Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Tour

SPRINGTOURLast weekend I looked at my calendar and FREAKED OUT, because I had gone overboard applying for festivals and committing to events. I had accidentally committed to six comics events over the next seven weeks. When I complained on Facebook, Box Brown pointed out that what I actually had done was booked a tour! So here’s the Tiny Report / Paper Rocket Accidental Spring Tour 2015.

March 28-29: RIPE in Providence, RI
Micro-Press and distro panel at 1pm on the 29th

April 5: KGB Comix Night in New York, NY

April 11-12: MoCCA Fest in New York, NY

April 20-21: CCS class visit in White River Jct, VT
Lectures with students about micro-publishing and editing

April 26: Brooklyn Zine Fest in Brooklyn, NY

May 9-10: TCAF in Toronto, Ontario

Hope to see you there! Please bring me words of encouragement and snacks. It’s going to be an intense month and a half.

Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night

It’s that time of year again!


Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night
Sunday, April 20, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
KGB Bar, 85 E 4th St, New York

(NOTE: Katie Skelly had to cancel. But we still have five readers!)

Join us for our annual Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night, a free night of live comics readings.

KGB Comix Night 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 host and readers.

Hosted by Robyn Chapman

Stephanie Mannheim grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she began self-publishing her own minicomics in high school. She currently resides in New York City, where she is completing her senior year at Barnard College of Columbia University.

Hazel Newlevant is a cartoonist in her senior year at the School of Visual Art. She has drawn and published many minicomics, including the Xeric Award-winning Ci Vediamo. Her work was recently honored with the Prism Comics Queer Press Grant.

Connie Sun is a New York-based cartoonist who draws an autobiographical webcomic every weekday. She is a self-taught cartoonist who works in higher education by day and sleeps at night.

Mike Taylor is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work includes the long-running zine Late Era Clash (started in 1994, and currently in its 25th issue). Mike recently had his first solo-show, NO/FUTURE, at the Booklyn Art Gallery.

Jess Worby is a cartoonist, illustrator, and teacher whose clients include the New York Times, Wired.com, and McSweeney’s (among others). He draws pictures that feel alive and makes stories about how strange it is to be a person.

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.

Aaron Cockle did his first comic reading ever. He chose Exit Interview, my favorite of his short stories.

Emily Flake read some of her rejected New Yorker cartoons, and a longer piece on motherhood.


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


Post-Thanksgiving Comix Night at KGB

It’s that time of year again!


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.

KGB Recap

What a night! This year we had six readers, which is the max capacity for a two-hour show. I’m pretty proud that we didn’t go over our time slot (a concern for this venue, as stuff is scheduled all night) and we had no major technical difficulties (two years running!)

The readings were diverse, ranging from funny to trippy to informative to dark. As always it was a warm crowd. KGB Comix Night is a feel good show–basically, it’s a party with friends I can throw in a really good bar (plus live entertainment). Look for next one on the Sunday after Thanksgiving!







Easter Sunday KGB Comix Reading!

It’s that time again! I’ll be hosting the annual Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night. And we’ve got an all-star line-up! Count them, SIX readers! Don’t be late! Note that the event starts at 7:30, not the usual 7.

AND, at Comix Night we’ll also celebrate the debut of LOVF New York: Destination Crisis.


Easter Sunday KGB Comix Night
KGB Bar (85 East 4th Street in NYC)
Sunday March 31, 7:30-9:30

Join us for our annual Easter Sunday Comix Night, a free night of live comics readings. Donating five bucks or a graphic novel (new or used) will get you entered in an awesome raffle! Book donations benefit SAW, financial donations will be split between the host and the readers.

Sam Henderson has been self-publishing Xeroxed minicomics since 1980. In 1993 he began self-publishing his best-known title, The Magic Whistle. Also in 1993 he began the wordless comic strip “Scene but Not Heard” in Nickelodeon Magazine. It was the magazine’s longest-running comic strip. In 2003, Sam’s writing and storyboard directing work on SpongeBob SquarePants earned him a nomination for Best Animated Program (for programming less than one hour) in the 55th Emmy Awards.

Star Fruit is Gretta Johnson’s first book. She is a visual artist living in New York and for the past three years has worked as a chocolatier’s assistant and personal comic book illustrator to Sebastian Brecht. She has taught and continues to teach drawing and sculpture classes at the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan.

Caroline Paquita runs Pegacorn Press, a feminist, queer, and “total-art-freaker” publishing house that specializes in producing small-run art books, zines, and comics. So far, nine official publications have been released since the fall of 2011, including Caroline’s comic Womanimalistic. Caroline has also published comics by other authors, such as FUTURE TENSE, Late Era Clash #24, FAG SCHOOL #4, Burn Collector #16, and Those Fucking Unicorns.

