Dash Winner 2017 Rebecca Artemisa

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Rebecca’s proposed comic re-tells the Mexican urban legend/ghost story of La Llorona (the weeping woman). The comic will include retablos (devotional paintings) dedicated to her legend, as well as interactive ghost story instructions for the reader, spells, brujeria (witchcraft), and will be done entirely from La Llorona’s silent, observant perspective. We were captivated by her beautiful gouache paintings and story synapsis and are excited to see the finished comic! 

More on Rebecca Artemisa: My work is inspired by my own Mexican/Chicanx-Indigenous heritage and upbringing, and is also inspired by my queerness. I have no formal training in the arts, I only have a high school degree. In fact I used to unload trucks and work in bakeries making pan dulce before I found a beautiful life making paintings, comics, and zines. 

Rebecca will receive $250, a free half table at our festival, mentorship by Tom Hart, a place in our annual art show at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, and access and instruction at Fogland Studios screen print shop.

We also want to mention the 2 runners up (it was a very close race!): Alisha Davidson and Graham Kahler. Please check out their amazing work!


Alisha Davidson is a freelance illustrator from Toronto who has exhibited at Short Run the past 3 years! We are very excited about her newest project, “But What Gender Is The Sea?”.


Graham Kahler is a Portland artist who has also exhibited at Short Run in previous years (and we hope she will again!). Graham splits her time between freelance illustration and comics.

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