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Illustration of James Breakwell in his workshop session "Newsflash: Newsletters Work!"

Subject of illustration: James Breakwell is a professional comedy writer and amateur father of four girls. He is best known for his family humor Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn. Breakwell has been profiled in major national and international media, and his articles have appeared in Reader’s Digest and on The Federalist, AskMen and Vox. Closer magazine named him its 2016 Blogger Dad of the Year. Breakwell has published three comedy parenting books, a guided journal for kids and a memoir that leaned heavily on gnome theft. His debut sci-fi novel, The Chosen Twelve, was released in January 2022. He is now busily writing the sequel. (Or so he tells his editor.)

Artist's Note

I loved this class so much that I had lunch with James Breakwell afterward, and we have still been in touch. A real bromance!


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Live-drawing, illustration, Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, Humor writing, Publishing


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