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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Direct Action Comics!

This month, my pages from my “Radium Girls” comic are included in Direct Action Comics: Politically Engaged Graphic Novels, an exhibit at the Herter Gallery on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

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Here is the gallery’s statement regarding the exhibition, as posted on their Facebook page:

The Herter Gallery at the University of Massachusetts Amherst presents Direct Action Comics: Politically Engaged Graphic Novels, the first exhibition to focus exclusively on activist, radical, and socially-aware works in the graphic novel and comic art medium. The exhibition features over 50 graphic novels, comic books, and cartoons by artists and writers from Will Eisner, who has been called the father of the graphic novel, to underground comix masters like Gary Hallgren of Air Pirates Comics and Sharon Rudahl of Wimmen’s Comix, and current activist and journalistic graphic novelists including Sarah Glidden (Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq), Peter Kuper (World War III Illustrated), Ilan Stavans and Lalo Alcaraz (Latino USA), and Sabrina Jones (Margaret Sanger, Our Lady of Birth Control), to name a few.

Graphic novels combine word and image, and the exhibition will present a copy of each book displayed together with selected pages of original art and will include a range of materials to illuminate the creation and social importance of this artistic and literary medium. Preliminary sketches, rare posters and ephemera, as well historical documents and photographs from the W.E.B. Du Bois Library Special Collections and Archives related to the Civil Rights and other movements for social change will be on view.

In addition to contemporary graphic novels, the exhibition will also feature a selection of important precursors for contemporary graphic novels including radical countercultural underground comics from the 1960s and original art and publications by the activist political artists who produce World War III Illustrated. Posters for films made from comics and graphic novels will also be showcased – from independent releases such as Persepolis and American Splendor to mainstream superhero films with political themes like X-Men and Watchmen.

I am honored to have my work included in this exhibit, alongside the work of many cartoonists a greatly admire. You can read about the show on the UMass website here, and if you are in the area, you can see it in person through February 22nd.

Press for The Plunge!

It’s been about three months since The Plunge debuted at SPX, and reviews have started to appear online. Most recently, the book was discussed on an episode of The Comics Alternative that spotlighted all of the Kilgore Books & Comics releases from 2016. You can hear the “Two Guys” talk about The Plunge at the 01:0156 mark, or listen to the whole thing to hear their takes on all the great works Kilgore put out this year, as well as a short interview with Kilgore’s Dan Stafford.

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The Plunge was also recently featured on mental_floss in “The 12 Most Interesting Comics from November.” Writer Rich Barrett says,

“Gennis’s crisply inked cartooning style has an appropriately old-timey feel and her depiction of the horrific ride down the falls is captivating and surreal.”

The book has also gotten a few shout outs on other blogs such as GeekDad and Optical Sloth, and hopefully more to come! You can read a preview of The Plunge here, or purchase your own copy through Kilgore Books!

 

See you at SPX!

I’m very excited to be attending the Small Press Expo again this year! The show will be held at the Marriott North Bethesda Hotel & Conference Center on September 17th (11am-7pm) and September 18th (noon-6pm). If you’d like to come say hi, you can find me hanging around with Kilgore Books at table J9.

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Adorable SPX banner by the extremely talented Sophie Goldstein!

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Kilgore will be debuting their fall line at the show, which includes my new comic, The Plunge, as well as new work by Noah Van Sciver, Simon Moreton, and Tom Van Deusen. I’m honored to be included in such a talented lineup.

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Mostly I will be there to promote my brand new comic, a nonfiction story about Annie Edson Taylor, the first daredevil to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I find Annie’s story to be fascinating and heartbreaking and I hope that you will too. Copies only cost $6, so pick one up at the show if you didn’t already grab one by backing the Kickstarter! I will also have a very limited number of some of my older minicomics for sale, so if you’re interested in those you will want to come find me early. Hope to see you there!

New Comic in Kilgore’s 2016 Fall Lineup

My newest comic, The Plunge, is part of Kilgore’s fall lineup. It’s the true story of a woman who became the first daredevil to survive a trip over Niagara Falls in a barrel. They’re also putting out new work by some other amazing artists! Pre-order any/all of these comics by backing the Kickstarter:

All of the comics from Kilgore’s fall lineup will debut at SPX on September 17th & 18th in Bethesda Maryland. Hope to see some of you there!

CAKE This Weekend!

Chicago! Come out this weekend to see me and a heaps of other talented cartoonists at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)! CAKE is one of my favorite shows of the year (and Chicago is one of my favorite cities!) so I’m extra excited for the show. I hope you are too! You can come find me at Table 45B!

CAKE banner by Krystal DiFronzo.

CAKE banner by Krystal DiFronzo.

I’ll be selling minicomics, including copies of Baseline Blvd, which was nominated for Slate’s Cartoonist Studio Prize this year. I’ll also have aviation history buttons and tote bags. All of the relevant details of the show are below. I hope to see you there!

Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE)
Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, 2016
11 am – 6 pm
Center on Halsted
3656 N Halsted
FREE and open to the public!
http://www.cakechicago.com

Hidden Forces at the Watkins Museum of History

The Watkins Museum of History in Lawrence, KS is holding an opening event this Friday for a new exhibition, Hidden Forces: The Kansas People’s History Project. Last fall, I had the opportunity to work with project director Dave Loewenstein by getting my Hand Lettering for Illustration & Comics class involved in the Kansas People’s History Project. The students were assigned to participate in the project, which asked artists to research and design a broadside highlighting an overlooked person or event in Kansas history. The exhibition at the Watkins Museum of History will feature screen printed versions of a selection of the submissions, including my own broadside about Annie Diggs, as well as the work of several of my students. If you live in the Lawrence area, come join us!

emigennis_kphpanniediggsThe opening event will take place from 6-9pm on May 27th, and is free to the public. Programming will include presentations by project director Dave Loewenstein, as well as printmaker Josh MacPhee, whose Celebrate People’s History project inspired the KPHP.  Below are a few examples of the work of students from my Lettering class last fall. High resolution versions of all of the submissions to the KPHP can be viewed at the project’s website, kansaspeopleshistoryproject.com.

"Farpoint Observatory" by Cat Jepson

“Farpoint Observatory” by Cat Jepson

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“Buddy Heaton” by Mattie Parrigon

"Susanna Salter" by Jacqueline Denton

“Susanna Salter” by Jacqueline Denton

"Clyde Tombaugh" by Brittney Walton

“Clyde Tombaugh” by Brittney Walton

The Nib Anthology Nominated for an Eisner!

The 2016 Eisner award nominations have been announced, and The Nib’s book, Eat More Comics: The Best of the Nib, has been nominated for “Best Anthology.” Along with a ton of other comics from a wide variety of incredibly talented creators, this book includes two of my own stories that ran on The Nib during their first year. You can read “What to Pack for Certain Death” and “Urine: the Miracle Cure” online, as well as lots of other really phenomenal comics, at thenib.com.

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Eat More Comics: the Best of the Nib was Kickstarter funded last summer, and is available for purchase at Topatoco. You can read the rest of the 2016 Eisner nominations here.

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.