My family spread my mom’s ashes in the same river that was our mikveh. We lit a yahrzeit candle, ate round foods, and stayed with her body. We also walked to a greenhouse to look at cacti and played indoor soccer. Our own kind of shiva.
— Will Betke-Brunswick, author and illustrator of the debut graphic memoir A Pros & Cons List for Strong Feelings (Tin House, 11/15/22).
Will Betke-Brunswick is a cartoonist and a recent graduate of the California College of the Arts MFA in Comics program. Will’s work has appeared in the new print edition of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves; How to Wait: An Anthology of Transition; and the websites INTO and Autostraddle. A former high school math teacher, Will lives in Boulder, Colorado.