In case you missed it, earlier this month The Nib published my comic “Urine: The Miracle Cure,” an investigation into the curious practice of urine therapy. Did you know that people all over the world drink their own urine for it’s supposed health benefits? Well, they do. There are entire Youtube channels about it. And countless books. It’s wild.
While researching this topic I spoke with practitioners of urine therapy, who told me of urine’s curative powers: It can cure cancer! It can restore eyesight! I’ll help you lose weight! The Illuminati are keeping this a secret from the public! Etc. For this piece I also drank my own urine because really it would be irresponsible of me as a journalist not to, right? And I mean, who would want to pass up an opportunity like this to drink urine? Most people, I guess. The comic details my experience drinking urine, as well as some things I learned talking to “experts” in the field. Go read it.
My dearest Canadian readers, I may be coming to a city near you in the very near future! In May of this year, I will be attending both TCAF in Toronto, as well as VanCAF in Vancouver, so if you live in or near one of those cities definitely consider checking out the show! Both events are free to the public. For TCAF, I hope to have copies of m new autobiographical minicomic, Baseline Blvd, to debut to the show. These books will also be available at VanCAF two weeks later.
For those of you attending VanCAF, I encourage you also to check out the Picking And Pruning: Editing Tips For Comics panel, hosted by Jeff Ellis (Mega Fauna), an featuring myself, Kel McDonald (Cautionary Fables & Fairy Tales), and Sfé Monster & Taneka Stotts (Beyond). This event will take lace Saturday, May 23rd, from 12:00-12:45pm.
Poster art by Charles Burns
The Toronto Comic Arts Festival
May 9, 9am-5pm + May 10, 11am-5pm
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Attendance is FREE to the public.
The Vancouver Comic Arts Festival
May 23, 10am-6pm + May 24, 11am-5pm
Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 181 Roundhouse Mews
Attendance is FREE to the public.
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.
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 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 topatoco.com.
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.
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!