Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Zoo Box page 7

More Zoo Box

Thank you winter break. Being a teacher means that I don't really get much done during the year. But when I have a break my productivity makes me weep with joy. Zoo Box is now almost 1/2 inked. Here's page six colored for your enjoyment.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

FIrst 5 pages of a new book

Here are five pages from a book that my wife and I wrote together over a year ago called, The Zoo Box. My hope was that it would be published by my publisher Blue Apple Books, but it appears that this will probably not happen. It is a slightly darker story than Dog Park and Cat Dance. I am so happy with it. If I just had a month off from work I could finish the whole thing. Anybody want to publish this? Seriously? Write me. NoBrow, Koyama, First Second, Toon Books, Secret Acres? Height and length will be the same dimensions as the Fanta Peanuts books. The Zoo Box could be 1 in 3 short stories in a 120-160 ish page book. Ariel's already telling me no to the black borders. What do you think? Black gutter/boarders or no?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sorry for the late notice folks, but if you can make it out tomorrow night you should. Friday, Nov. 16, from 6-9 I am signing and having a release party for my new book, Big Plans, The Collected Mini-Comics and More. If you can't make it but would like to order the book you can buy it directly from my publisher Bridge City Comics or our friends at Buy

In addition to signing I will have original artwork from the book for sale. Yes, I've postponed this long enough, but I should have it all available here at the party. Stop on by and say hello.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Big Plans the Collected Mini-Comics and More

Update! Order Big Plans through Diamond's Previews. See below for the order code:

Here it is! I couldn't be happier with this book. It collects my best short stories, and begins with the long out of print and Xeric Award Winning stories from Big Plans #1.

Go here for Bridge City's online store if you'd like to order a copy of Big Plans - The Collected Mini-Comics and More, published by Bridge City Comics.

You can also order Big Plans from our friends down the street at 

If you're a retailer/wholesaler and would like copies for your store, please contact Michael Ring at Bridge City Comics directly:
Phone/Fax: 503-282-5484
Or if you work with Tony Shenton you may order via him as well:

BONUS! You can also order copies via Last Gasp, Sparkplug Comic Books, or Spit and a Half.  They all have them so if you don't see it ask, cause they do.

The Collected Mini-Comics and More

Color cover/BW interiors

Laugh-out-loud funny, chilling, and meditative, Big Plans collects Aron Nels Steinke's most intimate and relatable stories. With a unique sense of timing, these are incredibly readable comics that are hard to put down. Stories ranging from fear of terrorism, alcoholism, and a shooting at the mall, to a behind the curtain's look at the Academy Awards, Big Plans stands out as one of the most compelling works to come out of the modern DIY movement.

BIG PLANS: The Collected Mini-Comics and More collects Big Plans #1 - #5 and stories from Papercutter #9, Nerd Burglar, Song-Zine and Runner Runner.

Steinke’s work has a heartfelt touch that makes what could have been a collection of mundane stories a hilarious and endearing triumph… Entertaining to read over and over again.” Graphic Novel Reporter

"...Get acquainted with one of the best young underground cartoonists on the scene." The Onion’s A.V. Club

“…Sometimes there is a six panel grid, sometimes four panels per spread, sometimes the spread is one big panel. All are smooth transitions. Aron is someone who is very, very comfortable with the way that he sets up his “reveals” and his punchlines and gags. This is excellent cartooning. Excellent cartooning that is well written.” Frank Santoro, The Comics Journal

Looking for Big Plans the collection? Here's a list of stores and retails where you can find Big Plans - The Collected Mini-Comics and more.

If you don't see your store below ask your store to carry Big Plans.

Short Run and BCGF plus two new books!

Good news everyone. If you’re in the Seattle area come check out this year’s Short Run small press festival. This Saturday at the Vera Project. I will have two new books: Mr. Wolf, my first year teaching elementary school. I folded and stapled these books myself, people. Second is my 360-page collection of my mini-comics, Big Plans, and other short stories, including my story of paranoia and paranormal activity from Papercutter # 9 (Published by Bridge City Comics).

