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:
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!
This week I collaborated with Chelsea Lately writer/comedian Ian Karmel on a four-panel gag comic for The Nib. The Nib is the official cartoon collection on Medium, edited by my esteemed peer and friend Matt Bors.
I haven’t seen the show Gotham yet, but that doesn’t stop me from making fun of it. I’ve seen the previews.
(Warning: mild, satirical adult content on the final panel.)
I’ll be at Rose City Comic-con this weekend at the Oregon Convention Center! It’s my last appearance of 2014, so if you’re in the Portland area, don’t miss the chance to stop by.
In addition to exhibiting with my amazing studiomates at Booth #1217, selling books, prints, stickers, patches, and small art commissions, I’ll also be appearing on the most delightfully titled panel of all time:
Farting in Battle Armor: Comedy Writing for Genre Comics
Room: Panel Room 5
Time: Saturday, 4:00PM – 4:50PM
A prize squadron of multi talented writers, artists, editors and critics discuss how to inject a little levity into any sequential situation. Featuring Ben Coleman (Live Wire Radio), Dylan Meconis (Family Man), Joelle Jones (Helheim) & Courteney Hameister (Live Wire Radio).
Next year I expect to have a very different-looking booth, as I publish Volume 2 of Family Man and transition out some of my back catalogue of prints, patches, and whoozy-whatsits. If there’s anything I sell that you’ve been waiting to get your hands on, don’t wait any longer – and I’ll see you there!