In early 2013, Noel Franklin chose to apply her degree in fine arts from Western Washington University and her modest success in literary ventures towards making fine comics.
As a former teenage arc-welder, Noel found entry into comics through Maggie the Mechanic of Love and Rockets fame. Friendships with several Pacific Northwest cartoonists kept the art form present in her imagination.
Noel attributes her unique style – building dark and light shapes from densely knotted lines – to her experience with stone lithography. She also feels that gutters between panels keep the viewer from total immersion in the world she invents in her stories.
Noel is the creator of Gone Girl Comics, is a regular contributor to inkt|art and has multiple journal and anthology publications pending in late 2014. Noel is working towards creating her first graphic novel.
Ms. Franklin has earned grants from the Seattle Arts Commission and Jack Straw Foundation as well as served on the 1998 National Seattle National Slam Team. She has traditionally made a living as a grant writer, and continues to work in nonprofit management consulting and freelance illustration. She is also an avid urban gardener.
Shipyard Espionage (2014)