It’s been a busy summer, friends. Since leaving Vermont in May, I haven’t been in one place for more than a few weeks at a time. But now I’m back in Montreal, and ready for comics-related action. And the first order of business, now that I’m no longer a transient vagabond, is to pack my bags and hit the road for the Small Press Expo!
I’ll be tabling once again with my good pals Beth Hetland, Pat Barrett, and Josh Kramer. Here’s a selection of my wares:
$10.00, 64 pages, screen printed cover
This new anthology is edited by Andy Warner, dw, and myself. It features work by the three of us, as well as Jon Fine, Rachel Dukes, and Nate Wootters. There’s laughter, tears, and other strange curiosities. Here’s a sample from my new story, Skeletons:
I’ve also put together new editions of some of my past minicomics:
Last Mountain – Issue 0
$5.00, 36 pages, colour cover on gold paper.
Features three short stories I did over the last year. You’ll see everything from disconcertingly invisible enemies, to high school anxiety, to cowboys.
$5.00, 40 pages, colour cover
The story is about a small town, a fracturing family, and a flock of birds whose unusual behaviour permeates and intersects with the lives of the townspeople.
$3.00, 24 pages, colour cover
This comic has been making the rounds since it came out. It made The Comics Journal’s list of The Top 30 Minicomics of 2011, and was nominated for the Gene Day Award for Self-Publishers at this year’s Joe Shuster Awards (which will be happening this very weekend in Montreal while I’m at SPX!).
It’s a story about memory, death, childhood, and cartoon rabbits.
And that’s just one quarter of one table! Now imagine a gigantic room filled with tables, and amazing comics made by wonderful people. It’s going to be a great weekend, friends. Can’t wait to see you there…
Hi gang. I know I haven’t been updating the ol’ blog very much these days. Sure, I post The Dailies once a week, but that’s barely even three minutes of distraction from work. What if I told you there was a way you could buy some of the longer things I’ve been working on, and that said things would offer you distractions from work that last upwards of fifteen minutes?
I’m talking, of course, about the MoCCA Festival in New York. I’ll be there again this year selling my comics, and making eye contact with strangers. Be sure to come to my table say hi to me, Andy Warner, dw, Nate Woots, and the rest of my cartoonist pals!
Here’s this year’s spread:
This 40-page story was the main project I’ve been working on over the last few months. It’s set in a small, prairie town in the early spring. The crows have returned from their migration early and they are behaving very strangely, though most of the townspeople barely take notice.
Last Mountain – Issue Zero
After years of being afraid to commit to an ongoing collection of my work, I’m finally going through with it. Last Mountain contains three short stories featuring cowboys, high school, immigration, forests, and looming invisible forces.
After Ghost Rabbit made The Comics Journal’s Top 30 Minicomics of 2011, I decided to print a 2nd edition of it. It tells the parallel stories of a little girl who is beginning to understand age and death, and a ghost rabbit.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper post on this dusty old blog of mine. Classes at the Center for Cartoon Studies have been keeping me pretty busy, and I’ve been preparing to table at the MoCCA Festival this weekend in New York … not to mention the top-secret side project I’ve been working on(!)
Leave Luck to Heaven is a 32 page minicomic about the two gamers who occasionally show up in my Dailies. Take a peak inside…
Did I mention that there’s a colour spread in the book and that the whole thing looks like an NES instruction manual? If you feel like you’re not getting enough spiritual and aesthetic fulfillment from your video games, this book can help.
Also debuting at MoCCA is Holy Shit: A Comics Anthology. This is the book I did with Amelia Onorato, Moody, and Sean K., last year, and it’s finally available to all who are holy or shitty. This book is 64 pages, with a gold screenprint cover, faux-gilded edges, and a ribbon bookmark to keep your place as you read through our reactions to religion.
So, to my tens of readers out there, if you’re in New York on April 9th and 10th, I hope you’ll take in the comics madness that is MoCCA. I’ll be at table M-1 with Andy Warner, Billage, Melanie Gillman, and Nate Wooters. In fact, there is going to be a metric ton of CCS pals it this general area. Just think, an infinite nunber of cartoonists all under a single roof…
Hope to see you there!
