TWO DEAD cover reveal and exclusive excerpt!

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Van Jensen and I are thrilled to unveil the cover of our forthcoming graphic novel Two Dead, which will be released on November 19th by Gallery 13! This cover was a collaboration with graphic designer and friend Chris Ross, who’s worked with me on many of my books over the years.

Over at Paste, check out a few words from Van and I about the book, as well as an exclusive excerpt from the book— this is the first time to show snippets of the finished art, with a color treatment by designer/visual artist/musician Erin Tobey! Erin has also done lots of behind-the-scenes production and design work on my comics, but this is the first time to directly collaborate on the finished art itself, and we’re both so happy with how it’s turned out.

Below are some more panel details from the book— stay tuned for more, and please pre-order the book here at your local comics shop, local indie bookstore, directly from me, or Amazon. Thank you!

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Arkansas & Chicago signings/talks in early August!

I'm turning 40 years old tomorrow, and hitting the road for my new graphic novel Come Again-- first up, my home state of Arkansas! Come to any of these events if you can:

* Friday, August 3rd-- Fayetteville Public Library, Fayetteville AR. I'll be doing a slideshow talk about Come Again, March, and my general path through comics at 1pm, followed by a loose workshop for independently motivated/interested artists and storytellers. Nightbird Books will have books available for sale at the library.

* Friday, August 3rd-- Nightbird Books (205 W. Dickson St.), Fayetteville AR-- I'll be doing a signing from 7-9pm.

* Saturday, August 4th-- The Comic Book Store (9307 Treasure Hill Rd.), Little Rock AR-- I'll be signing from 2-4pm.

* Saturday, August 4th-- Zine Night, Vino's (923 W. 7th), Little Rock AR-- I'll be selling books and hanging out from 7-10pm.

And if you're in the Chicago area:

* Thursday, August 9th-- Quimby's, (1854 W. North Ave.) Chicago IL-- I'll be doing a slideshow talk, Q&A, and signing at 7pm.

See you there!

Here are some recent interviews and podcast discussions I've done about both Come Again and March:

Inkstuds

Comics Alternative

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (4 Minutes, 4 Questions)

Arkansas Times Rock Candy Podcast

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (main feature)

Publishers Weekly

Aaaaaaaand here are recent reviews of Come Again in Publishers Weekly (starred review), The Comics Journal, and Arkansas Times.

More info and dates soon-- stay tuned!

2018 tour dates for COME AGAIN

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The first salvo of dates are set for signings and discussions of my new graphic novel, Come Again-- here's my events page for more info.

A few more dates are rolling in, including one in New York City for the fall, as well as late 2018 and into 2019-- stay tuned!

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Next up: TWO DEAD.

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All right, Come Again is a wrap (and out in July from Top Shelf) and so are my Run pages.

Next up, another book with roots from *before* I started drawing the March trilogy: TWO DEAD, written by my good friend Van Jensen (James Bond: Casino Royale, Cryptocracy, The Six Million Dollar Man, The Flash, Green Lantern, Pinocchio Vampire Slayer) and set in my hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1946.

I have 116 pages penciled and lettered, with another 150 or so to go. This thing is gonna be a beast! Trying hard for a 2019 release from Gallery 13-- stay tuned for updates!

 

Announced: TWO DEAD from Dark Horse in 2016!



Dark Horse has officially announced Two Dead, a 10-issue series I'm doing with writer Van Jensen (The Flash, Green Lantern Corps, Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer), slated to debut August 2016! It's a trippy, bizarre psychological noir detective tale that's set in my hometown  of Little Rock, Arkansas in 1947, based on true events.

Here's an exclusive interview with Van and I at ComicBook.com.

More info soon!




Team MARCH in Little Rock for Arkansas Literary Festival next weekend!



I'll be returning to my beloved hometown April 25th-27th for the Arkansas Literary Festival, along with collaborators John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, to discuss our graphic novel trilogy March. Here are two scheduled events:

* Saturday, April 26th: "Illustration" panel discussion with Kadir Nelson and Colleen Doran. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 4:00 pm.

* Sunday, April 27th: "March: Book One" presentation and panel discussion with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 1:30 pm. (Space will fill quickly-- get there early!)

I'm pretty sure both events will have signings immediately afterward.

I'll also be in Fayetteville, AR the following weekend on May 3rd, doing a presentation, Q&A, and signing at the public library-- more on that in the coming days!

R.I.P. Mason Mauldin

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Little Rock lost another good fellow too soon-- Mason Mauldin, a solid fellow best known as frontman for Sugar And The Raw and Big Boots and more recently a skilled airplane pilot, passed away yesterday in a terrible accident. Thoughts and love going out to all those affected, and all the intertwined friends in our community. You are sorely missed, Mason!

Here's a clip from KTHV news on Mason and the LR music scene's reaction to his loss.