Also, next weekend I will be in Brooklyn for the BCGF. I have heard so many good things about both festivals and excited that I can finally be there. If you’re around come and say hello. I’ll even have Mr. Wolf buttons for sale.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Big Plans, the collection

The book I'd always hoped for is finally here. Big Plans - The Collected Mini-Comics and More. Published by Bridge City Comics. It fits perfectly in your hand. A perfect book. I am so happy. This book includes Big Plans 1, Fan Mail and My Best Memory Ever from Big Plans 2, All of Big Plans 3, 4, 5, He Lives in Our Basement from Papercutter 9, and several never before printed stories. This book took me a full two months to edit and produce (pre-press) during the summer. My whole summer vacation went to this project. And my baby of course.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mr. Wolf page 49

Sorry for the delay folks. In a perfect world I'd teach half-time, get paid twice as much and draw comics with my mind.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Marv Newland is the Best!

Just got this letter from my old teacher from Vancouver Film School, the infamous Marv Newland. I can't tell you how important this man was to me as a fledgling cartoonist. I sent him some books and a query about me visiting my old school to do a comics talk. I love his drawing of Erika and Neptune.

Marv has some many amazing films, most recently, from the NFB. CMYK looks amazing. He's probably most famous for Bambi Meets Godzilla and Tales from the Far Side. If you're never seen Black Hula, you are in for a treat...

Also he's got a series of postcard experiments going on over on his tumblr, Marv Cards.

In his letter, the foul language he's referring to comes from Big Plans, a book which has not been published in French. Neptune has, but here's to hoping. Maybe the collection will. Yes, there is a collection happening. Very, very soon. It's at the printer in Quebec as we speak. More info. coming soon.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Display for Polliwog

I just made this display for the super friendly Portland toy store, Polliwog. They also have a nice selection of great modern and classic children's books. Check them out.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Mr. Wolf page 44

If you want to follow my Mr. Wolf comics in one easy place check out Mr. Wolf. Help spread the word if you like it, and especially if you're a teacher. I'd like to continue the comic and will but it'll help me put them out faster if people want them.

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Zoo Box

Just finished the rough drawings for my new children's book. My wife Ariel and I wrote it together but the concept was all hers. I'm so excited. Now we wait until it's approved.

Friday, August 10, 2012

2012 Portland Zine Symposium

This Saturday and Sunday I'll be tabling at the Portland Zine Symposium. Last year I took a break to attend Pickathon to hear Bill Callahan, Wye Oak, Future Islands, and Black Mountain. No conflict this year. Come on by. I have reprints of Big Plans #1 available. Ask to see a preview of my new books.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Digestate Comic Done!

Yes! I've just finished a super surreal and bizarre comic for J.T. Yost's food themed anthology, Digestate. Looks very exciting. I'm looking forward to seeing this new one in print. Don't worry, the cow is safe.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Dogs on Bikes at Buy Olympia dot com!

Yes, it's true! It's my first print ever is now up for sale at the amazing Well, no, I didn't print it myself, but Harlen from Harlen Makes Prints, also known as Harlen from Reading Frenzy, made them for me. Archival prints!! Beautiful pigments. Wish all my art could be printed like this. Anyone you know who'd appreciate this as a gift?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Bozo the Teacher page 36

Above are two versions of the same comic. The bottom version was the original one I posted and immediately I knew I got the tone wrong. It implies that the student is somehow less than intelligent because he wants to connect with nature and that I am a ruthless tyrant, out of a Roald Dahl novel, bent on the destruction of children's freedoms everywhere. I think I fixed this by just changing the title of the comic to the one above. Believe me, no body is more pro-tree climbing than I.  

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Hey everyone, I've created a tumblr page for new bozo the teacher comics called Mr. Wolf. This new page will be devoted to only Bozo comics. Please check it out and follow it if you like it. This new technology stuff annoys me and I don't really feel like I have the time nor want to really promote it so I need your help. If enough people are interested I may even make a short animated film based on the strips. New comics will still appear here and on my facebook page.

In other news Rob Clough reviews both Big Plans #5 and The Super-Duper Dog Park

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Bozo #1

Yes! Bozo the Teacher #1 is now out. Available at Reading Frenzy and Floating World in Portland. Only $3.