Baseline Blvd Shortlisted for Best Webcomic of the Year

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 by Emi Gennis
Cat and Girl
by Dorothy Gambrell
Cavities
by Andrew White
The Creepy Casefiles of Margo Maloo
by Drew Weing
Dorris McComics
by Alex Norris
The Fabric of Appropriation
by Whit Taylor
I Want to Believe
by Boulet
Lighten Up
by Ronald Wimberly
Longstreet Farm
by Mike Dawson
The Perry Bible Fellowship
by Nicholas Gurewitch

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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.

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!

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!

Thank You to the Kelly Writers’ House!

As followers of this blog have undoubtedly noticed, I’ve been in Philadelphia all week! I’ve just returned home from the ArtsEdge Residency program at the Kelly Writers’ House at the University of Pennsylvania. This was an amazing experience for which I am unimaginably grateful.

My week in Philadelphia kicked off with the opening of my first solo show, From The Beyond, in the Brodsky Gallery at the Writers’ House. The show includes all ten of my pages from a story of the same name which will appear in the upcoming Then It Was Dark anthology. At the opening I gave a short talk about the history behind the story and my process creating it. This was livestreamed online and many of you tuned in (thanks so much!), but if you missed it, there is now a video of the event posted online. You can watch my artist talk at the Kelly Writers’ House here. 

My work will be hanging in the Brodsky Gallery at the Kelly Writers’ House until November 7th, so if you’re in Philadelphia, make sure you go check that out!

Also as part of the residency, I attended the Locust Moon Comics Festival. This was a one-day show where I debuted my brand new minicomic, Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head, a print version of a comic I produced for The Nib earlier this year. These minicomics will be available online soon, so check back for that in the coming weeks!

Photo taken from the Locust Moon Comics Festival FB page!

The show was a lot of fun, and I got to meet so many phenomenal comics people! I especially liked the venue where the show was held – a beautiful old building originally built as a Christian Science church that now functions as a community arts and culture center. The large, circular main hall where my table was situated was full of natural light and dilapidated charm that was a refreshing change from the typical nondescript, fluorescent-lit convention halls.

My stay in Philadelphia was concluded with a brief interview and a reading on the show LIVE at the Writers’ House which will be broadcast on WXPN in Philadelphia on Monday night at 8pm. If you don’t live in the Philadelphia area but would like to listen, you can livestream it!

I am completely overwhelmed by how supportive of my work the Kelly Writers’ House has been in organizing all these events for my stay in Philadelphia. I can’t thank them enough, but can only encourage you to check out their programming if you are ever in the Philadelphia area. They are an incredibly amazing group of writers, teachers, organizers, and students creating a vibrant literary and arts community on the Penn campus.

New Minicomic – Just In Time For Locust Moon!

Can it really be that I haven’t published a new minicomic in over a year? Obviously, that situation needs to be remedied immediately – and it shall! I will have a brand new minicomic debuting at the Locust Moon Comics Festival next weekend. Trepanation: Elective Surgery You Need Like A Hole In The Head is the print version of a comic originally published on The Nib. 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 be beneficial or even necessary to full brain function and mental health. This is a 16-page black and white comic with a full color cover, and will be sold at the show for $4 each.

Not going to be at Locust Moon this weekend? Fear not! After I return from Philadelphia, issues of this comic will be made available through my Etsy shop.

Interested in minicomics? I will be teaching a minicomics workshop in Philadelphia on Thursday, October 23rd. We’ll discuss various production methods, look at examples, and each student will have the opportunity to make a minicomic of their very own! The workshop will be held from 7-9pm at the Kelly Writers’ House (3805 Locust Walk). To sign up, email wh@writing.upenn.edu with subject line: MINICOMICS, yes!

Upcoming Philadelphia Events

Philadelphia! In the coming weeks I will be traveling to your city to spend a few days there for a brief residency at the Kelly Writers’ House at the University of Pennsylvania. I consider this to be a huge honor and am very excited. The residency will involve several events, and I can’t wait to meet all of you.

My trip will kick off with an opening for a show of my work at the Brodsky Gallery that will include the pages from my most recent completed comic, “From The Beyond,” a ghost story that I drew for the upcoming Then It Was Dark anthology. The opening will take place on Wednesday, October 22nd, at the Kelly Writers’ House, located at 3805 Locust Walk. The event starts at 6pm, when I will give a short presentation on my work and process, to be followed by refreshments and socializing and general merriment until 8.

A page from “From The Beyond” to appear in my show @ the Brodsky Gallery.

On Thursday, October 23rd, I will be teaching a workshop on how to make minicomics! We’ll discuss various production methods, look at examples, and each student will have the opportunity to make a minicomic of their very own! The workshop will be held from 7-9pm at the Kelly Writer’s House in the Zises Seminar Room (Room 203). To sign up, email wh@writing.upenn.edu with subject line: MINICOMICS, yes!

