Chicago! Come out this weekend to see me and a heaps of other talented cartoonists at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! CAKE is one of my favorite shows of the year (and Chicago is one of my favorite cities!) so I’m extra excited for the show. I hope you are too! You can come find me at Table 45B!
CAKE banner by Krystal DiFronzo.
I’ll be selling minicomics, including copies of Baseline Blvd, which was nominated for Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize this year. I’ll also have aviation history buttons and tote bags. All of the relevant details of the show are below. I hope to see you there!
Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016
11 am – 6 pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
FREE and open to the public!
The Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, KS is holding an opening event this Friday for a new exhibition, Hidden Forces: The Kansas People’s History Project. Last fall, I had the opportunity to work with project director Dave Loewenstein by getting my Hand Lettering for Illustration & Comics class involved in the Kansas People’s History Project. The students were assigned to participate in the project, which asked artists to research and design a broadside highlighting an overlooked person or event in Kansas history. The exhibition at the Watkins Museum of History will feature screen printed versions of a selection of the submissions, including my own broadside about Annie Diggs, as well as the work of several of my students. If you live in the Lawrence area, come join us!
The opening event will take place from 6-9pm on May 27th, and is free to the public. Programming will include presentations by project director Dave Loewenstein, as well as printmaker Josh MacPhee, whose Celebrate People’s History project inspired the KPHP. Below are a few examples of the work of students from my Lettering class last fall. High resolution versions of all of the submissions to the KPHP can be viewed at the project’s website, kansaspeopleshistoryproject.com.
The 2016 Eisner award nominations have been announced, and The Nib’s book, Eat More Comics: The Best of the Nib, has been nominated for “Best Anthology.” Along with a ton of other comics from a wide variety of incredibly talented creators, this book includes two of my own stories that ran on The Nib during their first year. You can read “What to Pack for Certain Death” and “Urine: the Miracle Cure” online, as well as lots of other really phenomenal comics, at thenib.com.
Eat More Comics: the Best of the Nib was Kickstarter funded last summer, and is available for purchase at Topatoco. You can read the rest of the 2016 Eisner nominations here.
My autobiographical story Baseline Blvd, self-published in May of last year, recently appeared on the shortlist for the Slate Book Review and Center for Cartoon Studies’ Cartoonist Studio Prize. I am very proud and honored to have my work listed alongside that of so many incredibly talented cartoonists. I strongly encourage you to peruse the other comics on the list. From Slate’s website:
The Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies are proud to announce the nominees for the fourth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize. The winner in each of our two categories will be announced April 6; each winner will receive $1,000 and, of course, eternal glory. The shortlists were selected by Slate Book Review editor Dan Kois; the faculty and students at the Center for Cartoon Studies, represented by CCS Fellow Noah Van Sciver; and this year’s guest judge, Caitlin McGurk of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.
The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year: 2015 Shortlist
Bright-Eyed at Midnight by Leslie Stein. Fantagraphics.
Curveball by Jeremy Sorese. Nobrow.
New Construction by Sam Alden. Uncivilized Books.
Not Funny Ha-Ha by Leah Hayes. Fantagraphics.
The Oven by Sophie Goldstein. AdHouse.
Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia. Fantagraphics.
Sky in Stereo by Sacha Mardou. Revival House.
Soldier’s Heart by Carol Tyler. Fantagraphics.
Stroppy by Marc Bell. Drawn and Quarterly.
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki. Drawn and Quarterly.
The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Web Comic of the Year: 2015 Shortlist
Baseline Blvd was also recently nominated for a DINKy Award in the category “Best Work – Self Published” at the Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo. While it did not win, I was very honored to be nominated. These two nominations (which were announced on the same day, coincidentally) are the first time my work has been considered for an award like this. Baseline Blvd is an incredibly personal story, and I feel very lucky to be able to share this type of intimate work with readers and have it be so well received.
It’s Hourly Comic Day again! Or, it was on Monday, anyway. Since beginning my position at Pittsburg State University in 2013, February 1st has happened to fall on a weekend. This year, however, was just a little busier. Doing hourlies on a work day was hectic and stressful, but I’m glad I did it. I really value having this quick glimpse into my daily life from each year, and I enjoy making them. This is my seventh year making hourly comics. At some point, I may collect these into a minicomic, but for now you can read all of my hourlies here (or jump to a specific year: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010).