It wasn't difficult for Nichols to find her daily comic angles. While the event's media team was focused on the front-runners, she says she was drawn to the weird and wonderful stories from the middle and back of the fleet.
"My skill is that I like to listen, and boat people like to tell stories," she says. "I'd ask a question, do a little sketching while they talked, and at some point during the interview, I would have an 'ah!' moment where the story would become clear."
Nichols has combined the works in a self-published book entitled Boats, Bears and Bad Life Choices (available at nhattnichols.com). "It was a learning curve, for sure, putting the book out, but it's been pretty amazing to get to hold a physical object in my hand at the end of it. It's a lot more rewarding than hanging work in a gallery."