This week I returned from an adventure to Vancouver, BC for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival, a fantastic show featuring lots of talented artists and great programming. Among the highlights of the show for me was debuting my brand new comic, Baseline Blvd! Now that I’m back home, this comic has been added to my Etsy shop and is available for purchase along with my other mincomics. Baseline Blvd is a 64-page, mostly wordless autobiographical story that explores grief, and the anger, guilt, and isolation that come with it. The heart of the narrative depicts the 43 mile drive between my home in southeastern Kansas to a cemetery in rural Missouri.
This comic is deeply personal, a step outside of my usual comfort zone for my work. Making it felt uncomfortable, at times. I finished the comic amid grading finals and juggling a hectic travel schedule and deadlines for other projects. It was incredibly emotionally and physically taxing to make, and it is satisfying to see it completed.
Baseline Blvd is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop for $8. Grab a copy if it sounds like your jam.
This weekend I will be returning to Canada for the Vancouver Comic Arts Festival! If you are in the Vancouver, BC area, come check out the show from 10am-6pm on Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday! The show is being held at the Roundhouse Community Centre and is free to the public. I will be at table E6, right by the entrance to Hall 1 – you can’t miss me!
At the show I will have copies of most of my minicomics, the Hic & Hoc Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends anthology, as well as a couple of other anthologies my work has been featured in. I am also very excited to be debuting a brand new comic at VanCAF this year! Baseline Blvd is a 64 page autobiographical story about grief, and about driving through rural Missouri. Pick one up at the show!
I will also be participating in the “Picking and Pruning: Editing Tips for Comics” panel on Saturday at 12pm, along with Kel McDonald and Sfé Monster, and moderated by Jeff Ellis. If you are interested in the process of editing comics, come listen to us talk shop!
Hello Toronto! I am visiting your fine city this weekend to exhibit at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival. The event is free to the public, and located at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street). I’ll be there on Saturday from 9am-4pm, and on Sunday from 11am-5pm. You can find me upstairs, at table 268. Unfortunately, the minicomic I was planning to debut at the show is not quite ready yet, but I will have copies of all of my older minis, as well as copies of the Hic & Hoc unsolved mysteries anthology, a few other anthologies, tote bags, and buttons. So, come by my table and say hi! (Also, keep your eyes peeled for that new comic online within the next few weeks).
This weekend I will also be participating in a panel on Comics Reportage in the Internet Age, moderated by the esteemed Eleri Harris, along with Dan Berry, Jess Fink, Ed Piskor, and Jon Rosenberg. You can catch that on Saturday at 4pm at The Pilot Tavern (22 Cumberland Street). Hope to see you there!
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.