It was really the year of the Baby. They were popping out everywhere.2007 closes with yet another cartoonists birth as Jessica Abel and Matt Madden welcomed Aldara Juliet Abel Madden on Sunday, December 16 at 8:27PM. According to Matt, “Aldara is pronounced all-DAH-rah and its origin is probably Old German, meaning something like “old and wise”. We discovered it in Galicia, where it is only slightly less uncommon a name than it is elsewhere in Spain and Portugal, largely because there is a saint there that shares the name: in fact, tomorrow, December 20, is Saint Aldara’s Day!”

Our best to all!


  1. Congrats!
    The proud parents will have a textbook published by First Second. Ms. Abel is also the series editor for the Best American Comics anthology. If I remember correctly from MoCCA, she is also doing the art for another First Second book.