My book, THE BIG SKINNY (Villard/Random House) came out at the tail end of 2008. It's part memoir, but mostly a how-to diet book in four
glorious colors, 195 pages of comics. For more information, go here.
Also, I stopped producing my weekly strip some time ago, but strips are reappearing in Kindle booklets on Amazon, neatly packaged by old friend Bill Glass. So that I'm not competing with these booklets, the strips on this site are now posted only as markers so that those who wish to buy originals or roughs can see what's up. Sorry, but even cartoonists need to eat.
You can find the Kindle booklets under my name in the Kindle bookstore.
Where can I get GOODNIGHT, IRENE?
Directly from Last Gasp, Amazon.com, or you can
ask your local bookstore to order it. It's a collection
of Irene stories from my Good Girls comics of the
80s and 90s plus 23 pages of new material. Great
wrote a novel?
DC Comics commissioned me to write a Wonder Woman
novel, actually a Justice League book featuring the
Amazon princess/feminist icon. It's titled, MYTHOS,
and it is pure pulp. I had to throw in Batman,
Superman, Green Lantern, and
is an adventure story that blends humor,
and a doomsday device
for good measure.
All words, no pictures - except for Alex Ross's excellent
cover art. Written for adults, it is not recommended
for kids under 16.
Do people make a lot of jokes about your name?
Yes, some people seem to have a hard time with the name Carol.
Where do you get your ideas?
Usually in the shower.
I'm always on the lookout for ideas. I read newspapers
and magazines. I listen to gossip and watch people.
I use personal problems or events.
I've accepted a few ideas from readers, and have rewarded their efforts
with sketches, books, or roughs (depending on how much of the idea makes it into the finished strip).
Will you critique my work?
I'm sorry, but no.
How do I get my strip into weekly papers?
Submit it. Usually, though, my efforts were pointless, but I would be contacted once in a while by an editor who saw it in another paper.
How do you do your white-on-black caption lettering?
I used to do it manually, but I began to feel too much cramping in
my hand so I switched to computer font I made in
Before I had the font made, this is how it worked: I would ink in a
solid field, lay out my lines with an Ames lettering guide, and pencil
in the rough lettering. Then I would mix a solution of white tempera
paint and water so that it was thin enough to flow from a ruling pen,
but thick enough to be opaque. (A ruling pen is that beak-like instrument
that comes in drafting sets.) Mistakes could be easily fixed by rubbing
out the offending word or line with an electric eraser, re-inking the
space, and going on from there. The plus side to this method is that
it saves the time and expense of getting reverse stats made and your
original is free of paste-ups. The downside is that if the tempera is
not mixed to the right consistency, the lettering will eventually chip
The computer lettering isn't without its kinks because I still do a
fair amount of kerning to make it look just right. Also, it feels like
cheating to have captions printed out on self-adhesive label sheets.
But although I've lost a certain spunky look to the lettering, I save
a lot of time and I no longer cramp up my hand by working with the ruling
As for the black-on-white lettering, I do that with a dip pen. i can
actually do that very clean kind of lettering they
do in mainstream comic books, but I prefer a looser
look, so I use various dip pen points to get whatever
weight i want. Speedball points B-5 or B-5 1/2 are food for bold lettering
Do you have any collections of your work that I can buy?
Digital books: see Kindle booklets under my name.
Hard copy books: Kitchen Sink Press published three books - Strip Joint,
Joy Ride, and Now Endsville - but they are all
out of print. I recommend looking in eBay and
used books stores for the older books. You might
also look into Twisted Sisters Vol. 1 and 2, and
Will you draw some pages for my fanzine?
Thanks for asking, but I'm afraid free copies of magazines won't feed the cats.
Do you sell original art?
Yes. I sell illustrations that have appeared in the Wall Street Journal,
various magazine illustrations and strips, and Story Minute originals
and pencil roughs. Here's a link to the online Store.
If you're interested in something that isn't listed (e.g. illustrations
in the portfolio section) please feel free to send an e-mail.
Will you marry me?
Do you remember me?
If we met in the seventies, probably not.
Are you the same Carol Lay I went to high school with?
Probably not - there seem to be a lot of us. I went to Sunny Hills High in Fullerton, CA.