Hi everyone! My mini-comic, CiVediamo, just won a Xeric Grant! The Xeric Foundation has been awarding grants for up-and-coming cartoonists to self-publish their work since 1992. They are now changing their focus, so this was the last ever round of self-publishing grants!
“CiVediamo" is an Italian goodbye. Literally, it means "We’ll see each other." CiVediamothe mini-comic is a wordless story of love, loss and moving on. The comic uses overlapping vellum pages to tell the story, and vellum is a pain to print in a copier, so I’m particularly glad to have support in publishing this comic. I’ve been working with my friend Charles at Eberhardt Press on the printing, and it should be done by the end of July.
Here’s an example of the vellum paper:
If you want to pre-order a copy through PayPal, go here. If you’re a store wanting to place a large order, contact my sales rep, Tony Shenton.
My new mini-comic, Curio, is now out! It’s an collection of my favorite short stories that I’ve drawn since I’ve been at SVA, loosely themed around girls, drugs, and experimental comics. It has a hand-sewn binding, recycled cover stock, and is very pretty.
Buy it this weekend from Cartoon Allies at MoCCA Fest, or from me at the Stumptown Comics Fest (table E-24).
If ordinary jam comics aren’t competitive enough, you can play a tic-tac-toe game with the panels! Drawing the panels out of order actually tends to make the comic more cohesive, since you’re building toward the same goal. Peter Schmidt and I did this one for Matt Madden’s Obstacle Course class; he was X and I was O. The game was a draw.
I love my Obstacle Course class with Matt Madden, which is all about finding creativity through challenges. The assignment here was to take one of our previous comics (which was itself based on a restriction, a word ladder), and remake it with obstacles from one of our classmates. The exercise was inspired byThe Five Obstructions, where Jørgen Leth remakes his short film, The Perfect Human, five different times with different obstructions from Lars von Trier. Here were the rules my own Lars von Trier gave me:
The words in the ladder must be reformatted into rhyming couplets.
The comic must refer somehow to one colour and its complement, excluding all other colors
The faces of three relatives must appear within the work.
Either the 1st or 3rd panel must always be extreme closeup.
And so, from these restraints, the idea of adversarial, hallucinatory subway buskers blossomed. I’m planning on watercoloring this comic with complimentary colors, but until then, you’ll have to regard black and white as compliments.
P.S. No, I do not believe that abortions generate ghosts! I’m very concerned about the defense of reproductive freedom.