I put a new minicomic up in the Little House shop. It’s an anthology of comics about monsters, called Bezoar. Eleanor and I each have a short comic in it, and there’s several other stories by awesome artists (and friends) Patrick Dean, Joey Weiser, Michele Chidester, and David Mack, who edited the whole thing and drew the awesome cover.
Eleanor and I tried something interesting for this comic – we each picked a monster that the other person had already created, and wrote a story featuring that monster. Then I drew the story she wrote, and she drew mine. Here’s a page from my story:
About to head off to France! Please stop by any of the signing spots if you’re in the vicinity.
One note before I go – we’re going to let our PO Box lapse at the end of the month, since we have a more permanent address now. So don’t send anything there! If you need our new address, please contact me: email@example.com
I just got the signing schedule for my French sojourn!
Jan 26 to Jan 29: Angouleme (at the Ca et La stand in the “Pavillon Nouveau Monde”)
Jan 31, 7pm: Apo(K)lyps (120 rue Legendre, Paris 17e), with Brendan Leach
Feb 1 (not sure what time yet!): Esprit Bd (4 Bis Rue St Esprit, Clermont Ferrand), with Joshua Cotter
Feb 2, 4pm: Experience (5 place Antonin Poncet, Lyon), with Joshua Cotter
Feb 3, 6pm: Millepages (174 Rue Fontenay, Vincennes), with Joshua Cotter
Feb 4, 11am: Librairie Nouvelle (10 Rue Maurice Bokanowski, Asnieres)
and Feb 4, 4pm: Issue Gallery (38 rue Quincampoix,Paris 4e), with Joshua Cotter
2011 was an exciting year in many ways (we bought a house!) but it wasn’t good for my productivity. Let’s get 2012 off to a better start!
Did you know that a French edition of Set to Sea came out? The French title is “En Mer,” out now from Editions Ca et La. I did all the new lettering and sound effects, so it should be a pretty good translation.
My lovely French publishers are flying me out to the Angouleme festival this year! I’ll be signing books both there and at several bookstores in Paris and elsewhere. I’m pretty thrilled – more details to come. I’ll also be signing this limited-edition print at Paris art shop Sergeant Paper.
It’s quite large, over 27 inches tall. The beasties are labelled in Latin, and most were culled from 16th century natural histories (Conrad Gesner, Ambroise Pare). It’s very immature to chuckle over such imaginative conceptions as the “sea monk” or the “marine pig,” let’s have some historical perspective about these things.
We’re packing up to move to our new house, and I discovered a cache of Journal Comic minis hiding in our closet! And I still have a decent chunk of unsold original strips! What to do with them? Let’s have a blowout moving sale!
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• Eleanor and I are moving in about a month – we decided to buy a house, for some reason! It’s a smallish place, but nice – it’s got enough space for us each to have our own studio, so that will be a change (our current setup being somewhat like a particle accelerator – us constantly bouncing into each other, with interesting results). Also, a big joined kitchen/ living room, for our bougie foodie pretensions. New York and Portland will abide; we’re officially settled in Athens for the foreseeable future! We’re going to paint it some crazy colors, it’ll be great.
• There’s nothing like moving to make you recalculate exactly how much you want to own physical things (like CDs, for instance. I can’t wait to get CDs out of my life.) I might have a “moving funds” sale for some of our extra graphic novels and assorted bric-a-brac soon.
• Penn State and the PA Center for the Book flew me up to accept the Lynd Ward Honor and give a short talk about my personal history with comics. Here’s the video, complete with closeups of embarrassing childhood rip-off superhero drawings. My part starts about 9 minutes in.
• Set to Sea will finally be back in print in late July. The long wait has been aggravating, but as has been pointed out to me, selling out is never bad. I received a copy of the 2nd printing a few days ago, and it’s quite snazzy – it has yellow endpapers, and a couple of small printing mistakes (the kind no one has noticed but me) have been fixed. Yellow endpapers!
