With just a few simple lines, cartoonist Liana Finck takes on life's toughest challenges.

Why you should listen

Liana Finck believes that drawing is the most direct artistic medium, communicating only the essentials of a story or a message. Her minimal, poignant and humorous style is instantly recognizable to readers of the New Yorker and the more than 600,000 followers she has amassed on Instagram. With three graphic novels and one cartoon collection under her belt, Finck explores topics including religion, dating, being weird and the perils of subway etiquette.

Finck is a regular contributor to The Awl and Catapult. She has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship and has residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Headlands Center for the Arts. You can also find her doling out social wisdom every month as her canine alter ego in the New Yorker advice column "Dear Pepper."

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