Thursday, April 17, 2014

Team MARCH in Little Rock for Arkansas Literary Festival next weekend!



I'll be returning to my beloved hometown April 25th-27th for the Arkansas Literary Festival, along with collaborators John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, to discuss our graphic novel trilogy March. Here are two scheduled events:

* Saturday, April 26th: "Illustration" panel discussion with Kadir Nelson and Colleen Doran. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 4:00 pm.

* Sunday, April 27th: "March: Book One" presentation and panel discussion with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, 1:30 pm. (Space will fill quickly-- get there early!)

I'm pretty sure both events will have signings immediately afterward.

I'll also be in Fayetteville, AR the following weekend on May 3rd, doing a presentation, Q&A, and signing at the public library-- more on that in the coming days!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

MARCH nominated for 3 Eisner Awards!



I'm honored to find that March: Book One, my collaboration with John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, has been nominated for three Eisner Awards: Best Reality-Based Work, Best Publication For Teens, and Best Penciller/Inker!

This year's list has a really solid line-up of nominees-- congratulations to all my other comics homies including Cecil Castellucci, Becky Cloonan, Jeff Lemire, Scott Snyder, Jeffrey Brown, Ed Piskor, Zander Cannon, Faith Erin Hicks, Luke Pearson, Gene Yang, Paul Pope, Sheila Keenan, Nathan Fox, Ben Katchor, Jeff Smith, Judith Vanistendael, and lots more! The winners will be announced at a ceremony this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

The complete list can be viewed here.
Judith Vanistendael

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Presentation, MARCH exhibit, and signing at SPACE in Columbus OH!



If you're in the Midwest, come to SPACE in Columbus OH this weekend! It'll be happening April 12-13th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel (4900 Sinclair Rd.), 10am- 6pm. 

I'll be selling books and artwork at my own table all weekend, and will also have some other things going on:

* Original pages from the forthcoming March: Book Two will be unveiled for the first time ever, and will be on exhibit near my table all weekend.

* I'll be giving a presentation on Saturday from 3-4 pm about all the projects afoot since the release of March: Book One-- this'll include Book Two, Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero, my comics collection You Don't Say, a new printing of Swallow Me Whole, collaborations with acclaimed writers Scott Snyder and Van Jensen, pinups for Operation Margarine and Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, and an early look at work on my next solo book, Cover.

Here's the FB page for SPACE, and the full programming list. See you there!

MARCH is a Glyph Award nominee!



I'm honored to hear that March: Book One has been nominated for the 2014 Glyph Comics Award, recognizing "the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year"!

The winner will be announced next month at the East Coast Black Age Of Comics convention in Philadelphia. 

March has also been recognized as a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, YALSA's Top 10 Great Graphic Novels For Teens, YALSA's Outstanding Books For The College Bound, and has currently spent 29 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

THE LOST HERO is complete!



Drawing chores on the graphic novel adaptation of Rick Riordan's THE LOST HERO are finished! It's written by Robert Venditti, drawn by me, and colored by Orpheus Collar, to be published in October from Hyperion Books. More details, including an unveiling of the cover, as soon as it's available!

Time to catch up on commissions, pinups, and lettering for my short story collection YOU DON'T SAY this weekend, then jumping straight into inks for MARCH: BOOK TWO, which will be released in January 2015 from Top Shelf.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Top Shelf graphic novels now available as DRM-free digital!

My incredible publisher Top Shelf announced yesterday that it's launched a wave of direct DRM-free digital versions of graphic novels. Here's their press release!

My books Swallow Me Whole and March: Book One are in this first wave of releases. In addition, they're doing a super cheap print-and-digital bundle direct from their site. The digital version of March is only $1.99 in a bundle with the print edition, and Swallow Me Whole is only $2.99.

Monday, February 17, 2014

MICHIGAN-- Signings and MSU Comics Forum this weekend!

I'll be at two events in East Lansing MI this coming weekend:

* Fri, Feb 21st-- a signing at the new Hollow Mountain Comics & Games shop (611 E. Grand River) from 4:30-6:30 pm. I'll have tons of books and original artwork available.
(Here's the FB event)

* Sat, Feb 22nd-- I'll have a table at the MSU Comics Forum (Snyder/Phillips Hall) from 11-5.
(Here's the FB event)

If you'd like to purchase a specific piece of original artwork from a book, email me at seemybrotherdance@yahoo.com. (note: MARCH pages are not for sale.)

See you there!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

MARCH picked for YALSA's College-Bound essentials list!

March: Book One just got another YALSA recognition: it's been selected for a five-year stint on their Outstanding Books for the College Bound-- History and Cultures list! Major score!

(it may be noted that March replaced both Maus and Persepolis on this list.)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 schedule of events, conventions, and signings

Here's my master list of upcoming events in 2014-- this includes presentations, signings, and comic conventions at which I'll be tabling. This list will be consistently updated as new events and information are confirmed. 


Fri, Feb 21-- East Lansing MI-- signing at Hollow Mountain Comics (611 E. Grand River Ave.). 4:30-6:30 pm.

Sat, Feb 22-- East Lansing MI-- tabling at MSU Comics Forum (Snyder/Phillips Hall), 11am-5pm.

Wed, March 12-- Worcester MA-- presentation at Clark University w/ Andrew Aydin (details and programming TBA)

April 12-13-- Columbus OH-- SPACE (Ramada Plaza hotel, 4900 Sinclair Rd.)

