[Originally written as part of a comic library blog/fundraiser.]
Johnson’s smeary graphite comics echo with the act of recall, with an attempt to see a thing despite intervening time, emotion, and means. Gorgeous, her (I think) longest work to date, seems to set up a typical white punk’s coming-of-age story before swerving, figuratively and literally, into a heart-breaking examination of privilege and future-making. It’s a delicate, concise story about youth and an important step away from self-important dude comics.
Johnson’s not just a cartoonist, though; she’s also an educator. Check out Drawing a Dialogue, a podcast she cohosts that is “scholarship-driven and student-centered, discussing comics as an artistic medium and educational tool.”