Sarah Jolley: A Look Into the Mind of an Up-And-Coming Cartoonist

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Sarah Jolley: A Look Into the Mind of an Up-And-Coming Cartoonist

Sarah Jolley, the creator of

Sarah Jolley, the creator of "The Property of Hate."

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Sarah Jolley, the creator of "The Property of Hate."

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Sarah Jolley, the creator of "The Property of Hate."

Lauren Brown, Staff Writer

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Sarah Jolley is an independent cartoonist well known for her webcomic, “The Property of Hate.” A story of heart-wrenching plot twists, beautiful artistry, and thoughtful stories, Jolley curates a story perfect for multiple audiences.

 

“The Property of Hate” tells the story of the protagonist, Hero, who is pulled into the world of make-believe by her TV head clad companion and self-proclaimed “worse monster of them all” RGB. Jolley uses a multitude of visual devices as well as a plethora of word-play to appeal to a wider audience. In this webcomic, there are plenty of references to numerous forms of media, ranging from silent film actors to the artistic visual representation of states of mind. The comic even includes cleverly placed characters such as the physical manifestations of lies, grief, doubts, and fear. The integration of human follies as personified creatures adds a wonderful dimension to the story, giving common sayings truth in their nature. For example, the protagonist comes across a little, white lie that has the capability to grow if one gets too attached and at another point, Hero is literally consumed by doubts.  

 

Jolley’s inspiration for such an ambitious and insightful story began when “the story sort of landed on [her] over 48 hours.” Originally made to be to be the physical embodiment of her own worst traits, RGB quickly developed his own independence as a character and began the chain of events that would lead to the development of “The Property of Hate”.

 

“It started to sink in that this was really a very independent person, and gosh, didn’t he look like he might have an interesting story?” Jolley said. “After that I basically [laid] on the sofa for two days while this story told itself to me, all in pieces and a bit out of order, but definitely told itself to me—as if it had always existed and I’d tripped over it on the floor by drawing this one character.”

 

Nearly five years later, “The Property of Hate” is still going strong, with weekly updates and a steady fanbase. “The Property of Hate” is available to read on Jolley’s website, as well as smackjeeves.com.

 

Jolley cites that her passion for art and cartoons came to her at a young age, but she almost pursued a career in biology or chemistry instead. Well rounded and passionate for both sciences and the arts, Sarah Jolley found herself at a crossroad pertaining to her career. She attempted to take on both subjects, yet Jolley soon found that the chemistry teachers were dreadful and she began to loathe the subject. Jolley began to look seriously into art as a career, ultimately leading to her path into animation.

 

Jolley feels that the process of telling a story is what drives her to continue making art. She worked as a storyboard artist until she decided to make her own living through her comics. Jolley is inspired by anything and everything she comes across and she integrates the details of her passions seamlessly into her comics and art. Some of her passions include visiting art galleries, museums, and parks as well as reading in order to gain inspiration for the comics she produces. Her taste is very eclectic and she never discriminates between materials, whether they be new or old, stating that,“I think it’s important to ‘feed’ yourself with the same material you want to create, whether it’s comics, cartoons, or prose.”

 

Her passions have even introduced her to numerous opportunities as well. As of recent, Jolley has found a love for the original Disney Duck comics, and since then, has been the source of multiple “doodle-duck” fan comics. She finds that the fan-comics not only serves as an outlet for her passion but a learning opportunity for herself as well. “It started out as just a fun thing,” said Jolley. “But since I began I’ve made friends with some official Disney comics folks, and I find them very educational for myself—I’m always learning new things about making comics by emulating styles, and giving situations to well-established characters is a great way to write stories.”

 

Jolley has no definite plans for the future besides “The Property of Hate,” but she is ready to embrace anything that may inspire her again. “If I knew that it wouldn’t be any fun! Asides from continuing [“The Property of Hate”] I have no idea, but I’m going to keep making stuff for as long as I can, so maybe we’ll find out together!”

 

Jolley is an extremely talented artist that shows promise and determination in the intelligent comics she releases. Hoping to see development in the future and the ability to show a new side to her story, Jolley continues Hero’s adventures alongside RBG.

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