Interviews with Robyn and Jesse

I have a brief interview coming up on Creative Mojo. We’ll be talking about my book, Drawing Comics Lab.

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I have to be honest, I’m pretty nervous about the interview! (I understand that Creative Mojo has a large audience.) I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to hear her voice recorded. I much prefer to edit my words on the written page. But, Mark Lipinski was gracious enough to invite me on his show, so how could I say no?

 

In other new, Jesse Relkaw had a lengthy interview on the Comics Reporter!

It made my day that Tom Spurgeon called Lovf a “significant book” and linked to the Paper Rocket store. Thanks, Tom!

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KGB Comix Recap

Whatta night! We had a full house at the Post-Thanksgiving Comix Reading, thanks to our regulars and a mention on the Skint. I was too preoccupied this year to take photos, as I was hosting AND reading. But here are some images from the slideshow.

The big news of the night was that Nick Sumida brought down the house with his reading of New Voicemails. Chandler Moses recorded the audio, and later Nick added video and uploaded it to Youtube. Then Buzzfeed posted it! They didn’t mention the KGB Comix Night by name (darn it!) but it was the biggest press the show ever got.



Jesse Reklaw read from his memoir Couch Tag, which was just released last week. This panel in particular got some laughs.
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Aaron Cockle did his first comic reading ever. He chose Exit Interview, my favorite of his short stories.
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Emily Flake read some of her rejected New Yorker cartoons, and a longer piece on motherhood.

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I read my comic Bad Girls, and a excerpt from my work-in-progress, Twin Bed. More on that later.

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Post-Thanksgiving Comix Night at KGB

It’s that time of year again!

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Comix Night at KGB
Sunday, December 1, 7:00pm
85 East 4th Street, New York, New York

Join us for the annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night! With special guest readers Robyn Chapman, Aaron Cockle, Emily Flake, Jesse Reklaw, and Nick Sumida.

Our annual comic reading event is more than just a night of free entertainment—we also have a fun raffle with awesome prizes! A $5 donation will get you a raffle ticket. Raffle proceeds are split between the readers.

Robyn Chapman is a micro-publisher and the proprietor of a Paper Rocket Comics. She recently wrote an educational cartooning book called Drawing Comics Lab. She is currently working on micro graphic novella called Twin Bed.

Aaron Cockle is a cartoonist living in Brooklyn. He self-publishes a mini-comic, Annotated, and has an ongoing comic, Word & Voice, published by Oily Comics.

Emily Flake is an award-winning illustrator, writer, and cartoonist. Her work appears in Time, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Forbes, The Nation, and many, many others.

Jesse Reklaw is the author of the comic strip “Slow Wave,” which ran in multiple papers from 1995 to 2011 and was collected into the books Dreamtoons and The Night of Your Life. His graphic memoir, Couch Tag, was recently published by Fantagraphics.

Nick Sumida is a cartoonist hailing from Oahu, Hawaii. His debut comics collection, Snackies, will be released by Youth in Decline in Spring, 2014.

CAB Recap

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For me, CAB was a prefect show. The line-up was 100% quality, not a stinker in the house. And people were actually spending money! Add to the equation that it’s a local show (no travel, no lodging, no hassle). The room was filled with friendly people and good vibes. It was an intense day and I had a blast. I barely left the table, but that’s ok.

  

 

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My table.

 

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My crew.

 

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My haul.

SPX 2013 Report

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I feel good about SPX. This time last year, I was having a bummer time at SPX. But in 2013, Paper Rocket has three new books out. I’m feeling good. This might have been the most productive year of my life.

Sales weren’t great though. My con sales haven’t been for the last two or three years. This experience may be limited to me, but I doubt it. There are a lot of new publishers out there, but I’m not sure our audience has grown with us. With all this competition, it’s no longer easy to sell 30-40 books at a con, even when debuting a new title.

Unfortunately, the price of exhibiting has only gone up. None of this exceedingly troubling, as this game has never been lucrative. But it’s something to think about (I’d welcome any insight on the subject).

Regardless, I had a great time and was happy to see my cartooning cousins. And, I got to spend some time with Paper Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson. Even though I just published Gretta’s first comic book, Star Fruit, I had only met her once, briefly. For all I knew, she’s a psychopath who can draw very well. I’m happy to report she is an awesome lady, totally not a psychopath. I had a lot of fun hanging out with her.

