Hannah Kaplan is a Philadelphia-based cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. She holds an M.F.A. From the Center for Cartoon Studies and a B.A. from Oberlin college. She self-publishes mini-comics and zines, and has had work published by Rod and Cone Press, Comics Workbook magazine, and Locust Moon Press. She regularly posts autobiographical comics on her blog isthisokcomics.tumblr.com, and more of her work can be seen at hannahratblood.com.
By this Author
Writers can do justice to characters outside their own identities. Here’s how.
Under other skins
Writing in the voice of a character who doesn’t share your identity takes a lot of learning and soul-searching, finds author Constance Garcia-Barrio, but it can be done well.
Are authors bound to write only within their own identities?
Rendering lives that aren’t yours
Writer Anndee Hochman—a queer Jewish white woman, the descendant of immigrants—grapples with which stories are really hers to tell.
What happens when we appreciate women without valuing them?
Well-behaved women in the real world
We often spend Women’s History Month focusing on famous figures—but what could a more collective way of thinking bring to our sense of the value of women who aren’t making history, but who are making our society? Michelle Nugent considers.
The life-changing magic of enjoying a free ride
Yippee! I'm old
Roz Warren just turned 65, and she’s thrilled. Here’s one reason why.
Safety concerns at the Philly Fringe: does paying for a listing make it art?
Safety on the brain
One of this year’s independent Philly Fringe listings was a solo treatment session with a suburban psychologist who practices neurofeedback in his home office. Should it have been part of the festival? Wendy Rosenfield considers.
Should we honor “hallowed” ground at Gettysburg by running marathons there?
A historic finish
Confusion at Gettysburg National Military Park illustrates how running—and specifically, racing—in national historical and military parks might be a crucible for the interpretation of our national history. Helen Walsh considers.
A serious tumble changes the game for comedian Christina Anthony
The fall that changed it all
A life in the arts can mean total dedication—but what happens when the world has other plans for your body? Christina Anthony considers.
Why I will never join the Broad Street Run
A modest proposal for the runners
Running is something everyone can practice—right? As thousands of Philly runners get ready to take over Broad Street, Alaina Johns considers.
Facing yourself after watching Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’
The scariest person in the world
Jordan Peele’s latest horror blockbuster, ‘Us,’ makes you wonder if the real demons are on the inside. Christina Anthony considers.
Life after U-Haul: A new home in six movements
"Never again": It’s what we all say after we finish moving. But nobody can stay in one place forever. Kile Smith considers.
An open letter to the woman who fits five years of her trash in a Mason jar
I have questions about going Zero Waste
A young YouTube star fits all of her trash in a single jar — and says you could do it, too, if you put your mind to it. Alaina Johns considers.
Remembering life with Linda Ronstadt
The measure of music
Who goes to see tribute bands? What do they offer us? Anndee Hochman used to sneer at them, but now she sings a different tune.
Building bridges, building music, and the jumps we make together
The curvature of the earth
In sports and in architecture, as in music, there are rules — but there are other, deeper rules beneath them all. Kile Smith considers.
I took a Lyft from Brooklyn to Philadelphia
No trains, no problem?
When the show is over, it’s midnight in Brooklyn, and your train home isn’t coming for four hours, what do you do? Roz Warren considers.
Overbooked for the holidays
Recipe for survival
From concerts to community events, the holidays in the Philadelphia area can delight and deplete. Add a family wedding, and this year’s holidays can be harrowing. Kathryn Taylor considers.