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.

New in the shop: Trepanation!

I’ve got a brand new minicomic!

Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like a Hole in the Head originally appeared on The Nib is and now available for you to purchase from my Etsy store! It explores the history and practices of the International Trepanation Advocacy Group, a small group of people who believe that drilling a small hole in your skull may help in achieving full brain function and mental health, or even enlightenment. After conducting research and interviews with ITAG officials as well as a founder of the movement, I have put together this comic for your enjoyment. 16 pages, black and white. Color cover. $4.

Go and buy it, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Happy Halloween! Go Check Out My Spooky Pages!

Happy Halloween everyone! You know what is the perfect way to celebrate? By reading spooky comics, of course! I recently completed a ghost story to be featured in the upcoming anthology Then It Was Dark, a collection of stories about the paranormal. The pages from my story can currently be seen at the Kelly Writer’s House Brodsky Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania.
My seasonally spooky comic tells the tale of Thomas Lynn Bradford, a 1920s Spiritualist who committed suicide in an attempt prove the existence of an afterlife. From The Beyond will be up in the Brodsky Gallery (3805 Locust Walk in Philadelphia) until November 7th, so you have all week to check it out. The Writers’ House has printed beautiful broadsides to accompany the show, which they likely still have available and you are free to take with you.

Earlier this month at the show’s opening, I gave a brief artist talk about the piece and my process creating it. If you would like to watch a video of that even, you can do so right here!

If you live in Philadelphia, make sure you go check out the show. If not, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Then It Was Dark, to be published early next year. It looks like it is shaping up to be a great collection!

Thank You to the Kelly Writers’ House!

As followers of this blog have undoubtedly noticed, I’ve been in Philadelphia all week! I’ve just returned home from the ArtsEdge Residency program at the Kelly Writers’ House at the University of Pennsylvania. This was an amazing experience for which I am unimaginably grateful.

My week in Philadelphia kicked off with the opening of my first solo show, From The Beyond, in the Brodsky Gallery at the Writers’ House. The show includes all ten of my pages from a story of the same name which will appear in the upcoming Then It Was Dark anthology. At the opening I gave a short talk about the history behind the story and my process creating it. This was livestreamed online and many of you tuned in (thanks so much!), but if you missed it, there is now a video of the event posted online. You can watch my artist talk at the Kelly Writers’ House here. 

My work will be hanging in the Brodsky Gallery at the Kelly Writers’ House until November 7th, so if you’re in Philadelphia, make sure you go check that out!

Also as part of the residency, I attended the Locust Moon Comics Festival. This was a one-day show where I debuted my brand new minicomic, Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head, a print version of a comic I produced for The Nib earlier this year. These minicomics will be available online soon, so check back for that in the coming weeks!

Photo taken from the Locust Moon Comics Festival FB page!

The show was a lot of fun, and I got to meet so many phenomenal comics people! I especially liked the venue where the show was held – a beautiful old building originally built as a Christian Science church that now functions as a community arts and culture center. The large, circular main hall where my table was situated was full of natural light and dilapidated charm that was a refreshing change from the typical nondescript, fluorescent-lit convention halls.

My stay in Philadelphia was concluded with a brief interview and a reading on the show LIVE at the Writers’ House which will be broadcast on WXPN in Philadelphia on Monday night at 8pm. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia area but would like to listen, you can livestream it!

I am completely overwhelmed by how supportive of my work the Kelly Writers’ House has been in organizing all these events for my stay in Philadelphia. I can’t thank them enough, but can only encourage you to check out their programming if you are ever in the Philadelphia area. They are an incredibly amazing group of writers, teachers, organizers, and students creating a vibrant literary and arts community on the Penn campus.