• The Serbian edition of Set to Sea, from Komiko, is out! I just got some comp copies in the mail.
The printing is actually slightly larger than the Fantagraphics edition, thus larger than the original art, even. It still looks good, though – and care was taken with editing in new cyrillic sound effects, which pleases me.
• And I just finished hand-lettering a French edition, which will be coming out this August, from Editions çà et là. The French-speaking comics market is large and sophisticated, so I hope the book gets a good reception!
• I did this interview on Inkstuds (a Canadian comics radio program), it was a fraught experience. I’m really not good at interviews, I might actually have to start prepping beforehand. I totally missed talking about all of the books I’m into now, the awesome crew of artists I hang out with in Athens, art philosophy, day-to-day life, or any of the things I like listening to when I listen to other cartoonists’ podcasts. But thanks for the opportunity, Robin, even if I whiffed it. To the listener: you have been warned. I did pick some good intro/outro songs.
• I forgot to mention the other day that while Amazon may be sold out, there are still a few copies kicking around at Fantagraphics! I don’t want them to get mad at me. And of course there might be a copy at your local comics shop. On a related note, wanna see what the logo for Set to Sea looks like in Serbian?
• From the “Knowing how to leave when you’re on top” files: A.) Eric Reynolds recently announced that the upcoming 22nd issue of the Mome anthology will be the last. Eleanor had some memorable pieces in the earlier issues, and has a full-color story set for the last, which yeah, you should be excited about. It does seem like the days of the print comics anthology (in the Raw tradition) are slowly drawing to a close. Too much work for too little reward. B.) Dustin Harbin just brought his long-running diary comic to a close, at just about the right time. I’m excited to see what’s next! Congrats to both, good run, good hustle out there guys.
• Here’s some pictures of Eleanor and David working on their mural at Honey’s:
Word! Unless I’m wrong, the first printing of Set to Sea is sold out! I know it’s unavailable on Amazon right now. And yeah, it’s going back for a second printing! There won’t be any big changes, though I am happy to fix a couple tiny errors (that no one sees except for me.) Even stranger: There might be French and Serbian(?!) editions of Set to Sea in the works!
Eleanor and David Mack been working on amazing big wall mural at Honey’s Salon down at the Chase St warehouse, it’s got a lot of birds and powerlines, but not in the way you’d expect. I don’t have any pictures, but very soon! I spent half of yesterday hanging out afterhours in the salon to keep her company, listening to Michael Jackson and inking Blar pages.
- “The Wrong Place” by Brecht Evans
- Charlie Chaplin’s “Modern Times”
- This article about David Foster Wallace
- One Piece vols. 35-37
- Lingering coughs
- “The Life of Samuel Johnson” by James Boswell (begun 2010)
- Army boys
- Homebrewing Night with Maggie and Lacey out at Orange Twin (Mead)
- That bird mural that David and Elo are making!
Did you know that Set to Sea was the Lynd Ward Prize honor book for 2011? It’s true. It didn’t win the big prize (that went to Duncan the Wonder Dog), but it was the only runner-up, which isn’t too shabby. The Lynd Ward Prize, to my knowledge, is the only award the give the grand prize winner straight-up cash, which is something I would commend to all of the other comics awards out there. I don’t get the cash, but they are flying me up to Pennsylvania for some sort of ceremony – and most excitingly, I think I end up with a set of those snazzy “Library of America” Lynd Ward novels.
I’ve already sent off the first batch of kitty postcards to all the folks who submitted a photo of their cat a few months back. Don’t miss out if you did!
Here’s a sketchbook comic about a dream I had last week:
I have a 9 page “romance comic” in this issue, written by MK Reed. Here’s the first page:
I just got some comp copies in the mail, and they look great! There was a surprise in the package as well – a stack of postcards!
I figure anybody who had their cat
exploited immortalized for this illustration should probably get a record for perpetuity. So if you submitted a pic, send me your address (drew @ this website dot com) and I’ll pop a postcard in the mail for you!