Whether whispers or declared loudly, dishonest or truthful, conversations are everywhere. It is in the gestures we interpret, the Freudian slips we make, and the the miscommunications we have via text message, email, and social media. Conversations can be declarative or confessional, and intensely private. They occur in every moment of our day. 


The cover image for Rollick Magazine’s Conversations issue is by illustrator and cartoonist, Sam Beck.

Born and raised in Toronto, Sam has worked on number of mini-comics and illustrations that focus on myths, fantasy and surrealism. For on more on Sam’s work, please visit:


Tallahassee Route

It never occurred to me how messy I can look. It’s almost finals week. I’ve been wearing my friend’s navy hoodie with noticeable white writing


She cornered herself against the shoulders of two meeting walls and wrote her screams into the plaster. The sun was a blade against her skin

In the Round Pen

Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out. Focus on this moment. How do I feel? What am I seeing? What am I hearing? Him.

Fall Cranes

Back home, my sister’s bedroom overlooked our back deck. She could climb out her windowsill and drop down a few feet onto the wooden planks

Firework Girl

‘‘It’s okay to change your mind.’’ About feeling, a person, a promise of love. I can’t just stay to avoid contradicting myself. I don’t have

Empty Lines

[Ring, Ring, Ring] The telephone rings but I don’t want to answer On the other side is someone who I’m running away from [Ring, Ring,

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