I’m coloring Family Tree from Image Comics. It’s written by Jeff Lemire, pencilled by Phil Hester, inked by Eric Gapstur, lettered and designed by Steve Wands and edited by Will Dennis. I’m super excited about this book so please ask your local comic shop to order #1 for you. You won’t be disappointed! You can check out a preview here.
The Kickstarter has ended but you can still follow along and support both of these projects by following this website, or joining my mailing list at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just send me an email asking to be added to the mailing list! DVD pre-orders and comic pre-orders will be available soon!
The Long Way Home is the working title of a documentary about going back to the place you call home, after being away for 25 years. It’ll follow me and my best friends as we all return to Okinawa after two and a half decades, and examine how that period of our lives, and that experience defined us, and made us a family. As part of the project, for my comic book fans, I’m also producing a 60-page manga comic called The Ronin and The Shisa. Both are included in one Kickstarter campaign.
A 17×11 print that I made for Tucson Comic Con. If you’re interested in a copy, email email@example.com to availability. Cost is $10 for pick up at the convention this weekend or $20 shipped within the U.S.
I just got back from the Long Beach Comic Con and I wanted to express my sincere thanks to everyone who picked up a copy of Adventure Van from us at the Golden Apple Books booth. Ryan Liebovitz and his family and staff were incredible hosts all weekend and really go out of their way to make their creators feel welcome. I also got to spend some time hanging out Michael McMillian, my writer and the creator of Adventure Van and that’s always fun. Other than him working on sets in Hollywood and me working in my garage, we’re pretty much the same person. I also got the chance to drink at the Chez Jay for a bit, which was cool because I really enjoy GOLIATH on Amazon. Check it out. Lastly, please, please, pre-order and back-order Adventure Van from your local comic shop if you would like a copy. Most retailers only order the most popular books and a small press book like ours needs vocal people to order it. Thanks!
This past weekend I took up a last minute offer to go Wonder Con in Anaheim. It’s a show I’ve never been to and it was a relatively short drive of six and half hours across the Mojave Desert. I did not have a table or even properly set up for the show, I only went for Saturday but was able to squat at my publisher’s booth for about 4 and half hours that afternoon. I rented a super sweet Ford Fiesta and left my house at 2am to make sure I was there in time for my publisher’s panel that morning.
The main reason I went was that Golden Apple Books was launching their new publishing line and I’m an artist on the book, Adventure Van, which will be coming out late summer. They had a panel announcing their new line-up in the morning, and then I did a signing of a free preview copy along with the writer and creator, Michael McMillian. Most people know Michael through his acting work on shows like True Blood and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, but he also a published comic book writer with credits at Archaia and IDW. The panel and signing went great, I sold some artwork and some trades and met some cool people like Darick Robertson, R. Eric Lieb, Richard Fairgray, Michael and Dan Fogler, who plays Jacob Kowalski in the Fantastic Beasts movies. Golden Apple Books was a fantastic host and they really treat their creators well, and I’m proud to be working with Ryan and Matt. The vibe inside Wonder Con as really great and not nearly as overwhelming as their sister convention in San Diego. The drive between Kingman and Barstow is beautiful and the road are absolutely pristine, I highly recommend the straight-out-of-1973 lounge in the Anaheim Clarion, a creator dinner and drinks session was a highlight of the trip.
As many of you know, I co-host The Illustrious Gentlemen podcast along with my pal Scott Godlewski and I wanted to pop in and say that we’re currently running our 2018 fundraiser to cover production costs. You can check it out at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1123955719/the-illustrious-gentlemen-comic-and-booze-podcast