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D MAG, QUICK, NEW LOGO, AND STUFF

The January issue of D Magazine is now available in newsstands around town. It features a new installment of SOUVENIR OF DALLAS (click here). Also, this week’s Quick has the latest WE’VE NEVER MET (click here).

SOUVENIR OF DALLAS covers the opening of Main Street Garden in downtown Dallas. I attended. (What? You think I make all this stuff up?) It’s a beautiful park, and finally we have some green in a downtown dominated by concrete. Score. However, being satire, it wouldn’t be any fun for the comic to leave it at that.

WE’VE NEVER MET introduces Trenton, one of Liz’s best friends and a fearless bike rider. I was a little worried that I’d get a negative response from the biking community, especially my friends at Bike-Friendly Oak Cliff. However, with the exception of this twitter post from Pedal Dallas, I haven’t heard much. Maybe everyone is still worn out from the Observer’s big story on the subject? Yes, it’s not a good idea to ride on the highway without a helmet and other proper equipment (rear-view mirrors, etc). It’s also probably bad for someone to ride with you, standing on your back wheel pegs, at night, on the highway. This comic might stereotype bicyclists as having unrealistic expectations of their place within traffic. If you feel slighted, let me know! Alas, responsible behavior just isn’t as funny. Given the chance, Trenton will grow as a character. Mostly, I wanted to make one big statement with this issue: It is possible to live in Dallas without a car, but it’s probably not easy. Trains, buses, and bicycles will be instrumental, along with other creative alternatives.

The next WE’VE NEVER MET will come out December 31st and will debut our new logo, designed by Jenni Leder.


Currently, Paul, Chad, and I are working on some postcards to promote SOUVENIR and WE’VE NEVER MET. I should have them ready by January’s Dallas Comic Con.

In other news, I shipped ONE NIGHT STAND to retailers yesterday. If you live near one of these stores, pick up your copy on December 30th. On that day, I’ll be signing at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles with Cat Staggs, Sina Grace, and Christopher Higginson.

Comps will be sent soon to the artists involved. If you are a ONE NIGHT STAND artist, try to wait for your comps. I want regular store customers to have a chance at this mini-comic. Supplies will be limited.

One random link: Here’s a humorous and insightful review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (click here). It’s 70 minutes in length and worth every minute. This video actually doubles as a fairly good Creative Writing lecture on critical mistakes made with characters and plot. Valuable stuff to keep in mind when you work on your next story.

AN ANTIHERO CHRISTMAS TRADITION THAT WON’T DIE

No, I haven’t forgotten. It’s December 20th, which marks the 5th annual posting of O Holy Night (trainwreck version).

Share the song with others. Re-tweet it. Sneak it into your favorite Christmas mix. Request it on KXT.

Holiday cruelty at its finest.

ART CON 5

This past Saturday was the 5th annual Art Conspiracy (commentary and slide show by the Observer: click here, video by Ben Smithson: click here). I said it a few years ago, and the statement still holds true, this is the coolest event in Dallas. Art and music, all in support of a good cause.


photo by Ange Fitzgerald

Here are a few things I noticed:

* The programs looked pretty. I kept looking at them throughout the night. Delicious full color, nice, glossy paper.

* Partnering with KERA’s Art&Seek was genius, a good match for both sides.

* Last year was the year of Red Stripe. Lots and lots of Red Stripe. I’m glad they added more variety this year.

* April is a really good artist, and she needs to go further with it.

* It’s a crime that Kristian Donaldson did not participate this year. (I know you were probably busy, but Dallas art is incomplete without you.)

* Never heard The Boom Boom Box before. I really like them. It makes me feel like I’m 17 again, in a good way.

* Paul Slavens looks like a pimp, in a good way.

* I was happy with my piece until it went for only $40. I know that’s shallow, but I’m thinking about the charity here. Yes? No, I’m shallow. Next year, just wait, next year, I will blow minds!

* April and I bought our first piece this year, an amazing print by David Wilson.

* Don’t try to outbid a guy in a pinstripe suit.

* Gosh darn it. They stuck to the schedule.

* Tania Kaufmann has the best artist bio ever. “Pew Pew.”

* I missed some of my friends who were there, and I didn’t get a chance to chat with them. Just reminds me that I need to visit Dallas more often.

* Everyone was talking about how cold it was this year. It wasn’t that bad.

* Best stage ever (click here).

