Did you all have a good year? While I didn’t produce a lot of new comics, I have been writing a graphic novel. In the beginning, this meant trying to find my notes. Over the past couple years, I was writing notes in sketchbooks, notebooks, Post-Its, typing them in emails, in Evernote, and of course mental notes. Some of them were scenes filled with dialogue, others were brief, nonsensical statements. I gathered them together and started a draft, which has changed, which is incomplete, but which I am currently happy about. This is the year I started something and, with luck, 2015 will be the year I finish it.
Other things from recent months:
I drew a comic for Rob Kirby’s Pratfall anthology about that time I fell through a hotel window in Russia. Heart Farts, the collaboration I did with Rebecca and Cara Bean, recently made Kirby’s Top 10 Minicomics of 2014 list.
The alphabet blocks I’ve been bringing to comics festivals with me are now completely drawn on. You can see them all here, again on the Festival Season blog. I’ve written quite a bit for this site, which is turning into a nice home for smart writing about independent comics. Kenan Rubenstein, the founder and editor-in-chief, is incredibly thoughtful about the writing it features and the comic art is celebrates. I’m looking forward to seeing what it becomes next year. In addition to the gift guide and comics blocks, I participated in a group discussion about SPX 2014 and an article about RIPExpo. I also wrote an extended, feature article about mindfulness in Corinne Mucha’s comics. Here are links to the rest of my articles/reviews:
- Inward Odyssey (The Understanding Monster by Theo Ellsworth)
- Monster in the Mist (Baby Bjornstrand by Renée French)
- Naked and Afraid (with Pickled Quail Eggs) (Safari Honeymoon by Jesse Jacobs)
- Sam Alden Rebuilds Astro Boy (Patron Saint by Sam Alden)
- Swapping Stories in Basewood (Basewood by Alec Longstreth)
- Jerel Dye’s Suspect Narrator (From the Clouds by Jerel Dye)
Thanks for reading my blog and enjoying my comics. I hope we all do some great things next year!