I’m about as ready as I’ll ever be for this year’s SPACE. I’m happy to say that I’ve got a couple new items for sale/display debuting at the show. I’m unhappy to say that I don’t have any back issues available for sale. Well, not any regular back issues that is. I was pretty bummed about that, so I decided to pull out a special limited run (50 copies) of the very first Blink book I created back in the Autumn of `03. The art style is sooo rough around the edges, it’s a little embarrassing. I’m still mighty proud of the writing, though. I created this whole book “by hand” (no computer layouts or fonts or anything) especially for the Mid-Ohio-Con and it’s been out of print for about 5 years. I reprinted the whole 20-page book, as-is… warts & all. I’ll see what kind of response I get from people at the show.
Then there’s my new stuff. I spent an hour or two last night signing 150 copies of the Cerebus Readers in Crisis #4, which features my metafiction Blink story, In Between Minds. The whole thing is 56 pages long; there’s work from various members of the Cerebus Yahoo Group and Mr. Dave Sim himself drew the cover (featuring main contributor, Steve Peters) and Mr. Peters colored it. Isn’t it pretty awesome?
Speaking of Steve Peters, he’s got a new one-shot issue of his Sparky jam comic, Tails of Sparky that has a few panels drawn by me. This comic is such a jammy comic, the cover alone features nine different artists: myself and Mr. Peters, Daniel Sponton, EJ Barnes, Lee Thacker, Eric Wilmoth, David Mack, James Kochalka, and Dave Sim.
Speaking of jams, I’ve spent the better part of two months working on getting a Jamtastic Foray jam book organized and formatted. The book features 11 members of the Sunday Comix cartoonist group jamming together to create an actual story (if you’ve ever seen any of our comic jams, you’ll understand why that’s a feat unto itself) based on Jack & the Beanstalk. The cover is based on Fantastic Four issue 49, “If This Be Doomsday,” penciled and colored by yours truly and inked by the great Michael Neno. Caleb Mozzocco wrote a nice review of the book for Newsarama (he says my work has a “Zot-era Scott McCloud-esque fine-line cartooning” style; which is not only a tad bit convoluted but I think it’s pretty accurate).
And then, finally, I spent the better part of the last two days working on the cover to the newest collection of my monthly Blink comic strips. Since the girls are reading the SNG in Blink’s house, I added a lot of little touches to make it truly Blink’s home (check out the reaing material on her bookshelf )… if you really want to see everything (close-up), then check this out (the image is pretty big). The whole book feautres commentary on each strip, so you can get a lot of “behind the scenes” info by reading this book.
Huh. So I’ve got four different books that are premiering at this year’s SPACE. Yeah, I’m feeling a bit spacey…