J.T. Yost recently had to redo the site of his publishing company and distro, Birdcage Bottom Books. Unfortunately all the old links no longer work.
Check out my new page on the site!
J.T. included me in the anthology Digestate, which is still for sale, and also distributes Vortex and all the still in-print issues of Future Shock.
Vortex should be available at your local comic shops today!
The comics critic Jog has chosen Vortex as a spotlight picks for his weekly column on new releases for The Comics Journal website, here’s a screenshot:
If you can’t find Vortex at your shop you can ask them to order it for you.
Turns out I was wrong in my previous posts – Vortex isn’t arriving in comic shops on October 26th, it’ll arrive much sooner, next Wednesday, September 28th!
Vortex spread 23.
If you want to check out a preview of Vortex, I’ve been posting the two-page spreads on the Comics Workbook Tumblr:
Here’s a few more spreads:
Vortex spread 12.
Vortex spread 14.
Vortex spread 21.
Vortex spread 25.
Vortex spread 30.
Vortex spread 35.
This Friday 9/2 is the final order cutoff to get Vortex from your local comic book stop on its release date of
Check out the full listing in Previews here.
I’m very excited to tell y’all that Vortex is on Page 269 of Previews, the Diamond comics catalogue! It’ll be on shelves in fine comic book stores across the US on
October 26th September 28th.
If you’d like a copy, ask your local comic book store to order it for you before September 2nd.
Order code AUG161125.
You may have noticed that these two pages are the Alternative Comics section of Previews. After Virginia Paine decided to close Sparkplug Books, Marc Arsenault of Alternative Comics inherited most of Sparkplug’s backstock. I’m grateful to Virginia for taking a chance on Vortex and all the work she did to get the Kickstarter funded and the book printed and distributed. Running a publisher as a third job is hard work and I’m glad that she’s going to be able to focus on her own awesome comics, like The WHYs, an epic webcomic about queer superpowered teens.
The reviewer Rob Clough of High-Low said goodbye to Sparkplug in a review round-up that includes Vortex.
I have comics in two comics collections that will debut at Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend (Nov 7th): Future Shock 0 and Ink Brick 4. If you can’t make it to CAB, both are also available for preorder.
Future Shock 0 is a full-color astro-psych SF anthology edited by Josh Burggraf and published by Retrofit Comics.
Cover by Jordan Speer.
My six-page comic is called “Ax the Ship.” You can preorder it here.
Ink Brick 4 is a full-color journal of comics poetry run by Alexander Rothman, Paul K. Tunis, and Alexey Sokolin.
Cover illustration by Matt Huynh and design by Alexey Sokolin.
My four-page contribution is called “Mud Mind.” You can preorder it here.
I’m the token American in the third issue of the British SF anthology series RhiZome, edited by Rob Jackson and Kyle Baddeley-Read. My comic, “Rock Troll,” is ten pages long. Here’s the first page:
RhiZome #3 was reviewed by Richard Bruton on the Forbidden Planet blog. He liked “Rock Troll.” Here’s a quote:
A thing of some shape meets a rock. And the rock turns nasty. And then other stuff. It’s hardly War & Peace but by heck, it’s great. Maybe it’s the visual simplicity of it all, but whatever it was, it’s great.
Buy it from the shop link on Rob Jackson’s website. It’s £4 plus £2 if you’re outside the UK.
Here’s another page:
Kyle Baddeley-Read posted an interview with me on the RhiZome blog. Here’s an excerpt:
From the first three issues of RhiZome, what stories have stood out to you? Why?
My favorite story is “Corporation Pop” by Rob Jackson. The first two installments were in RhiZome #1 and #2. I like how Rob depicts a mundane office life that is spiraling out of control into a paranoid fantasy where nothing seems real. Tyler Stafford’s comic in RhiZome #2 is also amazing, like all of his work. He puts in a lot of little details in his drawings that make his SF worlds grounded. I also dig his character designs.
2 days left in the Sparkplug Books Kickstarter campaign to publish my graphic novel Vortex and Elijah Brubaker’s Reich #12!
I finished this six-page comic exactly two years ago. Josh Burggraf published it in his astro-sf anthology comic Future Shock #3. I was experimenting with the coloring, trying to the style of my comics closer to my acrylic paintings. I also was trying out a genderbent character design for the Miizzzard, who shifts shape and gender throughout millennia.
Click here to see the rest of The Hiizzztory of the Miizzzard.
3 days left in the Sparkplug Books Kickstarter campaign to publish my graphic novel Vortex and Elijah Brubaker’s Reich #12! Virginia Paine has announced that if we get $2,000 over our goal, Sparkplug will be able to publish a Yumi Sakugawa mini.
I originally drew this four-page comic for J.T. Yost’s Digestate anthology in July 2012. I used a lot of patterns from Vortex for it.
Click here to see the rest of The Hiizzztory of the Miizzzard.
Sparkplug Books is running a Kickstarter campaign to publish my graphic novel Vortex and Elijah Brubaker’s Reich #12. I’m doing a series of blog posts called The Hiizzztory of the Miizzzard that show how the protagonist of Vortex has evolved over the years.
The look of the Miizzzard and my drawing style changed in 2007. I switched from a bamboo brush and India ink to Faber Castelli marker and brush pens. I also used the computer to color a lot more. Here are two full-color Miizzzard drawings from the fall of 2007:
I think I wrote “The Miizzzard Returns” because I had recently moved back to Austin, but it could also be because I hadn’t drawn the Miizzz in a while.
The Miizzzard is riding the Lizzard. Sometimes the Lizzard has a crystal head. And the Miizzz is smoking because I used to smoke a pack a day?! So glad I quit in March 2009.
In December 2007 I started my third mini-comic series, Hyperbox (the first two were Omni, with Lanneau White, and Trash). Hyperbox features my semi-autobiographical character Mark. In Hyperbox #1, Mark gets teleported to the Hyperverse and meets the Miizzzard. Here’s that issue minus the postlude that leads into the second issue:
The frog character was originally from the comics I did for the University of Texas student newspaper, The Daily Texan. My series was called Fists: Free for All. Most of those strips are incomprehensible. Subsequent issues of Hyperbox bring in the Lizzard, the Wojrollox, and the Space Yetis. I had a plan for the fourth and final issue but I never drew it. It would’ve brought the Miizzzard back into the story. Maybe one day…