The Herald-Dispatch of Huntingwon, WV, looks at SVA grad Teylor Smirl whose spunk and can-do attitude have led her all the way to an internship at DC Comics, and beyond, to hopes of graphic novels. She thinks the world is her oyster, and who are we to dissuade her?
From the age of six, Huntington native Teylor Smirl has always shown a talent for drawing.
While attending Huntington High, her talents caught the attention of teacher Marlalie Boyd, who encouraged her to explore multiple directions of art. Now a graduate of the School for Visual Arts in New York City, Smirl is hoping to make an impression next year by collaborating with another artist, Luigi Cicala, on a graphic novel.
Smirl remains tight lipped about the exact nature of the upcoming book, but she describes it as “a sort of ‘The West Wing’ meets ‘The Matrix.’ Only it’s not like ‘Ex Machina.’ (A popular political driven bent science fiction comic.)”
MEANWHILE…Detroit’s Matro Times profiles the woman with the world’s largest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia collection:
Michelle Ivey, 29, inherited her pack-rat behavior. She’s a passionate woman, hence a bit obsessive-compulsive. See, Ivey owns the world’s largest collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles memorabilia. That’s right, the largest. Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! confirms the fact; VH-1 glorified it.
“One day I was at a [comic] convention, down in New York at the Big Apple Con,” Ivey says, sitting on her bed, which is outfitted with Ninja Turtle sheets. “I get a phone call from my mom. She tells me that I’m in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Someone at church told my mom I was in it. She went out and picked the book up, and sure enough … page 119.”
Ivey, who resembles Velma from Scooby Doo, could be every comic-book reader cliché brought to life, if she were a dude. She’s has no job — a freak electrical accident at a local factory left her unable to work — and lives at home with her parents. Her father is a factory worker and an amateur B-movie costumer of monsters. Mom is a housewife.