UPDATES

Here’s another WE’VE NEVER MET character sketch by Chad Thomas. This is Trenton. He will make his debut next Thursday, December 17th.


Also, my friend Jenni Leder is designing the logo for WE’VE NEVER MET. Expect it to appear January 2010.

MINICOMIC GETS AROUND

Here’s a list of all the incredible stores that will receive copies of ONE NIGHT STAND for December 30th. Hopefully, there is a retailer near you. At this point, I’m at full capacity and cannot add anymore locations.

Zeus Comics and Collectibles in Dallas, Texas
Titan Comics in Dallas, Texas
Lone Star Comics in Dallas, Texas
Keith’s Comics in Dallas, Texas
Good Records in Dallas, Texas
Madness Games & Comics in Plano, Texas
Heroplex Comics and Games in North Richland Hills, Texas
Boomerang Comics in Lewisville, Texas
Austin Books in Austin, Texas
Domy in Austin, Texas
When Nerds Collide in Allen, Texas
Allstar Comics & Games in El Paso, Texas
Atomic Comics in San Antonio, Texas
Skylight Books in Los Angeles, California
Meltdown in Los Angeles, California
Golden Apple in Los Angeles, California
House of Secrets in Burbank, California
Hi De Ho Comics in Santa Monica, California
Isotope in San Francisco, California
Comic Relief in Berkeley, California
Hijinx Comix in San Jose, California
4 Color Fantasies in Rancho Cucamonga, California
Jim Hanley’s Universe in New York, New York
Midtown Comics in New York, New York
St. Mark’s Comics in New York, New York
St. Mark’s Comics in Brooklyn, New York
Rocketship in Brooklyn, New York
Jim Hanley’s Universe in Staten Island, New York
Pulp Nouveau Comix in Canandaigua, New York
Challengers in Chicago, Illinois
Quimby’s in Chicago, Illinois
Chicago Comics in Chicago, Illinois
Brainstorm Movies, Comics, & Gaming in Chicago, Illinois
Comix Revolution in Evantston, Illinois
The Million Year Picnic in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hub Comics in Somerville, Massachusetts
Comicopia in Boston, Massachusetts
Reading Frenzy in Portland, Oregon
Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, Oregon
Floating World Comics in Portland, Oregon
Zanadu – Downtown in Seattle, Washington
Zanadu – University in Seattle, Washington
SpazDog Comics in Phoenix, Arizona
Samurai Comics in Phoenix, Arizona
Big Brain Comics in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Source Comics and Games in Falcon Heights, Minnesota
Bizarro Wuxtry in Athens, Georgia
The Dragon’s Horde in Stone Mountain, Georgia
Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman, Oklahoma
Astrokitty Comics in Lawrence, Kansas
Star Clipper in St. Louis, Missouri
Copacetic Comics Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Atomic Books in Baltimore, Maryland
Sarge’s Comics in New London, Connecticut
Green Brain Comics in Dearborn, Michigan
Velocity Comics in Richmond, Virginia
Ssalefish Comics in Winston Salem, North Carolina
Tangled Web in Spartanburg, South Carolina
Zaldiva Comics and Collectibles in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Strange Adventures in Fredericton, New Brunswick
Strange Adventures in Halifax, Nova Scotia
The Beguiling in Toronto, Ontario
Comics Mart in Singapore

Now, I must return to more folding and stapling.

ART CONSPIRACY THIS SATURDAY


Art Conspiracy V is this Saturday, December 12th. Lots of artists. Lots of cool music by Telegraph Canyon, The Crash That Took Me, The Boom Boom Box and RTB2. All reasonably priced at $10 to benefit Resolana. Information, including a map, here: www.artconspiracy.org

Art & Seek posted some of the behind the scenes info: Frank’s studio | Jason’s studio | Cari on THINK

I’ve participated in Art Conspiracy every single year since the beginning, plus I was one of feature artists for Art Con’s SEED 2008. I’m rather proud of that.

This event represents what I love most about Dallas. So much earnestness goes into making Art Con work. There’s none of that pretentious detachment. It’s always a little rough around the edges, but everyone believes in the art, the community, and their ability to make the world a little better. Hard not to sense a connection between the success of Art Con and all subsequent endeavours such as La Reunion TX and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. There’s an unyielding optimism in the ability to remake our city into the kind of place where we’d want to live. It’s contagious.

