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Wuthering Three

Dec. 14th, 2011 | 03:05 pm




It's interesting to go this far with a book, over more than one update. I have re-read so many parts of Wuthering Heights in the last while that all the characters are swimming around in my brain like .. brain fish.

Nelly, I AM Heathcliff!

Come in here close now, I have a secret: Did you buy my book as a gift for someone this holiday season? If you are in New York on Friday (the 16th), come to Community Bookstore in Brooklyn, and I will sign it to them for you. I'll be there from 7-9pm. I'm trying to keep this event pretty low key, a nice little holly-jolly thing, not too many "I bought this as a gift for myself!" if you please. There may be cider!


Felipe Galindo gave me his book recently, and it's a real charmer! Put that on your list for your Mexican-American friends.

My comrades at Pizza Island have also been busy.

Time is runnin' out for Christmas!
The store has three new shirts! It's been a while. But here they are!





The book is still available for order!




Topatoco is selling it, along with a reissue of the first book!</a> There is a pretty good combo deal there.

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Wondy

Dec. 5th, 2011 | 04:21 pm



Oh Wonder Woman, I love you, not even secretly. I really do find her fascinating, along with creative and fan based world around her. We just want her to be great, what's wrong with that? Maybe she wants to be great too. 

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Nemesis

Nov. 23rd, 2011 | 10:08 pm




Do you remember these guys? I brought them back for their own comics. I always had a soft spot for 'em. I threw the original comics in so that anyone new to the characters would have an idea about them!


You know what one of the funnest parts of my job is? Research! I don't usually show you guys research, but for anyone curious, here are some of the things I've used for this one:

When I found this guy last year, I wanted to draw him, and he became Nemesis.
Great clothing reference! There is also this one, and many out there like it. The internet is amazing.
This collection of prints turns up in a lot of places.
I guess the other guy was a surgeon, somehow.
How did they hold one of those things anyway? Ah.
Flintlocks
What's looking at Napoleonic naval images without a few stills from Master and Commander, I ask you?


I always have a load of that stuff up, a million tabs open. Good times all around.


By the way, the CBC Q interview I had is on youtube now! Thanks Jian!


anyhow


The store has three new shirts! It's been a while. But here they are!



The book is still available for order on Amazon!





Other buying options for the book? Topatoco is selling it, along with a reissue of the first book! There is a pretty good combo deal there.

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Goreys 5

Nov. 14th, 2011 | 05:05 pm



Goreys!

I looove calling back old jokes. haha!

Many of the articles I read about the book cited the Gorey/Nancy book cover business as the best work I do, which I am uncertain how to take (artists! amirite) but hey, if it's your favorite it's your favorite right? I think that the really good thing about them is that they don't need nor are made better by any previous knowledge of anything else coming in, so everyone reads them the same way. I like that! History and comic book things are fun but it's nice for everyone to be on the same page too.




anyhow


The store has three new shirts! It's been a while. But here they are!



The book is still available for order on Amazon!





Other buying options for the book? Topatoco is selling it, along with a reissue of the first book! There is a pretty good combo deal there.

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A Belated Adventure

Nov. 7th, 2011 | 02:14 pm



The tour is OVER!

so over!

It was long but it was fun and good to meet people! Thank you everyone who came out, and to the organizers and to Drawn and Quarterly. As usual, I got sick as soon as I came home, but at least it didn't pop up until the end of the tour, not so much during, though thank you to those understanding people in Toronto who were very gracious when I had to cut the line. I'll see you at TCAF I hope!

This comic was just a sketch in my book, I had intended to make a big ol' Halloween comic out of it, but since it's been so long since the last update and I'm not 100% yet, I thought I'd just open my sketchbook for you! I'm pretty worn out by comics you guys, I've spent a lot of time talking about and presenting my comics in the past couple of months to the point where I hardly want to look at 'em, but I'm excited to get back into it, back to normal, like. Nancy is up to her old tricks. Regular updates should be happening soon. I have some costume sketches too, when this comic was more ambitious:



Now here is an exciting thing:

The store has three new shirts! It's been a while. But here they are!



If you missed it, here are a few interview links:

Q with Jian Ghomeshi on CBC Radio
The Sound of Young America with Jesse Thorn on NPR


The book is still available for order on Amazon!






Other buying options for the book? Topatoco is selling it, along with a reissue of the first book! There is a pretty good combo deal there.

