TCAF signing/panel schedule.

I'll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, slangin' books and debuting my new OMNIBOX set. Here's my schedule of panel discussions and signings-- see you there!

SATURDAY, MAY 13:

* 11:00 am: "Teamwork: Comics and Collaboration" panel w/ Molly Ostertag, John Jennings, Metaphrog, and Fanny Britt. Library Learning Centre.

* 12:00-2:00 pm: signing at Top Shelf/IDW booth #285-286.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 14:

* 12:00 pm: "Comics As Political Resistance" panel w/ Ben Passmore, Julia Alekseyeva, Matt Lubchansky. Forest Hill Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville.

* 1:00-2:30 pm: signing at Top Shelf/IDW booth #285-286.

* 2:30-3:30 pm: signing at First Second booth #204-205.

* 4:00 pm: Creator Spotlight discussion, moderated by Cecil Castellucci. (Books will be sold outside the panel immediately afterwards, as it's the very end of the show.) High Park Ballroom, Marriott Bloor-Yorkville.

OMNIBOX set debut at TCAF-- taking direct orders now!

This weekend in Toronto at TCAF, I'll be debuting my OMNIBOX set-- a 700-page boxed set collecting SWALLOW ME WHOLE, ANY EMPIRE, and YOU DON'T SAY. Come see me at the Top Shelf booth May 13-14th-- I'll post my panel/signing schedule tomorrow!

I'm currently taking direct orders of the boxed set here (which includes a bonus download of Erin Tobey's amazing MIDDLEMAZE album). You're also welcome to get one at your local shop, from Top Shelf, or from Amazon, among many other outlets. Thanks!

 

NATE POWELL'S OMNIBOX collection coming in June!

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!

SWALLOW ME WHOLE in development as a feature film!



I'm excited to announce that my 2008 graphic novel Swallow Me Whole is in early stages of development as an indie film, based on a screenplay I've written, and with my participation and input all the way down the line.

Expect more news in the next few weeks-- in the meantime, you can follow developments for the film on Twitter and Instagram. You can also contact me directly at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com.

Thanks-- more to come!

Original artwork up for sale through late July-- a rare chance to buy MARCH pages too!



Original signed pages from nearly all of my books are now for sale through late July at my Etsy site-- your support will help me pay off a mountain of hospital bills from the birth of my second daughter, and swim out of debt with the IRS.

CHECK OUT THE SALE HERE.

The sale features work priced from $150 to $1000, and includes pages from March: Book One, The Lost Hero, You Don't Say, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of The Beasts, In The Dark, Sweet Tooth, Please Release, Sounds Of Your Name, Tiny Giants, and Walkie Talkie. It includes collaborations with writers Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Rick Riordan, Robert Venditti, Cecil Castellucci, Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Mark Long, and Jim Demonakos. There are also a few unpublished gems in there, like a 1999 Fantastic Four pinup, a tryout page for The Lost Hero, and an alternate version of a March: Book One page

Being a self-employed comic book artist isn't easy or full of job security, especially when trying to support a family with one's efforts-- cartoonists usually don't have a typical means of saving for any retirement or getting employer-based health insurance, and we get absolutely slammed by income taxes as sole proprietors. Career cartoonists are virtually guaranteed to die at their drawing tables, working through old age to make ends meet. I welcome and am prepared for that challenge, and this sale will help bridge a little bump in the road.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding, and for spreading the word-- now back to work!


Next week-- limited original artwork from all books for sale!



Hi-- I'll be putting some pages of original artwork up for sale in the next few days in order to pay for hospital bills, car problems, and swim out of my debt dungeon with the IRS.

This includes pages from SWALLOW ME WHOLE, ANY EMPIRE, WALKIE TALKIE/ SOUNDS OF YOUR NAME, PLEASE RELEASE/ YOU DON'T SAY, THE SILENCE OF OUR FRIENDS (w/ Mark Long & Jim Demonakos), THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS (w/ Cecil Castellucci), TWELVE REASONS TO DIE (w/ Ghostface Killah & Matthew Rosenberg), IN THE DARK (w/ Scott Snyder), THE LOST HERO (w/ Rick Riordan & Robert Venditti), SWEET TOOTH (w/ Jeff Lemire), and the only two pages from MARCH that will ever be available for sale in the forseeable future.

Stay tuned-- Probably putting them up Monday, remaining available through the end of July. Thanks for your support and faith!

