Spotlight: “Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene and Cell Decay”


What’s it like to be hairy? How does it feel to be thirty? Is it possible to stop and smell the flowers? Find answers to these questions and more in “Girl’s Guide to Personal Hygiene and Cell Decay,” a comic essay about growing up, and the things girls do to look good while they do it.




R. Claire Stephens is a cartoonist and teacher. Her work has been published most recently by the Arkansas International and Words Without Borders. You can find her work at or at Sweet Publications, where her comics chapbook Lady in Ink was published in 2015. If reincarnation is the upshot, she'd like to come back as a basset hound or, failing that, a redwood tree. More from this author →