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KRAVEN

Oct. 19th, 2011 | 01:47 pm



Good afternoon!

First off, I have an interview in The Onion AV Club! Very cool.

Well, I thought that during this book tour I'd have the time to make comics, but it's been pretty tough. As good as the book business is, I'm pretty tired, and everything I tried to come up with this past week or so has been brain mush. I guess most people on tours don't also have to keep a website going, maybe! I hope they don't, it's too nutty. I asked Marvel if I could share with you some of the comics that I made for Strange Tales, and they agreed! So here is one of my favorites, Kraven the Hunter!


Researching characters for Marvel stories was a real blast, I enjoyed it very much. Kraven was suggested to me by Ryan North, because that guy knows what he is talking about! The book that all of these are collected in is Strange Tales II, it's a great collection! I found some amazing new artists by looking through it too, like Rafael Grampa. That guy is unreal. Bill Crabtree colored this one, though (so you know!).


If you pick up Best American Comics 2011, you'll find me inside with many others to enjoy!

I have some pages in a new book of nursery rhymes. Each rhyme is illustrated by a different cartoonist, the book is published by First Second (who are amazing), and you should keep an eye out for it! It's a real gem. I can share mine with you:





ok!


My own book is still available for order on Amazon!





Other buying options for the book? Topatoco is selling it, along with a reissue of the first book! There is a pretty good combo deal there.


The tour update is here! Still some dates to go! We added MIAMI!:

MIAMI Saturday Nov 19th

http://www.miamibookfair.com

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Wuthering Two

Oct. 7th, 2011 | 10:25 pm



Wuthering Heights, Part Two! We are keeping this juggernaut on course, and we haven't even gotten to the part where Heathcliff starts breaking into graves yet. They are still children here, it's funny to see movie adaptations with adults playing Catherine and Heathcliff spying in the Lintons' windows.

Book tour and business keeps rolling, I am extremely proud to say that this week Hark! A Vagrant hit the #1 spot on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic books. Thank you everyone who bought it and made this happen. The day before the book was released, I made this little thank you video. It's nice to be a real person sometimes you know? Instead of a twitter account.

There's been a host of interviews and things, be on the lookout for more, including some NPR action!

Some links from friends:

Two of my oldest and dearest friends started a little blog of odds and ends.

My lovely acquaintances Ohbijou have realeased a new album, and boy oh boy is is wonderful.

My very talented Halifax friend Faith Erin Hicks has a new book coming out with First Second, and it's being serialized online! Free, amazing comics? Sign me up! It's called Friends With Boys and it is right at that link. Faith can draw circles around me for sure, she's amazin'

Speaking of First Second, I have some pages in a new book of Nursery Rhyme Comics, with many, many other talented people. It's a sure bet, for kids, just trust me. Here is a preview over at Comics Alliance that includes my contribution.

But also, speaking of KIDS and speaking of BOOKS, I have two more that I want to share with you because they are so great! One is I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen and the other is Zombie In Love, illustrated by Scott C. Both of these guys make work so charming, your kids will have their work cut out for them in not loving every minute of it. I also picked up Wildwood by Carson Ellis and Colin Meloy this week, and I'm in love with it.

ok!

The book is available for order on Amazon! So many exciting things happening.


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I'm so co-o-o-ld, let me in-a your windo-oh-oh

Sep. 25th, 2011 | 11:28 pm




I had just about given up on ideas for Wuthering Heights until the other day when I stumbled upon a beautifully illustrated version of the book by Fritz Eichenberg. It was two dollars! Unbelievable. His evocative woodcuts spurred me into action!



Because this is such a busy time, and such an intense book to cover, I am breaking the comics into smaller updates! That way you won't be waiting so long for them while I run around town and do all that fancy press and tour stuff.


Speaking of fancy stuff, there are some interviews and articles coming your way! Here is an interview from Salon, and here is a review from the NPR blog. We're picking up steam, ladies and gents!



The book is available for order on Amazon! So many exciting things happening.





Did you know that the actual book launch is very soon? It's September 27 here in New York, at Housing Works! Here are some details on Time Out New York!


