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Julie Houts
"Sometimes it can be cathartic, and when I feel that way, it feels personal," says Houts of her illustrations. "I feel that way about non-political work as well. When I can draw something and it feels like I’ve released some energy, steam, whatever — I tend to hold that piece a little more closely."

One example? This gem that so perfectly captures a sentiment many of us were feeling in 2017. "I’m not sure if I would call it a favorite, but a couple weeks after the election, I was at work every day just refreshing every news website I could find," says Houts. "I had about 10 tabs open and I’d just flip back and forth refreshing and then looking at my phone for a news alert. I wasn’t used to the pace of the news cycle."

"Now I think we’re all much more desensitized," she says. "It's somewhat normal to have two horrendous things happen in one day.  I drew something around that time about trying to keep it up at work and be 'professional' when I actually felt like I was going to black out from anxiety most days."
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