Alexa Kitchen, 10-year-old cartoonist

"Jealous fish" by Alexa Kitchen

Thanks to my endless stroll through the Rocketboom archives, I discovered the awesomeness of Alexa Kitchen, a cartoonist who started making comics when she was about 5 years old and hasn't stopped since. Praised by such giants as Robert Crumb and Will Eisner, you might expect her to make detailed, lovingly drawn artwork.
Well, no. Alexa is a kid and her stuff looks like it. But here's the thing: in comics, that's a good thing. The way she can convey an emotion with just a few strokes of the pen; her one-page stories told in drawings without dialogs; her quirky, funny look at the world she lives in; all those are the marks of a true cartoonist. Also a good sign: she's obsessive about drawing, churning out literally tens of thousands of sketches and comics.
Alexa's parents are being great about this, never forcing her and shielding her from too much media attention. More power to her.

Posted by cronopio at 08:54 AM, November 27, 2007