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If you could have a conversation with Death, what would you want to know? More
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About Penelope Merrell

I now live in Los Angeles -- married for more than 45 years, 2 adult sons, a son-in-law, and daughter-in-law. I became interested in graphic novels after reading several. I took four classes at Santa Monica College on the concept and techniques for graphic novels and sequential art.

Originally from a Montana farm, I am one of nine children. I began drawing before age 4. Mom would cut open used envelopes for me to draw on. Dad gave me the big, soft-lead, square carpenter's pencils to use. When in high school, I got an oil painting set for Christmas and fell in love with color. Selling my two cows (4-H projects) put me through my first year of university.

I graduated Seattle University, Fine Art degree. Besides working at a print shop, department store displays, small graphic art projects, drawing cow spots for registration forms, I had a small business of house design and architectural drafting for building contractors for 25 years. I also painted (acrylic on canvas) exhibiting in art shows and galleries for 20 years in Olympia Washington and Palm Springs..

I began writing seriously several years ago. Our writing group still meets weekly. I wrote & illustrated my first graphic art story in 2011. My first three stories were relatively short. All were good preparation for a graphic novel. December 2013, I uploaded my first graphic novel.

Check my website for more life details in About and Bio. The website also contains my blog.

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Review by: Mike White on Sep. 9, 2016 :
This is a touching tribute. I'm sorry for the author's loss. The story had some truth and honesty to it, along with darkness.

I quite liked the artwork. It's very different from what you normally see in a graphic novel story.

The stereotype is that it is atheists who have a lot of doubts on their deathbeds, while people who have strong religious convictions have an easier time. It's interesting to see a personal story that demonstrates how complicated this can really be, and that people from all walks of life can have doubts in their final moments.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on April 15, 2015 :
Death's character needed more fleshing out. I would have liked to have seen more of the story from his point of view. What are his motivations? His dreams? Desires? Hope to see more of him in the sequel.
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Review by: Lorna Smith on March 21, 2014 :
This is a very touching story. The images fit perfectly. A true artist can make the images look simple when in fact they are quite complex, having to fit the mood exactly.
A successful graphic novel.
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Review by: Daryn Walters on Jan. 7, 2014 :
A very touching story. I really enjoyed this short read and the drawings were wonderful. Love to see more.
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Review by: Rachael Martin on Dec. 14, 2013 :
WOW. Great story & great drawings.
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Review by: Dean Schechinger on Aug. 22, 2013 :
Wow. The graphics are haunting and fit this story. What made it a perfect visual reading experience was the artwork, simple but poignant and expressive.
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Review by: James Jenkins on July 19, 2013 :
Well written, transcends specific religions.
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Review by: Christina Burgess on July 16, 2013 :
Beautiful and thought-provoking. What is most interesting is that you see the point of view from someone/something else (not Death and not the grandmother).

Because it is simply drawn, definitely makes it more refreshing and shows how under-valued this type of art is. Well done. I hope there is more to come from this author.
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Review by: Renaissance Redneck Media on July 16, 2013 :
Nicely done with simple yet effective artwork.
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