’s house—like many poisonous animals, your bright red hood is a warning. Gemini: At this point, the entity haunting your bathroom is the least of your problems. Cancer: Everyone agrees you have your mother’s eyes and your father’s nose, but nobody’s quite sure which side of the family the tentacles came from. Leo: Someday, your efforts to bring the Tudor ruff back into fashion will be rewarded. Virgo: When at odds with someone, be the bigger person. Be gigantic. Be monumental. Be a thing of planetary magnitude. Look down upon your cowering antagonist with divine indifference. Libra: Feeding the birds is an investment in your future. The birds tally every seed and every slight, and they never, ever forget the score. Scorpio: Your power color is Void. Sagittarius: Nobody needs that many plastic lawn flamingos. Nobody. Honestly, what is wrong with you? Capricorn: Good things come to those who wait. With that in mind, consider participating in a human cryopreservation trial. Aquarius: You’ve spent so long dreaming about what you might find somewhere over the rainbow that you never stopped to consider that maybe there are some things human eyes were never meant to see. Pisces: The stars advise you to learn how to build a fire using a couple sticks and a piece of string. Also, invest in a few dozen hand crank lanterns and a bullhorn. Just... trust them. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  3. How do you sign your emails?
  4. Are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin'?
  5. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    It's that time of week again.
  6. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    We've just launched our brand new Weekly CICADA-scope feature. If you're trying to plan out your week, you should check out your 100% accurate horoscope here!
  7. Week of 5/15: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Most people would be creeped out by a derelict battleship found mysteriously drifting with no crew, but you’re willing to put up with a lot for free rent. Taurus: When you’re backed into a corner, don’t be afraid to show your teeth. All of your teeth. Your hundreds and hundreds of teeth. Gemini: Your practice of channeling your stress and anger into gardening has resulted in incredibly anxious chives and passive aggressive rosemary. Cancer: Like the rest of your crustaceous kind, you will eventually outgrow your current protective shell and must find a new one. Leo: You’ve definitely got some skeletons in your closet—make the best of the situation by dressing them up in cute crocheted hats and bowties. Virgo: You’re not really sure why you stand in the same spot in town day after day shouting FINE ARMOR AND SWORDS! every time a certain person walks by, and you’re not really sure where you go when you aren’t doing that. You think about it sometimes, but every time you get close to understanding something about your situation that person walks by again and all your thoughts are chased away by FINE ARMOR AND SWORDS! Libra: The stars would like to remind you that you’ve got 206 bones in your body and you’ll surely be fine without one or two. Scorpio: Prepare for a big surprise in biology class when you learn that most of your peers didn’t spend the first year of their life as an insectivorous aquatic larva. Sagittarius: You’ll soon find out why all of the possums for miles around gather outside your house at night and stare into the windows while you try to sleep. Capricorn: Your compulsion to crowd-surf at every large gathering is going to get you into trouble one of these days. Aquarius: They all mocked you for majoring in bagpiping, but you’ll have the last laugh when they find out how the invading aliens communicate. Pisces: Alleviate your worries about the future by putting your seal skin back on and returning to your people in the ocean. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  8. Are you ready for summer?
  9. Week of 5/7: CICADA-scope

    Aries: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Taurus: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Gemini: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Cancer: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Leo: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Virgo: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Libra: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Scorpio: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Sagittarius: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Capricorn: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Aquarius: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ Pisces: ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com
  10. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    ǝɯoɔ sɐɥ ǝɯᴉʇ ǝɥʇ
  11. Welcome to Sturbacks. May I take your order?
  12. Marnie Galloway Q&A

    On May 5 at 4pm CST/5pm EST, we will be having a live Q&A with Marnie Galloway in this space! Stay tuned. Marnie Galloway is a cartoonist and illustrator working in Chicago. She is the author of "In the Sounds and Seas," "Burrow," "Particle/Wave," and a chaotic mountain of self-published mini-comics. She has worked for years, professionally and recreationally, as an advocate and cheerleader for cartoonists of all ages and skill levels, and is excited to talk with CICADA readers about art, comics, being deeply engaged readers & writers, and anything else that brings you joy.
  13. Marnie Galloway Q&A

    Very cool—are a lot of your characters representative of concepts like that? Does it depend on the story you're trying to tell?
  14. Live artist Q&A—Marnie Galloway

    TODAY. 4pm cst/5pm cst. Be there or I’ll cut you out of my will.
  15. Hey all! We're going to be trying something new this Saturday. We're going to be doing a live Q&A session with artist Marnie Galloway (you'll remember her from this comic and this cover, among other fabulous things. She also used to be an art director for CICADA back in the day!) This is a great opportunity for aspiring artists to get some advice and inspiration from an awesome professional cartoonist and illustrator and all-around lovely human being. Show up at 4pm CST/5pm EST to ask your questions and get some answers! Link to the Q&A page forthcoming.
  16. How did you celebrate Earth Day?
  17. Live artist Q&A—Marnie Galloway

    The Q&A with Marnie Galloway will be here on Saturday 4pm CST/5pm EST: Looking forward to seeing y'all there!
  18. Marnie Galloway Live Q&A

    We'll be doing a live member Q&A with artist Marnie Galloway (you'll remember her from this comic and this cover, among other awesome things) at 4pm CST! Join ussss.
  19. May/June 2018 issue release part 4!

