Saturday, December 2, 2017

Mr. Wolf's Class Book 1 Covers

Above is the paperback front cover to Mr. Wolf's Class book 1. Covers are always such a difficult part of the book making process. Give me 50 pages of comics over a cover any day. But after all the hard work back and forth between me and my art director, Phil Falco, we arrived at a pretty handsome cover. I'm please.

Above is the full paperback cover. 

Below is the jacket for the hardcover version. I'm absolutely thrilled with that jacket cover. Nice job Phil Falco! All the artwork is mine but it is quite a skill to be able to select and arrange it in a way that is appealing. Even just the color selection of that dark green was something that Phil did and I think it works perfect to offset the lighter colors. 

Mark your calendars for June 26. Stay tuned for tour dates and book release parties. I'm planning on attending San Diego Comic Con this year and ALA this summer in New Orleans. 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Oregon Writer's Festival/ Status Update

This Saturday, May 6th I will be leading a comics making workshop at PSU for the 33rd Oregon Writing Festival. I'm excited to see what kind of comics expert 4/5 grade writers can create in a short time frame. Sadly I'll miss Free Comic Book Day this year. 

What is the deal with my forthcoming graphic novel series, Mr. Wolf's Class? -- Well, the first book will come out in the summer of 2018. It's mostly been done since last summer but that's how it goes sometimes. Gotta get a couple in the can first for closer release dates. I'm currently over halfway through doing clean pencils for the second book in the series and will be inking starting in June. I can't wait! inking is my favorite part of the process. Just for reference I do my final pencils with a .05 mechanical pencil and ink with an 06 Sakura Pigma Sensei. The jumble of tools above came from my son's art box. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

See me at SHORT RUN

Saturday, Nov. 5th I will be at Short Run in Seattle. I've only done this show once but it was easily one of my top favorite shows for vibe, people, and comics. Come on by if you can. I'll have my final Mr. Wolf mini-comic available, Mr. Wolf #5.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Mr. Wolf pages 195-197

I know this strip is incredibly cheesy. I didn't mean it to be. What I realize is that I have so much to say but not enough time to craft these comic strips anymore. I need to put all my artistic energies into my graphic novels which I will continue to update about. Book #2 rough script is done. Book #1 just needs a cover and will be released summer 2018!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back to School

Well, a new school year has begun and I've just completed the bulk of the work on my first graphic novel in the Mr. Wolf's Class series for Graphix, The First Day of School. Now I'm just waiting on edits from my amazing editor, Cassandra Pelham. She's responsible for editing Raina Telgemeier's books, The Amulet Series, Cleopatra in Space, and many others. I am humbled to be working with her and such a great team at Graphix. I penciled, inked, and colored all 160 pages over the summer. Now, I just have to do it all over again for book 2.

While I'm getting back in the swing of teaching I wanted to wish all of you teachers, students, and parents out there good luck. And if you have been enjoying my teaching comics please consider buying a mini-comic from Birdcage Bottom Books.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Mr. Wolf

Just a little FYI. I am working on a 5th Mr. Wolf mini. I'm also busy working my butt off on my new Mr. Wolf's Class graphic novel series. The graphic novel series will be all new content and will be published by Scholastic's Graphix imprint. Wowza!!! I am over the moon. Updates coming soon. If you're not following me on Facebook, tumbler, twitter, or Instagram you certainly can. Look me up ya'll.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mr. Wolf Page 191

Happy Summer, everyone! Sorry for the long wait for new Mr. Wolf strips but I've been busy. And here's the grand news... I've been busy making Mr. Wolf into a graphic novel series for Scholastic's comics imprint, Graphix!

What does that mean? Well, it means Mr. Wolf the comic strip will have to take a break once the first graphic novel comes out in January 2018. But the good news is that all my efforts are going into these graphic novels and I can assure you that they will be my best work ever! It's all new content and even though it will be a bit more fictional and kid-centric, as it's aimed at kids, it will still have the behind the scenes charm that you've come to expect from the comic strips. More good news, I will be working with the amazing Graphix editor, Cassandra Pelham, whom edits among all her projects, Raina Telgemeir's books and Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series. Read more here.

Update, I've finished penciling the first book. Onward to inking and then coloring. Process posts coming soon.


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Zoo Box is an OBA Award Winner

THE ZOO BOX’s Ariel Cohn and Aron Nels Steinke are this year’s recipients for the Oregon Book Awards in the category of Graphic Literature!! So honored and completely surprised. Want a copy? Check your local bookstore or order online. To see a complete list of this year’s OBA winners the Wilmette Week did a short piece on the event.