I’m back in New York, and I’ll be sending out the Kickstarter rewards this week. Star Fruit will be taking the world by storm.

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The Paper Rocket/Desert Island table (I sold some books for Gabe at the show). The Kate Beaton book sold out pdq.

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I helped Alec Longstreth and Josh Bayer with the CCS/SAW workshop.

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Gretta, Jesse, and Hazel.

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My haul. There was so much good stuff I missed!

SPX This Weekend!

This weekend I’ll be making my annual trek to Bethesda for the Small Press Expo. I’ll be sharing my table with my new roommates (!) Jesse Reklaw and Hazel Newlevant. Paper  Rocket’s newest author, Gretta Johnson, will also be joining us. Her book, Star Fruit, is debuting at the show. Kickstarter backers can pick up their copy right at the table! Speaking of Kickstarter, it’s not to late to back our Kickstarter campaign!

Look for Paper Rocket at table A12! I’ll also be selling a select number of Desert Island publications.

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Star Fruit just arrived from the printer, and I think it looks lovely. So does Lulu! Copies will be available for order on the website after this weekend.

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CAKE Recap

If I were to recap CAKE in a just a few words, I’d say: good times, good comics, good people, poor sales. I didn’t make enough money to cover the plane ticket, but that’s my only complaint. The show was very well curated, and I went on a shopping spree!

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A friend of mine (I think it was Aaron Renier?) described comic conventions as family reunions that happen every six months. I was definitely feeling that. It was good to see some familiar face, including a few I hadn’t seen in a while (Jason Shiga, Nate Beaty, Alec Longstreth, Ben Catmull, etc.) It felt good, comfortable. It felt like home. More so than the Brooklyn shows (in my actual home) where I’m drowning in young beautiful comic hipsters. Nothing against young beautiful comic hipster, but I’m old and I know the old people.


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CCS pals: Beth Hetland, Penina Gal, Dakota McFadzean, Gabby Schultz (aka Ken Dahl)

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Cara Bean

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Aaron Renier, Jason Shiga, and Jacq Cohen

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More CCS pals: Laurel Leak, John Jacob Lee (I think?), April Malig, and Melanie Gillman

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Dave Nuss

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The Koyama sisters

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Glenn Ganges

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Chris Ware (!) and Laura Park

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Noah Van Sciver

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Yes, that’s Zak Sally in a dress.

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Also, Josh Bayer and Pat Aulisio

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Otto Splotch

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I had Key Lime pie with Josh Bayer, Box Brown, and Cody Pickrodt. It was nice to get to know those guys better.

At the Paper Rocket table, it was me and Jesse. On our left was the super talented Luke Howard. No kidding, check out his stuff. You’ll say, “woah, where’d this guy come form all of a sudden?” On our right was Kinoko, who was great company (and I really like her comics!)
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Check out this crazy page Jesse is working on. Insider tip: to get that special air brush technique, use spit!
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And, finally, I visited Quimby’s. What a store! Easily on the short list of best comic shops in America. You can now buy Lovf and Deep Girl there.
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CAKE this Weekend!

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Dennis and I will be in Chicago this weekend! It’s the closest we’ve been to a vacation in a long time. I’ll be at CAKE, he’ll be checking out the improv scene.

If you’re in the windy city, please stop by and say hi! Jesse Reklaw will be in attendance, and Lovf will be (as always) on sale. And Deep Girl, and new crafts. Get you Comics Code necklaces while they last!

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Last weekend I was at the Grand Comics Festival. It was a very tiny (think spacious railroad apartment) festival on Grand Street in Williamsburg. I was with my table-sistah Ellen Lindner, and we had a pretty good time! And my buddy Colleen Frakes traveled all the way from Seattle for the event! It was nice to catch up on old times.

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Comic Book Lovf-In, and an Update to the Shop

Lovf New York: Destination Crisis was profiled on the Vice website! Check out the write-up on Nick Gazin’s Comic Book Love-In #85.

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Says Gazin: “If this comic looks like it was drawn by a crazy person that’s because it was. Jesse Reklaw had a crazy period and this full-color zine presents his sketchbook pages from that time.”

AND, you can now buy Lovf in the shop! It’s $8.00, plus $1.00 shipping.