Denver-- DiNK this weekend!



If you're in Colorado, head over to Denver this weekend (March 25-26) for DiNK at the Sherman Street Event Center (1770 Sherman St.)!

I'll be there hawking books at my table, and will also be on a Historical Comics panel Friday at 5:45pm alongside Box Brown, Joel Gill, Ben Towle, and moderator Damian Burford

Be sure to get books from my comics buds Katie Skelly, Ed Piskor, Julia Wertz, Noah Van Sciver, Box Brown, Joshua W. Cotter, and tons more-- the complete guest list is here.

Also, special book pricing for DiNK: ALL books are $15 or less, regardless of cover price!

See you there!



My favorite comics and albums of 2013.

Because I can't help but to make unnecessary lists all the time, here are my favorite albums and comics of 2013. There are plenty of comics and music I haven't gotten the chance to experience, so this list is shaped and impaired by not having much spare time.

ALBUMS:


1. HAIM-- Days Are Gone (Columbia/Polydor)



2. LORD DOG BIRD-- The Trinity Knot (Moon Glyph)


3. DAFT PUNK-- Random Access Memories (Columbia/Daft Life)





6. LORDE-- Pure Heroine (Universal)



7. CHVRCHES-- The Bones Of What You Believe (Virgin/ Goodbye)






COMICS:

 
1. Demeter by Becky Cloonan (self-published)


2. Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)


3. New School by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)


4. Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly (self-published/Adhouse in 2014)


5. Prophet: Brothers by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis,
and Farel Dalrymple  (Image)


6. Susceptible by Genevieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly)


7. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)


8. A Matter Of Life by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)


9. Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)


10. Delusional by Farel Dalrymple (Adhouse)

SPX recap!

Last weekend was my 10th year attending the Small Press Expo, and each year most of us return home inspired and burning to work. It was so good to spend quality time with some of my favorite cartoonist folks, solidify excellent and promising new friendships, and bring the March whirlwind home to such an indie comics hub.

Tearing up some veggie burgers with John Lewis between signings and panels.

SPX doubled its floor space this year, and still felt busier and more crowded than ever!

Quality time with Caitlin McGurk and Garfield at the Billy Ireland Museum of Cartoon Art.

A necessary and delightful afternoon in the Appalachian countryside with Jon Vance and his awesome family.

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists at the Black Cat 20th Anniversary show in DC.

Gray Matter reunion show! Black Cat 20th anniversary in DC.

Longtime homie Farel Dalrymple!
Solid time with the exceptional Katie Skelly.

Straight-up wizard Dash Shaw.

Look what the cat dragged in: Little Rock ex-pat James Brady (of Trusty) and his son!

Top Shelf design wizard Chris Ross, publisher/editor Chris Staros, and CBLDF warrior Charles Brownstein.

Small Press Expo this weekend!

If you're in the DC/Maryland area, come to America's best comics show this weekend-- the Small Press Expo (Bethesda North Marriott, 5701 Marinelli Rd., North Bethesda MD)!

 I'll be selling books, limited edition prints, and original artwork at Table F1, and will also be signing March alongside my collaborators John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf's table (W64-67) on Saturday. Here's my schedule:

SATURDAY 9/14:

11 am- noon: signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf booth
1-2 pm: March panel/interview w/ JL & AA, moderated by Alex Dueben
2-4 pm: signing w/ John Lewis & Andrew Aydin at Top Shelf booth
** all other times, I'll be at Table F1.

SUNDAY 9/15:

12-6 pm: slangin books at Table F1.



While you're there, be sure to check out the talents of Farel Dalrymple, Dash Shaw, Katie Skelly, Ed Piskor, Tom Neely, Jim Rugg, Lisa Hanawalt, Alec Longstreth, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Frank Santoro, Jeff Smith, Jess Fink, Noah Van Sciver, Roby Newton, Scott Campbell, Tom Hart, and many more amazing creators!

The full list of creators/exhibitors is here.

See you then!

My top graphic novel & album pairings up at CBC!

Recently I wrote a piece about five near-perfect teamups of graphic novels and albums-- check it out here! 

You'll find Moss Icon, Lungfish, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Tristeza, and Harold Budd/Brian Eno represented in the mix, along with comics by Katie Skelly, Eric Drooker, Gabriella Giandelli, Kolbeinn Karlsson, and yours truly.

My top 5 (or 6) comics of 2012 on BoingBoing!

Brian Heater's Best Damn Comics Of The Year list is up now at BoingBoing, and my picks (books by Gabriella Giandelli, Katie Skelly, Brandon Graham, Farel Dalrymple, Jesse Jacobs, and Jeff Lemire) are up there with plenty of other folks. Also, I should've really included White Clay by Thomas Herpich-- pick it up at all costs!