Thursday, January 26, 2012

Neptune de Ca et La

I went to my P.O. box today to see if there was anything and low and behold a package from France. What do you think is inside?

How easily my mood is influenced.

Colored end pages! Hardcover! And a font made from my own handwriting that looks better than my own handwriting. I couldn't be happier with this book.

Thank you Serge, Helene Duhamel, Celine Derouet, The Slovenian Printer and everyone at Ca et La!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Bozo the Teacher page 20

I experimented this weekend with this comic. I don't think I'll ever do that again. I drew this one twice as large as normal and used a traditional nib pen to ink it. In the end the lines are NOT the way I wanted them and it took me twice as long to draw. The goal of doing this strip was to produce as many as I could each week so I'll go back to drawing smaller and using the uniball pen I was using before. I may just re-draw this and edit the post at a later date.

Sunday, January 15, 2012


About a month ago I sent Pascal Girard a copy of Big Plans 5. Pascal Girard is the author of Bigfood, Reunion, and Nicholas, published by D&Q. I really like Pascal's work. He and I are both similar in age and I feel, probably influence by similar creators. Anyway this is what Pascal sent me in return. A gorgeous pamphlet comic called L'appartement Numero 3 published by the Belgian publishing collective
l’employ√© du Moi. I had fun translating the French with my wife who speaks the language.

I love the way Girard draws comics sans borders. This book is a little 24-hour comic Girard originally drew in 2009 and redrew in 2011 for this edition. He also included a tiny radiograph and watercolor comic on a small 3x3 inch square piece of bristol. This makes me think of his comics journal diary strip he did several months back. Thanks Pascal! And thanks for giving me a reason to keep my P.O. Box.

Bozo the Teacher page 19

Bozo the Teacher page 18

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Neptune at Angouleme

My French publisher just sent me this image of the new French hardcover version of Neptune. I'm afraid when I get my copies It'll be hard to get me to stop staring at them. Beautiful. Seriously. It'll be premiering at this year's Angouleme festival. I'd like to go there one day. It's supposed to be the size of comic-con, but only people actually go there to buy comics and not just dress up like idiots and buy toys. To each his own. I choose France.

More in news about me, Publisher's Weekly put The Super-Duper Dog Park as an honorable mention for this year's Best of Comics list. And Justin Giampaoli gave it a pretty awesome review, winning the approval of his 5 year old daughter. Comics are the best tool for early reading. I know. I'm a teacher. Click here if you'd like to preview the book. Now that I am far enough removed from it I really think this book is one of my best. The artwork is certainly my best. All for now. New Bozo comic soon.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Justin Giampaoli reviews Big Plans 5!!! YES!

This review has given me life. After trying to get this book out there for months finally there is some recognition. Working on the new Bozo the Teacher comic has been fun but I just realized that I've been working on a several hundred page autobio graphic novel. I will have to work on both at the same time. comics!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Bozo the Teacher page 14

So I went to check my P.O. box last week expecting that there'd be nothing. I had a check. Yes. And two letters. Double Yes! So this is a big shout out to Ben Baker in Brooklyn, and James Kochalka. Thanks for the letter Ben! James, thanks for knowing I exist!