kelcey parker ervick

Comics + Art

defunct: letterpress book






DEFUNCT: A RESURRECTION is a book of art and mini-essays about all things defunct--from my vintage Polaroid camera to my Ellis Island ancestors.


It was printed on letterpress machines and hand bound in a limited run of 65 copies by the Book Arts Collaborative in Muncie, Indiana in 2019. Read more about the book and the Interrobang Festival (where it sold out) on my blog.


There was a gallery exhibition at Art Works in Scranton, PA in July 2019.


I have full-color paperback versions of DEFUNCT available for sale! See below for pics.

8" x 8" full color, 120 pages
$30 (includes free shipping) via Paypal, Venmo, mail


To purchase, email me via my contact page and I'll gratefully ship it to you (or as a gift to a friend).

In 2018, I began making art every day. I'd love to connect with you Instagram, where I post daily-ish.


At the end of 2018, I shared an illustrated overview at THE RUMPUS: The Habit of Art: A Year of Daily Painting.
Oops, I did it again in 2019: Another Year of Daily Painting.


THE BELIEVER: My God, It's Been So Long
(in the music issue; my life in Pearl Jam concerts)


THE RUMPUS: COMICS SERIES: Welcome to South Bend

This series is my reluctant insider's guide to South Bend, Indiana--a town put in the spotlight by Pete Buttigieg.

On the Map: Mayor Pete put South Bend on the map! Or did he? Can you locate it? (I couldn't until I moved here in 2006).

Mr. Answerpants: Pete Buttigieg's local Mayor's Night Out.

How to Get Out of Jury Duty: It helps if the judge coaches your son in Little League!

My Current Literary Crush: Hint: his fave book is ULYSSES

How to Change Your Name in Indiana: Just don't.

Notre Dame Football: which is sneakily about soccer

Bail Out Studebaker: I mean, why not?

A Love Story: actually, two love stories for the price of one

When Country Music Came to Town: sorry not sorry, Garth Brooks
A Weekend with the Boot Edge Edges: in which Mayor Pete quotes Taylor Swift before a debate

The Poetry of South Bend: featuring lines of poetry written by my students

The Lady Boxers:  South Bend was the center of women's boxing in the 1940s and 1950s!

The South Bend Fugitive Slave Case: a true story narrated by Harriet Beecher Stowe's dogs


NASHVILLE REVIEW: The Fish

(a true, sad story of a fish that would not die)


RELIEF JOURNAL: Speak, Memory