Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tomorrow Night At The Strand

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 1st, I'll be reading and signing Life with Mr. Dangerous at The Strand. So if you're in New York or the immediate area, stop in and say hello. If you're lucky (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective), I may be pulling you out of the audience to read with me. Thrilling! Terrifying?

Here's the information for the event:

The Strand, June 1st, 7 to 8 pm
828 Broadway
New York, NY 10003-4805

(Thanks to Jason Polan for sending along the above picture.)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Is That Not The Nicest Cherry?

I've posted most of the Between Two Ferns videos here before... and this latest, starring two of the funniest people out there, is no less ingenious. Now get the fat out of your ears.

Two Interviews, Two Countries

Yesterday I was on Eight Forty-Eight talking about Life with Mr. Dangerous with the program's great host (and former neighbor of mine), Alison Cuddy:

And over on the other side of the pond, just one day prior, I was on the phone with "Ireland's #1 Comic Book Podcast," The Comic Cast, for a much longer, much more Irish-accented, decisively geekier comic conversation. Listen as I dust off my embarrassing knowledge of early Image comics:

Thanks to Alison, Liam, and Craig for all their great questions.

Stanley Kubrick's Chicago

Treat yourself to these amazing photographs from the pre-directorial days of Stanley Kubrick, for Look Magazine. (Thanks to Alison Cuddy for spotting these)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

More Time Out, MCA Tonight

Tonight's the night: the book release of Life with Mr. Dangerous happens this evening at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Stop by, get a book, and... watch an all new comic on television screens? Yes, that's happening too.

To coincide with the book release, Time Out Chicago just put out a part two (of sorts) of their interview with me, with a few pages from the book as garnish. Do I mention Dilbert? Of course I mention Dilbert.

(And as a reminder for those wanting to get the limited edition of the book: the sale is still going on the store. Just enter code TOUR15 to get 15% off. The sale ends next week.)

Looking forward to seeing you tonight. Thanks in advance for all the doughnuts.*

*Please do not bring actual doughnuts into the museum. Maybe.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Time Out Chicago, Oncoming Traffic

The good people of Time Out Chicago were nice enough to run an interview with me, posing with cars creeping ominously toward me. (I wish we had video of shooting these pictures, because it was a decent piece of comedy).

The article's just in time for the book release of Life with Mr. Dangerous next Tuesday at The Museum of Contemporary Art. If you're in town, come on by. Or if you're wandering around the next day, head to Comix Revolution in Evanston, where I'll be from 1 to 4 in the afternoon, trying to make sense of the Green Lantern movie costume. Seriously: what?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The !#$@ Mayor

Anders Nilsen and I were interviewed for a brief but great article by The Chicago Tribune on the term "grawlix." What the #$@ is a grawlix? Exactly.

One of the books discussed, authored by my pal Dan Sinker, will be coming out soon, and I was happy to be able to do the cover (below). Moreover, I was happy to be able to discuss with Dan, via late-night e-mails, the proper cut of a duck's mustache.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Life with Mr. Dangerous Book Tour

Here are the details for the Life with Mr. Dangerous Book Tour. If you'll be in any of these towns on these dates, I hope to see you, doodle something in your book, and pretend that neither of us notice that guy standing over there. Right, that one.

Wait, that's my dad.

Below is all the information in text format, for the anti-pictorial among you (in case you want to show up to protest comics as a medium):

May 24, 6-9pm:
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

May 25, 1-4PM:
Comix Revolution, Evanston, IL

June 1, 7-8PM:
The Strand, New York, NY

June 3, 7pm:
w/ Emily Flake
Atomic Books, Baltimore, MD

June 6:
Big Planet Comics, Bethesda, MD

June 10:
Secret Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA

June 14, 7pm:
City Lights, San Francisco, CA

June 16, 6-8pm:
Floating World, Portland, OR

June 18:
Fantagraphics Book Store, Seattle, WA

June 30, 7:30:
Gapers Block Book Group
The Book Cellar, Chicago, IL

July 21-24:
Comic-Con, San Diego, CA

Life with Mr. Dangerous Limited Edition

Above is the jacket for the Limited Edition Life with Mr. Dangerous, which comes signed, numbered, and includes a piece (a tracing, doodle, etc.) from the production of the book (signed as well). The jacket is screen-printed with four colors.

The Ultra Limited Edition of the book comes with the book, a tracing from the production, and a page of original art from the book itself. AND it comes with a hand-crafted figurine from the book. Egad! Those numbers are very limited (as the name implies!) and running out.

You can pick up either of the editions now for 15% off by going to the Forlorn Funnies Store and entering code TOUR15.

Speaking of the tour: more information to come later today...

(And if you want to see the penciled artwork for the jacket, head over to The Daily Forlorn.)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Is This Going To Be Your Primary Pair of Pants?

In the better late than never department: my wife and I just saw this episode of Michael and Michael Have Issues last night. This is easily one of the funnier sketches I've seen in years.

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Daily Forlorn

To combat a tendency to write far more than I draw, and as a clear cry for help as my mind slowly degrades, I have started a daily drawing tumblr, The Daily Forlorn. Watch it, enjoy the implosion.

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Book Is Real

I have confirmed that Life with Mr. Dangerous exists in the physical world and will be making it to your eyballs and paws in the near future. Here it is. (Thanks to Patton Oswalt for his generous (and, as always, hilarious) blurb.)

The sale in the store continues! Just remember to enter code TOUR15 to get your 15% off.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tour Fundraising, Sale on The Store

I'll be heading out on the road to support the release of Life with Mr. Dangerous soon. And just a few weeks before the book is coming out, my editor and main advocate left Random House. So things are now looking... well, not exactly up, traveling-wise. So I'm turning to you guys and gals to help out with a little tour fundraising.

For the next two weeks, everything on the store will be 15% off. That's everything including original art (and I'll be putting some more up soon) and limited and "ultra" limited editions of the book.

To get 15% off:

And if you just want to donate to make sure I can putt or fly across the country to show up in your area, here's the link for that. (For any donations over $5, include your address and I'll send you a postcard with a little sketch thanking you for your help.):

Thanks, and I'll be posting more on the pending tour soon. (Just added: San Francisco!)

Comedy Bang! Bang!

It was an honor to work on the new Comedy Bang! Bang! logo, the visual side of Scott Aukerman's podcast and live comedy show (formerly known as Comedy Death-Ray). I've been a big fan of the show for some time and can't recommend its insanity (or quality) enough. If you haven't listened to the podcast, get you ears to it immediately. Bob Ducca, Huell Howser, and Good One Robot can do no wrong, I'm sure you'll agree.

Classic Tribune Cartoonists

An amazing look back at the old days of Chicago Tribune cartooning. (Thanks to Laura Park who shared this via Twitter.)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

ThisArtist Video

Paul Hornschemeier from thisartist on Vimeo.

Juxtapoz beat me to the punch in posting this, but here's a new video filmed by Ben Porter of ThisArtist. Thanks to Ben for all his work on this. It was a pleasure speaking with him (and I'm sure it was no small task editing down my rambling).