This is the cover image for Two Stories, My Graphic Novel. I’m hoping to write about life experiences that are too awkward or weird to talk about comfortably in this first story. With the cover I was hoping to depict some of the broader narratives of the first two upcoming stories of the book, tie in two of the styles I’ll be working in, and some of the themes and locations that will be coming up.
Quarterly Stories is an autobiographical comic about life, love, loss, and depression. Ultimately, it’s about the search for meaning in one’s life. Independent Comics had a long history of serialized confessional autobio floppies that would sometimes reveal things about the human condition that we are afraid to touch on, and that’s the goal and hope for this comic, to bring back that form of storytelling. I’m also lettering and inking everything in this work by hand, because I’ve gotten to a point where that’s an enjoyable process for me. I hope it is for you guys as well!
Joshua Kemble is a full time Art Director, freelance illustrator, and a Xeric Award Winning Cartoonist. He currently working on writing and illustrating his own comic books, while creating freelance illustrations for t-shirts, magazines and othermedia. His illustration clients have ranged from Scholastic to Random House and his comic work has been published in various anthologies and self published mini- comics.
An unabashed comic book geek, Kemble was born in 1980 in Tarzana, California, grew up in the Antelope Valley. He received his MFA in Illustration from California State University of Long Beach, and now resides in Lancaster, CA with his wife and fellow artist, Mai S. Kemble, and his son Benjamin.
He also occasionally teaches art classes in graphic design and illustration at the college level, and is the co-host of the illustration podcast Big Illustration Party Time.