    Check out the new issue content in May/June 2018!
  20. May/June 2018 issue release part 3!

    Check out the new issue content in May/June 2018!
  21. May/June 2018 issue release part 2!

    Check out the new issue content in May/June 2018!
  22. May/June 2018 issue release part 1!

    Check out the new issue content in May/June 2018!
  23. Check out Inés Estrada's comic in our March/April 2018 issue! CICADA: Thanks for chatting with us! Tell us a bit about yourself and your work. Inés Estrada: Hey! I'm Inés Estrada, I'm from Mexico City, where I grew up and lived until I was 25. I started making stickers with my drawings when I was in high school and never stopped. Drawing can sometimes feel like a very isolating activity, so whenever I can I love to travel and do stuff outside. I currently live with my partner in San Antonio, Texas. CIC: Your comic about monster identities features a couple of really striking characters. Where do you get inspiration for your character designs? IE: Thank you! I really like drawing furry characters, they come easier to me than drawing people. I've noticed a lot of artists start with the eyes but I usually draw the bangs or the ears first because they're the most fun for me. My process is very impulsive and intuitive. I mostly just go at it without much thought. CIC: What were some of the first comics you remember reading? Do you think they still influence your work? IE: The first comics I read were cheap bootlegs of Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry, and Droopy that were made in Mexico. These were badly drawn and always ended with them eating tacos. They definitely inspired me to not take comics too seriously and just start drawing them however I could. CIC: You run an online shop called Gatosaurio (gatosaurio.com). Can you talk a bit about the relationship between your shop and your personal work? Do you have any advice for young artists who are considering turning their work into a small business? IE: I don't see much of a distinction between my personal work and the products I make. Sometime I do make designs specifically to be made into a product but other times I just look at the drawings I've made and think like, "oh, this would be a good print," or sticker, or whatever. I always tell aspiring artists to start with stickers: they're cheap to make and a great way to spread your work. Just make a selection of your favorite drawings, sketches, photos of sculptures or whatever you have; get some sticker paper for your printer or go to a local copy shop, print out a sheet, and cut them out with scissors. Then go around your school and sell them or put them up on your social media. It's easy! Don't be shy and try it out! CIC: Do you have any exciting projects on the horizon? IE: I'm very excited to say that my graphic novel Alienation will be published by Fantagraphics in 2019! That's gonna be cool. Thanks, Inés!
  24. Your weekly CICADA-scope!

    The stars advise you to blindly follow their instructions.
  25. Week of 4/30: CICADA-scope

    Aries: Repent! Repent! Repent! Repent! Repent! Repent! Taurus: The stars advise you to become the kind of person who wears a floor-length leather trench coat to school every day, even in the summer. Gemini: Ask that special someone to prom by astral projecting into their room at night and whispering the words of the Beyond into their third ear. Cancer: You have always tended the lighthouse. You maintain the flame with oil from barrels that never run dry to warn away ships that you never see. Surely there must be ships—otherwise, why would there be a lighthouse? You are alone. It is always night but there are no stars. Sometimes you think you hear the sound of a thousand birds but you have never seen them. Still, there is the lighthouse to tend, and you have always tended the lighthouse. Leo: The bad news: the gods have cursed you to speak prophecies no one will believe. The good news: you’ll often have a reason to deliver a smug “I told you so.” Virgo: You’d call the predicament you’re in “rock bottom” if the hole you’ve been tumbling down weren’t bottomless. Libra: Acquire two (2) medium-sized snails, twelve (12) copies of Pride and Prejudice, and seven (7) gallons of canola oil. Await further instructions at the rendezvous point. Scorpio: Your misguided efforts to find the next “best thing since sliced bread” mostly consist of slicing other things and seeing how the focus groups react. Sagittarius: Don’t cry because it’s over; smile because Daazhaombratl’xheth the Eternal Hunger has risen from the Silent Pit and They will remember the ones who served Them faithfully. Capricorn: It’s true: you are objectively cooler than Aries because you are a mermaid-bovid. Aquarius: Your clouds don’t have silver linings—they have tempered steel linings and you can wield them with deadly effect. Pisces: In your experience, “this too shall pass” is applicable to everything but you. You were here before the beginning and at this point it seems likely you’ll be here after the end. images © xenia_ok/Shutterstock.com; painterr//Shutterstock.com