Shell is the co-creator (along with husband, Michael) of the Ascension Epoch, an open content, collaborative fiction project. In this setting, the re-emergence of superpowers and the invasion of H.G. Wells’ Martians in the 19th century have led to a radically transformed present. Their work draws heavily upon public domain literature and comic books.
Shell started drawing as a child after seeing a documentary on Charles Schulz. Shortly thereafter, the cartoons Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends and, later, X-Men helped her discover comic books. Add a healthy dose of anime, and her style and goals were set. Shell does the covers and interior illustrations for all of the Ascension Epoch books.
She’s also an author, with most of her education and professional experience in literature, writing, and editing. In addition to coming up with many of the Ascension Epoch characters, Shell helps Michael write and plot many of the books.
Her most recent work, The Dismal Tide, follows the adventures, romances, and ethical conflicts of the East End Irregulars, a teenage superhero team from Pittsburgh. Other published Ascension Epoch books include After Dark, the first book in the East End Irregulars series; Salamander Six, a sci-fi short story about airborne firefighters; Population of Loss, a collection of four short stories set during the Martian Invasion; and Copper Knights and Granite Men, a superhero/occult adventure story based on the King in Yellow mythos.