I’m happy to announce that I’m now represented by Barry Goldblatt Literary! Barry has a fantastic reputation and represents some of my favorite creators in children’s, middle grade, YA, and genre literature, so I’m honored to become a part of the agency. Barry maintains a lively presence on Twitter, so if you’re interested in hearing more about his clients and working process, I highly recommend following him.
I’ll continue to manage my self-published and freelance projects, but if you have a publishing inquiry for a new project, please consider sending it through BGL first.
I post art on Twitter almost every day; whether it’s a screenshot of a work in progress, a doodle made just for the purpose, or just something I spot in a pile on my drafting table. Here are a few of my favorites from recent weeks!
Ah, spring! When an artist’s fancy turns to thoughts of conventions. I’ll be turning up at a number of shows this year, most before the summer hits.
Coming up first is a Special Guest appearance at the Emerald City Comicon in my hometown of Seattle, WA. This is always a wonderful, bustling, diverse convention. Its organizers are savvy, friendly, and genuinely love both creators and fans. I’ll be on the exhibit floor as part of the Periscope Studio bloc at Booth #1214.
I’ve produced a limited-run, 24-page color sketchbook of some of my favorite bits of art from the past year which I’ll have for sale as a convention exclusive – stop by before I sell out! In addition I’ll have copies of all of my books for sale, and some sneak previews of the forthcoming second volume of Family Man.
I’ll also be appearing on the after-screening discussion panel for Stripped, the marvelous comics documentary by my colleagues Dave Kellett and Fred Schroeder. If you haven’t caught this film yet, I really encourage you to attend the screening. It’s funny, snappy, and informative.
Stripped: The Comics Documentary
Room: Hall A (WSCC 611-614)
Date: Friday, March 27th
Time: 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Moderator: Dave Kellett
Join us for a free screening of Stripped: The Comics Documentary. Featuring the first-ever recorded interview with Bill Watterson (Calvin & Hobbes), as well as interviews with over 40 of the world’s best cartoonists, Stripped is the ultimate love-letter to the comic strip. Then join Director Dave Kellett (Sheldon), along with cartoonists Danielle Corsetto (Girls With Slingshots), Dylan Meconis (Family Man), Brad Guigar (Evil, Inc.) and Kris Straub (Broodhollow) for a talk and audience Q&A.
After Emerald City, I’ll be off to the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival from May 23-24, and then from June 6-7 I’ll be appearing as a Special Guest at Special Edition: NYC, my first New York appearance since approximately forever! More details on those shows as they approach.
Hello, my dears!
Great news – up until now, my publication library (Bite Me!, Family Man Volume I, Danse Macabre 2.0, and Outfoxed) has only been available to retail stores and individual customers on request, mailed or delivered by yours truly, or in sold in person at conventions.
This means that plenty of great retailers, library systems and the readers they serve haven’t had the chance to get their claws on any of my work in print.
Now my work is finally available through Diamond, the premier distributor of fine comics to the North America and the UK. I didn’t expect to be listed in Previews, the publication Diamond provides to store buyers, until January, but I’ve made it in a month early!
If you’re a reader and you frequent a local comics shop and have been waiting to buy a copy of any of my books, now is an important and fabulous time to ask your retailer to order them! Tell your friendly vendor to place an order using these codes:
- Bite Me!: DEC141682
- Danse Macabre 2.0: DEC141683
- Family Man Volume I: DEC141684
- Outfoxed: DEC141685
If you’re a book-buyer for a comics retailer, you can find my books listed in December Previews under Toonhound Studios. Be sure to check out all the offerings from the Toonhound Studios artists – we’re a small group of independent creators who work together every day, and teaming up to distribute our creator-owned works is a no-brainer. Final order cut-off is December 27, and re-orders go into January.
If you buy books for a library system, school, or bookstore, you can now order my books directly through Ingram! Diamond partners with Ingram for nationwide distribution, so you can add us to your order along with that special movie tie-in edition of 50 Shades of Grey.
This early release is a great holiday gift for me – I hope you all will enjoy it as well!
I’ll be turning up in Juneau, Alaska, with my remarkable wife/attorney (wifettorney?) Katie Lane this weekend!
I’ll be presenting a First Friday gallery show at the Alaska Robotics Gallery, followed by a lecture at the Downtown Library, featuring my work in designing characters for comics in multiple styles, including Outfoxed, Family Man, Bite Me!, and Danse Macabre. This will include some sketches and development work that haven’t been seen by anybody beyond a five foot radius of my studio desk, so if you’re in the area, you don’t want to miss it!
Later in the week Katie will be teaching her signature workshop on negotiation techniques for independent artists and creative entrepreneurs.
I’ll be teaching a workshop on character design vs. character development, including original exercises as well as some drawn from Ursula K. LeGuin, an obscure Swedish roleplaying game, and a theater professor I briefly met on a college tour. If you want to improve or enrich how you approach writing and drawing fictional characters, please attend!
It will be held at the Douglas Library in Juneau from 1:30 to 3:30 pm this Saturday, Nov 8th. I’ll see you there!