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!