Violet Louisa Austerlitz


I draw comics about personal identity and the soil in which it grows, using digital and traditional media. I frequently explore my own experience as a queer and trans person, both literally and through the medium of sentient dandelions.

I am ambivalent about my formal education (BA Theatre, Truman State University, 2011), but I still love learning new things, and recently completed a workshop at the Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont.

I am based in Iowa City, IA, and self-publish my own comics and zines. I am also a long-standing member of the Iowa City Press Co-Op, a community printmaking studio.

My ongoing (if somewhat sporadic) webcomic series, The Satanic Mechanic, can be found at its own home here:

Questions, comments, compliments, and interesting recipes may all be directed to



2011: Truman State University, BA Theatre

Professional Development

2018: Graphic Memoir (Workshop, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT)

Publications (Self)

2018: Whoops (Inktober Drawings from 2017), Graphic Memoir, Recipe for an Epiphany, The Satanic Mechanic (webcomic, ongoing)  

2017: Ex-Succubus

2016: The Secret Desires of Elderly Buicks, The Satanic Mechanic and the Complete Failure

Publications (Contributor)

2019: You Will Receive a Bonsai Tree (Little Village magazine January Comics issue)

2014: What Happened to Violet Kubicek (Little Village magazine, Hot Tin Roof short fiction feature)

Exhibitions (Solo)

2019: Notes from a Messy Kitchen, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA (Organized by Legion Arts)

Exhibitions (Group)

2018: Untether, Triskelion Arts, Brooklyn NY (Produced by NOGO Arts)

2017: Horizon, Grinnell Area Arts Council, Grinnell, IA (Curated by the Iowa City Press Co-Op)

2015: XXX Books Books Books XXX, Design on Main, Ames, IA (Organized by Ames, Public Space One and Design on Main)

2011: 44th Annual Student Juried Exhibition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO (Juried by Truman Curatorial Fellow Prof. Brandelyn Dillaway)

Print Exchanges

2019: Open After Refrigerating: The Ultimate How-To Polar Vortex, Iowa City Press Co-Op, Iowa City, IA

2018: Made You Look!, Curated by Shelly Forbis, Columbia, MO

2017: ICPC Cookbook, Iowa City Press Co-Op, Iowa City, IA

2016: Migration, Curated by Shelly Forbis, Columbia, MO

2015: Back in the Day, Curated by Shelly Forbis, Columbia, MO

2014: Unit, Curated by Shelly Forbis, Columbia, MO

2012: In The Dark, Curated by Shelly Forbis, Columbia, MO