I find memoir and comics to be useful genres with which to explore the intersection of individual and community narratives. I am interested in the power of the specific to indicate the universal, and I frequently return to personal narrative in part because of the immediacy of the "I." Similarly, I am drawn to incorporate cartooning—essentially a process of simplification and reduction—into my work. As the details of a face or environment are reduced, so the opportunity of the viewer to identify with a character or locale may increase. I seek to further bridge the distance between my work and diverse audiences by focusing on the basic unit of one person relating to another, which when multiplied and placed into context, begins to get at the narrative of a place or community. I rely on these strategies, along with a frequent use of humor, to encourage dialogue about subjects that lie at the fringe of everyday conversation. Whether by aversion or affinity, I hope to move my audience beyond mere visual pleasure and into the realm of emotional and critical engagement.