ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this weekend!

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and I will be in Chicago this Saturday and Sunday (June 29-30) at the American Library Association's Annual Conference, gearing up for the big release of March: Book One next month. We'll be signing free preview excerpts of March, and I'll have copies of Any Empire and Swallow Me Whole for sale as well!

Come see us at the following events:

Sat. 6/29-- Andrew Aydin presentation, 12:00-1:00 pm at the Graphic Novel stage

Sat. 6/29-- Signing with John Lewis & Nate Powell
     1:00-2:30 pm, Top Shelf Booth (#2646)

Sat. 6/29-- Keynote Presentation with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell-- 3:30-4:30 pm, Grand Center Ballroom (S100)

Sat. 6/29-- Signing with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
     4:30-5:30 pm, Lobby outside Ballroom (S100)

Sun. 6/30-- John Lewis, special guest at the Coretta Scott King Awards Breakfast-- 7:00-9:30 am, Radisson Blu Atlantic Ballroom

Sun. 6/30-- Signing with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
     10:00-11:00 am, Top Shelf Booth (#2646)

Sun. 6/30-- Nate Powell presentation (covering all my work), 11:00 am-12:00 pm at the Graphic Novel stage

Sun. 6/30-- John Lewis keynote address at the Spectrum Scholarship luncheon-- 12:00- 1:00 pm, Sheraton Chicago Superior A/B Room

Sun. 6/30-- Signing with John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, & Nate Powell
     1:30-3:00 pm, Top Shelf Booth (#2646)

* In addition to this, I'll be at the Top Shelf booth most other times to sign/sell books.

See you there!

Live streaming "Graphic Arts & Social Change" panel tomorrow in Washington DC!

HUMANBEAST full U.S. tour starts tomorrow-- new album too!

Two of my best friends and long-time bandmates, Maralie Armstrong-Rial and Eli Milholland, have been performing as Humanbeast for about 6 years now. Tomorrow they're embarking on a full U.S. tour in support of their new album out on Load Records. Here are the dates-- not to be missed!

Here's a song from their new LP/CD.

**all shows are with Russian Tsarlag-- also amazing!

6/4-- Providence RI @ Dungeon C w/ Angels In America, Shv, Virusse

6/5-- Montreal QC @ Drones Club w/ Angels In America, Wermaggetermite Wagon
6/6-- Toronto ON @ Double Double Land
6/8-- Chicago IL @ Situations w/ Andy Ortmann, Bomb Banks
6/9-- Milwaukee WI @ ?
6/10-- Minneapolis MN @ House Of Rock And Roll Science w/ Mar Habrine, Prostate 
6/11-- Iowa City IA @ Shawn Reed
6/12-- St. Louis MO @ Apop w/ Larva, Ghost Ice
6/13-- Kansas City MO @ Fokl w/ Timegate: Isam
6/14-- Denver CO @ Crash45 w/ Alphabets
6/17-- Vancouver BC @ Red Gate w/ Shearing Pinx, A Magic Whistle
6/18-- Olympia WA @ Cryptatropa (421 4th Ave E) w/ Thee Source, Blvckopvl, A Magic Whistle
6/19-- Portland OR @ Multiplex w/ A Magic Whistle, Portland Bike Ensemble
6/21-- Sacramento CA-- house show w/ Screatures
6/22-- Oakland CA @ The Church
6/23-- San Francisco CA @ The Lab (Division Of Labor Fest)
6/24-- Los Angeles CA @ Boy Manor (NNF)
6/25-- Los Angelese CA @ Mata w/ Pedestrian Deposit, Unmanned
6/26-- Phoenix AZ @ Trunkspace w/ IDM Theftable, Glochids, Brooke Herr
6/28-- San Antonio TX @ Essential Studios
6/29-- Austin TX @ Nacho Town w/ BabyAsprinDVD
6/30-- New Orleans LA @ The Mudlark w/ Curved Dog, Professor Rabbit 
7/1-- Chattanooga TN @ Human Conduct Records
7/2-- Asheville NC @ Apothecary
7/3-- Carrboro NC @ Nightlight w/ Mark Van Fleet, Bad News
7/4-- Baltimore MD @ The Bank
7/5-- New York NY @ Jane Pain

Eli and Maralie originally hail from Little Rock AR, live in Providence RI, and have performed in the bands Tem Eyos Ki, Soophie Nun Squad, Bloodhuff, Truckenstein, Gioteens, V Manuscript, Vodun Tron, Global Credit Squeeze, and The Body over the years.

MARCH: BOOK ONE summer signings, TV appearances, and presidential blurbage!

I'm pleased to announce we scored the first ever presidential endorsement for a graphic novel!

"Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I'm so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America's young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands."
— President Bill Clinton

Top Shelf has just released a ton of info surrounding the release of March: Book One on August 13th, including TV appearances on The Colbert Report, CNN's State Of The Union with Candy Crowley, and Huffington Post Live, as well as the first wave of summer signings/ presentations, starting this weekend at Book Expo America in New York City!

John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (I can't make it, unfortunately) will be signing at the Top Shelf booth (#1005) on Friday, May 31st from 2-4 pm, and Saturday, June 1st from 1-3 pm. 


More news soon!

Graphic Arts & Social Change panel June 11th in Washington DC!

If you're in the DC area, I'll be participating in a panel entitled "Visualizing Peace: Graphic Arts & Social Change" organized by Search For Common Ground. The panel will also feature my March collaborator Andrew Aydin, Dalia Ziada (Egyptian human rights activist, and director of the Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies), and SFCG moderator Jeanne´ Isler.

