Who's Who

The Principal Characters:

  My name is Carolyn Watson Dubisch,and I been writing this blog since 2007. During that time we have changed locations and traveled and gotten sick and celebrated life and mourned death.
   In my two decades as a commercial artist I've created giant vegetables for a Washington DC Museum, helped create two dozen tiny hot air balloons for a Vegas show and designed alien bird-men for Star Wars games. I write and illustrate children's books and comics. My art has been exhibited all across the U.S. and in Argentina, the Czech Republic, Russia,  the UK, Italy, Spain, and is part of the permanent collection of the Aswara Gallery in Malasyia. I teach painting, drawing and sculpture through schools and community centers around the valley. Lately I make a lot of masks for photo shoots and events through my mask shop on etsy. I'm also a mom and a wife and a resident of the desert city of Phoenix, Arizona.

   My husband, Mike Dubisch is a cult figure in underground horror comics, Dungeons & Dragons role -playing games and most recently H.P.Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. Beginning a quarter century as a cartoonist and illustrator in his mid teens, he has created Star Wars toys, colored comics, animated DVD covers for the World Wrestling Federation, and designed a million cartoon cockroaches for MTV. His work is held in the permanent collection of The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art. He's a professor at the San Francisco Academy of Art University online and regularly designs monsters, and characters for film and T.V. Together we've had three children and wandered the across the world.

My oldest daughter, Chloe Dubisch, is a typical teenage girl in that she worries way too much about her hair on a daily basis.  She's atypical in that she reads a book a week, is an incredible storyteller herself, and an excellent artist in her own right. Her work's been in several galleries here in Phoenix as well as in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.   She's also quite a good actress, is a junior at Stephen's college in Missouri, and spending this semester studying abroad at Glasgow University in Scotland.

Phoebe is quite the cook, from pastries to fancy dinners and has just spent a year learning to play the ukulele. She volunteered with the teacher for the blind in her middle school by illustrating holiday children's books. For an entire semester she spent her free period drawing the images and feeding the line drawings into a braille machine so there would be raised images to go with the books. She's worked professionally as a caricature artist and is a junior at the local High School for the arts.

Naomi is the youngest is a freshman and attends school online this year. She's also a great artist and cook, and is an avid film buff. She's studied film making for the last three summers at the ID tech film camps on A.S.U.'s Tempe campus. She likes swimming, drawing, reading and writing fan fiction. She's just started ballet this year and seems to like it quite a lot.

Oscar is our dog of over five years. Dramatically rescued from certain death in a busy intersection in downtown Phoenix, Oscar has stuck around since that fateful day that he jumped in our car.  He enjoys laying on the couch and following me around, and for some reason really likes rice. A typical desert dog, he likes to lay in the sun, even when it's 110ºF.

Gigi is our newest family member. He's a little black kitten with big personality. He enjoys watching birds on TV and chasing Oscar's tail, much to Oscar's chagrin. 

"People are willing to take these extraordinary chances to become writers, musicians, or painters, and because of them, we have a culture. If this ever stops, our culture will die, because most of our culture, in fact, has been created by people that got paid nothing for it--people like Edgar Allan Poe, Vincent Van Gogh or Mozart."-Kurt Vonnegut


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