BIO + PRESS
Jen Sorensen's comics and illustrations have appeared in the Village Voice, LA Times, Daily Kos, The Progressive, NPR.org, Ms. Magazine, The American Prospect, MAD Magazine, Nickelodeon Magazine, Bitch Magazine, The Oregonian, the Dallas Observer, the Women's Review of Books, and dozens of altweeklies around the country.
Jen grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, best known for its Amish population and delicacies such as scrapple, chow-chow, and hog maw. She went on to attend the University of Virginia, where she successfully avoided taking any classes before 11a.m. except one.
Jen's weekly strip in 1998, and has since won seven awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, including First Place in 2012. She was also named the 2012 Herblock Prize Finalist, an award endowed by the legendary Washington Post cartoonist Herb Block. In 2010 she received an Aronson Journalism Award from Hunter College in NYC, and in 2000 she won a Xeric grant to publish her first collection of strips.
Jen's work has made cameos on the set of the TV series "Queer as Folk," and she was once clue "12 down" in the Time Out New York crossword puzzle. She has been interviewed by the Washington Post and BBC Radio.In 2008, Jen traveled to Denver to blog and cartoon the Democratic National Convention for C-VILLE Weekly. She has given presentations at at the Ohio State University Library Festival of Cartoon Art, Netroots Nation, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the ACLU annual convention, and the Center for American Progress. A member of the the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists and National Cartoonists Society, she lives with her husband and small Toto-like canine unit.
Washington Post Style & Arts Section interview, May 3, 2009
University of Virginia Magazine (with video interview), Fall 2009
Ms. blog post about Jen winning an Aronson Journalism Award, April 7, 2010
BBC Radio 4 "Phil Jupitus' Comic Love" - interview with several cartoonists including Garry Trudeau, Lynn Johnston, and Steve Bell. I'm towards the end.
Association of Alternative Newsweeklies interview, October 27, 2005
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting article about alternative cartoonists and the economy, October 2009
See also Jen's published writings.
Books by Jen Sorensen
- Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God! - 2008 (Ig Publishing)
- Slowpoke: America Gone Bonkers - 2004 (Alternative Comics)
- Slowpoke: Café Pompous - 2001 (Alternative Comics)
- Slowpoke Comix #1 - 1998 (Alternative Comics)
Anthologies and Other Books
- Here Come the Brides - 2012 (Seal Press)
- Something to Say - 2011 (Leapfrog Press) (interview)
- Field Guide to the U.S. Economy - 2006 (New Press)
- Proud to Be Liberal - 2006 (Ig Publishing)
- The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Editions (Que)
- Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists - 2002 (NBM)
- 9-11 Emergency Relief - 2002 (Alternative Comics)
- The Great Women Cartoonists - 2002
- Small Press EXPO anthology - 1998, 2001
- Friends of Lulu: Storytime - 2001
- Action Girl - Issues #1, 2, 5, 7, 9, 11 - 1994-97 (Slave Labor Graphics)
Slowpoke in Magazines/Journals
- The Progressive
- Ms. Magazine
- Funny Times
- Z Magazine
- FAIR Extra!
- Rethinking Schools
- Missouri Review
Illustration (see portfolio)
- Nickelodeon Magazine
- The American Prospect
- Legal Affairs
- National Geographic Kids
- Big Book of the '70s by Jonathan Vankin - 2000 (DC/Paradox Press)
- Dignifying Science by Jim Ottaviani - 1999 (G.T. Labs)
- Empty Love Stories by Steve Darnall - 1999 (Funny Valentine Press)