Mississippi Center For Justice gives 4,000 copies of MARCH to students!




I'm excited to announce that Jackson-based legal activism and community-building organization, the Mississippi Center For Justice, is giving a whopping 4,000 copies of March: Book One to students around the state!

Here's the initial coverage from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger... the campaign looks to expand its reach, so expect updates here (and elsewhere) soon.

MARCH: BOOK ONE selected for BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2014!



It's an honor for an excerpt of March: Book One to be included in this year's volume of Best American Comics, edited by Scott McCloud and Bill Kartalopoulos!

We're alongside an unreal lineup of creators including Jaime & Gilbert Hernandez, Ben Katchor, Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, Robert & Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Raina Telgemeier, Miriam Katin, Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault, Tom Hart, Sam Sharpe, Nina Bunjevac, Mark Siegel, Brian K. Vaughn, Fiona Staples, Brandon Graham, Ted May, Chris Ware, Frank M. Young, David Lasky, Ed Piskor, Allie Brosh, Michael DeForge, Theo Ellsworth, Ron Rege Jr., C.F., Victor Cayro, Sam Alden, Onsmith, Gerald Jablonski, Lale Westvind, G.W. Duncanson, Aidan Koch, Erin Curry, and Richard Thompson!


THE LOST HERO is out today!



My graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero (written by Robert Venditti, and colored by Orpheus Collar) hits stands everywhere today!

I'm selling signed & sketched-in copies directly-- both hardcover and softcover versions are available from me here, along with my other books.

If you're new to my comics, welcome! In addition to The Lost Hero, I'm also working on the March trilogy with civil rights icon John Lewis & Andrew Aydin (Book One and Book Two are here), Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, The Year Of The Beasts (with Cecil Castellucci), The Silence Of Our Friends (with Mark Long & Jim Demonakos), and more.

You can check out more of my work, and order signed/sketched books from me, here at my main site. 

Thanks!

San Diego Comic-Con 2014!



I'll be in San Diego at Comic-Con International this Thursday through Sunday, selling and signing books at the Top Shelf booth (#1721). 

March: Book One is nominated for 3 Eisner Awards (Best Artist, Best Publication For Teens, Best Reality-Based Work)-- come out to the awards ceremony on Friday night, and wish us good luck!

I'll also be discussing the forthcoming March: Book Two and You Don't Say at the Top Shelf spotlight panel, Friday from 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 32AB. See you there!

MARCH artwork exhibit at Billy Ireland Museum! Creators' visit to Ohio State University!

Two exciting developments in Columbus, OH:

* I'll have a bunch of original artwork-- from March books One and Two as well as The Silence Of Our Friends-- as a part of The Long March: Civil Rights In Cartoons And Comics exhibit at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum (the world's largest collection of original comic book art!). The exhibit opens on Saturday, August 16th, and runs until November 30th. I'll be at the opening, and will be doing a book signing during the day. This exhibit will be alongside a massive retrospective of comics legend Will Eisner's work-- not to be missed!

* Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and I will all be visiting the Ohio State University campus (including the Billy Ireland Museum) for a series of events on Monday, September 15th! A number of events, signings, and speaking engagements are planned-- details soon.

MARCH: BOOK TWO cover revealed!



I'm pleased to announce that we've unveiled the cover of March: Book Two! This continues the memoir trilogy of Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, moving from the stand-in protests of Nashville in 1961, through the Freedom Rides, imprisonment at Parchman Farm, the Children's Crusade in Birmingham, the evolution of SNCC, and the historic March On Washington in 1963.

Amazingly enough, the cover was revealed on CNN, previewing a segment set to air on July 20th. More info on that full program in the next few days.

March: Book Two is co-written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, drawn and co-edited by me, and will be released in early 2015 from Top Shelf.

March: Book One recently won a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Award, and is nominated for 3 Eisner Awards to be determined at next week's San Diego Comic-Con! It's on the school curriculum in over 30 states, and will be read by over 15,000 incoming freshmen at 3 major universities (so far) next month. Exciting to be a part of this journey!


CONDIZIONI released in Italy; LITTLE NEMO: DREAM ANOTHER DREAM anthology Kickstarter!

Two pieces of news incoming:



I'm proud to see that Condizioni, the Italian edition of stories making up Sounds Of Your Name and Tiny Giants, is now available from Edizioni BD's PsychoPop imprint! My copies arrived yesterday and they look great.



In big news, I'm one of over 100 contributors to Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, a massive forthcoming anthology featuring many of today's best comics creators doing interpretations of the groundbreaking early comics strip by Winsor McKay. It'll be published as a ludicrous 16"x21", 144-page hardcover from Locust Moon Press in the fall-- and the ONLY way to ensure a copy is through their Kickstarter campaign that just went up yesterday.



