Archive for the ‘Graphic novels’ Category


August 24, 2009

I had the wrong second page for the Great Scott Preview #1 below. I was putting a ton of them together at the same time and I got mixed up. It’s fixed now. (Great way to start off my big preview fortnight, huh?)

Great Scott preview 1

August 24, 2009

For two weeks I’ll be running 2-page previews of my new graphic novelette “Great Scott: A day in the Life.” You can purchase it here.


What happens when the family gets too busy? It’s up to the family dog to help out. (Imagine “The Brady Bunch” if Alice was a dog.)
Appropriate for ALL AGES

What I’m reading – Mommy?

July 24, 2009

(On Fridays – if I remember – I’ll tell you what cartoon-related books, comics, articles, children’s menus, etc. I’m reading at the moment.)

The twelfth volume of Fantagraphics collection of short comics pieces…whose title I have no idea how to pronounce.

What I’m reading – Time abroad

July 17, 2009

(On Fridays – if I remember – I’ll tell you what cartoon-related books, comics, articles, children’s menus, etc. I’m reading at the moment.)

Craig Thompson put together this travel journal about his trip to France after he did his graphic novel “Blankets” (I think I’ve got the timing right.)

What I’m reading – Architects and bandages

July 10, 2009

(On Fridays – if I remember – I’ll tell you what cartoon-related books, comics, articles, children’s menus, etc. I’m reading at the moment.)

David Mazzucchelli was the guest of honor at MoCCA this year, and rightly so. He uses so many styles and techniques to tell this story of an architect’s life. Pretty amazing since he was a “straight” superhero artist. (Batman: Year 1)

Jeff Lemire’s story about…well…to say any more would ruin it. But, as you can see above, it has to do with bandages. A lot of bandages.

My travels – Part 4 – Book expo

July 7, 2009

Yet another in my series of late posts. This one is about Book Expo in NYC which was, indeed, over a month ago. Book Expo is where publishers come to hawk their new wares to bookstores, libraries, colleges, etc. And as swag goes, it’s pretty high on the list. It’s hard to turn a corner without someone putting a free book into your hands. (As a matter of fact, the Javits Center has a shipping department set up because it can become impossible to carry your booty home.) My wife’s advice is “You do not have to take every book that is offered to you.”

Did I mention that there’s also a lot of authors signing books? Here’s the ones I got:

Liberty Meadows 10th Anniversary Special Edition signed by Frank Cho

MOME (Vol 13) signed by Dash Shaw

Adventures in Cartooning signed by the authors and James Sturm’s daughter Eva, who has a drawing in it

Zig-zagging signed by Tom Wilson II (“Ziggy”)

Silent but Deadly signed by Mark Tatulli (“Lio”)

Flawed Dogs signed by Berkley Breathed (“Bloom County”)

Wizard of OZ comic signed by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young

X-men Forever signed by Chris Claremont

• and a Buffy comic signed by the author whose name escapes me (it was for my wife and is her pile of books and stuff.)

My travels – Part 1 – MoCCA

June 17, 2009

Man, have I been traveling a ton this last month. As a matter of fact, I was on the road (or in the air, or on train tracks, or sleeping on an air mattress at a friend’s apartment) for 15 out of 19 days. Just too much. I’m happy to be home till Comic Con.

In order, these were the events I went to: The National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Weekend, Book Expo and MoCCA. Since MoCCA is the most recent (two weeks ago), I’ll hit that first and the others (hopefully) next week. (Yep, I’m not very timely and thus a bad, bad blogger.)

I mooched a place to stay off of my friends Bob (professionally known as “R.”) Sikoryak and Kriota Willberg. Bob is quite well-known in the “alternative comics scene” and it was fun to tag along with him and experience an area of comics I don’t know nearly enough about.

And now the bullet points:

• MoCCA moved from the Puck Building to the Amory on Lexington. It’s big joint where you could systematically see every table but, man, was it hot.