April 25-26-- Little Rock AR-- Arkansas Literary Festival w/ John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (details and programming TBA)

Sat, May 3-- Fayetteville AR-- Fayetteville Public Library (details and programming TBA)

May 10-11-- Toronto, ON-- TCAF (at Top Shelf booth)

May 31- June 1-- Chicago IL-- CAKE

June 21-22-- Charlotte NC-- Heroes Con (at Top Shelf booth)

July 24-27-- San Diego CA-- Comic Con International (at Top Shelf booth #1721)

Sept 13-14-- North Bethesda MD-- SPX

October 10-12-- New York NY-- NYCC (at Top Shelf and Hyperion booths-- debut of The Lost Hero!)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The Bomb-- Indecision 2xLP out now from No Idea Records!


I did the album artwork for a reissued edition of The Bomb's Indecision 2xLP (featuring members of legendary Chicago punk band Naked Raygun), out now on No Idea Records.

I'll be working on another record with The Bomb soon-- a one-sided 12"! Details as they emerge.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January 2014-- recap of press and new releases!

Happy New Year! It's been a bit, so here are some of the recent goings-on:



* The French edition of March: Book One is out now-- it's titled Wake Up America: 1940-1960, and is published by Rue De Sevres. 

* An Italian edition of Sounds Of Your Name will be out in early spring, titled Condizioni and published by Edizioni BD's Psychopop imprint. More info soon!


* I'm currently drawing a horror comic with acclaimed writer Scott Snyder (The Wake, American Vampire, Batman, Superman: Unchained) for the In The Dark anthology hardcover, edited by Rachel Deering. It'll be available in April via IDW Publishing!

* Here's a new interview I did with Bloomington's own WFHB a couple of weeks ago, discussing March and other books, punk, scamming photocopies in the 1990's, working for folks with disabilities, and other topics.

* I'm proud to announce that March: Book One made Comic Book Resources' #3 book of 2013, several best-of-year lists at Comicosity, and #3 of 2013 at Mental Floss! In addition, the collaborative team of John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and I made "Comics Team Of The Year" over at Comics Beat. Thanks so much!


* I'm about 25 pages away from finishing work on Rick Riordan's Heroes Of Olympus: The Lost Hero (with writer/adapter Robert Venditti and colorist Orpheus Collar). That'll be out in October from Hyperion Books!


* I'm also finishing up work on You Don't Say, which collects all my out-of-print, unpublished, and new short comics stories from 2004-2013. It should be out in late 2014 from Top Shelf! More info soon.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

My favorite comics and albums of 2013.

Because I can't help but to make unnecessary lists all the time, here are my favorite albums and comics of 2013. There are plenty of comics and music I haven't gotten the chance to experience, so this list is shaped and impaired by not having much spare time.

ALBUMS:


1. HAIM-- Days Are Gone (Columbia/Polydor)


2. DAFT PUNK-- Random Access Memories (Columbia/Daft Life)





5. LORDE-- Pure Heroine (Universal)


6. LADY GAGA-- Artpop (Streamline/Interscope)





COMICS:

 
1. Demeter by Becky Cloonan (self-published)


2. Hawkeye: Little Hits by Matt Fraction and David Aja (Marvel)


3. New School by Dash Shaw (Fantagraphics)


4. Operation Margarine by Katie Skelly (self-published/Adhouse in 2014)


5. Prophet: Brothers by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis,
and Farel Dalrymple  (Image)


6. Susceptible by Genevieve Castree (Drawn and Quarterly)


7. My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt (Drawn and Quarterly)


8. A Matter Of Life by Jeffrey Brown (Top Shelf)


9. Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor (Fantagraphics)


10. Delusional by Farel Dalrymple (Adhouse)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Paste's Best Comics Artists of 2013 + MARCH in Congress!

I'm honored to've been included in Paste magazine's Best Comics Artists of 2013, alongside some of my very favorites including Dash Shaw, Paul Pope, Fiona Staples, David Aja, and Mike Allred!

Another news item: Top Shelf has given digital copies of March: Book One to every single member of Congress, along with a digital version of Martin Luther King, Jr. And The Montgomery Story!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Miami Book Fair this weekend!

If you're in Florida, come down to the Miami Book Fair International this weekend-- I'll be doing the following presentations and signings:

Friday, Nov. 22nd: presentation with John Lewis & Andrew Aydin. 6:00 pm in the Chapman Building (Building 3, 2nd Floor, Room 3210). Signing immediately afterward.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd:  "Crime And Consequence" with Matt Kindt (discussing Red Handed and his other fine books) and I (discussing Any Empire, The Silence Of Our Friends, and March). 12:00 pm in the Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365). Signing immediately afterward.

Saturday, Nov. 23rd: Signing at Tate's Comics booth, 1:30-2:30 pm.

see you there!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friday, November 15, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

MARCH interview on The Rachel Maddow Show!


On November 7th, I was honored to speak with Rachel Maddow on her show, alongside my March co-writers John Lewis & Andrew Aydin. Here's Top Shelf's coverage of the evening, and here is the interview from the show.

gettin' mic'd.

March: Book One shot to the #12 best-selling book on Amazon for much of the next day, and the limited hardcover printing sold out completely the next morning. Thanks so much for the support and interest!

All three of us will be at the Miami International Book Fair from November 21-23... more info on that in the next few days.


Wednesday, November 6, 2013

NYC signing tomorrow + appearance on Rachel Maddow!

If you're in the New York City area, I'll be signing copies of March with my collaborators John Lewis and Andrew Aydin-- we'll be at the DOWNTOWN branch of Midtown Comics (64 Fulton St.) from 6-7 pm. See you there!

That evening, we'll all be guests on The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC at 9pm EST to discuss March. This is a very exciting moment for comics, and I'm honored to be a part of it. Tune in if you can, and spread the word!

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Eisner Award winning, NYT Best-Selling graphic novelist behind March, Any Empire, Swallow Me Whole, The Lost Hero, The Silence Of Our Friends, The Year Of the Beasts, and Sounds Of Your Name. Native of North Little Rock AR; resident of Bloomington IN.