About Danielle and GWS

 
Girls With Slingshots debuted on October 1st 2004, both online and at SPX in Bethesda, MD. Since its humble beginnings as a twice-weekly black-and-white webcomic, it's become a self-sustaining color webcomic that updates five times a week, Monday through Friday.
 
The strip's two main characters, Hazel and Jamie, sprung to life in a strip called Hazelnuts, the unintentional prequel to GWS. The title was derived from requests Danielle used to get at comic convntions to draw girls with guns (she sucked at drawing guns, so she drew them with slingshots).
 
GWS has been collected into 7 books containing 200 strips each, which are available through TopatoCo. The strip is still fully lettered and inked by hand, on paper, and colored in Photoshop.
 

Danielle Corsetto is the artist and creator of Girls With Slingshots. She created her first comic strip when she was 8, starting with a blatant rip-off of Garfield called Fat Cat. She started writing Hazelnuts in high school, and ran a comic about super-senior college kids called Ramblers in the student paper at Shepherd College (as well as Pop Image and World Famous Comics). She also briefly ran a comic called Larry and Caroline in the Hagerstown Herald-Mail newspaper.

In October of 2004, she began Girls With Slingshots, and by 2007, with the first print collection of GWS and other merchandise & art sales, she was doing the strip full-time. It’s now updated 5 times a week at some god-awful hour.

In addition to GWS, Danielle wrote and drew The New Adventures of Bat Boy for the Weekly World News, taking the reins from Peter Bagge. She's also written two Adventure Time graphic novels for BOOM! and has several other projects in the works.

Danielle hails from Ijamsville, MD and now lives in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in a 230-year-old house with her two cats, Smudge and Ellie (aka Fluffy and Sprinkles). She loves drinking tea, going for hikes, traveling, cooking, gardening and eating local foods, because she is a filthy hippie. Danielle has taught illustration at her alma mater Shepherd University, and hopes to teach more in the future. She is a lifetime Girl Scout.

Laeluu is the color-brains behind many a Girls With Slingshot strip! She started working on GWS as a coloring intern in 2013, and was hired on just after she graduated that year, because I couldn’t imagine doing this job without her after being pampered by her help. (The rest of these bios will be in first person, because I wanna brag about these people and it sounds weird to write "Danielle thinks she's great" every time.)

Currently, Laeluu colors about half of the strips, giving me a much-needed break every week.

You can tell when a strip has been colored by Laeluu by checking for her signature just above mine, or you can just assume it’s her work when you see exquisitely rendered textures or fabric! 

Laeluu can be found at laeluu.com, or as @MagicalBandaid on Twitter.

Stephanie Zuppo is Girls With Slingshots’ invaluable intern! If you’ve dealt with any aspect of the 2014 Slingshot Across America tour, you’ve probably swapped e-mails with Stephanie at some point.

Stephanie is working on her MFA at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont and works remotely from there, mostly handling GWS-related e-mails, compiling lists, designing promo materials, and teaching me things that only people in their twenties seem to know.

You can see Stephanie’s work at stephaniezuppo.com or her Tumblr at aioazech.tumblr.com! She’s not just a paper pusher; she’s actually a very talented cartoonist in her own right!

Nicole Roberts is a Graphic Design student at Shepherd University, and will be my newest intern in the fall of 2014! (That’s right, I’m TITS-DEEP IN INTERNS and no one can stop me.)

You can check out Nicole's work at readysetcreate.tumblr.com! You'll hear more about Nicole this coming fall. :)

If you've learned anything from these bios, btw, I hope it's that if you're in college and you need an internship, many of us self-employed people could REALLY use the help! So just ask!