• Got to sit near my friend Marek Bennett who just put out a new book on a Xeric grant. A “block” away way was Brendan Burford whose newest edition of “Syncopated” was just published by Villard Press. Marek, Brendan and I all play ukulele (me just barely). Brendan even had his with him. It seems to be a popular instrument among cartoonists, which leads me to…

• Sunday night’s “Comic Strip Serenade” at a joint out in Brooklyn. Put together by a couple of comics historians, it was a performance of early 20th century sheet music inspired by comic strips like Pogo, Barney Google, The Gumps and Krazy Kat. And, my oh my, were there are a lot of ukes involved. As a matter of fact, the last piece was music that was an integral part of a comic strip called “Them Days Are Gone Forever” and featured not one, not two, not three, but four, count ’em, four ukuleles!

• And a big shout out to reader Dorian, who I’ve christened the “MoCCA Weekend’s #1 Bo Nanas fan” for coming to the show to see me. (I am always shocked and amazed when anyone comes specifically to see me at these things, such is my humbleness and meager level of fame.). She was kind enough to pick up a Bo book and the new Great Scott book. Unfortunately I’d forgotten to bring Bo buttons with me so I mailed her one with a sketch as a “thank you.”

I’ll be at MoCCA

June 5, 2009

MoCCA fest

Sure, I got back from NYC just about 45 minutes ago (or so it seems) and I ‘ll back this weekend for MoCCA – Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival. (According to the poster above, we’ll all be sharing space with various sea creatures.) I’ll be at table 230 with various books – Bo Nanas, Jack N. Box, and my new Great Scott one (which I’ll have for purchase online when I get back…I promise.)

My new book

June 3, 2009


Yep, I gotta new book…and I’ll be premiering it at MoCCA this weekend. (If you can’t make it, fear not, I’ll be posting a special price just for you next week.)

“Great Scott: A Day in the Life” is a graphic novelette about a dog who becomes the nanny/cook/housekeeper/whatever when his family gets too busy. It’s as if the “Brady Bunch” had a canine Alice.

SPACE recap – Part 4

April 25, 2009
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Ryan Claytor

(I’m going to do my SPACE recap in random posts throughout the next few days, as well as show art from some of the cool people I met there. Please click on it and visit their websites.)

Since SPACE is now a week-old distant memory, it’s time to wrap up my recap with some tidbits:

• Since I live in a small town without a bookstore, I asked my friend Jenny if there was a cool one we could go to in Columbus. We went to Half Price Books. This is the kind of economic model I like: spend money and get twice as much. (Notice that I didn’t say,” Pick out the books you want and pay half as much.”). Yep, I spent a lot there. Here’s what I got, in no particular order and from memory (since it’s a big heavy bag of books, it’s downstairs and I have a bad back.) Frank Miller’s Ronin, a James Sturm book, couple issues of Mome, Tank Girl, Anthology of Graphic Fiction, a collection of Stan and Jan Berenstain’s non-bear cartoons, a DVD of Flash Gordon movie serials and probably a few things I’ve forgotten

• I proved my unmanliness at dinner when Jenny pointed out that Payton Manning was sitting a couple of tables over. I know the Payton Manning is some sort of football guy, but you could point out any person short of a 12-year-old girl, tell me it is Payton Manning and I’d have to agree. Luckily, Jenny’s boyfriend Chris was the same way. Because of our collective lack of testosterone, Jenny had to call one of her “real man” friends who would appreciate such an occurrence.

• On Sunday night we watched my Flash Gordon DVD and another movie Jenny had that no one else would watch with her – “Comicbook-The Movie.” (Straight to DVD, directed my Mark Hamill, filmed mostly at the San Deigo ComiCon, starring a load of cartoon voice talent.) Y’know, how one’s interest in certain subject matter can carry one through a piece of entertainment more so than “regular folk”? That didn’t happen here.