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Making Friends

This blog of mine is a sometimes barren wasteland. And let me tell you why.

To me, Internet, you’re a clubhouse of scary kids. I like the idea of having friends, but I’m afraid you’re going to be awful. I’m afraid I won’t live up to your expectations, which may be lower than low. I’m sort of afraid that if we hang out, you’re going to make me kill a squirrel. That, and the fact that contracts keep me from posting work for the world to see.

But you know what I do like? In all your vast, lonesome expanse, I like this.

It’s a start!

Northwest Voices

Tomorrow, I’ll be in Longview, Washington, for an event with Northwest Voices, a collaboration between the Longview Public Library and Lower Columbia College bringing in local authors for workshops, discussion, signings, etc. They’re having me up to teach an afternoon workshop on comics creation techniques (we’ll see what we can do in an hour and a half!), and a presentation on my work at 7PM.

Should be a good time! Here’s the press release:

Thursday, May 24
Workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Rose Center Room 220 (limited to first 40 who sign up)
Reading at the Longview Public Library at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium
Come help us welcome graphic novelist Jonathan Case with a pair of events on Thursday, May 24. The first will be a workshop at 3:30 p.m. in Rose Center Room 220. The workshop will be limited to the first 40 people who sign up online through the LCC website (go to the LCC website http://lowercolumbia.edu and click on view entire calendar and then the NW Voices event on the 24th). The second will be a reading at the Longview Public Library at 7 p.m. in the Auditorium on the first floor.

Head over to the Longview Public Library site for more info.

FCBD

It’s Free Comic Book Day, friends! Come see me at the Hollywood location Things From Another World in Portland, why don’t you? I’ll be there from 12 to 2 with Jeff Parker, Steve Lieber, and the Dodsons. I’ll have prints and books too, in case you need to spend money.

Have a good one!

 

 

Eisner and Stumptown Award Nominations

 

Well, look at this. Both my books are up for some awards this season, and you can vote (if you’re a comics pro for some, if you’re anybody for others)! Here’s the scoop:

My book with Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer, is up for two Eisner awards: Best Reality-Based Work, and Best Writer (Go Jeff!). Comics pros vote here.

Both Dear Creature and Green River Killer are up for Stumptown Comics Awards: Best Artist, Best Letterer (GRK), and Best New Talent (Me, for GRK and Dear Creature). Everyone and your relatives vote here.

Also note some of my favorite talents getting the recognition they deserve: Chris Samnee, Dylan Meconis, Vera Brosgol, Gene Yang— they all did great work this year, and deserve your votes!

 

 

My Gal Wants to Dark Horse All The Time

I think everything I’m working on for Dark Horse has been announced at last (internet says so), so now I get to talk about it. A little. I’m always skittish about these things, because contract lingo says, “Thou shalt not show any portion of thy work prior to release of yadda yadda”…

The great thing is, one of these books is already out in stores, so I shouldn’t have to sweat showing you a morsel of my artwork.

I’m on art duties for three new projects with Dark Horse, from layouts through final color. I started them all pretty much simultaneously this October/November, alongside the release and promotion of my two graphic novels, Dear Creature and Green River Killer. Sheer madness.

Two months and almost fifty color pages later, my first baby girl arrived (January 14th), and I promptly took a month off of nearly everything. Most people say the first few weeks with baby are the hardest. Maybe it’s just the contrast with this last season, but it’s been (new dad smug alert) the best vacation of my life.

Anyway, the smoke has cleared, and I can talk about work again.

The book that’s out in stores now is the 4th issue of House of Night, by Kent Dalian, P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast. Joëlle Jones and Ryan Hill provided art and color (respectively) for the main story, while I got to do a juicy back-story about Antony and Cleopatra (as vampires). It’s what the kids want, you know.

Here’s a bit of my art. It’s my first color comics work to come out since 2008’s Comic Book Tattoo, and I had a lot of fun with it. Cleopatra has a costume change every page or so, because, you know, she’s Cleopatra.

The next project is something I’m doing with John Arcudi. We’re bringing back a character he developed for Dark Horse back in the day, The Creep, and starting a new story off with Dark Horse Presents #11. That should be on sale April 18th. It’s a fabulous modern noir with a great range of material to draw. From the press release:

In the summer of 1987, a young teenage boy commits suicide. The boy’s mother is unsatisfied with the police’s lack of interest in the motivation behind it, or what connection it might have to the suicide of the boy’s former best friend. She remembers that she heard an old college boyfriend of hers, Oxel, is a private detective. What she doesn’t know is Oxel suffers from a debilitating condition called acromegaly. Will the contact from his old flame be all that Oxel needs to take the case?

Finally, I also did something with Dark Horse for Free Comic Book Day, but I’ll save details on that for another time. I’ll just say the art style is a whimsical new direction for me, and I very much enjoy whimsy. Yes.

And speaking of Free Comic Book Day, imobethere, signing books at Portland’s Things From Another World, May 5th, from 12:00 to 2:00 PM.

And that, my friends, is the Dark Horse Shuffle.