My Cat Won’t Stop Bleeding

As many of you know, I lost a dear furry friend on Saturday. He was diagnosed a while ago so I knew our time was limited, but his swift deterioration last weekend still took me a bit by surprise. In January, we had a scary couple of days where I thought I might lose him, during which time I made the comic below. He recouped from this episode, thankfully, and we got to spend another three weeks together.


Karl will be deeply and severely missed. Rest in peace, little dude.

Hourly Comic Day 2015

I think Hourly Comic Day might be my favorite holiday. As many of you know, on February 1st every year cartoonists document their day by creating a quick panel or strip for each hour they are awake. I really enjoy making hourly comics and reading everyone else’s as they post them throughout the day. This is my sixth year participating in Hourly Comic Day, during which time I have moved from Chicago to Savannah, GA, attended and graduated from an MFA program, moved to Portland, OR, and accepted my job at Pittsburg State University and moved to Kansas. It’s interesting to see how things have changed in my life over the years, and how many of my day-to-day routines have remained the same. You can read all of my previous hourly comics here (or jump to a specific year: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010).



2014 In Review

2014 has been a productive year! I have made many comics over the past twelve months. Most recently, The Nib published “What To Pack For Certain Death,” a short piece about some of the more harebrained items ill-fated explorers have brought with them on their journeys.

Also published this year, my short story “Nyos,” which originally appeared in Irene #4. You can now read “Nyos” online right here. I also had a guest strip appear on the venerable Erika Moen’s Oh Joy Sex Toy in April about the fascinating history of vibrators, which later in the year was included in the first print collection of the comic.

Photo swiped from Topatoco, where Erika’s book is sold. It can be yours for only $30! Check it out at

In July, The Nib posted my story about trepanation, which I very recently published as a minicomic as well. If you would like one of these print copies you can buy them in my Etsy shop, or you can just read the comic online! Pages from this comic were featured in Assembly Required, a group exhibition of works by Pittsburg State University faculty members. The show is up through January 23rd, so if you are in the Pittsburg, KS area you still have a chance to see it!

Trepanation pages in “Assembly Required.”

Certainly the most exciting part of my year was participating in the 2014 ArtsEdge Residency at the University of Pennsylvania Kelly Writers’ House. I had the opportunity to give a talk about my work, teach a workshop for Penn students about how to make minicomics, and appear on a radio show! I also got to attend the Locust Moon Comics Festival while I was in Philadelphia, and had a terrific time. Pages from my short story, “From The Beyond” were displayed in a solo exhibition that was also part of the residency. Following that show, the pages were then also exhibited at the ribbon cutting celebration for the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts here in Kansas.

People checking out my work in the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

A video posted by @emigennis on

Looking ahead to 2015, keep your ojos peeled for Then It Was Dark the upcoming anthology of paranormal comics featuring my story, “From The Beyond.” Also I have a few projects I am currently working on for The Nib so look out for those as well. I hope to start work on a longer project later in the year, so check back here on the blog for updates about my work. As always, you can follow me on Twitter for more frequent updates and to learn things about me that you probably never wanted to know. Or, I don’t know, maybe you do. Happy New Year, you creeps!

Birdcage Bottom Books and Hic & Hoc SALES!

Birdcage Bottom Books, a fine purveyor of excellent comics, is having a 20% off sale from now through Dec. 1st! They are currently carrying my minicomics, Unfortunate Mishaps in Aviation History, The Unusual Death of Gregory Biggs, and Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head!, all of which can be purchased for 20% off by using the code BBB BLACK FRIDAY at checkout in their online store.

ALSO, from now until the end of the year, Hic & Hoc Publications have temporarily reduced the price of their books, including Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends, the anthology of nonfiction mystery comics I edited. You can pick that up in their online store for only $9! The holidays are fast approaching – buy comics for someone you love.

‘Assembly Required’ Opening This Friday

Assembly Required, the biannual faculty show of the Art Department here at Pittsburg State University, showcases nine artists working in a wide range of media. The show will run in the University Gallery of Porter Hall from the 18th of November, 2014 through the 23rd of January, 2015.
There will be an opening reception this Friday, November 21st between 4-6pm. If you live in the Pittsburg, KS area, come check out the show, meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments!

The exhibition will include my own work, as well as that of my esteemed colleagues S. Portico Bowman, Malcolm E. Kucharski, Janet Lewis, Josie Mai, Rhona McBain, Deann Norris, James Oliver, and Marjorie Schick.