Top Shelf graphic novels now available as DRM-free digital!

My incredible publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that it's launched a wave of direct DRM-free digital versions of graphic novels. Here's their press release!

My books Swallow Me Whole and March: Book One are in this first wave of releases. In addition, they're doing a super cheap print-and-digital bundle direct from their site. The digital version of March is only $1.99 in a bundle with the print edition, and Swallow Me Whole is only $2.99.

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

Original artwork now for sale on Etsy!


 I now have a bunch of original artwork and pages for sale at my new Etsy store! There are currently pages up from Sweet Tooth, The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Year Of The Beasts, Sounds Of Your Name, and some others to boot.

(HERE IT IS!)

I also have most of my other published pages available too, so please get in touch with me at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com if you're looking for something specific. Thank you!

New French story in LA VILLA SUR LA FALAISE!



If you're in France, pick up a copy of Casterman Publishing's La Villa Sur La Falaise ("The Villa At The End Of The Road"), a 280-page short story anthology commemorating the 10th anniversary of their Ecritures graphic novel line (to which Swallow Me Whole and The Silence Of Our Friends belong). I have a brand new 17-page story in the book, available nowhere else!

Other contributors include Isabel Kreitz, Jiro Taniguchi, Cati Baur, Hannah Berry, Saulne, Davide Reviati, Fred Bernard, Gabrielle Piquet, and Kan Takahama. Each of us did a short story continuing a common narrative setup penned by Benoit Sekal. This was one of my favorite stories to bring to life-- I hope you enjoy it!

If you live in North America and would like a copy, I have a handful and will gladly send you a signed copy for $15 in the US, or slightly more in Canada-- just email me at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com to inquire. Thanks.



Panels & signings at San Diego Comic Con!



San Diego's very own Comic-Con International is next week (July 11-15)-- prepare yourself for the throngs of humanity! Most of the time you can find me at the Top Shelf booth (#1721), where I'll be selling books, original comic pages, and a promotional minicomic for a forthcoming graphic novel I can finally announce at the Con. Lots of new projects are in the works!

Here's a list of additional panels, presentations, and signings I'll be doing throughout the week:

THURS. JULY 12:


3-4 pm-- "Graphic Novels: The Bookstore Crowd" panel w/ Alison Bechdel, Kate Beaton, Brecht Evens, Jennifer and Matt Holm, and Jason Shiga. Moderated by Tom Spurgeon. (Room 23ABC) 

FRI. JULY 13:


11 am-12 pm--
The Silence Of Our Friends signing at First Second booth (#1323).

2-3 pm -- Artist Spotlight panel (a presentation, Q&A and discussion about my work, and announcement about forthcoming projects!). (Room 9)

SAT. JULY 14:


1-2 pm-- Top Shelf
panel w/ Eddie Campbell, Jeff Lemire, Ed Piskor, James Kolchalka, and Chris Ross. Moderated by Leigh Walton. (Room 4)

2:30-3 pm-- The Silence Of Our Friends signing at First Second booth (#1323).


SUN. JULY 15:


10 am- 12 pm--
The Year Of The Beasts signing at MacKids booth (#1220).

12:15- 1:45 pm-- CBLDF Benefit Rock Art Jam w/ Gabriel Ba & Fabio Moon! Original artwork done live, projected, and auctioned to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. (Room 5AB)
 

See you there!

THE YEAR OF THE BEASTS mailorders now shipping!



The Year Of The Beasts, my new hybrid novel/graphic novel written by Cecil Castellucci, will hit shelves everywhere on May 22nd, but I'm officially shipping out signed copies now! It's $17 ppd. in the US (write me for international shipping info).


Order your copy from me HERE and I'll get it sent out pronto.

Also, I've expanded my Combo Pack: for $45 (in the US) you can choose any 3 full-length books-- The Year Of The Beasts, The Silence Of Our Friends, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, Sounds Of Your Name, and for an extra $5 I'll throw in Edible Secrets as well. Just include which books you'd like in your ordering text. Thanks!

(Here's Cecil and I at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend.)

Massive Top Shelf sale on digital comics this weekend!


To coincide with both the MoCCA Festival and Stumptown Comics Fest (which I'll be attending), my comics-family at Top Shelf are offering a big sale on the digital versions of tons of their graphic novels, including my books Any Empire for $5.99 and Swallow Me Whole for $4.99. Check it out here-- the sale ends Sunday!

And see you at Stumptown.

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.



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.