Websites: Liliane, Bi-Dyke, Children's Illustration
Bio: Hullo! My name is Leanne Franson, not to be confused with my main character, also a bi-dyke, whose name is Liliane. Liliane has no nose. I do.
I first started drawing comics in a sketchbook after I finished a degree in Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal in 1985. Somehow I decided everything I did should be FINE ART, and thus I did nothing. While working in a coffeeshop (yes, of course, I had a degree in Art!) I quickly got bored with the less-than-amusing comic strips in the daily newspaper and decided my own life was wackier.
Thus Liliane (since French Canadians seem stymied by "Leanne" and translate it immediately to "Liliane") was born in minimum wage and caffeine.
She lay around forgotten for years while I had my first real relationship (with a girl) and studied (Ceramics!!) at Banff School of Fine Arts. After another breakup (with a boy) she was revived and was quickly adopted by the members of the bisexual women's group I helped coordinate from 1991-1994. Liliane reflected the lesbian and bisexual realities of the 90's, as well as being used as a therapy tool by me. It is incredible how much funnier all one's annoyances and horrid memories are once committed to paper with a punchline added.
Following another lover to England, UK Liliane appeared in 1994, and was quickly picked up by Peter Pavement of the now defunct Slab-O-Concrete, who shoved her out into the great world between the covers of her first two REAL BOOKS, Assume Nothing: Evolution of a bi-dyke in 1997 and Teaching Through Trauma in 1999.
The disappearance of Slab coincided with an upswing of my career in children's book illustration, and I laid down my technical pens until late 2003. The sudden revival of Liliane may be credited to Sue Marsden of Abraxia, who commissioned a page in summer 2003, and David Kelly of Boy Trouble who also asked me to contribute several pages, and invited me to share a table with him at APE 2004 in San Francisco.
Realizing I could scarcely face my public (ha ha!) without having created anything new since 1999, I returned to the caffeine and produced 96 new pages for Don't Be a Crotte! which appeared in spring 2004. I continued my frenetic pace and put up a page a day at Comicgenesis from April 9, 2004 to fall 2005. Since then I have been more sporadic, updating from 2 to 7 times weekly. I have tackled many topics ranging from library bans of children's books with gay parents to Tips on Passing, dabbling in plumbing problems and chronicling Liliane's rise from starving artiste to homeowner.
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Assume Nothing: Evolution of a bi-dyke
Teaching Through Trauma
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