Janelle Blarg (otherwise known as Janelle Hessig) is a Bay Area writer, cartoonist, and humorist, best known for her contributions to small press and punk communities. Janelle’s Tales of Blarg helped define east bay punk fanzines in the ’90s and beyond. Cartoonist, writer, riot grrrl muse, and one-woman laff factory, Janelle’s work can be found in subversive materials hidden under your mattress or hung on your shitty teenage bedroom wall. She’s been a touring drummer, a pop culture journalist, and the marketing director for Last Gasp. Her work has appeared in comics anthologies and on punk record covers since the beginning of time. Check out her publishing company Gimme Action for work by Liz Suburbia, Brontez Purnell, and Hessig herself.
East Bay Yesterday Podcast Presents: The friendship behind “The Cruising Diaries”
BART, bathhouses & beyond with Brontez Purnell and Janelle Hessig
Silver Sprocket Catalog Available in Public Libraries via Hoopla Digital
Our catalog of radical indie comics is now available for free to public library patrons for easy reading on smartphones, tablets, and computers
‘The Cruising Diaries’ Explores Queer Coming of Age in Underground Oakland
Silver Sprocket will be publishing Brontez Purnell’s hilariously unhinged and decidedly unsexy erotic memoir.
Big Punk by Janelle Hessig
Fed up with wealthy techies destroying the formerly gritty culture of Fog City, a punk lady moves out to the sticks to soothe her soul. Though she is only looking to escape, a mysterious and hairy stranger disrupts her plans and causes her life to change in unexpected ways.
Newsletter: We’re moving, and new book announcements
New mission digs, and books from Janelle Hessig, Hyena Hell, Liz Suburbia, Alex Wrekk, Meggie the Ramm, Ashley Robin Franklin, Archie Bongiovanni, James the Stanton, and Cristy C. Roads
Free Comic: Who is Getting Laid When You’re Not? by Janelle Hessig
Feeling sad because you're not getting any? Well here's something to make you feel even worse.