Updates from a friend.
September 7, 2011
Thank you to everyone who bought artwork from me! And sorry to the people who were too late. I’ll post some more drawings to sell up here soon. It’s hectic around these parts lately!
I finished a comic book “1999” for Retrofit comics recently and made some photocopies of the pages to hang at a local art space during a show to allow some people to see it. People seemed to like it a lot. Not sure if it was the PBR talking. Or that dude’s hair. Actually, the guy with the overflowing hair didn’t care for comics.
Denver cartoonists! (me, Lonnie Allen, and Sara Century.)
Reminder: This weekend I will be at SPX selling my comics! If you are there, come say hi to me! I’d love to chat. And the night before in Baltimore I’ll be doing a reading at Atomic books for their annual Spxplosion.
Premiering at SPX is So Buttons #4 from Jonathan Baylis. Jonathan is sort of picking up where Pekar and Eichhorn left off and hiring different cartoonists to illustrate his life stories. Well, this new issue has a 4 pager from me that you will not find anywhere else, as well as artwork from Fred Hembeck (Marvel), Thomas Boatwright (Slave Labor Graphics), T.J. Kirsch (She Died in Terrebonne), and many others.
I’m not sure If I’ve announced it on here yet but, I’m featured in this year’s Best American Comics! I’m really excited for that. I guess I’m doing okay stuff…
Also I have a comic strip in next month’s MAD magazine. Good times. Another pretty big thing for me is that my favorite publisher Fantagraphics has agreed to publish my first book The Hypo for me as soon as I finish it! I remember this time when John Porcellino and I were walking around Denver together and he told me that I seemed like a Fantagraphics type of artist. Well, I guess he was right.
I had sent Eric Reynolds a pdf of the pages I had done and then waited in agony for his final response. I was waiting to hear the “I think I’m gonna pass” that you’ll get countless times as a cartoonist or creative type from different publishers and publications. Surely I would not land my book at my first choice, right? Right??
Then on july 7th, my birthday, to my surprise I got a Happy Birthday from Gary Groth on Facebook and the best present of all which was that he liked my book and that he would publish it! So there you go. The Hypo will have an FB on the spine.
I’m getting pretty close to finishing it too. In fact, I’m getting that weird feeling now, like it’s unbelievable that I’ve drawn this thing. That it’s actually going to exist. I’m so used to doing short stories and now here’s this book that I’ve drawn. And I actually like it all. It’s a strange Abraham Lincoln book. Absolutely unlike any other. And I did it.
And there will be NO sepia tone in it at all.