Just a reminder that your weekly distraction of cartoon curiosities will be late this week. BUT, if you’re in New York, please come by my table at MoCCA and say hi! I’ll have a bunch of printed comics for you, and I will try to look as presentable as possible.
The Dailies should be up by Monday evening, dear reader!
Hi gang. I know I haven’t been updating the ol’ blog very much these days. Sure, I post The Dailies once a week, but that’s barely even three minutes of distraction from work. What if I told you there was a way you could buy some of the longer things I’ve been working on, and that said things would offer you distractions from work that last upwards of fifteen minutes?
I’m talking, of course, about the MoCCA Festival in New York. I’ll be there again this year selling my comics, and making eye contact with strangers. Be sure to come to my table say hi to me, Andy Warner, dw, Nate Woots, and the rest of my cartoonist pals!
Here’s this year’s spread:
This 40-page story was the main project I’ve been working on over the last few months. It’s set in a small, prairie town in the early spring. The crows have returned from their migration early and they are behaving very strangely, though most of the townspeople barely take notice.
Last Mountain – Issue Zero
After years of being afraid to commit to an ongoing collection of my work, I’m finally going through with it. Last Mountain contains three short stories featuring cowboys, high school, immigration, forests, and looming invisible forces.
After Ghost Rabbit made The Comics Journal’s Top 30 Minicomics of 2011, I decided to print a 2nd edition of it. It tells the parallel stories of a little girl who is beginning to understand age and death, and a ghost rabbit.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a proper post on this dusty old blog. Sure there’s been Dailies every week, but where’s the heart?
Well, this weekend the heart, and therefore the rest of my body, will be at Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland. I’ll be selling a number of things including the few remaining copies of Holy Shit, Leave Luck to Heaven, Fable Funnies, some printed Dailies, as well as my newest comic Ghost Rabbit.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a proper post on this dusty old blog of mine. Classes at the Center for Cartoon Studies have been keeping me pretty busy, and I’ve been preparing to table at the MoCCA Festival this weekend in New York … not to mention the top-secret side project I’ve been working on(!)
Leave Luck to Heaven is a 32 page minicomic about the two gamers who occasionally show up in my Dailies. Take a peak inside…
Did I mention that there’s a colour spread in the book and that the whole thing looks like an NES instruction manual? If you feel like you’re not getting enough spiritual and aesthetic fulfillment from your video games, this book can help.
Also debuting at MoCCA is Holy Shit: A Comics Anthology. This is the book I did with Amelia Onorato, Moody, and Sean K., last year, and it’s finally available to all who are holy or shitty. This book is 64 pages, with a gold screenprint cover, faux-gilded edges, and a ribbon bookmark to keep your place as you read through our reactions to religion.
So, to my tens of readers out there, if you’re in New York on April 9th and 10th, I hope you’ll take in the comics madness that is MoCCA. I’ll be at table M-1 with Andy Warner, Billage, Melanie Gillman, and Nate Wooters. In fact, there is going to be a metric ton of CCS pals it this general area. Just think, an infinite nunber of cartoonists all under a single roof…
Hope to see you there!
So, the big final project for the first CCS semester is a group anthology project. The class is split into groups selected by the darkest most secretive divination techniques available to CCS instructors (an online psychological test if rumours are to be believed), and we must produce a cohesive anthology together.
I was placed with Sean K., Moody, and Amelia Onorato. AKA team best-friends-in-a-car-listening-to-Celebrity-Jeopardy clips-from-SNL. Seriously, it was an awesome group, and I’m pretty happy with what we managed to pull together.
The book focuses on each of our personal reactions to religion in our lives. There are personal stories, historical reflections and fiction as well.
Anyway, the plan is to do a larger print run of the book so that we can sell it at MoCCA, SPX, and other cons. In the meantime, here are some samples of my contribution…
The rest is a secret, but you can read more about everyone’s anthologies at the Schulz Library Blog, written by our super-cool librarian Caitlin McGurk! If you want to read the whole story, wait until I someday get a paypal account set up or come to MoCCA!
We were assigned this project just as we were starting our anthologies. It was a stressful time in the semester! Basically, the premise is this: you get a book, pick a random page, and a random sentence on that page, and then you use that as the start of your story. Do this two more times for two more plot points. The idea is to encourage different stories than you would usually tell.
This is likely to be the last Prairie Dog I do before I make the move to Vermont and begin classes at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Time allowing, I’d still like to do stuff for Prairie Dog while I’m away, but it will probably be less frequent.
This was a fun cover to work on because the editor wanted everything to be hand-drawn, including all the text and the Prairie Dog flag itself.
Sadly I fucked up everything with a lower-case ‘e’ by somehow managing to forget the ‘e’ ‘Sainte-Marie. I fixed it in the image below to pad my bruised, oozing, comatose ego.
This completely kills this cover for me for three reasons:
- Proper spelling banishes evil spirits to the land of hungry ghosts.
- My parents named me Dakota because they liked Buffy Sainte-Marie, and she named her son Dakota … I feel like I should know that shit.
- A girl who liked my comics used to email me wanting to hang out and she spelled my name ‘Dakoda’ every single time. It drove me crazy, and many evil hungry ghosts snuck through the veil of the living during those dark days, let me tell you.
Anyway, also included in this issue is a new Dennis: The Poor Little Poor Boy strip, which can be found on the Dennis page.
The Daily Crosshatch is a great site that I frequent every day, so I’m very excited to have one of my comics included in their Guest Strip series.
The comic was gradually drawn in my sketchbook during my coffee breaks at work. Apparently I think about death a lot while working.
This illustration and comic recently appeared in Prairie Dog Magazine in Regina.
For those unfamiliar, the Regina Riot was the violent climax to the 1935 On-To-Ottawa Trek. Thousands of unemployed Canadian men had to labour for pennies in work camps during the Great Depression. Due to the desperate conditions, the men organized and decided to take their case to the Prime Minister in Ottawa.