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Jen Sorensen is a cartoonist and illustrator whose comic "Slowpoke" has been reprinted in such fine publications as the Village Voice, Ms. Magazine, Funny Times, LA Times, The Daily Beast, CampusProgress.org, Daily Kos, and dozens of altweeklies around the country. Her illustrations have appeared in Nickelodeon Magazine, The American Prospect, Legal Affairs, University of Virginia Magazine, and the Women's Review of Books.
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.
Slowpoke made its debut as a weekly strip in 1998, and has since won six awards from the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies. In 2000, she won a Xeric grant to publish the first collection of Slowpoke strips, and in 2010 she received an Aronson Journalism Award from Hunter College in NYC. She is featured in Attitude: The New Subversive Political Cartoonists, an anthology edited by Ted Rall, and in several editions of The Best Political Cartoons of the Year, edited by Daryl Cagle. Her latest book is called Slowpoke: One Nation, Oh My God!
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. Currently on the board of directors of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, she lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and small 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
- 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
- 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)