Writer and Illustrator

An illustrated political fantasy for the Trump era, introducing a most lovable superhero. In Stores Now!

book cover" "Meet John Dough, Superhereo"

Equally devoted to art and literature, Lucy Bell has found her calling in writing and illustrating fiction for grownups.


Trained as a classicist at Harvard (BA) and Cornell (ABD), Lucy Bell grabbed art instruction wherever she could find it and especially at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She grew up in Philadelphia, where she now lives with her family and their animals. For many years Lucy Bell taught Latin, Greek, and Philosophy at Germantown Friends School. Past published work includes the illustrations for Alpha is for Anthropos by Therese Sellers (Ascanius, 2013), posters, movie graphics, and cartoons. She has just finished writing and illustrating Meet John Dough, Superhero: A Political Fantasy (Nyoka Press, 2017).


"It’s a fantasy, sure. But Jarka-Sellers reminds us that our political destiny is in our hands. Any John Doe (or Jane Doe, for that matter) could rise to the occasion."


Broad Street Review

Upcoming Event

Radnor Democrats

John Dough with Radnor Democrats, October 18, 2018. 7:00-9:00pm. More details to come.

Previous Event

Big Blue Marble

Book launch and signing for "Meet John Dough, Superhero" at Big Blue Marble Bookstore, December 8, 2017

Upcoming Event

Imperfect Gallery

Drawings from John Dough will be on display, October 17–November 20, 2018. More details to come.

Previous Event

Narberth Bookshop

Book signing with Lucy Bell Jarka-Sellers at Narberth Bookshop, April 5, 2018. 7:00-8:30pm