Other creators include Michael & Laura Allred, Gabriel Bá, Peter Bagge, Stephen R. Bissette, Box Brown, Kevin Cannon, Zander Cannon, John Cassaday, Farel Dalrymple, Gerhard, Denis Kitchen, Brendan Leach, Benjamin Marra, Fábio Moon, Scott Morse, Ramón Pérez, Paul Pope, Jim Rugg, P. Craig Russell, Tom Scioli, Bill Sienkiewicz, Carla Speed McNeil, Craig Thompson, Charles Vess, José Villarrubia, and J.H. Williams III. See the full list at the Kickstarter link.

Support this once-in-a-lifetime project if you can! Thanks.

Another preview panel from THE LOST HERO.



Here's another preview shot of Sun Dragons from the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero (written by Robert Venditti, art by me, with colors by Orpheus Collar). It'll be out October 7th from Hyperion Books.

More updates can be found here at my new site-- more soon!

CONDIZIONI playlist up at Fumettologica!



This rules-- Condizioni, the new Italian edition of Sounds Of Your Name just released by Edizioni BD's Psychopop imprint, has an unofficial playlist available at its review on Fumettologica.

Included are songs and bands that were incorporated into the titles, tone, or content of many of those 1998-2003 stories: Samiam, His Hero Is Gone, Fleetwood Mac, Mohinder, Assfactor 4, Monsula, Moss Icon, Wonderful Broken Thing, Amon Amarth, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Bruce Springsteen, Soophie Nun Squad, and Destiny's Child!

More panels from THE LOST HERO unveiled.




Here are some panels of Piper McLean from the forthcoming graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero (written by Robert Venditti, art by me, with colors by Orpheus Collar), which will be released on October 7th from Hyperion Books.

They're here on Tumblr and Twitter as well. (individual links up later this morning!)

A new preview image should be out next Monday-- see you then!

MARCH in new Top Shelf e-book HUMBLE BUNDLE!



March: Book One is currently part of an exciting pay-what-you-want Humble Bundle package, alongside other Top Shelf books (Ed Piskor's Wizzywig, Alan Moore & Eddie Campbell's From Hell and From Hell Companion, and Alex Robinson's Too Cool To Be Forgotten) and work by George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, Cory Doctorow, and Neil Gaiman.

The Humble Bundle is awesome, all around: pay as much (or as little) as you'd like for tons of digital book releases, with bonus books added if you pay more than the average price paid (which is still under $10 total!). A portion of the sales go to benefit two great organizations: the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and Doctors Without Borders.

The Humble Bundle package will only be around until June 11th, so please scoop these books up while you can! Thanks.

cover reveal for Rick Riordan's THE LOST HERO!

Here's the unveiled cover image for our graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero (written by Robert Venditti, drawn by me, and colored by Orpheus Collar). The full image is a wraparound gatefold, and the hardcover edition will feature the full artwork!



The Lost Hero will be released on October 7th by Hyperion Books, and will debut at New York Comic Con the following weekend. See you there!

MARCH: BOOK ONE receives a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award!



I'm deeply honored that tonight March: Book One will be receiving a Robert F. Kennedy Special Recognition Book Award-- a few days ago Ethel Kennedy herself cold-called me to deliver the good news, and then we discussed John Lewis' dancing skills for many minutes. A delightful woman, and an extreme honor!

Here's Top Shelf's official press release about the great news.

Here's today's Washington Post piece on our recognition.

My collaborators Congressman Lewis and Andrew Aydin will be at the ceremony to receive the award-- alas, the only reason I can't be there is because SOMEbody's gotta draw Book Two, out in January!

Back to the drawing table, TCB'in.

Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend!

I'll be in Toronto for TCAF this weekend (May 10-11), signing books at the Top Shelf booth (#228-230; on the 2nd floor, straight back as you enter the big exhibitors' room).

I'll also be a part of this panel on Sunday afternoon:

History/Nonfiction Comics
12:15-1:15pm, at Marriott 100
It could be argued that contemporary graphic novels broken into the mainstream literary world thanks to their unique ability to vividly recount the best and the worst of the human experience through autobiography, memoir, and history. Join moderator Brigid Alverson (Comic Book Resources) as she interviews some of the top contributors to the genre, including Nick Abadzis (The Cigar that Fell in Love with a Pipe), Meags Fitzgerald (Photobooth: A Biography), Nate Powell (March), Diana Tamblyn (Gerald Bull and the Supergun) and Nick Bertozzi (Lewis and Clark), and Tyrell Cannon (Victus). Discover how to consider, collect, and curate real-life tales of times past to make them new again!

See you there!