It's happening Tuesday, June 11th from 9:30-11:30 am at the Johns Hopkins University SAIS Kenney Auditorium (1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW). I'm pretty sure you've gotta register ahead of time, so please sign up here!

See you there!

MARCH is a Staff Pick in the Diamond catalog!

March: Book One, written by John Lewis & Andrew Aydin and drawn by me, is now available for orders in the Diamond catalog, and is a Staff Pick in Previews!

It'll be available at San Diego Comic Con ONLY from July 18-21, then in book stores everywhere August 13th, comic book stores on August 14th, and is available for pre-order on Amazon for delivery on the 13th as well. Expect BIG surprises around the corner-- more updates as I'm cleared to share the exciting info!

ERIN TOBEY & FULL SUN on Southeast/East Coast tour this week!

If you live between the Gulf Of Mexico and New England, go see Erin Tobey and Full Sun on tour from May 16-25!

Erin Tobey is one of my favorite songwriters in underground music, in addition to being an amazing visual artist and one of my favorite human beings. Over the years she's been a part of Abe Froman, Mt. Gigantic, Pink Razors, Fat Shadow, and sometimes Tammar. She'll have a series of new screenprints available on tour, and is recording a much-anticipated second solo album this year.

Full Sun is the solo endeavor of Jeff Grant (also of The Sands, Fat Shadow, Pink Razors, and Stop It!!), and will be touring as a two-people-and-a-hologram band-- not to be missed! He's got a new cassette and a brand-new 7" for this tour.

Here's the FB event, with the dates posted here too:

MAY 16-- Chattanooga TN @ Anarchtica
MAY 19-- Florida-- please email erintobey@gmail to help!
MAY 20-- DeLeon Springs FL @ Surf 13 Barn
MAY 21-- Gainesville FL @ The Backyard
MAY 22-- St. Augustine FL @ Nobby's
MAY 23-- North Carolina-- please email to help!
MAY 24-- Richmond VA @ The Cat Mansion in Church Hill
MAY 25-- Philadelphia PA @ The Mitten

Lost SAM COOKE biography comic book pages!

From the vault-- in 2008 (after finishing Swallow Me Whole), I teamed up with writers Chris Stevens and Jason Rodriguez for a potential graphic novel biography of soul legend Sam Cooke. I penciled an 8-page demo sequence, but the project was derailed at that point. Chris now runs Philadelphia's own Locust Moon Comics, and just posted the complete demo sequence-- check it out here.

New original artwork for sale on Etsy!

 I've got a bunch of new original pieces for sale at my Etsy store: the covers to Tiny Giants and The Year Of The Beasts, out-of-print illustrations, signed books with super-limited color bookplates, and rare, one-of-a-kind Ursula K LeGuin illustrations for a forthcoming documentary, unavailable elsewhere!


SPACE in Columbus OH this weekend!

If you're in the Midwest, come to SPACE (Small Press Alternative Comics Expo) in Columbus OH this weekend (April 13-14)! It's at the Ramada Hotel (4900 Sinclair Rd.), Sat. 10-6 and Sun. 10-5.

In addition to all my books, I'll also be selling a ton of original artwork. (Here are some pages at my new Etsy store!)

On Sunday the 14th at 1:00 pm, I'll be part of a "Memoir Comics" panel with John Porcellino, Tom Hart, Chris Monday, and Dara Naraghi. See you there!

Original artwork now for sale on Etsy!

 I now have a bunch of original artwork and pages for sale at my new Etsy store! There are currently pages up from Sweet Tooth, The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Year Of The Beasts, Sounds Of Your Name, and some others to boot.


I also have most of my other published pages available too, so please get in touch with me at if you're looking for something specific. Thank you!

Site fixed!

The site and all its features are fixed and back up! Thanks to webmaster Nate Beaty and designer Erin Tobey for the help!

If you run into anything that doesn't work, please email me at Thanks!

Upcoming conventions/appearances for the spring & summer!

Hey there-- here's what I'll be up to over the next several months:

* April 5-7: Denver, CO-- Artwork from March will be on display at the National Conference For Media Reform.

* April 13-14: Columbus, OH-- SPACE

* April 14: "Memoir Comics" panel at SPACE w/ John Porcellino, Tom Hart, Chris Monday, and Dara Naraghi. 1 pm.

* May 11: Fort Wayne, IN-- Appleseed Con (120 W. Jefferson Blvd). 10am-6pm.

* June 7: Bloomington IN-- new exhibit up at The Owlery for all of June. Opening reception on the 7th from 10pm-1am!

* June 11: Washington DC-- Search For Common Ground panel w/ John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and others TBA. More info soon!

* June 29-30: Chicago IL-- ALA Annual Conference. I'll be presenting with Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin as keynote speakers, and will have other presentations and signings throughout the weekend as well. More info soon!

* July 18-21: San Diego CA-- Comic-Con International, at the Top Shelf booth (#1721). It's the grand debut of March: Book One! More events/panels TBA.

* August 13: March: Book One is available at bookstores everywhere, and at comic book stores on the 14th!

There's a ton of stuff in the works for the rest of 2013-- updates as they are confirmed!

Interview with ELI V MANUSCRIPT in the Providence Phoenix

Here's a enlightening interview with Eli V Manuscript, AKA Eli Milholland-- lifelong best friend, performer in Humanbeast/ V Manuscript/ Tem Eyos Ki/ Soophie Nun Squad, and in recent years a writer as well.

Eli has a new book of writings out, Madness Of The Canary, available here, and is finishing work on a new Humanbeast album entitled Pantheon (with his other half, Maralie Armstrong-Rial) to be released in coming months on Load Records, while releasing more music on his own Gross Domestic Product label.

(here are some Humanbeast photos I took from 2009-2010 as well.)