Bordertown publication day!

May 24th, 2011


It’s publication day! Callooh, callay! Go order (or heck, walk into a store and outright purchase) Welcome to Bordertown. You’ll have an easy time finding the story Sara Ryan and I did together – it’s the one that has pictures!

I was very trepidatious at times about contributing to this project – not expecting to get a lot of love from reviewers (many of whom have their phasers set to “dismiss” when it comes to comics), not having a long relationship with the shared world in question, appearing smack in the middle of a prose book surrounded by genius up-and-comers in the fantasy and YA genres and some well-established creators whom I abjectly worshiped as a teen.

But now that it’s out on shelves, I’m allowing myself to feel excited and very pleased to have been so graciously invited to participate.

I should have a guest blogpost on soon showing how I drew the story; I’ll link to it when it appears.

We’ll Be Right Back (After These Messages)

May 19th, 2011

Writing Time

Hi all! This week I embark on something that scares the heck out of me. I’m taking a trial four weeks off of updating with new pages of art so that I can focus on writing (yes, writing Family Man).

This is not a hiatus; I’ll be working on the comic the entire time, and in the intervening weeks I’ll update the site with the notes for the last 30 pages, the long-awaited post about how I generate the art, and some other fun stuff, all guaranteed to go up on Friday.

I admit to being terrified that you’ll all wander away; I’m also scared that I’ll fail to accomplish what I set out to do. But I’m choosing to have faith in both of us, and in this weird little story. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, LJ, or Wordpress to be alerted when page updates return.

So, for this week: notes for pages 190-199.

Of interest in the meantime: writer Sara Ryan and artist me have a 16-page comics story in the otherwise all-text Welcome to Bordertown anthology. Over a dozen pages of me drawing crazy not-my-normal stuff like this:


It was a welcome challenge to try to channel the love child of Carla Speed McNeil and Jaime Hernandez; if I got 20% of the way there, I’m pretty happy.  The entire anthology is worth checking out (and handing over to the nearest teen reader). The contributor list is a bioluminescent fruit basket of genre fiction stars. Release date is May 24 so go ahead and pre-order that sucker!

And, for those of you visiting the store of late: you might notice that Bite Me! is sold out. That’s because it is, in fact, sold out: I have a copy to sneeze at and that’s abotu it. This is a pretty delightful problem, and I look forward to solving it this spring, as I locate a new printer who can produce a higher-quality volume at an still-affordable price. Look for a shiny, 10th anniversary* edition this fall!

*Jesus Christ.

Oh, right!

May 13th, 2011


Page 220 now online!

…here’s this week’s new page of Family Man! Dang, can’t believe I forgot to post that part. I’m still a little tired.


May 12th, 2011

Hello, all! I’m back from a great time at TCAF – you can read about some of my experiences (and see my goony, jetlagged face) over on Erika’s blog.

Highlights included a fun and inspiring visit to fellow cartoonist Lucy Knisley’s studio in Chicago, two really engaging panels, selling my last convention copies of Bite Me (gotta reprint!), and talking to lots and lots of lovely Canadians.

It was an inspiring and exhausting trip. I’m going to take a leap of faith or two in the coming weeks so that I can prioritize this story and bring it to you as quickly and as vividly as I can. More on that as I hammer it out!

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