Celebrate People’s History!

You may remember a previous post about Annie Diggs, the woman I chose as the subject for my Kansas People’s History Project broadside. The statewide art project was lead by artist Dave Loewenstein, and challenged Kansas artists to create screen printed broadsides detailing forgotten, underrepresented, or otherwise marginalized stories from Kansas history. My poster was part of an exhibition of the project at the Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, KS.

The Kansas People’s History Project was inspired by Josh MacPhee’s broader-scale Celebrate People’s History! project. Celebrate People’s History! chose a few broadsides created for the Kansas project to include in their series, including my poster about Annie Diggs! You can buy your own 11″ x 17″ offset-printed version of the poster from the Just Seeds website.  I will also have these with me when I table at CAKE later this year.

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Baseline Blvd Available on Etsy!

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.

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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.

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Baseline Blvd is now available for purchase in my Etsy shop for $8. Grab a copy if it sounds like your jam.

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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.

The Cartoon Picayune on ComiXology!

The fifth issue of the The Cartoon Picayune, “Hard Work,” is now available to download on ComiXiology!

Here’s a description of the issue from the website:

“Issue #5 has four stories on a theme of “Hard Work.” Andy Warner, a cartoonist published in many venues including Slate, has a story about the sex workers in San Francisco fighting to change to their legal status. Emi Gennis takes us back with her historical comic about the Radium Girls of the 1930s. Erik Thurman and Editor Josh Kramer round out the issue with two shorter stories about the hard work of South Korean coffee shops and a cookies food truck, respectively.”

You can download all that for the low, low price of only 1.99!

“The End, Oh Well” Anthology

The Small Press Expo is nigh! I am currently sitting at my gate at the airport in Kansas City, awaiting my delayed flight to DC. Before I finish my trek across the country, I wanted to make one final SPX-related announcement:

Many moons ago, I contributed to an anthology project that has finally come to fruition! My short, fictional story is featured in THE END, OH WELL, an end-of-the-world themed collection boasting an outrageously talented lineup of artists. The book was edited by the venerable Luis Echavarría Uribe, and it is set to debut tomorrow at SPX!

If you’re going to be at the show this weekend, swing by Luis’ table to grab a copy. He’ll be at W42. I’ll be at F4A selling my minicomics, unsolved mystery anthologies, and other ephemera. See you there!

Morbid Swedish History Tote Bags

Who wouldn’t want a tote bag featuring this haunting image from one of history’s great doomed arctic expeditions? Well, maybe a few people. But you, you have refined taste. You know that when you’re walking around the show floor next weekend at the Small Press Expo, you’ll want a practical and fashionable bag to carry around all the comics you’re going to buy, and you’re going to want it to reflect your interests in both art, and nineteenth century Swedish adventurers.

These are 15.5″ x 13″ cotton tote bags with a 16.5″ navy blue handle, and matching navy blue imprint design. Big enough to hold your books, an umbrella, or whatever you need – and sure to be a conversation starter.

Come find me at the Small Press Expo on Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th to get your tote bag. Only $10 at the show.

It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane! It’s An Aviation History Button Set!

They’re here! My four-piece aviation history button set! And they look fantastic! These small, sepia-tinted buttons will look great on bags, or jackets, or whatever. Check them out:

These buttons are each 1″ across, and each set of four contains:

*S. A. Andrée portrait button
*Hydrogren balloon button
*Nieuport 17 biplane button
*Franz Reichelt & his parachute suit button

I had these buttons made through the Busy Beaver Button Co., and am very happy with how they turned out! Each set of four buttons has been bagged up and will be coming with me to the Small Press Expo, where they will be available for purchase for $3. Anything I don’t sell at the show will be for sale in my online store once I return.

SPX Prep: 18 Days To Go

Continuing my mission to branch out beyond minicomics, I am having a few tote bags printed up in time for the Small Press Expo. These bags will feature artwork from my most recent comic Unfortunate Mishaps in Aviation History. I have yet to receive the bags in the mail, but I’m hoping they turn out well and that I can sell a few at the show! They will look approximately like this:

Keep your eyes out for these at the show or, if you won’t be joining us in Bethesda, look for them online in my store when they become available.

SPX Prep: 32 Days To Go

With only about a month to go before the Small Press Expo, I’m hard at work getting all my ducks in a row. In the past I haven’t branched out much beyond minicomics, but for this show I’m making an effort to have a more diverse range of merchandise on my table. Buttons seem like a popular item with a relatively low overhead cost so I’m experimenting with them first. I decided to tie-in my very first button set with my most recent minicomic, Unfortunate Mishaps in Aviation History.  

If everything goes according to plan, this set of four buttons will be available for purchase at SPX on September 14th and 15th in Bethesda, MD. Following the show they will also be available online at my Etsy shop!

Radium Girls Preview

I may have mentioned recently that I had a story published in the most recent issue of The Cartoon Picayune. That story focuses on the “Radium Girls” of Ottawa, Illinois. These were women, mostly teenagers, who worked painting radium onto clock-faces  in a factory to make them glow in the dark. The factory did not advise the girls to take safety precautions while handling the radium, and in fact encouraged them to put it in their mouths. Here’s a little preview of my nine page story about these women:

You can find the full story in the fifth issue of The Cartoon Picayune, which is themed “Hard Work.” In that issue, you’ll also find work by Andy Warner, editor Josh Kramer, Erik Thurman, and a lovely cover by Pat Barrett. Check it out, won’t you?