Beyond the Western Deep Kickstarter

The Beyond the Western Deep Kickstarter began today! It is a webcomic written by Alex Kain and illustrated by Rachel Bennett. They are trying to get the funding to self publish hardcover special editions of chapter one that include a lot of extras. Please check out the campaign! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2036424072/beyond-the-western-deep-volume-one

I only had a small part in the Kickstarter (which sold out in under 30 minutes), but I’m still going to promote the Kickstarter everywhere I can! If you want to read my contribution to the Western Deep series, check out The Scholar and the Seawal!

Talespin Pitch

Several years ago I made a pitch with Robby Bevard for a TaleSpin comic. I’m not sure if the editor ever sent the art to Disney, but I’m still proud of the art so I’ll share it here! The art is by me (as Jayelle Anderson), colors by Robby.

 

…and because they are cute pictures, here are some more Disney characters I’ve drawn. (Gazelle’s colors are by me)

 

What’s up with the new name?

In May 2018 I decided to change my pen name from Jayelle Anderson to Leah Briere. After 16 years of going by “Jayelle” or “J.L.” I realized I HATED being called that! My real first name is super generic, so I never went by that online. Leah is the “L” part of my old pen name and Briere is an honor to my Turtle Mountain Chippewa heritage.

If you are struggling with your pen name or online alias, I suggest going by the name in private with friends or family for a while and see how you feel about it. Hear people say the name out loud to you or type it in chat. The main reason I stuck with Jayelle so long was I felt I was stuck since fans knew me as that. People will get used to it, though.

I created a brand new twitter account for this. It would have been easier to switch my name on my old account, but it felt freeing to make a new one, even if just emotionally. I know I’ve had that other account for ten years, but I needed this. If you want to see my new account please go here – https://twitter.com/Leah_Briere