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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
I’m really looking forward to the next opportunity to draw at the MN Opera. They really know how to put on a show!
I’ve updated a new commissioned illustration that I recently finished for my friends Daren and Eva (and their cats). Happy holidays, you guys!
I am also currently finalizing next year’s convention schedule as well as preparing Chapter 2 of O Human Star for its first printed edition. 2013′s going to be a very exciting year!
Big exciting news! I just learned that O Human Star is one of two comics that have received the 2012 Queer Press Grant! The QPG is an annual grant established by Prism Comics in 2005 to encourage the publication of LGBT-themed works. This year, O Human Star shares this amazing honor with Christine Smith’s The Princess, a very sweet comic strip that also stars a transgender girl. Congratulations to Christine Smith, and thank you THANK YOU Prism Comics!
I’m coming up on the end of the third week in my new home in Minneapolis, and as hectic as settling in to a new apartment can be, I’m very excited to be back in the Twin Cities. I love MSP so much.
If you’re also local to the Twin Cities and you’re a fan of sci-fi or fantasy that’s LGBTQ-friendly, then perhaps you’d be interested in attending Gaylaxicon this weekend in Minneapolis! I will be sharing a table with the very talented Diana Nock, creator of The Intrepid Girlbot, and we’ll both be selling books about robots looking for love. So drop by and check it out!