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Lauren Weinstein

Published in April 2019

Lauren Weinstein is a cartoonist and artist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Bookforum, Nautilus, and The Guardian, among many other outlets. For the past twenty years, her funny, beautiful, and bizarre comics and graphic novels have addressed universal human issues such as mortality, time, and most recently, motherhood.

Her acclaimed comic Normel Person was the last weekly comic strip to run in The Village Voice. The comic was drawn in response to the tumultuous sociopolitical climate following Donald Trump’s election as president and is currently published by the popular journalist-owned-and-operated website, Popula. This year, Weinstein’s Being an Artist and a Mother was shortlisted for the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize, and it will be published in Best American Comics 2019. The work originally ran in The New Yorker and is one of a series of visual essays Weinstein has done about matrescence—coming of age as a mother.

Her most recent novella, Mother’s Walk—a visceral meditation on all the ramifications of childbirth—was selected for the latest issue of Frontier, a quarterly art and comics monograph series. Weinstein is also the author of three books: Inside Vineyland (Alternative Comics, 2003), a collection of an early comic strip first published in The Seattle Stranger; the teenage memoir Girl Stories (Henry Holt and Co., 2006), which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly; and an impossible-to-describe, science-fiction epic called Goddess of War (Picturebox, 2008). She has also received two Ignatz Awards and multiple award nominations. In 2015, Weinstein was awarded the Gold Medal from The Society of Illustrators for Carriers, her five-part webcomic about cystic fibrosis that was first published in Nautilus.

Weinstein earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from Washington University. Currently, she is compiling a collection of comics about motherhood and working on a sequel to Girl Stories, which will be published by Henry Holt & Co. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Alumni work

Comic showing the white outline of a body surrounded by a small halo of yellow, green, and orange, against a wider universe of deep blue and purple with speech bubbles articulating various voices and criticisms.

Four-panel comic depicting a pregnant mother and her unborn baby, debating whether it's OK for the baby to come out into the world yet.