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
2018: Graphic Memoir (Workshop, The Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction, VT)
2018: Whoops (Inktober Drawings from 2017), Graphic Memoir, Recipe for an Epiphany, The Satanic Mechanic (webcomic, ongoing)
2016: The Secret Desires of Elderly Buicks, The Satanic Mechanic and the Complete Failure
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)
2019: Notes from a Messy Kitchen, CSPS Hall, Cedar Rapids, IA (Organized by Legion Arts)
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 C.art, 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)
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