And here's a clip of Big Boots playing in 2007:

Soophie Nun Squad's 1st album now available digitally!



I've been working up a new archive site for Harlan Records, the punk record label I ran from 1994-2010, and i just put up Soophie Nun Squad's long out-of-print first album, Don't Let Them Take You Alive from 1997.

(cut to the chase and download it here!)

I'll be continuing to archive every release over the coming weeks... more soon!

new Harlan Records archive site is up!



From 1994-2010 I ran a small DIY punk label called Harlan Records. That label (and its accompanying site) and defunct, so I thought I'd start up a new site to document all of those moldy old releases and bands.

I'm still working out the kinks-- but the first release is up now. Soophie Nun Squad's "We Ate Slayer" demo tape from 1994! 

Please email me at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com if you have any photos or videos of any of the bands. Thanks!

20th anniversary of publishing comics!

This week marks the 20th anniversary of publishing my first comic--  D.O.A. #1, with the combined creative efforts of Michael Lierly, Nathan Wilson, and Alan Short. We printed up 100 copies under cover of darkness in late September 1992, and sold them on shelves at Collector's Edition Comics as well as out of our backpacks at school in North Little Rock, AR.

(D.O.A. #1 cover-- art by Mike Lierly, colors by me.)


To our surprise, the print run sold out by the time issue #2 hit the stands around Thanksgiving 1992. This encouraged us to continue a bi-monthly print schedule as we worked on writing all 50 issues of the series, but naturally by the time #4 hit shelves, we were neck-deep in a number of spin-off title ideas, writing songs for our fledgling band Soophie Nun Squad, laying groundwork on a small record label and punk zine, and figuring out how to make all of these projects work together.

(D.O.A. #2 interior page-- pencils by me, inks by Mike.)


I never looked back from these early efforts, and was just as serious about telling stories and communicating ideas through comics as I am today. I feel so fortunate to have had this kind of tunnel vision since age 11, when Mike Lierly (who had already been working on earlier incarnations of D.O.A. with Nate Wilson and Alan Short) suggested we make comics together as we rode to a week-long summer camp in his parents' minivan.

(Mike and I trying to "go pro", 1991.)


D.O.A. and its spin-off titles, coupled with shop owner Michael Tierney's decade-prior underground comic Wildstars, were part of a small early-mid 90's self-publishing scene in Little Rock. Books by area cartoonists Ron MacAdoo (now of Backyard Entertainment), Jeff Jackson, Chris Raymond, Jason Binfliff, Graham Westerlund, Ben Nichols (now of Lucero fame), and Ken Edge began surfacing as well, all learning from each other as we went, sometimes having never spoken in person about these various comics efforts. 

I truly don't know what I would've done if not for the possibilities opened to me through comics storytelling. Thanks to everyone I've collaborated with, everyone who has provided criticism, feedback, and advice over the last two decades, who has written or spoken to me at a convention, and readers willing to put up with my weird-ass stories.

Here's to tunnel vision and dedication.

(Mike Lierly continues his narrative path as a painter, and was also a member of the bands Soophie Nun Squad, Tem Eyos Ki, Boomfancy, Gioteens, Divorce Chord, and Universe. Nathan Wilson is a Bay Area tech wizard who is still cooking up an epic sci-fi/fantasy comic with me, and was a crucial behind-the-scenes force in Soophie Nun Squad. Alan Short is a member of Little Rock area metal bands Holy Angell, Deadbird, Zucura, and Seahag, and was also a member of Soophie Nun Squad and Them Of Delphi. We all remain best friends for life, though our paths cross less frequently.)

Illustration in FLUKE #10, out now!



I did an illustration (and a variant cover) for the new issue of Fluke zine, hot off the presses! It features interviews with Burt Taggart (The Big Cats, Max Recordings, Chino Horde, Five-0), Emily's Army (Billy Joe Armstrong's teenage son's band), Mystic Knights of the Cobra, Anna Joy Springer (Blatz/ Gr'ups), and more. 


Fluke is a punk zine started in my hometown of North Little Rock in 1991 by Matthew Thompson, Steve Schmidt, and Jason White, and is carried on today by Matthew in his home of Tucson, AZ. Order issues here. Thanks!

Signing in Little Rock AR, April 14th!

I'll be doing a signing at The Comic Book Store (9307 Treasure Hill Rd.) in my hometown of Little Rock AR on Saturday, April 14th from 12-2pm. In addition to tons of books, I'll also have original artwork for sale.

This year marks 30 years of business for Collector's Edition/The Comic Book Store, and also marks 20 years since owner Michael Tierney was kind enough to offer shelf space for my first comic, D.O.A. #1, with co-creators Mike Lierly and Nathan Wilson in 1992. It's great to bring it all back home again!

The Facebook event page is here.

