This unexpected clip brightened my morning: my favorite TV news anchor Rachel Maddow lists her favorite graphic novels, shaking her fist as she insists her interviewer “HAS to read” SHOOTING WAR:
To my friends attending SXSW: today is the big day. I’m signing copies of both 08 and SHOOTING WAR at the Day Stage Cafe at 3:30pm today:
And shortly after, the moment we’ve been planning for arrives at 5pm:
Joining me onstage are Diesel Sweeties creator Rich Stevens, Uclick.com CEO Douglas Edwards, Dr. Sketchy’s creator Molly Crabapple, Google Android engineer Dave Bort and The Longbox Group’s Rantz Hoseley; judging from our meetup dinner last night, there’s going to be some serious discussion about hardware’s influence on the storytelling and format and what these changes mean for publishers, creators and readers. We’ll be using #comicsonhandhelds to filter/respond to tagged tweeted questions during the panel.
And those of you not attending… you’ll still be able to interact with us over Twitter during the panel using #comicsonhandhelds. The panel will be available in audio+video online soon as well; watch this space for details.
The French- and Spanish-language editions of SHOOTING WAR are out now; the paperback Spanish edition is published by the wonderful Ponent Mon (a catalogue I am honored to be included in) while the hardcover French edition by Les Arenes, a political publishing house in Paris, is a sexy album-style affair, with the cover art printed directly on the hardback and gorgeous glossy paper that produces deeper blacks than any of the editions I’ve seen yet.
Today I start drawing a short new comic that will run on Tor.com in mid-January; it’s a style-overlap of 08 and “KELLY” that I wrote while covering the election and it wouldn’t leave me alone until I found a home for it. Stay tuned for more information.
And speaking of “KELLY”, look to ACT-I-VATE tomorrow for long-lost friends.
My last graphic novel SHOOTING WAR was included in “The Canon” section of The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, and it’s a humbling list to be included in. Check it out the whole book by Danny Fingeroth here:
Grand Central just sent me copies of the US softcover edition of SHOOTING WAR, which I am slowly unboxing for you now, slowly unwrapping all wide-eyed like little brother on Christmas morning. The softcover will be available in both bookstores & comic shops on September 9th, priced at USD$13.99.
And hey Torontoans, I’ll be sticking around through the 11th, so hit me up in the comments for a good time.
The New York Comic-Con is coming to the Javitz Center next weekend (April 18-20) where I’ll be signing shiny hardcovers over at Grand Central as well as moderating the following two panels:
Saturday, April 19 / 2:00-3:00 pm
SHOOTING WAR Book Signing, Grand Central Publishing
You can also find me kicking back at Artists Alley Table E-11; I’ll have all manner of things with my artwork on them there, including a malnourished young child whose entire body I’ve tattooed from head to toe with the only existing copy of Act Three of “KELLY.”
This past weekend I was a speaker at SXSW Interactive, giving a presentation on SHOOTING WAR and other comics in my immediate future as part of the multimedia “Book Readings” series. Any trip to Austin gives me a chance to see friends and family there and eat heaps of barbecue, but my experience at SXSWi was unlike any convention I’ve attended before: full of enthusiastic, intelligent and forward-thinking brains all gathered together to tear down old ways and build up new ones. Everyone had a dream, a project, a company and wanted to figure out a way to pool resources to benefit each other.
Smart, topical, and entertaining, Shooting War exemplifies an exciting direction in comic books. Itâ€™s understood but not wholly accepted that comic books have reached an adult level of sophistication in the last thirty years… Theyâ€™re also deeper and more fun than the Hollywood war movies that keep combusting instead of blockbusting.
I’ll be traveling to Austin TX for SXSW Interactive, a gathering of all things shiny, wired and AJAX-powered. As part of their Book Readings series, I’ll be discussing SHOOTING WAR’s genesis and execution as well as casting a fiery eye to the gorgeous future.