TCAF signing/panel schedule.

I'll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, slangin' books and debuting my new OMNIBOX set. Here's my schedule of panel discussions and signings-- see you there!

SATURDAY, MAY 13:

* 11:00 am: "Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration" panel w/ Molly Ostertag, John Jennings, Metaphrog, and Fanny Britt. Library Learning Centre.

* 12:00-2:00 pm: signing at Top Shelf/IDW booth #285-286.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14:

* 12:00 pm: "Comics As Political Resistance" panel w/ Ben Passmore, Julia Alekseyeva, Matt Lubchansky. Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville.

* 1:00-2:30 pm: signing at Top Shelf/IDW booth #285-286.

* 2:30-3:30 pm: signing at First Second booth #204-205.

* 4:00 pm: Creator Spotlight discussion, moderated by Cecil Castellucci. (Books will be sold outside the panel immediately afterwards, as it's the very end of the show.) High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville.

Original artwork up for sale through late July-- a rare chance to buy MARCH pages too!



Original signed pages from nearly all of my books are now for sale through late July at my Etsy site-- your support will help me pay off a mountain of hospital bills from the birth of my second daughter, and swim out of debt with the IRS.

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE.

The sale features work priced from $150 to $1000, and includes pages from March: Book One, The Lost Hero, You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, In The Dark, Sweet Tooth, Please Release, Sounds Of Your Name, Tiny Giants, and Walkie Talkie. It includes collaborations with writers Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Cecil Castellucci, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Mark Long, and Jim Demonakos. There are also a few unpublished gems in there, like a 1999 Fantastic Four pinup, a tryout page for The Lost Hero, and an alternate version of a March: Book One page

Being a self-employed comic book artist isn't easy or full of job security, especially when trying to support a family with one's efforts-- cartoonists usually don't have a typical means of saving for any retirement or getting employer-based health insurance, and we get absolutely slammed by income taxes as sole proprietors. Career cartoonists are virtually guaranteed to die at their drawing tables, working through old age to make ends meet. I welcome and am prepared for that challenge, and this sale will help bridge a little bump in the road.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and for spreading the word-- now back to work!


Next week-- limited original artwork from all books for sale!



Hi-- I'll be putting some pages of original artwork up for sale in the next few days in order to pay for hospital bills, car problems, and swim out of my debt dungeon with the IRS.

This includes pages from SWALLOW ME WHOLE, ANY EMPIRE, WALKIE TALKIE/ SOUNDS OF YOUR NAME, PLEASE RELEASE/ YOU DON'T SAY, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS (w/ Mark Long & Jim Demonakos), THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS (w/ Cecil Castellucci), TWELVE REASONS TO DIE (w/ Ghostface Killah & Matthew Rosenberg), IN THE DARK (w/ Scott Snyder), THE LOST HERO (w/ Rick Riordan & Robert Venditti), SWEET TOOTH (w/ Jeff Lemire), and the only two pages from MARCH that will ever be available for sale in the forseeable future.

Stay tuned-- Probably putting them up Monday, remaining available through the end of July. Thanks for your support and faith!

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.

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!

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

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!

CHECK IT OUT HERE.

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.

(HERE IT IS!)

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

THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS in CBR's Top Books of 2012!

The Silence Of Our Friends (written by Mark Long & Jim Demonakos, and drawn by me) landed at #59 on Comic Book Resources' Top 100 Books of 2012, sharing company with powerhouses Becky Cloonan (Conan The Barbarian), Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth), Katie Skelly (Nurse Nurse), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), Jeff Smith (RASL), Julia Wertz (The Infinite Wait), Raina Telgemeier (Drama), Faith Erin Hicks (Friends With Boys), Gabriel Ba (Casanova), Noah Van Sciver (The Hypo), and Ed Piskor (Wizzywig).

Congratulations to all these talented comics friends!

New review of THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS at Scapegoats And Panaceas

Here's a thoughtful and thorough review of The Silence Of Our Friends up at Scapegoats And Panaceas.

"There are few indications that well-intentioned white southerners or noble white activists, while present in the historical record and active during the movement, are actually representative of the Black Freedom Struggle. Yet Long’s account succeeds admirably in fleshing out the intimate and thorny exigencies of interracial friendship during difficult times. He and his co-authors succeed by not white-washing complexity."

THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS in YALSA Top 10 Great Graphic Novels For Teens!

