Italy bound!

* I'll be in Lucca, Italy for the Lucca Comics and Games Festival next weekend (October 29-November 1st), signing copies of Portami Via (the Italian translation of Swallow Me Whole, published by Lizard)! I believe I also have some kinda interview/discussion and some live drawing on the 1st at 1:00 pm, if you're around. And in Italy. See you there?

* The Your Heart Breaks/ Triumph of Lethargy Skinned Alive To Death 7" is available now, from Don't Stop Believin' Records, or $5 ppd. to me-- paypal orders to It should be added to the store section of this site pretty soon too.

* I just finished a two-color cover for Cometbus #53, which will be out in about three weeks!

* I'll also be doing some illustrations for Fluke #8, featuring an interview/feature on Dogtown stalwart Alan Short. Alan was an early and powerful creative force behind the comics Mike Lierly, Nathan Wilson, and I did in the late '80's and early '90's, and has been a member of the Arkansas bands Seahag, Deadbird, Zucura, Soophie Nun Squad, Them of Delphi, Ridin' Dudes, and Entrance (among many others). It'll be available by the end of the year.

* I'll be doing the cover of We Will Bury You #2 by Zane and Brea Grant, published by IDW.

* If you live on the west coast, I'll be a guest at a con in Sacramento CA on January 9-10. More info soon! See you there!

* My band Universe is working our way through writing an LP to be recorded in the winter-- no other info yet on this puppy.

*Still workin' away at two new graphic novels-- I'm about 35 pages done with the 200-page book The Silence Of Our Friends (to be released February 2012 on First Second), and am feverishly editing, revising, and tweaking the finished pencils of my 250-page graphic novel Any Empire (to be released in 2011 on Top Shelf).

Summer Update!

Bring it on, summertime! here’s a quick run-down of projects to look out for, and events I’ll be attending:

• 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!