The tour update is here! So much stuff going on!
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BROOKLYN Sunday Sept 18th
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home
At Brooklyn Book Festival, 1PM

MANHATTAN Tuesday Sept 27th
http://www.housingworks.org/locations/detail/bookstore-cafe
http://www.desertislandbrooklyn.com/
At Housing Works with Desert Island, 7PM

SAN FRANCISCO Saturday Oct 1st & Sunday Oct 2nd
http://www.comic-con.org/ape/index.php
At APE

BOSTON Saturday Oct 15th
http://www.bostonbookfest.org/bookfest/schedule_detail/schedule_kate_beaton/
At the Boston Book Festival, panel: "Far Out Fiction," 4:30pm

VANCOUVER Friday Oct 21st
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/
At the Vancouver International Writers Festival, panel "Conversations with Bill", 10 AM

PORTLAND Saturday Oct 22nd
http://www.livewireradio.org/
During Live Wire at Alberta Rose Theater, 7PM

LOS ANGELES Sunday Oct 23rd
http://www.skylightbooks.com/
Signing at Skylight Books, 5PM

TORONTO Saturday Oct 29th & Oct 30th
http://www.readings.org/?q=ifoa
At the IFOA

MONTREAL Tuesday Nov 1st
http://211blog.drawnandquarterly.com/
At our very own Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 7PM

HALIFAX Wednesday Nov 2nd
http://www.strangeadventures.com/
At Strange Adventures, 7PM

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Leonine

Sep. 16th, 2011 | 04:48 pm



Back with more French history!

Robespierre is the real star of the French Revolution but Danton is the one who always fascinated me. Robespierre's idealism and cruelty was strange and lofty and alien, while Danton is so much more agreeably flawed and human, and he understood the nature of people better, and yet he still remains just out of reach. Would it have killed the man to write something down? He brought on terrors and he tried to stop The Terror, and then he lost his head for it. He loved working up crowds with speeches, and he was good at it, with a roaring voice that suited well since he looks rather like a lion.

I'm just talkin' and talkin' so I'll wrap up, do yourselves a favor and watch Andrzej Wajda's "Danton," it's great and it's part of the Criterion Collection. Here is a clip from Danton's trial, marvelous! And who can resist Depardieu? Well, it's always a good idea to quote someone who knows what they are talking about, so I will pull up JM Thompson's popular summary: "Not a great man, not a good man, certainly no hero; but a man with great, good, and heroic moments."

The book is still available for preorder on Amazon! So many exciting things happening.





Did you know that the actual book launch is very soon? It's September 27 here in New York, at Housing Works! Here are some details on Time Out New York!

I got a great review with Publishers Weekly, very proud!


Come see myself, Michael Kupperman, Keith Knight and Jennifer Hayden this Sunday at the Brooklyn Book Festival!

My good friends Emily and Tim are running a project called Border Town that you should check out there is also a Kickstarter with info and a chance to get involved! You know Emily of course from the wonderfulA Softer World.

The tour update is here! So much stuff going on!

BROOKLYN Sunday Sept 18th
http://www.brooklynbookfestival.org/BBF/Home
At Brooklyn Book Festival, 1PM

MANHATTAN Tuesday Sept 27th
http://www.housingworks.org/locations/detail/bookstore-cafe
http://www.desertislandbrooklyn.com/
At Housing Works with Desert Island, 7PM

SAN FRANCISCO Saturday Oct 1st & Sunday Oct 2nd
http://www.comic-con.org/ape/index.php
At APE

BOSTON Saturday Oct 15th
http://www.bostonbookfest.org/bookfest/schedule_detail/schedule_kate_beaton/
At the Boston Book Festival, panel "Funny Ha-Ha: Comedy in Comics", 1PM

VANCOUVER Friday Oct 21st
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/
At the Vancouver International Writers Festival, panel "Conversations with Bill", 10 AM

PORTLAND Saturday Oct 22nd
http://www.livewireradio.org/
During Live Wire at Alberta Rose Theater, 7PM

LOS ANGELES Sunday Oct 23rd
http://www.skylightbooks.com/
Signing at Skylight Books, 5PM

TORONTO Saturday Oct 29th & Oct 30th
http://www.readings.org/?q=ifoa
At the IFOA

MONTREAL Tuesday Nov 1st
http://211blog.drawnandquarterly.com/
At our very own Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, 7PM

HALIFAX Wednesday Nov 2nd
http://www.strangeadventures.com/
At Strange Adventures, 7PM

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Home for August

Sep. 5th, 2011 | 02:11 pm

I was home with my family for a bit, mostly my parents but for a few days my sisters were here too.

There's some comics, for as long as they put up with them.

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