Ignatz Nomination! Denmark!

Sun 8/25/2019

Last week I found out that my middle grade fantasy webcomic Isle of Elsi was nominated for the 2019 Ignatz Awards in the Outstanding Online Comic category!

It is such an honor to be nominated! I was three years into Phase 7 when I was nominated for the Outstanding Minicomic Ignatz Award, and now this nomination comes three years into working on Isle of Elsi. It's an incredible feeling to get this validation from the comics community after all the hard work I have poured into it.

I've read all of the other nominees' comics, and it is such a wonderful cross-section of what's going on in today's comics scene. Below are links to all of their work - I really recommend checking them out:

If you will be at the Small Press Expo on Saturday, September 14th, please consider picking up a ballot and voting for Isle of Elsi. Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the show, as I will be teaching overseas....

I've been asked back to teach at The Animation Workshop's Graphic Storytelling program in Viborg, Denmark. I'll be teaching a two week unit on autobio comics which is going to be a lot of fun.

It's going to be hard to be away from my family for so long, but I know Claire will do great with the girls and she will have lots of help from her family and also superfriend Liz Prince who is coming out specifically to help with the kids.

It's shaping up to be a very busy fall, but everything that's going on is pretty amazing, so I'm not complaining!

A Very CCS July!

Tue 7/2/2019

This week I'm heading back to White River Junction, Vermont for my fourteenth consecutive year being a faculty member of the summer workshops at The Center for Cartoon Studies.

This will be the third summer I've taught my Introduction to Hand-Drawn Animation workshop. It's so much fun for me to share my love of animation for a week, and it's always great seeing the work that the students create. I'm very lucky this summer to have current CCS student Tim Patton as a teaching assistant. Together we're gonna help the students get their drawings moving!

As part of my work as CCS's Director of Academic Outreach, I'm also helping CCS run their first-ever Kickstarter campaign this month. The goal is to raise $6,000 to help take their new comic book, This Is What Democracy Looks Like, out on a tour to share it with high school students around the USA. This project uses the power of comics to clarify how our government works, and the workshops will help empower young people to get involved at the local level.

It's projects like these, which I really believe in, which make it very rewarding to work for CCS!

It's Been So Long!

Wed 6/19/2019


Earlier this year my all-time favorite band, Weezer, released their 2019 fan club exclusive 7" single, "It's Been So Long." I had the honor of illustrating the entire art package for this project!

I wrote a super in-depth process post about the creation of the illustrations over on my illustration blog. And then recently I was interviewed by John Carroll to talk about the song and the creation of the 7" art package on his excellent Post-Pinkerton Podcast. You can stream the episode right here:

We also talk about my book Weezer Fan, which was how John got introduced to my work. It was a lot of fun being on the podcast, and hopefully I can return in future episodes to talk about other songs!

If anyone out there would like to purchase a copy of this 7" record, the only way to get it is to join the weezer fan club. Get in there!!

 
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