And if you haven't, please check out the info on my exhibit the evening prior at the Historic Arkansas Museum (200 E. 3rd St.), April 13th from 5-8 pm.

CROSS SECTIONS exhibit opens in Little Rock AR, 4/13!

I have an exhibit of comics and illustration work from 1998 to present, focusing on the graphic novel work of the last five years (The Year Of The Beasts, The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole), coming to the Historic Arkansas Museum (200 E. 3rd St.) in Little Rock, AR from April 13th to June 1st!

The exhibit, entitled Cross Sections, will have an opening reception on Friday, April 13th from 5-8pm. All pieces are for sale, and graphic novels will be available in the bookstore as well.

The opening will have musical accompaniment by Little Rock's own Isaac Alexander (Boondogs, The Easys, Big Silver), drinks aplenty, and food and soup tasting from Sharea Soup.

The Facebook event page is here.

If you're around town, I'll be signing at The Comic Book Store (9307 Treasure Hill Rd.) on Saturday, April 14th from 12-2pm. More original artwork will be available there as well.

Here's my artist statement for the show:


Cross Sections.

These are slices of much longer narratives developed from 1998 to the present. Viewing long-form comic book work in a gallery setting has its difficulties—each story or graphic novel I create sits as a single body of work, but is also made of 200-300 individual pieces, each then comprised of 5 or 6 panels, all of which are intended to be absorbed as part of the larger body, but which must also hold their own, free of sequential context.

With this exhibition, I present core samples from more than a dozen different projects over 14 years. The first period of work, from 1998 to about 2005, is defined by focus on failed communication, guilt, transience, and thinly-veiled desire. The second era, lasting until about 2008, is more focused on unassuming depictions of highly subjective experiences and characters, finally exploring dread, menace, selfishness, and loss of control. Works from 2009 to 2012 condense these questions, reintroducing them as more pointed narratives about Southern culture, shifting notions of identity, questionable legacies, and the threat of violence.

Many of my narratives are ambiguous or open-ended, and some readers are uncomfortable with the absence of a clearly established viewpoint. I’m personally drawn most to stories that demand multiple visits, those that contain the strong possibility of multiple true perspectives, and those that respect an audience’s ability to explore those questions themselves. My work is increasingly defined by questions that invite (and require) the reader to meet me halfway, invest some of their own lives into the narrative, and emerge from a unique and immersive reading experience with questions and dialogue of their own.



Soophie Nun Squad albums now available for download!

Soophie Nun Squad was a 10-piece, way-over-the-top punk ensemble I was in from 1992-2006, based in Little Rock, AR. Our last three records are now available digitally from Plan-It-X Records for less than $5 each-- download links are below.

Members of Soophie Nun Squad were/are also part of Humanbeast, Universe, V Manuscript, Tem Eyos Ki, Divorce Chord, Wait, Bloodhuff, Boomfancy, Sand City, The Insides, Shake Ray Turbine, William Martyr 17, Madeline, Sugar And The Raw, The Evelyns, R.I.O.T.S., Rainy Day Regatta, Deadbird, Zucura, The Body, and dozens more bands.

If anyone has photos or video of Soophie Nun Squad or Tem Eyos Ki, please email me!


The Devil, The Metal, The Big Booty Beats (2000)


Soophie Nun Squad/ Abe Froman split LP (2003)


Passion Slays The Dragon (2003)

Spring 2012 Event & Convention appearances.

I'll be at these events over the next few months-- expect more info on each as the time approaches.
Hopefully see you there!

Mar 30- Apr 2--  Seattle WA-- Emerald City Comic Con
Apr 13-- Little Rock AR--  Cross Sections exhibition opening at Historic Arkansas Museum, 5-8 pm.
Apr 14-- Little Rock AR-- signing at The Comic Book Store (9307 Treasure Hill Rd.), 2-4 pm.
Apr 21-22-- Columbus OH-- SPACE (there will also be an exhibit of original artwork from Any Empire here).
Apr 28-29-- Portland OR-- Stumptown Comics Fest
May 5-6-- Toronto ON-- Toronto Comic Arts Festival
May 21-- Durham NC-- Durham Comics Fest (3605 Shannon Rd.) Discussion, interview, and signing.

Little Rock presentations next week!

I'll be in my home turf next week, doing some presentations in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival and National Library Week! Each of these will be a slideshow presentation followed by Q&A:

Monday April 11th-- 12:15-1:30 pm: workshop at Pulaski Technical College Visual Arts Studio (PTC students only)

Tuesday April 12th-- 12:15-1:30 pm: ALF presentation/Q&A at PTC Campus Center Grand Hall (3000 West Scenic Drive in North Little Rock)

Wednesday April 13th-- 6 pm: presentation/Q&A at Fletcher Library (823 N. Buchanan St.)

I'll also have books and stuff for sale at all these events. See you there!