Every year, The Center for Cartoon Studies sends out a Christmas Card to a bunch of supporters, visiting artists, alumni and other community members. And this lucky guy got to do this year’s card.
Why yes, that is CCS spiritual founder Inky Solomon masquerading as good ol’ Sandy Claws. Though this was James Sturm’s suggestion, as my initial sketches just had three elves working. That’s why he’s the headmaster at Hogwarts, and I’m still trying to get wingardium leviosa to work.
Anyway, this was the first thing I did after classes ended. It was a Christmas miracle!
When I first attempted doing a daily sketchbook comic in 2007, I kept it up for 98 days before quitting.
Yesterday, I drew my 100th comic since I started anew in early January 2010.
Of course, this all still pales in comparison to great cartoonists, such as James Kochalka (whose love of video games I share, and I totally hope we can be pals someday.)
Nonetheless, it is a small victory for me, and I will be discussing it on CBC Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition at 4:15pm CST, Wednesday, April 21 — 540 am, or 102.5 fm. You can also listen to a live stream at the link above.
I hope you’ll join in and have a listen using the miracle of radio waves (or, failing that, the wonders of the Internetwork). This business of doing a comic strip every day has been most humbling and enlightening. Plus it’s been fun, making the the appeal of a lifetime of cartooning all the more inviting.
I ignored both myspace and deviantART, and I resisted Facebook for a long time.
After years of being a curmudgeon I decided to get over it. I like technology. Technology likes me. Why not get the two together, like so many sperms and eggs?
Plus my good friend Warren (whose advice I always seriously consider) pointed out that Kate Beaton, Nedroid, and Chris Onstad are all on Twitter, and I’d love to be friends with all of them someday. We’d get together and draw hilarious cartoons. There would be tea, and dainties. Then we’d frolic through a forest (possibly as drawn by Bill Watterson).
Anyway, I only have about sixteen followers, so follow me. Don’t be a crotchety old cock’s craw.
CBC Saskatchewan will be featuring one of my daily comics on their site each week. The link is:
To celebrate, here are some doodles from meetings at work … my workplace is a pro-doodling kind of place!
The last time I was interviewed on the radio about comics, I was about 11 years old, talking about a superhero I created called The Animal, who had the powers of all animals … this was before I heard about Animal Man.
Long story short, they effing censored me! Animal Man’s arch nemesis was, of course, The Hunter! A deranged villain who killed people, and then wore their skin … this was before I heard about Silence of the Lambs.
Grade 6’s is the craziest people!
Anyway, after posting some old daily diary strips here a few days ago, a friend at CBC Saskatchewan contacted me to see if I’d be interested in discussing this exercise on the air. You can listen to the interview below, for a limited time. I’m not sure if CBC keeps permanent links to their interviews … still searching for a podcast option.
They plan on posting one of my strips every week, so I’ll provide links when that happens.
And of course, I’ll soon begin posting my daily diary strips here!
Mind the Gap! is a unique show. No exhibition in recent memory has attempted to provide such an expansive look at the art currently being made in Saskatchewan.
In a few weeks, the show will be closing, and preparations will be made for it to tour the province beginning in 2010.
Fortunately, the Dunlop also received funding to produce a catalogue for Mind the Gap!, which is a lovely object in its own right.
The catalogue provides some insight into the show’s background. Curators Amanda Cachia and Jeff Nye travelled all over the province meeting with some 70 artists, and it’s amazing that it didn’t take them longer than two years to put it all together. Nye’s essay also discusses some of the thematic links between the artists. There is certainly no ’school’ of Saskatchewan art, but the diverse work is definitely linked by the shared experience of living in one of the most confounding places around.
A number of writers were also commissioned to produce works of creative non-fiction, responding to several different highways in Saskatchewan.
There is also an overview of each artist, summarizing history and accomplishments, and reproducing images of their work.
Finally, the Mind the Gap! website was launched last week. The site contains some of the same content as the catalogue, along with links to the artists’ sites. Have a look here.
The catalogue is available at the Dunlop Art Gallery, where you can read it for free. Or, if your pockets feel heavy, you can buy a copy for $30.