My favorite comics and albums of 2013.

Because I can't help but to make unnecessary lists all the time, here are my favorite albums and comics of 2013. There are plenty of comics and music I haven't gotten the chance to experience, so this list is shaped and impaired by not having much spare time.


1. HAIM-- Days Are Gone (Columbia/Polydor)

2. LORD DOG BIRD-- The Trinity Knot (Moon Glyph)

3. DAFT PUNK-- Random Access Memories (Columbia/Daft Life)

6. LORDE-- Pure Heroine (Universal)

7. CHVRCHES-- The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin/ Goodbye)


1. Demeter by Becky Cloonan (self-published)

2. Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)

3. New School by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)

4. Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly (self-published/Adhouse in 2014)

5. Prophet: Brothers by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis,
and Farel Dalrymple  (Image)

6. Susceptible by Genevieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly)

7. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)

8. A Matter Of Life by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)

9. Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)

10. Delusional by Farel Dalrymple (Adhouse)

MARCH is USA Today's #1 Graphic Novel of the year!

Whitney Matheson at USA Today's Pop Candy listed March: Book One as the best graphic novel of the year, alongside excellent books by my homies Lisa Hanawalt, Matt Kindt, Jeffrey Brown, Jeff Lemire, Nicole J. Georges, and more. This year was really solid for comics of all kinds, and for increasingly varied audiences. Hell yeah!

Here's the list.

Paste's Best Comics Artists of 2013 + MARCH in Congress!

I'm honored to've been included in Paste magazine's Best Comics Artists of 2013, alongside some of my very favorites including Dash Shaw, Paul Pope, Fiona Staples, David Aja, and Mike Allred!

Another news item: Top Shelf has given digital copies of March: Book One to every single member of Congress, along with a digital version of Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Montgomery Story!

Miami Book Fair this weekend!

If you're in Florida, come down to the Miami Book Fair International this weekend-- I'll be doing the following presentations and signings:

Friday, Nov. 22nd: presentation with John Lewis & Andrew Aydin. 6:00 pm in the Chapman Building (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Signing immediately afterward.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd:  "Crime And Consequence" with Matt Kindt (discussing Red Handed and his other fine books) and I (discussing Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and March). 12:00 pm in the Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365). Signing immediately afterward.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd: Signing at Tate's Comics booth, 1:30-2:30 pm.

see you there!

Etsy store updated-- new original artwork for sale!

I've added five new originals to my Etsy store: illustrations from the Iron Tongue album just released on Neurot Recordings, the bookplate illustration from Lil Bub's Lil Book, a page from Ghostface Killah's comic Twelve Reasons To Die #2, and my Salt-N-Pepa pinup from Ed Piskor's great Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1. 

Check out original artwork here!

MARCH interview on The Rachel Maddow Show!

On November 7th, I was honored to speak with Rachel Maddow on her show, alongside my March co-writers John Lewis & Andrew Aydin. Here's Top Shelf's coverage of the evening, and here is the interview from the show.

gettin' mic'd.

March: Book One shot to the #12 best-selling book on Amazon for much of the next day, and the limited hardcover printing sold out completely the next morning. Thanks so much for the support and interest!

All three of us will be at the Miami International Book Fair from November 21-23... more info on that in the next few days.

NYC signing tomorrow + appearance on Rachel Maddow!

If you're in the New York City area, I'll be signing copies of March with my collaborators John Lewis and Andrew Aydin-- we'll be at the DOWNTOWN branch of Midtown Comics (64 Fulton St.) from 6-7 pm. See you there!

That evening, we'll all be guests on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC at 9pm EST to discuss March. This is a very exciting moment for comics, and I'm honored to be a part of it. Tune in if you can, and spread the word!

Donating artwork sales this week to help Steve Niles!

Comic book writer extraordinaire, friend, all-around great fellow, and musician Steve Niles (writer of 30 Days Of Night, Criminal Macabre, co-publisher of Black Mask Studios, and bassist for Gray Matter and 3) needs your help! His house was deeply damaged by floods over the weekend, decades of priceless artwork, books, scripts, and household belongings were destroyed, and he is without flood insurance. Donations are currently being collected via paypal to

For the rest of the week, I'll be donating most of my artwork sales to help Steve out-- please visit my Etsy site, where there are a few dozen pieces to choose from. Thanks so much, and spread the word!


