While we occasionally work with other people, TypodMary is primarially John and Jenn Myers. This website is maintained, tinkered with, and broken by Jenn.
My name is Jenn Myers, and I started Typod Mary as an online portfolio for my art and occasionally for my writing. I tend to have rather poor grammar, and my spelling is often hit-or-miss. Sometimes my inability to communicate using the English language is so powerful that it will destroy the abilities of others who are exposed to it. I started thinking about how corrosive and infectious my shortcomings were, and named the journal as a pun on “Typhoid Mary.”
It was funny to me at the time, but most people either don’t get it, or don’t laugh if/when they do. That’s okay. I’m okay with laughing at my own jokes.
If for any reason you need to get a hold of me, I can be reached a couple of ways:
Email: jenn (at) typodmary.com
I started writing and drawing webcomics as a goofy sort of hobby to let off steam. Now we’re up to a bunch of different comics, and it’s a matter of finding time to work on all of them!
All the Growing Things was/is my first comic, and we’re now over 150+ pages into the story. We’ve printed one collection of pages into our first trade paperback, and are still going strong. If slowly.All the Growing Things was inspired by my inability to easily garden. I’ve always wanted to be a gardener*, but I’ve never really known how to be a gardener. I’ve read more than a few books on the subject, but can’t ever seem to manage to get things to work out they way they should. A few people have suggested that it’s because I live in the desert and that things don’t always do as well in the desert as well as they might in, oh, say, the Midwest, but I’m not so sure it’s not just me.
I’m also into horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres, so those all bled into the comic until there was very little about gardening left. On the other hand, I really like the tagline “A tale of gardens, monsters, and old ladies,” so I keep telling myself it’ll come back to gardening eventually. Even if I have to do something cheesy and say it’s a “metaphorical gardening.” I went through art school – I can BS with the best of them.
* Sort of the same way I’ve always wanted to be a jogger. But, well, turns out that exercise is both hot and sweaty. And takes commitment.
The Vagus Street Rehabilitation Project was our second webcomic project. My husband and I first collaborated on this story, with him writing and sending me elaborate scripts, and myself trying my best to draw them.
John wanted to create something that would be like an old fashioned horror movie (think “The Haunting of Hill House”) where you don’t ever really see the ghosts, but where chills still creep up on you anyways. The story takes place around a haunted housing complex, that (funnily enough) John wrote about before the big housing bubble burst. It’s a ghost story about a young boy (Ray) who is trying to find his way “home.”
I liked the idea, and wanted to experiment with different styles of illustrating, and John was probably a little too encouraging when he said that he liked that idea. I’ve done some art that I still feel a little ashamed of, but I’ve also done some art that I can’t believe how well it came out.
I have a drawing teacher that told us to “Never be afraid to fail,” which is good advice, because, 1. I tend to fail a lot, and 2. I also tend to find some beautiful pieces of art as I sift through the broken rubble of failed expectations.
Quite a bit of life tends to be like that, as well.
Era of Great Wonders
is my third book, and the second book where John and I work collaboratively. I suspect Era may
also be our best book.
I told John I wanted to draw a comic about Giant Monsters, but with the same sort of feel that World War Z captured with the zombie apocalypse. John came back with something even better than I could imagine, and we’ve been slowly putting up art since July. The story is pretty complex, and the art is some of my best comic work yet, I think.
Terra-Farmers is a book that John is writing with our friend Ben, and it’s a coming of age story set on a distant planet. There’s a lot going on there, but like so much of John’s work, it examines what “home” means, and how families create homes for themselves on alien planets.
I think that’s my art background trying to write something fluffy and “sophisticated.” If nothing else, go check it out because Ben has some amazing art that he’s been doing. His coloring on the book is absolutely beautiful!
I need to create some links here to Ben’s personal sites, but I can never tell which he’s invested in, at any given time.
Namio Tristique is a comic I created for my BFA Honors Thesis. It’s almost been a year since I presented it to my professors and I am now starting to think of going back in and cleaning the work up and reposting it online. Before I messed up the wordpress theme and broke the site, Namio was a layered work that had several easter eggs and items in it so that a reader could explore the story in a variety of different ways. Now that my grade isn’t relying on it, I’ve been too intimidated to go back in and work on it.
Perhaps the new year will give me the momentum I need to reexamine this project!
Nope! Hahaha! You thought you’d have some time to do things? SUCKER!
I also started writing some more prose fiction, but I have to figure out what to say about that. For now, I have this here as a placeholder until I figure out what to say.