While in town I will also be exhibiting at the Locust Moon Comics Festival, on Saturday, October 25th. The show is open from 10am-6pm at The Rotunda located at 4014 Walnut Street. There I will be selling comics, including a few copies of Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends, the anthology I edited for Hic & Hoc, as well as a brand new minicomic of my story about trepanation that recently appeared on The Nib. I’ll also have tote bags and buttons and other ephemera for sale. This year’s show is bringing some pretty awesome guests, so I definitely recommend checking that out.

My stay in Philadelphia will be concluded with an appearance on a comics-themed episode of the radio program LIVE at the Writer’s House, alongside Box Brown, Hawk Krall, JC Cloutier, and Josh O’Niell, with a musical performance by Lantern. We’ll be talking about comics – making them, reading them, studying them – and the recording of the show is open to the public. If you’d like to attend, the event will be held at the Kelly Writers’ House on Monday, October 27th, and taping will begin at 7pm. If you are unable to attend, you can listen to us the following Monday, November 3rd, at 8pm on WXPN, or download a podcast version that will be made available sometime after the initial broadcast.

If you live in the Philadelphia area, please come to one of these events and say hello!

Kickstarter Updates!

I’m very excited to say that Then It Was Dark, the anthology of paranormal stories edited by Sarah Benkin, was fully funded on Kickstarter as of last night! This means I’ll get to draw a spooky ghost story for all of you! Thanks to those of you who backed the project and helped spread the word.

I also wanted to mention that everyone’s favorite sex education comic, Erika Moen’s fabulous Oh Joy Sex Toy, is also running a Kickstarter to fund its first print edition! You may remember the recent guest strip I did for OJST about the history of vibrators (if you missed that, you can read it right here!). This project was fully funded the very first day it was up, but additional money raised will go towards paying guest artists (like me!) a higher page rate so check it out!

New Comic on Oh Joy Sex Toy!

I’m very excited to share with all of you a guest strip that I created for Erika Moen‘s phenomenal series Oh Joy Sex ToyFor anyone unfamiliar, Erika is a rockstar cartoonist with two very successful webcomics under her belt (if you haven’t already, go check out DAR and Bucko immediately), but I think Oh Joy Sex Toy is her crowning achievement so far. It’s fun, it’s sexy, it’s educational – it’s got everything, and I am thrilled to be able to contribute!

My guest comic outlines the hysterical history of vibrators: their journey from the doctor’s office to the nightstand drawers of today! Did you know?? The first vibrators were quack medical devices used to treat a nonexistent disease in women. Fun fact! In 1869, an American physician patented a coal-fired, steam-powered vibrator called “The Manipulator.” All this and more when you go read my new comic at ohjoysextoy.com (NSFW, obviously).

If you finish reading my comic and would still like to learn more about the history vibrators, I highly recommend Dr. Rachel P. Maines’ book, The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction which was an incredibly valuable resource when I was doing research for this piece. I also recommend that those of you in the Bay Area check out Antique Vibrator Museum, located at the Good Vibrations Polk Street store in San Francisco.

If you’d like to learn more about present-day vibrators, check out the archives of Oh Joy Sex Toy. Erika and her other contributors are quite knowledgable, and give excellent advice.

2013 In Review

2013 was a fantastic year. I’ve managed to accomplish a lot in the past 12 months, most notably, perhaps, the release of Hic & Hoc‘s first anthology, Unknown Origins & Untimely Ends (which has been getting some nice reviews!). More recently, I had some of my work published in Symbolia‘s “This Might Hurt” issue, which focused on health.

I worked on a story for this issue with Minnesota Public Radio about integrative healthcare. Here’s my favorite page from the piece (the colors by Kat Leyh really are fantastic):

I also very recently had a short story appear in Bitch magazine for their “Adventures in Feministory” feature on the back page. I’ve long been a reader and fan of Bitch, so this was particularly exciting for me.

Also this year, had some of my illustrations featured in an Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary about Portland. Symbolia’s “True Crime” issue included my story about juggalos. The Cartoon Picayune published my story about Ottawa, Illinois’ Radium Girls. Another one of my stories was featured in The End, Oh Well, an apocalypse-themed anthology. I published two brand new minicomics, and created some new merchandise to go along with them.

So, 2013 was a productive year! I’m already working on making 2014 just as action-packed. Keep your eyes peeled for my work over at The Nib later this year, as well as in the pages of a few upcoming anthologies. As always, you can check back here for news and updates about my most recent work and any events I’ll be attending. You can also follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, or Instagram for news, pictures, and ramblings. Happy new year!

Carrion Press Logo

I recently decided to design a logo for my self-published work and have been toying around with some designs. Here’s what I’ve come up with:

This involved me sketching a bunch of vultures, which was fun.

It’s nearly the end of the semester here at Pitt State, which means i’ll be on winter break soon. I’m planning to use my time off to work on lots of comics, so hopefully I’ll be posting some new work on here i the coming months.