Presentation and MARCH art exhibit at Southern Festival of Books in Nashville!

If you're in the mid-South, come to Nashville, TN this weekend for the Southern Festival of Books (October 11-13)-- I'll be there with my March co-authors John Lewis and Andrew Aydin.

We'll be doing a presentation on Saturday the 12th from 1-2 pm at the War Memorial Auditorium (301 6th Avenue North), followed by a book signing.

Also, the Rymer Gallery (located at 233 5th Avenue, the site of the McLellan's lunch counter sit-ins featured in March: Book One) is currently exhibiting dozens of original pages from March! Congressman Lewis, Andrew, and I will be there for a reception Sunday the 13th from 1-3 pm. See you there!

SPX recap!

Last weekend was my 10th year attending the Small Press Expo, and each year most of us return home inspired and burning to work. It was so good to spend quality time with some of my favorite cartoonist folks, solidify excellent and promising new friendships, and bring the March whirlwind home to such an indie comics hub.

Tearing up some veggie burgers with John Lewis between signings and panels.

SPX doubled its floor space this year, and still felt busier and more crowded than ever!

Quality time with Caitlin McGurk and Garfield at the Billy Ireland Museum of Cartoon Art.

A necessary and delightful afternoon in the Appalachian countryside with Jon Vance and his awesome family.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Black Cat 20th Anniversary show in DC.

Gray Matter reunion show! Black Cat 20th anniversary in DC.

Longtime homie Farel Dalrymple!
Solid time with the exceptional Katie Skelly.

Straight-up wizard Dash Shaw.

Look what the cat dragged in: Little Rock ex-pat James Brady (of Trusty) and his son!

Top Shelf design wizard Chris Ross, publisher/editor Chris Staros, and CBLDF warrior Charles Brownstein.

Small Press Expo this weekend!

If you're in the DC/Maryland area, come to America's best comics show this weekend-- the Small Press Expo (Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda MD)!

 I'll be selling books, limited edition prints, and original artwork at Table F1, and will also be signing March alongside my collaborators John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf's table (W64-67) on Saturday. Here's my schedule:


11 am- noon: signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf booth
1-2 pm: March panel/interview w/ JL & AA, moderated by Alex Dueben
2-4 pm: signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf booth
** all other times, I'll be at Table F1.

SUNDAY 9/15:

12-6 pm: slangin books at Table F1.

While you're there, be sure to check out the talents of Farel Dalrymple, Dash Shaw, Katie Skelly, Ed Piskor, Tom Neely, Jim Rugg, Lisa Hanawalt, Alec Longstreth, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Frank Santoro, Jeff Smith, Jess Fink, Noah Van Sciver, Roby Newton, Scott Campbell, Tom Hart, and many more amazing creators!

The full list of creators/exhibitors is here.

See you then!

Decatur Book Festival schedule + tons of new press for MARCH

If you're in the Atlanta area, come see John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and I at the Decatur Book Festival this weekend (August 30th- September 1st)! We'll be at the Top Shelf booth (#518), and here's our schedule of events:

FRI 8/30

* Keynote presentation at the Emory University Emerson Concert Hall, 8:00 pm (sorry, this event is totally sold out!). Signing immediately afterwards.

SAT 8/31

* MARCH signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Booth #518. 11:00 am - 12:00 pm.
* MARCH signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Atlanta Journal Constitution pavillion (corner of E. Ponce De Leon & Claremont). 1:00 - 2:00 pm.
* Discussion/ Q & A with Nate Powell-- City Hall Stage (Trinity Pl. & McDonough St.). 4:15 - 5:00 pm.

SUN 9/1

* MARCH signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Booth #518. 3:00 - 5:00 pm.

See you there!

I'm blown away at the positive response and buzz March has received so far-- here are some new features in case you missed them:

* CNN's "The Lead With Jake Tapper": John Lewis reads a passage from March over animated panels of my artwork!

* An interview with all three of us at Wired!

* A review/ feature at School Library Journal!

* An audio interview/feature with us on NPR!