In preparation for my upcoming month of teaching at the CCA MFA in Comics program, I'm overhauling some of my old lectures.
While looking through everything, it seemed like a good time to make my old lecture notes, Your Comics Will Love You Back! available as a FREE eBook, over on gumroad.com.
The notes have been available to read for free on this website for years, but I figure it'd be nice to make a PDF that people can pass around more easily, or enjoy on their eReaders. I feel like this also solves the requests I've had over the years, to put the book into print, which I have been reluctant to do because of the hassle of order fulfillment.
Anyway, if you know someone who is at the beginning of their journey into comics, maybe point them to this eBook. It's chock full of information about the first steps a cartoonist needs to take to draw, reproduce, distribute and promote their comics!
Late last night I returned from two weeks in Vermont, where I was teaching summer workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies. It was a busy stretch, with days spent teaching and nights being used to try and put together the last issue of Drop Target with Jon Chad. (NOTE: we did not get it done - it'll be available in early August!)
While I was gone, some big news auto-posted over on my illustration blog. My wife Claire and I are moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico at the end of July! The Bay Area is quickly becoming too expensive and Santa Fe seemed like a natural place to head next, since both of Claire's parents still live there. It's going to be an adventure! As you can see here, the packing process has already begun....
In between now and the move, I will be very busy teaching at the month-long intensive for the CCA Comics MFA program here in San Francisco. I'm looking forward to meeting a new group of students and to help them shape their thesis projects.
This is all to say that things might be pretty quiet around here until August, at which point we should be set up in our new place... wherever that may be!
Well, Claire and I returned from our honeymoon a few days ago. I have been attempting to play catch up through the fog of jetlag and last night I finally managed to upload some photos from our trip onto Flickr.
I took about 1300 photos on this trip (about 300 of doors), so the Flickr set is really just the highlights. Only the best for you, internet! We visited Edinburgh in Scotland, my family's ancestral homeland Langstroth Dale in the Yorkshire Dales, the medieval town of York and last of all London. It was a fantastic trip! We saw so many wonderful things and I learned a lot and gathered tons of reference photos for various projects. I'm sure once this horrible jetlag wears off I will feel well rested and reinvigorated from the trip... or at least I hope so!
I've got about a week at home before I fly back to Vermont for the Center for Cartoon Studies Summer Workshops. We've still got a few slots left, so if anyone wants to come hang out and learn a bunch about drawing comics, come join us!