I’ve launched a Patreon campaign!

Big news! I’m starting a Patreon campaign because I’ve reached a really exciting point in my career where I think my readers can help me push my work to the next level.

If you aren’t familiar with it yet, Patreon is a crowdfunding platform where folks contribute funds to an individual’s ongoing work instead of one particular project. Depending on how much you choose to pledge per month, you will get access to certain cool things, like Patreon-exclusive sketches, sneak-peeks and PDFs. And if certain monthly milestone goals are met, I get to do awesome things that will make everyone happy.

O Human Star had been updating twice a week for the past several months, but when I have to juggle a day job and extra freelance work on top of regular updates, sometimes keeping up that schedule can be… a challenge. I’d like a healthier way to balance my workload while giving my readers a way to peek at side projects and behind-the-scenes work that I’ve never shared before. I’m also reaching the point where being able to pay to replace my work tools, like the aging laptop I draw my comics on, would be a massive benefit.

I will still be updating O Human Star frequently, at least 5 pages a month, regardless of how much you pledge. But pledging to my Patreon will allow me to spend more time on my comics, and as we reach certain milestone goals I can update the comic more frequently and unlock cool rewards for everybody who’s pledged.

Thank you for your support, and I look forward to making more comics you love!

“Everyone Told Us Not To Go To Syria” – new comic with David Axe

Syria comic preview

The first installment of my most recent collaboration with David Axe is now up on Medium. In September David traveled to Syria to cover the ongoing conflict in the region and has begun adapting his experiences as short nonfiction comics, illustrated by yours truly. It’s always a treat working with David and I’m looking forward to getting started on the next installment.

O Human Star Moving Sale 8/18 – 8/25

Moving Sale 1

Moving Sale 2

I’m moving to the top floor of my house at the end of the month, and you know what would help me out? Getting some of these heavy boxes of books off my hands!

So starting today and going through midnight CST next Sunday, any book order you place at the OHS store comes with a free Al’s Lady print and the chance to get your books signed and sketched in for no extra charge!

To take advantage of this offer, here’s what you need to do:

1) When adding books to your cart, select the “Signed and Sketched – SALE” option.

2) If you’re paying with a Paypal account, make a note in the “Special Instructions” box with the name you’d like written in your book and the character you’d like me to draw.

3) All other forms of payment, please use this contact form. PLEASE use the same email address so I can match it up with your order!

That’s all you need to do! Now’s a good time to grab some books!

The Sleep of Reason is on Kickstarter!

I have a 12 page comic in an anthology called The Sleep of Reason that’s raising funds through Kickstarter right now. This book is a massive collection of brand new horror comics in the vein of Black Hole or Uzumaki, all done by some of the most interesting and talented cartoonists out there right now. I’m in good company.  There are also some really awesome stretch goals and backer rewards that become available as we raise more funds, so check it out!

I’ve also added a new page under “Comics” for my Sleep of Reason piece that shows a finished page and some preliminary sketches.

2013 convention schedule!

Convention season is fast approaching, and soon I’ll be flying off to table at my first con of 2013. To start, I’ll be returning to Portland, OR on April 27-28 for the Stumptown Comics Fest. I’ll be at table Q3 with Diana Nock and Spike Trotman. Here is a helpful map made by my buddy Kory Bing that shows where I – and a bunch of other cool people – will be located!

Thanks for making this, Kory!

Shortly after that, I will flying off to Toronto, ON for the very first time on May 11-12 for the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! Table info for that show is on the way.

I’m also returning to the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, MD outside of DC on September 14-15.  And for you Twin Cities folks out there, I’m not tabling but will certainly be attending Autoptic on August 18 in Minneapolis, MN.

2013 convention merchandise

If you’re planning on attending any of these conventions, here’s what I’ll have on hand! I will have both Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of O Human Star, buttons (sold separately and in packs of 3) and a new 6′ x 11″ print of Al’s lady poster. I look forward to seeing you guys at all of these great conventions!

O Human Star Chapter 2 is now for sale!

The second chapter of my online comic O Human Star is now available in print at my store site. You also have the option for your book to be sketched in and personalized.

Once again I would like to thank the generosity of Prism Comics and the Queer Press Grant, as well as the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts for allowing me to work on this chapter during a 4 week-long artist residency back in August. This book wouldn’t have turned out as great as it did without their support.

A Night at the Minnesota Opera: Sketches from DOUBT

Sister Aloysius from Doubt

Last night I had the great privilege of joining the Black Hat Collective to sketch at the Minnesota Opera’s world premiere production of Doubt, based on the play of the same name. We had a fantastic time, and being able to experience this dramatic, heartbreaking, and often hilarious story in the medium of an opera was like nothing I’d ever experienced before.

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I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity to draw at the MN Opera. They really know how to put on a show!