YALSA just announced that The Silence Of Our Friends is in their Top 10 Great Graphic Novels For Teens list for 2013-- excellent news!

Congratulations to comics friends Raina Telgemeier, Joseph Lambert, and Faith Erin Hicks, each of whom also had books on the list!

New French story in LA VILLA SUR LA FALAISE!



If you're in France, pick up a copy of Casterman Publishing's La Villa Sur La Falaise ("The Villa At The End Of The Road"), a 280-page short story anthology commemorating the 10th anniversary of their Ecritures graphic novel line (to which Swallow Me Whole and The Silence Of Our Friends belong). I have a brand new 17-page story in the book, available nowhere else!

Other contributors include Isabel Kreitz, Jiro Taniguchi, Cati Baur, Hannah Berry, Saulne, Davide Reviati, Fred Bernard, Gabrielle Piquet, and Kan Takahama. Each of us did a short story continuing a common narrative setup penned by Benoit Sekal. This was one of my favorite stories to bring to life-- I hope you enjoy it!

If you live in North America and would like a copy, I have a handful and will gladly send you a signed copy for $15 in the US, or slightly more in Canada-- just email me at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com to inquire. Thanks.



Panels & signings at San Diego Comic Con!



San Diego's very own Comic-Con International is next week (July 11-15)-- prepare yourself for the throngs of humanity! Most of the time you can find me at the Top Shelf booth (#1721), where I'll be selling books, original comic pages, and a promotional minicomic for a forthcoming graphic novel I can finally announce at the Con. Lots of new projects are in the works!

Here's a list of additional panels, presentations, and signings I'll be doing throughout the week:

THURS. JULY 12:


3-4 pm-- "Graphic Novels: The Bookstore Crowd" panel w/ Alison Bechdel, Kate Beaton, Brecht Evens, Jennifer and Matt Holm, and Jason Shiga. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon. (Room 23ABC) 

FRI. JULY 13:


11 am-12 pm--
The Silence Of Our Friends signing at First Second booth (#1323).

2-3 pm -- Artist Spotlight panel (a presentation, Q&A and discussion about my work, and announcement about forthcoming projects!). (Room 9)

SAT. JULY 14:


1-2 pm-- Top Shelf
panel w/ Eddie Campbell, Jeff Lemire, Ed Piskor, James Kolchalka, and Chris Ross. Moderated by Leigh Walton. (Room 4)

2:30-3 pm-- The Silence Of Our Friends signing at First Second booth (#1323).


SUN. JULY 15:


10 am- 12 pm--
The Year Of The Beasts signing at MacKids booth (#1220).

12:15- 1:45 pm-- CBLDF Benefit Rock Art Jam w/ Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon! Original artwork done live, projected, and auctioned to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. (Room 5AB)
 

See you there!

BLOOMINGTON-- in-store signing/ book release at Vintage Phoenix Comics!



If you live in Bloomington IN, I'll be doing a signing/ book release throwdown at Vintage Phoenix Comics (114 E. 6th St.) on Friday, June 15th from 7-9pm! This will be in conjunction with the year's release of Sweet Tooth #34, The Year Of The Beasts, and The Silence Of Our Friends.

Snacks? Check. Drinks? Check.

Original artwork will also be for sale. See you there!

The Facebook event is here.

THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS mailorders now shipping!



The Year Of The Beasts, my new hybrid novel/graphic novel written by Cecil Castellucci, will hit shelves everywhere on May 22nd, but I'm officially shipping out signed copies now! It's $17 ppd. in the US (write me for international shipping info).


Order your copy from me HERE and I'll get it sent out pronto.

Also, I've expanded my Combo Pack: for $45 (in the US) you can choose any 3 full-length books-- The Year Of The Beasts, The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Sounds Of Your Name, and for an extra $5 I'll throw in Edible Secrets as well. Just include which books you'd like in your ordering text. Thanks!

(Here's Cecil and I at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend.)

In Stumptown Highlights via the Portland Mercury!

Headed to Portland later today-- in the meantime, Jeff Lemire and I were both featured in this "Stumptown Highlights" article from the Portland Mercury. I'll be at table A7, and also be sure to check out Top Shelf, Farel Dalrymple, Mike Allred, Theo Ellsworth, Nicole Georges, Joseph Lambert, Emi Lenox, Tugboat Press, Tom Neely, Sara Varon, Angie Wang, and tons more talented cartoonists while you're there.

See you this weekend!