Tuesday, May 21, 2013


This past weekend I had a table at the Maine Comic Arts Festival, the amazing annual celebration of the comical arts put on by the fine folks at Casablanca Comics. I'll get to my full report in a few days, but for now, I just want to take a moment to share off the cool comics I carried home.

Now, the problem with tabling at a show like MECAF is that you can't also get around to every other table and snap up all of the cool items for sale every few feet. I should have picked up about 127 other comics, prints, books, drawings and more, but oh well, I'll just have to live with myself.

Anyway, here's the loot:

(Click on the photo if you want to see stuff more clearly.)

So what is all of that cool stuff?

Ms. Bean's Art Class is a great big mini-comic by Cara Bean, a really cool inside look at a teacher and her students (and how they impact each other).

Raconteur # 4 is the latest issue of this fun anthology of short comics stories and prose by David Jacobson, John Klossner, Jeff Pert and Mike Lynch -- all cartoonists better known for their single-panel gag cartoons.

Mark and the Aliens is a well-done little five-page mini-comic by Aya Rothwell.

Adrian Pijoan is responsible for Fig, a neat science comic about the cycle of life. Great stuff.

Those two rhinos are a fantastic little sketch card by Eric Boeker and a full-color greeting card by John Klossner (him again). Both rhinos are wearing hats. I don't know what to make of that.

Cathy Leamy is responsible for the hilarious (and educational) Diabetes is After Your Dick! I hope we see a lot more health comics from her.

Those four folded items along the top-right are a group of innovative mini-comics by Kenan Rubenstein. Each issue folds out as the story reveals, ending in a giant full-page final panel. Great art and storytelling.

Colin Tedford collects a mix of humor comics and non-fiction (including one long piece of journalism) in Square Dance # 6. I look forward to reading more of these.

That little pink book is Hipster Robots by John Curtis Jennison Jr. Inside: six portraits of hipster robots. Truth in advertising!

Josh Lees was in the summer workshop I took a few years ago at the Center for Cartoon Studies, where he's now a student. I'm glad he reintroduced himself to me this weekend. His comic To Describe a Life in 50,000 Words is a wonderfully assured piece of work.

And finally, The Plot # 1 and 2 feature some really fun writing and cartooning by Neil Brideau. This is ambitious work and I look forward to finding out what happens in issue 3!

I can't wait for MECAF 2014, when I hope to come home with an even bigger pile of great loot!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Maine Comic Arts Festival this weekend!

Hey folks! This weekend I'll be making a rare public appearance at the Maine Comic Arts Festival in Portland. This is the only book signing I do each year since moving to Maine and it's always a blast. I'll be selling copies of my old, out-of-print books, as well as my handmade mini-comics and a few other goodies.

One new item I'll have this year is my newest mini-comic, Probing Questions, which collects many of the gag cartoons from the Plattitudes webcomic:

I'll also be selling some of my original art, including sketch cards like these:

And I'll have a few zines reprinting some of my conservation-themed articles, including this brand-new one about rhinos:

(Come to think of it, I might actually be wearing that same shirt on Sunday.)

Anyway, if you're around Portland this weekend, come on by. There will be all kinds of other great artists, including Jeff "Bone" Smith, Brian Wood, Jeff Pert, Rick Parker, Mike Lynch, Cara Bean, Raina Telgemeier, Bob Flynn, Maris Wicks, Jason Viola and other cool folks. I look forward to seeing some old friends and familiar faces.