“It was incredible to me how much goes into a comic book,” noted Joey. “Storytelling is crucial to making a connection with your staffer or with a representative’s office. It took me a while to pin down the story I wanted to tell, but pulling from my own experiences made the process easier and made the story feel more authentic.”
Shortly after the first issue was published in April 2018, she had the opportunity to lead a workshop with a group of seventh-grade students.
“I was surprised at how engaged the class was...The comic book series is different than a brochure, pamphlet or a website because I can bring it into places, like coffee shops and comic book stores, where you wouldn’t normally see a resource about lobbying,” added Joey.
“When I was at Moravian Academy, I loved the art program, but I never thought I would be an artist because, at the time, I didn’t see how I could make an impact with art,” said Joey. “Later on, I figured out I could help people through art, but I would have to use my creativity. If I wasn’t creative, I wouldn’t be able to send a message through a comic book, a painting, a drawing, or any project that I am working on.”