Award Recipient 2012
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Simeon Mills’ comics have been featured on Topshelf 2.0, and his short fiction has appeared in the Hawaii Review, Stringtown and Monkey Bicycle. Mills’ graphic stories are told by first-person, unreliable narrators who often contradict the visual images accompanying the text. The artist draws fantastical beasts, such as giant spiders and dogs with human heads, although the true villains in his comics are normal people striving for their petty desires. He lives in Spokane, WA, with his wife and two young children.
Simeon received a 2012 GAP for financial assistance with the creation of his graphic short story collection Butcher Paper. Butcher Paper is a comic book series whose inaugural issue will feature three graphic short stories. GAP funding will allow Simeon to invest in the necessary materials, such as pens, Bristol board, and a laser copier, to complete the project. The funding will also cover the printing and mailing costs of sharing the artist’s work. Being awarded a GAP aids in the realization of his goal of being a professional cartoonist, a goal born of extensive schooling in—and love of—architectural drafting and creative writing.