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!


Here are the dates of our forthcoming The Silence Of Our Friends author tour-- there are a variety of discussions, signings, parties, exhibitions, and panels all over the country. Additionally, there will be a number of high school visits not listed here.

Updates will be made here and on this site's Events page. See you there!

You can get copies of the book here or directly from me. Thanks!

Fri 2/3:   SEATTLE WA—Book Release Party & Artwork Exhibition @ Roq La Rue Gallery (2312 2nd Ave.), 6-8 pm. Food! Drinks! Books! Pages!

Sat 2/4:  KIRKLAND WA – Discussion  @ Kirkland Public Library (308 Kirkland Ave.), 2-3:30 pm. (Mark & Jim only)

Sat 2/4:  SEATTLE WA – Discussion & Signing @ Fantagraphics Books (1202 S. Vale St.), 6-8 pm. (Mark & Jim only)

Wed 2/8:  SEATTLE WA – Discussion & Signing @ Richard Hugo House (1634 11th Ave.), 7-9 pm. (Mark & Jim only)

Thurs 2/9:  LAKE FOREST PARK WA – Discussion & Signing @ Third Place Books (17171 Bothell Way NE), 7-9 pm. (Mark & Jim only)

Fri 2/10:  SAN FRANCISCO CA – Discussion, Signing, & Art Exhibit @ Mission Comics And Art (3520 20th St.), 7-9 pm.

Sat 2/11:  SAN FRANCISCO CA – Discussion & Signing @ SFPL Anza Branch (550 37th Ave.), 2:30-4 pm.

Sun 2/12:  SAN FRANCISCO CA – Discussion & Signing @ Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission St.), 1-3pm.

Mon 2/13:  PETALUMA CA – Discussion & Signing @ Copperfield’s Books (140 Kentucky St.), 4-6pm.

Wed 2/15:  HOUSTON TX – Panel Discussion @ TSU (location TBC), 6:30-8 pm. (Mark only)

Thurs 2/16:  HOUSTON TX – Discussion @ Rice University (Sewall Hall 301; 6100 Main St.), 4:30-6 pm. (Mark only)

Thurs 2/16:  HOUSTON TX – Discussion & Signing @ Brazos Books (2421 Bissonnet St.), 7-9pm. (Mark only)

Fri 2/17:  AUSTIN TX – Discussion & Signing @ Domy Books (913 E. Cesar Chavez), 7-8 pm. (Mark only)

Sun 2/19:  AUSTIN TX – Discussion, Signing, & Reception @ Guzu Gallery (5000 N. Lamar Blvd.), 7-10 pm. (Mark only)

Mon 2/20:  AUSTIN TX – Signing @ Book People (603 N. Lamar Blvd.), 2:30 pm.

Tue 2/21:  AUSTIN TX – Discussion @ UT Austin (Joynes Reading Room, Carothers Hall 007, 2501 Whitis Ave.), time TBC. (Mark only)

Wed 2/22:  WASHINGTON DC – Discussion & Signing @ Watha T. Daniel Shaw Library (1630 7th St. NW), 7-9pm. (Nate only)

Thur 2/23:  TAKOMA PARK MD – Discussion & Signing @ Takoma Park Public Library (101 Philadelphia Ave.), 7-9pm. (Nate only)

Fri 2/24:  VIENNA VA -- Discussion & Signing @ Big Planet Comics Virginia (426 Maple Ave. E), 6-7 pm. (Nate only)

Sat 2/25:  WASHINGTON DC – Discussion & Signing @ Politics & Prose (50515 Connecticut Ave. NW), 1-3 pm. (Nate only)

Sat 2/25:  SILVER SPRING MD – Discussion & Signing @ Wheaton Library (11701 Georgia Ave.), 4-6 pm. (Nate only)

SEATTLE book release party/ artwork exhibition for THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS!

Hey Seattle folks! A book release party for The Silence Of Our Friends is happening Friday, February 3rd at Roq La Rue Gallery (2312 2nd Ave.) from 6-8pm!

I can't make it unfortunately, but join co-writers Mark Long and Jim Demonakos for food, drink, and books. They'll be signing copies, and original pages from the book will be on display and for sale as well.

The FB event page is here.

SF: Original art exhibit for THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS at Mission Comics!

BAY AREA FOLKS! I'll have original pages for The Silence Of Our Friends on exhibit at Mission Comics & Art (3520 20th St. Suite B, San Francisco CA 94110) from January 12- February 11th. All pieces are available for purchase too (as are any other pages in the book-- just contact me at

The Silence Of Our Friends will hit shelves on January 17th, and we'll be doing a series of events, discussions, and signings in Seattle, the Bay Area, Texas, and DC throughout the month of February (including one at Mission Comics on Feb. 10th-- more info soon!). I'll have more details for all these in the coming weeks!

The Facebook event page is here.