The New Deal

Original Art and Gift Package Now In Store

Green River Killer Cover Original Art

 

Hello from the long drought, friends.

I’m happy (and vulnerably twitching) to announce I just added some newly-for-sale original art to my store, along with a gift package that includes Dear Creature, The New Deal, and an original sketch (you get to choose from a few different options on the sketch, too). I’m also offering 10% off on orders over one hundred bucks (those originals, say) with the code ’10PERCENT’ through Sunday, so the devoted among you can snag a deal.

Jonathan Case Gift PackThe current pieces include work from Superman: American Alien, Green River Killer, Batman ’66, Eerie, and a few others. I’ll rotate stuff from time to time, so check in down the road if you’re hunting for something in particular. You can also always contact me about specific art requests or commissions here.

Thanks for checking out the new stuff, and have a good weekend!

Superman: American Alien Original Art

Launch Party at Ex Novo for The New Deal

You, you good-looking, comics-reading person, are invited: Next month, I’m launching The New Deal at the Ex Novo Brewing Company (minors welcome!) on September 26th, here in Portland, OR. Hit the Facebook event here to get the details. We’ll have free food, plentiful beverages (including a 22 oz. beer with my art on the label), original art on the walls, and me there somewhere, signing copies. Should be a blast! It falls the next weekend after my appearance at Rose City Comic Con, so if you’re traveling for that show, you really should just take the week to enjoy Portland. Right?

The New Deal Launch Party Ex Novo

If you’re unfamiliar with Ex Novo, they’re an impressive local brewery that operates as a non-profit. From the Ex Novo site:

We are committed to donating 100% of our net profits to organizations that are working to affect positive social change both in Portland and around the world.

Ex Novo is the brainchild of my friend Joel Gregory (also good-looking), and the site of the largest mural I’ve ever done, so it’s the perfect venue for my launch. Whether you like books, beer, or both, come help us celebrate!

We'll have these at the signing.

My art on a PDX beer label! We’ll definitely have some of these at the signing.

Preorder The New Deal for a 1930s Crime Caper Fix

The New Deal by Jonathan Case

Big news! Dark Horse and I just put the finishing touches on my next original graphic novel, The New Deal, coming this October.

It’s available for preorder through your local comic shop and wherever books are sold (you’ll find a big list of options on the Penguin/Random House page). Shop owners, let me tell you: Dark Horse did an amazing job on making this a beautiful object for your shelf of choice. As a creator, I couldn’t be happier, or feel better supported by my publisher (thanks, team!).

Here’s our scoop on the book:

The Waldorf Astoria is the classiest hotel along the Manhattan skyline in 1930s New York City. When a charming woman named Nina checks in with a high-society entourage, young Frank, a bellhop, and Theresa, a maid, get caught up in a series of mysterious thefts. The stakes quickly grow perilous, and the pair must rely on each other to discover the truth while navigating delicate class politics.

Eisner Award-winning artist Jonathan Case (Green River Killer, Dear Creature) writes and draws this brilliant graphic novel of petty crime, comic predicaments, and vast heart in a story that speaks to class, race, and gender barriers.

To me, the ’30s is one of the most fascinating periods in American history, with its industry and poverty, arts movements, social reforms, and on and on. In The New Deal, that history serves as a rich backdrop to what I hope is just a fast, energetic read: Unlikely friends, high jinks, danger. The stuff of comics.

Over at Publishers Weekly, I go into more detail about making the book, including many images of fancy hats, so check that out if you’re curious. It was the love child of traditional and digital methods, drawn from (I hope) the best of both gene pools. Ew? Maybe not the best analogy, but what am I, a writer?

Moreso now than in recent years, which makes me happy. This is my first solo written/drawn book since 2011’s Dear Creature. Too long. Like any job you do as well as you can, writing and art brings at least as many hard days as fun ones, but the fun ones have a special magic. Making books and raising kids might be the only experiences in my life where just a handful of highs can supersede the miles and miles of thankless trudging/feelings of I want to leave you in the rolling hills and just drive away.

So there you have it: Late September for comics shops, early October for bookstores, and debuting at Rose City Comic Con in my own Portland, Oregon. The cover says ages 14 plus, but for those mature middle-schoolers out there, you know who you are. Or at least, you have some idea, and your parents think they know who you are.

Preorder at will!

The New Deal Page

The New Deal Before Tomorrowland

Funny how those two titles run together and still work.

I’m back from the depths. They said it couldn’t be done, but here I am, writing a blog post. I put a number of things on hiatus over the last year — public appearances, my web store, sleep. It all comes, as Christopher Robin says, of (doing) eating too much.

Being busy, for me, is not a life goal anymore. It used to be. Now it’s the old aunt who won’t leave unless you tell her, rudely. By way of catch up, here’s a short version of what I’ve been up to since my last blog post, lo these nine months ago:

  • May: Wife graduated from grad school (Go Sarah!) and had our second child, Otis (Go Sarah!)
  • May: We moved to a new home, two weeks after having the kid. What, past-self? How did that make sense?
  • May (notice a lot in May?) to August: Started and finished art + first draft of crazy, hybrid-enhanced-YA-novel Before Tomorrowland for Disney. Realized a dream of seeing my name next to Brad Bird’s on a thing.
  • July: Did illustrations for Aloof, the latest theo-lit book from Tony Kriz, out at better bookstores now (Just got back from Tony’s reading at Powell’s!)
  • Somewhere in there: Completed 50% of art on my next graphic novel, The New Deal (coming soon from Dark Horse). I ramble about it here, at CBR.
  • Somewhere else in there: Played stay-at-home-dad a couple days a week while Sarah got her counseling business up and running (Go Sarah!)
Before Tomorrowland Case

See? Real.

It doesn’t look like that much to me, seeing it written in a few sentences here, but boy. I’m just now learning to walk and talk again. In the next few weeks, I’ll dive into a bit more detail on these and other fun projects I have under way. For now, Happy Sunday. It was, by and large, a day of rest.

More please!