Thanks so much to Dale for his journalism skills and his willingness to take a chance on the medium of comics. And especially thanks to everyone interviewed for their time, energy, activism, and openness-- we hope this continued exposure helps bring the situation on the Marshall Islands into greater relief, and helps provide a more complete, representative portrait of Arkansas and America as a whole.
If you're going to Comic-Con International in San Diego this week, here's what I'll be up to:
THURS 7/20, 5-6 pm: Signing w/ Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf/IDW booth #2743.
FRI 7/21, 10am-12pm: Signing w/ Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf/IDW booth #2743.
FRI 7/21, 4:30-5:30 pm: "Into The Past: History & Comics" panel w/ Cecil Castellucci, Jose Pimienta, Chris Schweizer, Brigette Findakly, Nathan Hale, Alison Wilgus. Room 26AB.
FRI 7/21, 8pm: Eisner Awards! MARCH: BOOK THREE is nominated for Best Reality-Based Work.
SAT 7/22, 10-11 am: MARCH panel w/ John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Room 23ABC.
SAT 7/22, 11:15am-1:30pm: MARCH signing w/ John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Top Shelf/IDW booth #2743.
SUN 7/23, 12:15-1:45 pm: CBLDF Live Art Jam w/ Liz Suburbia, Sonny Liew, Chris Burnham-- artwork will be auctioned to benefit the CBLDF (here's your one chance to buy some original MARCH-related artwork!). Room 5AB.
SUN 7/23, 2-4pm: I'm planning to be at the Top Shelf/IDW booth #2743 for most of the afternoon!
See you there!
I'm pleased to announce that Top Shelf/IDW are releasing a boxed set collecting a decade's worth of my creator-owned work-- Swallow Me Whole, Any Empire, and You Don't Say-- hopefully debuting at TCAF in May, and available in stores in June.
Here's Top Shelf's official announcement about the 700-page Omnibox.
For those mostly familiar with my work on the March trilogy, here's a fantastic diving-in point to explore the rest of my stories. Thanks!
We're all thrilled and honored for March: Book Two to've won the 2016 Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work! It was a deeply moving awards ceremony all around. Frankly, I don't see why people poo-poo the Eisner ceremony-- I always love being immersed in such a supportive community of folks, celebrating the hard work of their peers driven by ideas and the need to make something enduring. Go comics.
March: Book Three debuted at San Diego Comic Con as well, closing out the trilogy. We had a fantastic panel Saturday morning, a massive children's march across the length of the convention center, and some packed signings all weekend. Thanks to everyone who came out, endured lines, and got a chance to say hey to The Man Himself, the great John Lewis.
March: Book Three will be available everywhere on August 2nd-- we'll be discussing the book that evening on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, and will have a big signing at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble in Manhattan on August 3rd at 6:00 pm. See you there! Stay posted for more upcoming events, talks, and signings-- thank you!
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!
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!
I'm honored to find that March: Book One, my collaboration with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, has been nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Publication For Teens, and Best Penciller/Inker!
This year's list has a really solid line-up of nominees-- congratulations to all my other comics homies including Cecil Castellucci, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, Jeffrey Brown, Ed Piskor, Zander Cannon, Faith Erin Hicks, Luke Pearson, Gene Yang, Paul Pope, Sheila Keenan, Nathan Fox, Ben Katchor, Jeff Smith, Judith Vanistendael, and lots more! The winners will be announced at a ceremony this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
The complete list can be viewed here.
Thanks, all readers and supporters of comics-- I'm honored beyond words.
It was a wonderful weekend, and I made some sweet friendships with other Top Shelfers and non-Top Shelfers alike. Go, Comic Book Summer Camp!
• I’ll be at San Diego Comic Con from July 23-26 at the Top Shelf Productions table, eating your snacks, signing/hawking books, and I’ll have some original pages for sale too. Keep your fingers crossed for the Eisner Awards too—Swallow Me Whole is up for three of em!
• The Your Heart Breaks/ Paul Baribeau split 7” is back in print, this time on white vinyl! I have some for sale—they’re $4 ppd. I also have more copies of the Madeline Kissing And Dancing LP ($9 ppd). The store will be updated soon!
• Here are the comic shows I’ll be attending for the next few months:
Comic Con International—San Diego CA. July 23-26
Windy City Comic Con-- Chicago IL. Sept 19.
Small Press Expo—North Bethesda MD. Sept 26-27
Alternative Press Expo—San Francisco CA, Oct 17-18
Lucca Comics & Games—Lucca, Tuscany, Italy. Oct 30-Nov 2
L’Angouleme—Angouleme, France. Jan 28-Feb 1, 2010.
• Swallow Me Whole will have a Dutch translation out in the next few months, as well as an Italian translation from Lizard (out in October), and a French version from Casterman (out in January!).
• I’ll be finishing up the art for a Your Heart Breaks/ Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death split 7”, due out on Don’t Stop Believin Records by autumn!
• Just got started on artwork for the FIYA Magic Words LP, which'll be out in the fall on No Idea Records.
• Microcosm Publishing is printing up a full-color poster for special deals with Sounds of Your Name—they’ll only be available in conjunction with the book, and are limited to 200 copies! It’s new artwork with characters from the story “Autopilot”.
• Illustrations for Michael Hoerger and Mia Partlow’s Edible Secrets are done—the book should be out by the end of the year on Microcosm Publishing.
• Rachel Bormann and I are working on a story called “The Uncomfortable Gaze of Carlos Santana” for Papercutter #13, to be published sometime in the next year.
• I’m currently in the revising/editing stages of my new graphic novel Any Empire. It should be finished next spring, and out in late 2010 on Top Shelf!
• Just finished rough pencils on the graphic novel The Silence Of Our Friends, written by Mark Long and Jim Demonakos. Will be out in 2011 on First Second Books!
It looks like Swallow Me Whole has been nominated for 3 Eisner Awards -- these are for Best Graphic Novel, Best Writer-Artist, and Best Lettering! The winners will be announced at the San Diego Comic Con in July.