New interview at CBR

Here's a new interview I did at Comic Book Resources for the stories in my book You Don't Say (out May 20th from Top Shelf/IDW). Soon after doing this phone interview, I realized that the last few months of sleep deprivation had taken a toll on my ability to convey thoughts clearly-- sorry if it's a bit rambly or cloudy. Email interviews only for the next couple of months..!

You can directly pre-order signed, sketched copies of You Don't Say from me here, and I'll send them out as soon as they arrive.

8-page preview and solicitation for YOU DON'T SAY

My new book You Don't Say, collecting my shorter work from 2004-2013, is in the Diamond catalog (page 159) to hit shelves this May! It features a ton of out-of-print, unpublished, and never-before-available-in-English comics (including collaborations with Rachel Bormann-Powell, Al Burian, and kinda Pretty Girls Make Graves), and is the first official release under the new Top Shelf/ IDW partnership.

Here's Top Shelf's press release about it, which also features an 8-page preview.

I'll be opening up direct pre-orders from my site in the next month-- more info soon!

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

Pencil pages galore on forthcoming books!

I've been holed up in my fort lately, working away at four books simultaneously. Here's a little sliver of pencil pages-in-progress for each of these projects:

Here's an excerpt from a new short story called "Havens Have Not"-- a return to the Please Release-style autobio comics essay form. It's one of several new stories in my forthcoming collection You Don't Say, which should be out in 2013 on Top Shelf, and collects all of my shorter stories from 2004 to present, including a ton of rare and unpublished stuff.

(you can also read the included short stories "Cakewalk" [one of my all-time favorites, awkward, haunting, and true-- written by Rachel Bormann] and "Bets Are Off" [a comics adaptation of a Pretty Girls Make Graves song] with these links here.)

Next up-- here's a pencil excerpt from my graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's adventure megahit Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero. Robert Venditti (X-O Manowar, Surrogates, The Homeland Directive, Percy Jackson And The Olympians) handled the script adaptation, and this graphic novel will be released in 2014 by Hyperion Books.

I'm also hard at work drawing March, the graphic novel autiobiography of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA), living architect of the 20th century civil rights movement. The book is co-authored by Andrew Aydin, and will be published in 2014 or 2015 by Top Shelf. Very stoked about this tome!  

(You can read a finished preview chapter of March here.)

Finally, here are a couple of pages from my next solo graphic novel, Cover, which will be published by Top Shelf in 2016. I'm currently working through pencils and dialogue for the entire book, with details about the story later in the fall. There is nothing more satisfying, challenging, and exciting than diving into undiscovered worlds within a new graphic novel, watching the characters and environment evolve and mature in the years between those first scribbles and the finished product.

Thank you for reading my books and continuing to support me, and all comic book creators! Now back to the drawing board.


After selling the last copies this weekend at Chicago Comic Con, my 2006 book Please Release and my 2008 book Cakewalk are both out of print! The site's store will be updated soon.
You can still read Cakewalk and Bets Are Off online, and all these stories will be collected in the You Don't Say omnibus, tentatively to be released in 2013.

fall updates!

ah yes! finally, i've transitioned to some proper hippie-shit corduroys (and as i write this at work, a six-inch hole just ripped out of my pants-ass while i knelt to help someone get dressed! my only pants, too! at least that forsaken Nausea patch can finally be of some use..) good bye shorts, goodbye sunburned's only a matter of time before the hoodie gets its proper welcome to the autumn. pumpkin-flavored everything!

*finalized signing/tabling dates for the fall:

Fri 9/26: gallery opening at Sweet Hickory, Bloomington IN. 7pm.
Sat 10/4-5: Small Press Expo, North Bethesda MD (debut for Swallow Me Whole)
Mon 10/6: HBML Junk Shop (420 Pleasant St.), Worcester MA. 4-8pm.
Tue 10/7: Ada Books,
Providence RI. 7pm.
Wed 10/8: Million Year Picnic, Cambridge MA. 5-7:30pm.
Thurs 10/9: Giant Robot, New York NY.
Fri 10/10: Rocketship Comics, Brooklyn NY.
Fri 10/17: Boxcar Books, Bloomington IN.
Sat 10/18: Quimby's, Chicago IL. 7pm.
Sat 10/25: Floating World, Portland OR.
Sun 10/26: Seattle Comicard convention
(hangin with Yu-Gi-Oh! fans), Seattle WA. 10am-5pm. (more info soon!)
Wed 10/29: Comic Relief, Berkeley CA. 5-7pm.
Sat 11/1-2: Alternative Press Expo, San Francisco CA.
Sat 11/1: signing and unexplainable live drawing performance at Isotope, San Francisco CA. 8pm-12am! APE afterparty blowout! Brett Warnock mixin poisons!
Tue 11/11: Comics & More, Savannah GA.
Wed 11/12: Oxford Comics (2855 Piedmont Rd. NE), Atlanta GA.
Thurs 11/13: Bizarro Comics, Athens GA. 3-6pm.
Sat 11/22: Vintage Phoenix, Bloomington IN.
Fri 11/28: Collector's Edition, North Little Rock AR. 12-3pm.

see you thurr!

*Next week I'm screen-printing (with the technical and logistical aid of my feathered friends Crystal and Kieth) some posters for Swallow Me Whole. I'll get the design up soon, and there'll be some available to order as well, if you're interested!

*On my fall travels I'll have a small-print run of a few comics stories: the comic is called Cakewalk, and the title story is written by one Rachel Bormann (this story will be featured in our forthcoming comics collection..). There's another story in there that's an interpretive version of the Pretty Girls Make Graves song "The Get-Away." I'll also have a few copies of this available for mailorder to boot!

*I'm working on a bunch of illustrations for Michael Hoerger's forthcoming book Edible Secrets, due out next year from Microcosm Publishing! The book covers a hidden history of covert CIA and executive operations filtered through the context of food. Bizarre, shocking, hilarious, and terrifying.

*The forthcoming Top Shelf book formerly known as Voglio Capirlo is now Any Empire. It'll likely be finished at the end of 2009, and released in the latter half of 2010.