About

Jen Breach writes character-based adventure comics about ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances.

Jen has been self-publishing since 2006. Her first picture book Something’s Amiss at the Zoo was published by Lothian Children’s/Hachette Australia in June 2015.  Her first graphic novel Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race will be out from Scholastic Graphix in 2017.  Both books are co-created with the absurdly talented artist Douglas Holgate.

Jen has won some really lovely awardy-type things, including:

  • a 2014 Arts Victoria project grant for Maralinga
  • a 2014 Australian Society of Authors Children’s Picture Book Illustrators’ Initiative prize for Maralinga
  • a 2013 Australian Society of Authors Mentorship for Clem Hetherington and the Ironwood Race
  • a 2012 artists’ fellowship at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida.
  • a 2010 Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Writers’ Grant.

Jen’s wrote a column for The Big Issue Magazine from 2009-2016 and her essays and reviews have been printed here and there.

She was an archaeologist once, and then retrained as a librarian.  She has written comics about both archaeologists and librarians.  She currently works as a business analyst for a contemporary music college, but can’t really see a comic coming out of that.

From Melbourne, Australia, Jen is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts.

She twoots as (imaginatively) @jenbreach
And instagrams as (you know it) jenbreach

Photo credit Michael Belcher 2015