Finding Molly: An Adventure in Catsitting is the baby of Emet Comics — an independent publisher founded in January 2015 to provide the opportunity for womyn to be able to create their own stories. Emet Comics produces comics and graphic novels by female creators and wants to make dreams come true. Their goals are,
1) To create positive and complex female characters for entertainment;
2) To empower girls and [womyn] of all backgrounds, ages, and occupations, and;
3) To build a community of women who support, encourage, and inspire each other.
Finding Molly has over 3,000 readers and over 80,000 page views, in addition to 20,000 Twitter followers – this is definitely the next comic series to check out!
Finding Molly, written by Justine
Prado and artwork by Jenn St-Onge, began as a free webcomic on Tumblr which follows a recent art school graduate, Molly Sanchez-Talebi, who’s currently living at home with her parents, “trying to resurrect her dreams of becoming a true artist.” Feeling left out from her immediate friend group, who reside in Downtown Los Angeles in the up-and-coming art scene, she searches for inspiration, only to do cute doodles of her family cat instead and to post them on her blog. Gaining recognition for her cat art, she’s asked to draw portraits and to cat-sit for various clientele throughout the local area. This story brings us on not a story of a lost cat–which I thought it was by the title–but a journey of self-discovery.
There were some similarities between the main character, Molly, and myself. We’re both the same age and for numerous reasons can’t seem to work on our art. When I graduated with my B.A., unsure at the time I would be attending graduate school, I felt lost just as she feels, and I’m glad I was able to read a comic that I could relate to. And cats, and the artwork. Absolutely gorgeous blend of colors!
Launched September 1st, 2016, Emet Comics launched a Kickstarter campaign to help get this webcomic to print edition. Finding Molly‘s first five issues will make up the first volume in tradeback. Within a few days after launch, they’ve already met their initial goal of $10,000! There is just over a week left in their campaign, and they have some stretch goals and extra perks- like a bookplate with art by Cliff Chiang- available on their Kickstarter page.
Emet Comics has other works and issues available for purchase through their store.
Full Disclosure: The reviewer received a copy of the comic for review.