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 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.

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.

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!