Megan is nearly finished with her graphic novel, Artichoke Tales. It is a six chapter, 200 page saga of war and family, spanning continents and generations. It takes place in a world that is not our own and all of the characters have artichoke leaves instead of hair. Look for it in the spring of 2010, to be published by Fantagraphics books

"One of the key components of [Artichoke Tales] is the story within a story--the origins of various conflicts are told as myths or fairy tales themselves. And like true fairy tales, the stories often contain gruesome elements and rarely end happily. Kelso's art perfectly complements her sparse narrative." -Rob Clough, Savant Magazine

After Artichoke Tales is published, Megan will turn her attention to a third collection of short stories, which will include "Watergate Sue" which originally ran in serialized form in the New York Times Magazine in 2006.
On some future date, Fantagraphics will re-print Megan's first book of short stories, Queen of the Black Black. Originally published by Highwater Books, it is a 160 page collection of Megan's best short stories from between 1993 and 1998. The eponymous story is full color, painted in gouache.
"Kelso has discovered (and refined) something that takes other artists years to find: the simplification of images, without compromising the quality of the artwork, leads not only to a more pleasing story visually, but a happier marriage between art and writing...again, Kelso's writing is top notch at all points, but when her artistic skills reach the level of her writing, it's impossible to ignore the power and importance of these stories." -Austin English, Spark-Online

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