Comics I Admire: “Awkward Shelby”

Yesterday (December 3rd), I decided to try messaging a fellow webcomic creator that I strongly admire: Shelby Lynn Criswell, writer and illustrator of Awkward Shelby.

And, boy, am I glad I did! She’s not only super talented, but also super sweet! She even checked out The Flea and is now a fan! So I wanted to do everything in my power to promote her comic and share her work with all of you. 🙂

Awkward Shelby is a series of autobiographical strips detailing the awkward moments of Shelby’s life. Shelby is a self-procliamed “androgynous weirdo,” but I think her awkwardness is very universal (or at least I personally relate to many of her plights). Her drawing style is very whimsical and full of movement and life.

Also, she’s working on a more serious graphic novel called This is Your Life, which looks very very very promising! 😀

Below are a number of my favorite strips from Awkward Shelby.

The following images belong to Shelby Lynn Criswell.






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About gegallas

G. E. Gallas is a writer and illustrator best known for her graphic novel The Poet and the Flea about William Blake and her short film Death Is No Bad Friend about Robert Louis Stevenson. Originally from Washington, D. C., she spent her year abroad in Tokyo, Japan and graduated from New York University: Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a major involving cross-cultural storytelling. Last year, she attended the Cannes International Film Festival and spoke upon invitation to The Blake Society, London. This year, her illustrations were featured in Scared Stiff: Everything You Need To Know About 50 Famous Phobias. She is currently working on illustrations for Do More Good. Better. View all posts by gegallas

5 responses to “Comics I Admire: “Awkward Shelby”

  • tadethompson

    It’s always good when you reach out to someone you admire and find out that they’re even cooler than you thought. In my experience some of the most talented people are also the most encouraging.

  • Mr. Wapojif

    Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhelby certainly seems anxiety ridden. Much like I. String cheese sure is gross, though. Yuck. Proper cheese is full on 10/10 ace, but String Cheese is barely even cheese at all. It’s 40% cheese and 60% weird stuff. To highlight this further, would anyone have String Cheese on toast? Non! Parceque c’est tres merde. Mais String Cheese at least has calcium in it. Innit. Unlike Pot Noodles.

    • gegallas

      Thank you for your comment and like. 🙂 Yes, anxiety ridden indeed! I posted the string cheese one because string cheese carries a certain childhood nostalgia for me. I don’t really eat it anymore, but I find Shelby’s love of it endearing! Best, G. E.

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