About This Webinar
Have you ever considered quitting what you had thought to be your life’s work? What could that look like and what might you feel about taking such a big step? Join alumna, Keiler Roberts, as she comically shares “uninspiring” stories that may help you feel better about deciding on that course of action. Keiler arrived at Northwestern in 2000 to complete a Master’s degree with a focus on painting. She picked NU because the ratio of faculty to grad students was more than one to one, and the ratio of squirrels to all students was at least five to one. Additional lures were being fully funded with a stipend, access to an incredible faculty, and being close to Chicago's large art scene. She’ll share funny stories about things that didn’t go well and the things that made her feel better. One of her major career and mental health moments was when she quit painting, quit the art world, and quit trying to be the type of person she thought grad school had trained her to be. Learn how the shift in her goals and identity ended up being the beginning of her career as a cartoonist.
Lucie Sandel, Moderator
Senior Assoicate Director, Career Advancement
Lucie manages the Career Advancement team and loves hosting webinars, whenever you see that topic of interest to you, we urge you to sign up! Can't make it due to your schedule? Register anyway, we will send you the link to the recording once it's available. Share ideas for topics with Lucie at lucie.sandel@northwestern.edu
Keiler Roberts, '02 MFA
Keiler Roberts makes autobiographical comics. She is the recipient of the Slate Cartoonist Studio Prize for Chlorine Gardens and is the author of Powdered Milk, Happy Happy Baby Baby, Miseryland, Rat Time, and Sunburning which was translated into Spanish as Isolada. Keiler is also the winner of the Ignatz Award and she teaches comics at The School of The Art Institute in Chicago.

Blurbs on Keiler Roberts’s My Begging Chart (https://drawnandquarterly.com/my-begging-chart)

“Her work gives off a kind of radical stillness. It always lowers my blood pressure... Keiler Roberts is my new hero.” —Christopher Borrelli, The Chicago Tribune

“The wry wit and earnestness that makes [Keiler Roberts] a good teacher also makes her a good artist... [Her work] is so incredibly intimate.” —Chicago Review of Books

“Thoroughly entertaining... Roberts’s slightly warped perspective hilariously and poignantly reflects back to readers the transient absurdity of domestic life.”
—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review