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“How’s Juno?” (aka, Homesickness as Inspiration): Mallory Drover ’19 at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

Not long after beginning my winter ’17 co-op in Boston, I became homesick and started drawing comic art of my dog while commuting to and from the MFA on the T. Juno, a young Boston Terrier, is still in Yellow Springs with my sister. Since starting my sketches on the T, I’ve given my comic strips the title “How’s Juno?” after the first lines of my first comic, and the first question I usually ask my sister when we speak on the phone.

Since my notebook doodles evolved into comic strips, my character art for each of the household’s three dogs has improved overall and become more consistent (although my human characters might need some more practice).

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Mallory Drover grew up in Talkeetna, Alaska, a village with a population of about 900 and a cat named Stubbs for mayor. As a teenager Mallory moved to the halibut fishing capitol of the world, Homer, Alaska. Mallory attended the Kenai Peninsula College in Homer, where she served a term as the Student Association president. While going to college in Alaska, Mallory worked for three years as a care provider for individuals with developmental disabilities, and volunteered in the summers for the local fire department as an EMT-1. Mallory has always had a passion for art and out-of-the-box creativity. She has worked in a number of art galleries in Alaska over the years, including Ptarmigan Arts and Brown Bear Products in Homer. Mallory transferred to Antioch College in fall of 2015, where she joined her little sister. Mallory and her sister, Tabitha live off campus in a house together with one other Antiochian, three dogs, and two cats. She likes to refer to her life as "one big wacky sitcom."

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