May 2011

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Here is an interview with the incomparable Kevin Cannon (Far Arden) by the equally incomparable Jessica Abel (La Perdida and Drawing Words, Writing Pictures with Matt Madden). I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Kevin face to face, but we did make a book together (Evolution). In this interview he explains how he and the also incomparable Zander Cannon (the team comprising Big Time Attic) work as the American equivalent of France’s Dupuy and Berberian. I always wondered how they coordinated their talents but was always too bashful to ask.  The original video appears on the Drawing Words, Writing Pictures Blog.

I swear this isn’t a posed picture. I just came downstairs one morning and there were the boys, lounging around and reading comics. I tip-toed to the camera and caught this image. They were so engrossed that they didn’t bat an eye. Jack had just picked up the first volume of Jeff Smith’s brilliant, inspiring, exciting and funny series Bone (yes, it had a big impact on me). He finished it in five days, reading it on the way to school and on the way home.  Max was working his way through my reprints of Osama Tezuka’s Astro Boy. He had actually read Tezuka’s medical series Blackjack first, but I kept pushing Astro Boy. He eventually relented and has since consumed all 23 volumes. All three series are highly recommended.

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Every summer Juniata’s Science in Motion program hosts a science camp. Formally Geek Week (I loved that name…), the rechristened Summer Science Splash is a pretty cool experience for kids. I was happy to supply the T-shirt design.

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The boys showed me Wordle last night. It takes the text from any document or website and creates a collage of words (a word’s size is proportional to the number of times it’s used). Since I’m working on my file for promotion, I thought I would run my personal statement through the program and see if I’ve got my priorities straight. It’s pretty close, actually…

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I submitted my grades at 1:00 pm yesterday and by 1:15 pm I was working on a new page for Age of Elytra. Most of my comics work over the school year has been with Ant Edna and Wilbur in the 22-page photosynthesis story Gimme Some Sugar and the 8-page story Tag for Free Comic Book Day. The style for those was pretty spare and flat. It is fun to get all detaily again. I have restructured the story a bit since I last worked on it and I think we are looking at about six more chapters. My hope is to get the rest of it completely written and a big chunk of it penciled this summer. To celebrate the resumption of the beetle work, I am posting the page I did yesterday. I removed the dialogue, because I don’t want to ruin anything for you, but I can tell you this: something is happening.

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Today was Free Comics Book Day and comic shops around the country were inundated with folks looking for sweet, free comic goodness. As has been my tradition for the last five years, I spent a big chunk of the day sitting at a table with fellow cartoonist Jarod Rosello at The Comics Swap in State College. Normally, I don’t have anything to give away for free, but this year Jarod had the brilliant idea to put together a free mini. So, along with our other fellow cartoonist Denny Connolly, we each put together an 8 page story for a 24 page extravaganza called Evolution of Adventure (the title wasn’t my idea, but i love it for obvious reasons). The cover was done by yet another fellow cartoonist Alexis Bennett. All in all it was a pretty nice package. We managed to unload all 117 copies (yes, yes, they were free, but people didn’t have to take one…). So, in the spirit of Fee Comics Book Day and for those of you who couldn’t make it (you know who you are), I am posting my story here. It features the return of Ant Edna and Wilbur.

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