Artist's Bio

E. J. Barnes at Vermont Studio Center 2009

Photo of E. J. Barnes at Vermont Studio Center, October 2009
Photo by Howard Romero

Illustrator, cartoonist, animator, and sequential artist E. J. Barnes uses ink, watercolor, gouache, scratchboard, and digital media to tell stories and make humorous and sometimes poignant observations. Her gag cartoons have been published in various outlets, including Funny Times, Fortean Times, and The Journal of Irreproducible Results. For several years, she was the local-affairs editorial cartoonist for The Recorder, the daily newspaper of Greenfield, Massachusetts. Her illustrations have been used by periodicals, book publishers, commercial clients, and nonprofits.

Her sequential art has appeared in collections such as Colonial Comics: New England, 1620–1750, the Friends of Lulu's Girls' Guide to Guys’ Stuff, and Gauntlet: Exploring the Limits of Free Expression. A member of the Boston Comics Roundtable, she has had comics work published in the BCR’s juried anthologies Inbound and Hellbound, as well as the Ninth Art Press anthologies SubCultures and The Greatest of All Time Comics Anthology. Barnes also self-publishes some of her own comics as Drowned Town Press.

Her award-winning animated film, Leatherwing Bat, has shown in film festivals across the United States, as well as in Canada and the Bahamas.

A graduate of Harvard University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Barnes has had solo exhibitions in Amherst, Greenfield, Sunderland, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2009 she received a fellowship to attend a residency at the Vermont Studio Center, and in 2012 attended an artists' residency at Culture and Arts Project NOASS in Rīga, Latvia.

She maintains her studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches Introduction to Cartooning at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education. Her comic books may be found at comic book specialty stores across the United States.

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