Speaking & Teaching

Pre-caregiving life, I did a ton of public speaking, teaching, and appearing on panels and podcasts. Here are some resources you can check out online from past gigs I’ve done:

  • In 2020 I shared some thoughts on creative wayfinding, values, and lighthouses for Jolabokaflod PDX, a local literary festival. You can watch the talk here.
  • In 2019 spoke to the Kansas City, MO chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators about different models for financing creative careers, why it’s so hard to talk about money, and what it takes to “make it” as an independent creator.
  • In 2017 I appeared at Creative Mornings Portland to discuss childhood passions, the importance of curiosity, and embracing unusual job titles.
  • While teaching at The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, I’ve delivered a number of lectures about professionalism, social media, community building, running successful Kickstarters, and more. Here are two selections:
  • In 2016 I spoke at XOXO (a festival dedicated to independent creators making things on the internet) about money, success, and fear. You can watch the video below:
  • I keep a pretty exhaustive collection of panels I’ve appeared on, interviews with other creators, and workshops I’ve taught on SoundCloud. There’s a ton of information here for creators looking to break into comics or other creative fields.
  • I was a recurring guest on The Galaxy of Super Adventure, an all-ages podcast about making comics that also happens to be a space-faring radio comedy with Ben Hatke, Jerzy Drozd, and Zack Giallongo.

And here, in no particular order, are some of my favorite interviews from the last few years:

Some testimonials from organizers I’ve worked with:

“The work/life balance conversation Lucy hosted was nothing less than high-level professional group therapy for artists. She approached the subject in such a beautiful, casual, non-threatening manner. Lucy makes people comfortable and her genuine sense of curiosity always leads to interesting conversations.”

— Pat Race, Alaska Robotics Comics Camp Organizer

Interested in interviewing me? Want me to speak at your event or teach at your school? Drop me a line.