hi there!

Welcome to IN THE TELLING. My name is Molly Knox Ostertag, and I began sharing comics on the internet ten years ago (Strong Female Protagonist, How the Best Hunter in the Village Met Her Death). It’s always been a way for me to connect with readers and share my work and thoughts, even when I moved into making traditionally published work (the Witch Boy series, the Girl From the Sea).

this newsletter:

This newsletter will update twice a week on average. I’ve shared ten weeks of conversation about the graphic novel process here. Please feel free to ask questions in the comment section!

I’m also serializing a graphic novel, DARKEST NIGHT, here. It updates every Friday for subscribers!

There will also be a good deal of rambling on topics I find interesting, which include but are not limited to: cooking, D&D, queerness, cats, hobbits, books, camping, and hot takes on movies from the early 2000s.

My goal is to form a safe, good-faith community in the comments section to chat about comics, queerness, and whatever else is interesting that week!

a few more notes:

Some of the work will be 18+, or will otherwise contain content that needs a sensitivity warning; I will ALWAYS tag that at the top of a post. Please use discretion, especially if you are a minor!

I’ve received a grant from Substack to make this newsletter. Most posts will be free, but for various legal reasons, a selection will be subscribers-only. All the funds I make from subscribers (less Substack’s cut) will be matched by me, and donated to a trans charity of my choice. To begin, I’ll be donating to The Trans Lifeline’s Microgrant program, which provides funds for gender affirming surgery and legal work, with a focus on BIPOC and incarcerated trans folk.

Any kind of bigotry or harassment in the comments will result in immediate blocking.

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comics + thoughts from molly knox ostertag


Cartoonist, writer, all-around hobbit.