My piece this year will be similar to the previous two years (here and here). Except this year, I’m including a graphic element along the top 1/3. And instead of a comic script, I’m going with some unpublished prose. Yes, prose.

Saturday at 7 PM.

MY KICKSTARTER THANK YOU

While I spend this weekend folding and stapling some 500+ minicopies, I thought I would take a break to thank the 34 backers who contributed to my Kickstarter project.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Jenni Leder, Adam Gutierrez, April Wenzel, Justin Stewart, Andrew Dalgleish, J. Kyle Fagan, Leah Wilson, Dawn Toh, Tania Kaufmann, Andy Baio, Deborah Driscoll, Vincent Kukua, Zack Sinkler, Phillip Ginn, Brandy Davis, Kevin Nguyen, Gordon McAlpin, Holly Lindem, Jamie Tanner, Kristina Egrigoz, Geoff Johnston, Sarah Jane Semrad, Wim Bens, Jamie Baker, Steven New, Sarah Nash, Dan Hughes, Jessica Stewart, Nate Bramble, Jason Rodriguez, Abeni Garrett, Jonathan Foisset, Sarah Gaydos, and the Samlis

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

I still need contact information from some of these people. If that’s you, I sent an information request through Kickstarter weeks ago — please respond. If it got lost in your inbox, then message your address to me. I can’t send you a copy of ONE NIGHT STAND or any other goodies, if I don’t have your address.

Later this week, I will post a listing of every retailer receiving copies of ONE NIGHT STAND. Look for a store near you, so you can purchase a copy on December 30th.

More exciting news: I will be in Los Angeles for Indy Comic Book Week. Christopher Higginson, Sina Grace, Cat Staggs, and I are signing at Golden Apple Comics. I’ll send more information once I have it.

NEW “WE’VE NEVER MET” THIS WEEK

Our second installment of WE’VE NEVER MET is now available. Pick up a copy of Quick in racks around town. You can see it online, but it’s not quite the same as the delicious full size print version.

This one was trickier.

Here’s how the process works. I script something and send it to Geoff Johnston for comedic feedback. (“A third public radio station that broadcasts only pledge drives” was Geoff. I forget the original line.) I don’t consider myself a naturally funny person. I mean, I can be funny, but it’s like calling someone a designer because they can put together Ikea furniture. I know what funny looks like. I know how to follow the directions to get to funny, but it’s not a nature process. For this reason, I try to keep WE’VE NEVER MET from being a straight forward “gag comic.”

After I banter with Geoff for a bit, I then send it to my editor Rob Clark for further feedback and approval. (We had several revisions on the final line.) Then, it goes to Chad.

With WE’VE NEVER MET is in its infant stages, we’re still working through the character designs. This one introduces Liz’s friend Addie. Although she looks great now, we had a difficult time designing Addie. I knew what she needed to look like in my head, but something was lost in communicating it to Chad. That falls on me. What you see on the page is version 4.0. Chad was tremendously patient — hairstyle, clothing, and body type. I was in full out nitpicky mode.

In the end, I think this comic is better than our first, but it wasn’t the graceful process that you dream it will be. Eventually, we’ll fall into a good rhythm.

PLAYLIST

No one really demanded it, but you’re getting one anyway — a soundtrack to WE’VE NEVER MET. Raid your iTunes store and grab the tracks.

1. You’ve Got Your Heart – The O’s
2. Send My Regards To London – Elvis Perkins
3. On The Radio – Regina Spektor
4. Furr – Blitzen Trapper
5. Black Rain, Black Rain – A.A. Bondy
6. There Is Nothing – Clem Snide
7. Mouthwash – Kate Nash
8. Breakin’ Up – Rilo Kiley
9. Just A Friend – Biz Markie
10. Back In Your Head – Tegan & Sara
11. The Tallest Man, the Broadest Shoulders, Pt. 1 – Sufjan Stevens
12. Change Is Hard – She & Him
13. Bye Bye Love – The Ditty Bops
14. Say Yes – Langhorne Slim
15. We’ve Never Met – Neko Case

This is what I’ve been listening to while writing and thinking about Liz.

INTERVIEWED BY FANBOY VIDEO

At Dallas Comic Con, Oliver and I talked about HOW TO LOSE BIG, the KARMA INCORPORATED Script Book, and EMILY EDISON.


Fanboy Video also interviewed Cal Slayton, Brian Denham, Brent Erwin, The Variants crew, and J. Scott Campbell.

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