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. He is also the author of Applicant, a hilarious collection of discarded college applicant documents. He kept a daily comic diary from 2007-2008 called Ten Thousand Things To Do. In 2013 LOVF, a full-color collection of his sketchbook comics, will be published. He lives in Portland, Oregon where he taught at the Independent Publishing Resource Center in their Comics Program. He is currently working on his graphic novel, Couch Tag.

Karl Stevens’ first book, Guilty, was published in 2004 with a grant from the Xeric Foundation. His comic strips “Whatever,” “Succe$$” (with writer Gustavo Turner), and Failure ran in the Boston Phoenix. As an illustrator, Karl collaborated with Anthony Apesos on the book Anatomy for Artists: A New Approach Discovering, Learning, and Remembering the Body. His oil paintings and watercolors, predominantly portraits, have been exhibited at the Carroll and Sons Gallery Gallery in Boston.

Lauren Weinstein is a cartoonist who is still recovering from having a baby and moving to the suburbs of New Jersey (it’s been two years). Her comics books include Girl Stories and The Goddess of War, and her work has been published in Kramer’s Ergot, The Ganzfeld, An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, and The Best American Comics of 2007 and 2010. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Glamour, and Heeb magazines. She is currently working on a sequel to Girl Stories.

KGB Recap

Another KGB Comix Night has come and gone. It was a real success, I’d say. As usual, the house was full and folks sat on the floor. The crowd was friendly and forgiving of the fact that our projector is old and our screen is a white shower curtain. The show is a little punk rock, but hey it’s also free.

There was a lot of range in the readings this year. Julia Wertz started with her latest auto bio comics. Her humorous asides really added to the reading. Next it was Alabaster, who shared a sweet and sad tale. And man, the art was so beautiful I wanted one of the panels tattooed on my flesh (well, maybe not because I’m chickenshit about tattoos and generally not a fan of them). Nathan Bulmer followed with some strips that really had the house laughing. Gabrielle Bell’s strips were hilarious too, with that own distinctive voice which we love so well. Jeffrey Lewis ended the night by talking about the complex comic/album art he created for his cd A Turn in the Dream Songs (LOVE this album). A lot more thought and puns when into the art than I ever realized.

We raffled off some prizes and collected two boxes of book donations for CCS and SAW.

I had a good time, and I’m grateful that the comics community let its shyest, most anxious public speaker host this thing again. I’ll be doing it again on Easter Sunday.

Comix Night at KGB!

It’s that time again! Please join us for a FREE night of comics, friendship, and raffle prizes!

Annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night

Sunday, November 25 7pm
85 East 4th Street
New York, New York

See the Facebook invite!

Join us for the annual Post Thanksgiving Comix and Graphic Novelist Night! With special guest readers Gabrielle Bell, Alabaster, Julia Wertz, Nathan Bulmer, and Jeffrey Lewis.


Hosted and curated by Robyn Chapman

Our annual comics reading event is more than just a night of entertainment–it’s a book drive with awesome raffle prizes!
Donate a graphic novel or $5 at the door to be entered in our raffle! Book drive donations will benefit The Center for Cartoon Studies and The Sequential Artists Workshop (and I’ll give a little cash to the readers too).

Gabrielle Bell was born in England and raised in California. In 1998 She began to collect her “Book of” miniseries (Book of Sleep, Book of Insomnia, Book of Black, etc), which resulted in When I’m Old and Other Stories, published by Alternative Comics. In 2001 she moved to New York and released her autobiographical series Lucky, published by Drawn and Quarterly. The title story of Bell’s book, Cecil and Jordan in New York has been adapted for the film anthology Tokyo! by Michel Gondry. Her latest book, The Voyeurs, is available from Uncivilized Books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Alabaster is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn, New York. The character Talamaroo has appeared is several of her comics, which are each self-published and hand crafted by the author.

Julia Wertz was born in the San Francisco bay area in 1982. She is the author/illustrator of the unfortunately titled autobiographical graphic novels The Fart Party vol 1 and vol 2, Drinking at the Movies and The Infinite Wait and Other Stories. She currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and makes comics at Pizza Island (RIP). Her work appears in absolutely no other publications and she’s an irregular contributor to twitter.

Nathan Bulmer is an illustator whose work has graced the pages of Time Out New York, Seattle Magazine, The Kansas City Star, and The Pitch Weekly. He’s even shown work in galleries like Dieu Donne in New York and Grand Arts, The Bank, The Bakery, and various other galleries in Kansas City, Missouri.

Born and raised Lower East Sider Jeffrey Lewis leads a double-life, as both a comic book writer/artist and a musician (or is that a triple-life?). His critical writings on the comic book Watchmen have lead to Jeffrey lecturing all over the world. Jeffrey’s most recent self-published comic book Fuff is an anthology series combining biographical pieces, fiction, and travelogues, and is currently up to issue eight.