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The Convincer

Aug. 3rd, 2011 | 09:23 pm

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The Map

Jul. 27th, 2011 | 07:42 pm

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Not the Bad Guy

Jul. 7th, 2011 | 06:40 am

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Research

Jun. 29th, 2011 | 06:51 am

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So Bored

May. 19th, 2011 | 10:05 pm

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So Proud

Apr. 27th, 2011 | 08:54 pm

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Items of Business

Apr. 20th, 2011 | 07:00 pm

For those of you in the vicinity of Anacortes, Washington, some of my original art is on display at The Business record store. The featured comic was never before seen by human eyes because it was drawn for an upcoming anthology that is for dogs only. Right now the only way to see it is by patronizing The Business, where you have the option of purchasing it for your home. And even in the future after the anthology is published, the only other way you will be able to read it is by stealing a copy of the book from a dog - an act that is not only immoral but also wet and slimy. The art is hanging in The Business because new owner Nick Rennis likes all this - all this stuff I draw that you seem to like - so he asked for it. So you can assume that he has asked others for things that you like, or that you will like, so if you're in Anacortes, stop by The Business!

I will be at Boston Comic Con April 30 and May 1, and would very much like to see you! It's at Hynes Convention Center, which is a bigger space than last year, and boasts hundreds of artists. You may even get to meet R2D2 or a Ghostbuster.

After Stumptown a couple of years ago, I drew this convention anxiety meter:
I'm now much more comfortable at these things, but I have to admit this one is making me nervous. I've never done a mainstream con before and I don't know who will be interested in my little handmade comics. And the vibe, by the nature of the event, will be different than, say, a zine fair. But I was pretty nervous before my first zine fair too.

To those of you who suffer from anxiety (and it seems like there are many of us), I don't have a solution, although I've definitely made strides in the past few years. I've found that if the anxiety is vague enough, it can just wear itself out. If I try to shoo away my comic-con anxiety, it doesn't leave. But when I let it dance around, eventually it just runs out of things to say and exhausts itself. When it starts to come back later (and it will), I recognize it and say, "oh hello, we've met before," and it slinks away. Now, this doesn't work if your particular anxiety happens to be telling you something specific, like part of your brain is swelling against your skull and is about to kill you. It's our daily worrying that I'm talking about - don't distract yourself, don't get upset, just stop and listen to what it has to say and eventually it will run out of things to talk about.

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Rewarding Success

Apr. 13th, 2011 | 09:45 pm

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With the Angels

Apr. 6th, 2011 | 06:18 pm

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Staples and Stickers and Stamps

Apr. 4th, 2011 | 08:57 pm

As the number of titles in the Manatee Power library increases, we spend more and more time throughout the year printing, cutting, stapling, folding, stickering, and stamping. Shortly after one book is finished, we run out of another. Although I do feel a strong sense of love and pride as I'm assembling the first physical manifestation of a new book - and the twentieth - my excitement fades by the 200th.  So we tried to be a little smarter about minicomics production. My sister, Randi, joined Rebecca and I on Saturday for a massive stapling-and-stickering-and-stamping extravaganza in an ambitious effort to make all the minicomics we'll need for the year. We... didn't quite make it to the end. The world of bookmaking becomes a little sleepy if you order sake with your sushi. But we came close! A weight has been lifted by my generous family and I already feel a little lighter (and it's not from the sake).


Some of these fine books are coming with me this weekend to the MoCCA Festival at the Lexington Avenue Armory in New York City. After skipping it last year, I'm excited to be going back! There are many great cartoonists at MoCCA and I always fall in love with something new. And, like at SPX, it's so much fun to talk to readers and introduce myself to new ones. MoCCA runs Saturday April 9th and Sunday April 10th from 11am-6pm. If you go, please come by table E17!

While I'm in the city I'll be staying with my good friend Ray, who I've convinced to attend Punchdrunk's incomparable MacBeth-by-way-of-Hitchock theater piece,  Sleep No More. Rebecca and I experienced it twice when it was in Boston and I urge anyone who can to see its new incarnation in New York. It warrants a blog post of it its own and, after we go, I'll try to write one.

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