Penina Gal is a cartoonist, illustrator, and painter hailing from New York and currently living in Providence, RI. Penina has been plugging away at a middle grade fantasy comic, “The Fire Messenger,” for a while now, and also has collaborated on more grown-up short stories like “Limp Wrist” (with Scout Wolfcave, nominated for a SPACE prize) and “Glamera” (with Betsey Swardlick) and in the past co-edited an anthology of werewolf comics.
I dare you not to enjoy Penina’s comics. Her simple, yet expressive line work is a joy to read, and clearly expresses the ideas and emotions in each story she tells. Her series Fire Messenger is simultaneously a web of intricate mysteries, and a very accessible fantasy story. Penina can fill a minicomic full of jokes, and also illustrate extremely serious stories with equal effect. Don’t be a jerk, read these comics!