I realize that this story gives new meaning to the term “slow build,” but do trust me when I say that this page is a bit of a milestone! You’ll find out soon what the deal is with this particular moon we’ve been working up to.
I’ve had a busy week, so no time for new drawings of goddesses! But one of the things I’ve been gleefully working away at is a staged reading of my recent short story, Outfoxed, to be performed in Portland on November 17 as part of Comics Underground. Put it on your calendars, local types! If you have never seen me in front of a live audience…I…it’s like a drug for me. You will want to be there.
Details are on the site, and I will remind you all again next week! (With apologies to my readers who live everywhere else.)
Luther: officially in too deep. That is his gift.
In super exciting appearance news, I’ll be crossing the Northern border for the first time in years and flying to lovely Toronto, Ontario to exhibit at the prestigious and excellent Toronto Comic Arts Festival! In addition to selling Family Man books, prints, stickers, and tiny paintings to Canadians of all kinds, I’ll be appearing on two supremely cool panels:
From Conception to Reality: Bringing Ideas to Fruition (with Kate Beaton, Joe Lambert, John Martz and Dylan Meconis, moderated by Dustin Harbin)Thank you to Dustin for the flattering invitation – I think this one will be 100% worth getting up early for.
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:15
Ask a Freelancer! (with Erika Moen, Lucy Knisley, and Dylan Meconis) A 33.3% girlier reprise of our Stumptown panel, in which we discuss how to make a living out of freelance cartooning while keeping a jaunty tune on your lips!
Hopefully I’ll see some of you there – please come to this show if you can. It’s going to be delightful.
I figured that if you weren’t getting naked people in this week’s page, you at least deserved many tiny houses. Next best thing, am I right?
Thank you to everybody who attended the Stumptown Comics Fest this past weekend in Portland! I had a lovely time at my table and on two panels.
I also got to hand out flyers for a new anthology that Sara Ryan and I have work in this spring. It’s called Welcome to Bordertown, and those of you who are fans of classic urban fantasy will already have your ears perked. There are some big names on the contributor list, and Sara and I collaborated on the only comics story in the collection. No pressure! More about that as we get closer to the May 24 release date…
This week’s page: best not to read in a compromised environment. (As the preview image might suggest.) Those of you who read the comic at work have just been having a rough time of it lately, haven’t you?
Relevant news: next weekend I’ll be at Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR. I’ll be exhibiting at table C-24. I’ll have copies of Family Man, the last few copies of the second printing of Bite Me! (it will go out of print until summer or fall, so move fast!), tons of prints, stickers, original art (including stuff you won’t see online), t-shirts, and I’ll be taking commissions, too.
I’ll also be appearing on two panels. Come find me on Saturday at 11am in the “Making Comics” panel with my studiomates Erika Moen, Jonathan Case, and David Hahn, where we’ll talk about the tools and processes we use in our work.
Then find me on Sunday at 5pm in the “Ask a Freelancer” panel, where Erika and I will talk along with Steve Lieber about the actual nitty-gritty of being a self-employed artist. It is a lot of work, no fooling, and we would like to spare you aspiring professionals some grief by imparting our often hilariously hard-won wisdom.
Every so often in this comic I have to employ some tricks that don’t translate very well when read online at a page-a-week. Just pay attention to the moon and you’ll catch on to the actual pace at which this conversation is being held. (And yes. There will be sexy times again. I promise.)
Just two weeks until I’ll be at Portland’s own Stumptown Comics Fest, and just a little over a month until you can find me in Toronto at TCAF (first time ever!). I’m looking forward to both, and there’s a good chance I’ll be speaking on panels. If you have never seen me speak in public: do. I am a giant ham.