Remember when I was soliciting cat photos for a mysterious upcoming project? I used every single submission for this: a painting I made for the back cover for the soon-to-be-released Papercutter #15. Please click on the image, it keeps going.
Papercutter #15 should be available any day now, I think Greg had copies at Emerald City Comic-con. I’ve got a comic in that issue, too – MK Reed wrote it and it was quite an experience to draw. It’s also about cats. I’ll post up some images from that in a little bit.
(p.s. – please don’t ask me which cat is yours, I totally lost track)
Apologies for the long silence. I’ve got a couple projects simmering, one of which is for the upcoming Fluke anthology (which Patrick Dean is editing this year.) The Fluke festival is coming up fast – It’s April 23rd! Here’s a panel from the story I’m working on:
I’m about to get out of town, and probably won’t post again till early January. In the meantime, here’s a holiday card that Eleanor and I put together back in 2007. It was a little paper theater that you could cut out and assemble. If you want to make your own, here’s PDFs of the front and the back. Happy winter!
Any order at the Little House shop from now until Christmas is going to go in the mail by the next day, first class - but if you want something to arrive by the 25th, you should order soon!
Set to Sea made it onto the “Top 10 Comics of 2010″ list on New York Magazine’s blog! If you were interested in ordering a copy for Christmas, you can get it direct from Fantagraphics if you order fast! And of course, Amazon can get it to you in two days or less. It is a very handsome little book, I’m sure it would be welcome in any stocking.
Here are some photos from the “Medieval Thinkers” opening in Seattle the other night! Looks like a great turnout, wish I could’ve been there.
Some Set to Sea originals are going to be in the Medieval Thinkers show at the Fantagraphics bookstore in Seattle. My friend Max helped put it together – if nothing else, it brings together some fine neurotic crosshatchers. I liked this quote from the press release: “Many of these artists work with antiquated materials most commonly associated with 19th and 20th century cartooning, specifically the metal dip pen or crowquill pen nibs, although use of these tools was not a requisite for inclusion. What brings these artists together is an imagist approach to picture-making and a willful ignorance of the aesthetics, fashion, and politics of the fine art industry. Medieval thinkers organize their experience by executing lessons in perspective, balance, humor and alchemy.” The opening is this Saturday – stop by if you’re in the area!
“Medieval Thinkers” includes original works by Peter Bagge, Bruce Bickford, D. J. Bryant, Chris Cilla, Max Clotfelter, Eleanor Davis, Kim Deitch, Heidi Estey, Kelly Froh, Justin Green, Gerald Jablonski, Megan Kelso, Jason T. Miles, Nate Neal, Bob Rini, Zak Sally, Dash Shaw, Matt Tamaru, Drew Weing, Jim Woodring, Mary Woodring, Max Woodring, Martine Workman, and Chris Wright.”
Saturday, December 11, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street, Seattle, WA 98108
In other art show news, Eleanor’s going to have these 10 post-its in the new Giant Robot Post-It Show 6, (1000s of post-its by hundreds of artists, $20 cash-and-carry) which opens this Saturday in Los Angeles.
Eleanor puts in more time and effort than she should on these beautiful little artworks than she should, $20 is a steal. And if you can’t make it to the show, don’t forget Eleanor has a few post-its left from the last show, available on the Little House site.
I just spruced up the Little House shop with some new prints and art for your Xmas-shopping pleasure. I can’t make any guarantees about the postal system, but any orders placed in the next two weeks will go in the mail by the next day, and get sent first class. What’s new:
• 10 nice little drawings Eleanor did for a show, (utilizing the medium of Post-it notes!) on the same theme, The New Earthly Garden:
As for me, my sketchbook bestiary mini, 33 Beasties, is back in stock as well!
Eleanor just started posting a lot of sketches on a new blog: http://beouija.blogspot.com/
There’s a lot of dirty drawings there, so you’ve been warned.
This is supplemental to her main portfolio website, Doing Fine, which is also filled with fantastic art.
I don’t actually endorse Set to Sea as a book suitable for kids, but this is an adorable/hilarious/surprisingly sophisticated take.
And I don’t think I’ve actually plugged the book for a few weeks! My nautical comic, Set to Sea, is out as a handsome little hardback book! You can read the first part of the story here. You can buy a copy from Fantagraphics or from Amazon. I’d appreciate it.
Oy, I have a tough time balancing my life. I’m been running late on this cat comic so I’ve been working on it every waking moment that I’m not at work, and haven’t managed to do anything else for weeks. I’ve got enough cats photos for that now, by the way – thanks to everyone who sent one! Here’s a snippet of pencils – no cat cameos in this, though:
Here’s a pretty fun thing: Steve Wolfhard’s Portrait-dex project – it’s cartoonists rendering themselves in Pokemon style, going through three evolutionary stages. Having had a mild affair with Pokemon back in the day (an Oddish made cameo appearances throughout my old journal comics) I thought I was fairly qualified to contribute one myself! Click on over to see the other stages:
I was interviewed about Set to Sea by Brian Heater of the Daily Crosshatch at SPX; the first part of the interview is online now. This section might be a little dry, it’s some of the technical stuff about the making of the book. I’m still getting a handle on interviewing. Should I repeat things I’ve already said in other interviews if someone asks me the same question? Should I just start throwing out inconsistent, inflammatory opinions to say something new?
Here’s a sketch I did last night trying to get myself warmed up for inking. I sometimes have fantasies of being tapped to do a Dungeon book. Luckily, fantasies don’t have deadlines.
A couple notes about the Little House shop: Somebody pointed out to me the other day that if you clicked to order Eleanor’s mini, “The Beast Mother,” Paypal was mistakenly listing it as being sold out. I fixed the problem, so order with confidence!
But speaking of sold out: We’re down to our last copy of Eleanor’s “Ox” print, so if you’re interested in that, don’t wait! It was an edition of 35, so that’s it. Elo’s got some new prints that will be going up as soon as I get the chance to make the entry. We are also getting somewhat low on our Bugbear mini, and aren’t going to be reprinting. So, fair warning!