The characters in Glassed and Gendered have had a long gestation, if that’s the word. All my cartoons begin as impulsive reactions – to things I read, see, hear and understand, to situations and particularly in response to visual metaphor. Visual impulses hover, persist, then settle in my mind before I ever pick up a pencil (poems work the same way for me). The first translations of these impulses to the page are inevitably disappointing, but through laborious repetition those initial impulses finally take meaningful visual form. In the interests of demystifying my process , here’s the edit of Making Alison.