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Summer Plans (get it?)

May 30, 2017

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I’m feeling very guilty for not posting anything here in awhile other than news items and pleas to help various kickstarter campaigns.  I know I have only posted comics sporadically in the last year, but that’s because I am BUSY with new work coming down the pike and all will become clear in the next 6 months!

First things first: Paper Pencil Life #5 is shaping up nicely and will be out in SEPTEMBER! I just finished the cover last night (pictured above)–isn’t it pretty?? It’s been a weird year of growth work wise with a big dose of post election freak out/block/soul searching and the comics show that. I am excited to get a new issue out with previously unseen comics! Woohoo!

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My desk — 8 pages into a 40 page story.

Secondly, I am DEEP in the throws of working on a long story–about 40 pages right now (we will see when it is done). It’s going to be published by someone else (more on that later).  It’s one of the hardest, most exciting things I’ve ever worked on. I just finished the last of my illustration work for awhile to clear the deck for this project and I’ve been giving every second I can to it.  My hope is to have it done and in the publisher’s hands by mid July–which has a promise of a fall release. I’ll let you know when it hits! Stay tuned.

And just a reminder: I will be in Chicago the weekend of June 10 & 11th as part of CAKE.  I’ve been dying to get to Chicago for awhile and now I get to share a table with the great Midwestern cartoonist and editor, Rob Kirby!  There are so many cartoonist people I hope to see while I am there. If any of you are in the area, please come on by!

Sending you all love & gratitude.

New Comic in The Kilgore Quarterly

May 15, 2017
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from my comic ‘Dappled Light’ forthcoming from Kilgore Quarterly.

I am excited to announce that I have a new 5 page comic forthcoming in the next edition of Kilgore Quarterly due out next month. I cannot believe the company that I am in: Leslie Stein, Tim Lane, Sam Spina, and Jason??  Uh, thanks for letting me “hang out” with you!

The Quarterly is part of Kilgore Books & Comics’ Spring/Summer line, which includes new works by my pal Glynnis Fawkes, Noah Van Sciver, Lauren Barnett, and is due to be released in June at CAKE.  In order to cover print & royalties, Kilgore Books is running a Kickstarter.  Think of it as a pre-order! Pay now and you’ll get one in June! AND you’ll be supporting independent artists and publishing. Sweet!

I’ve already pledged by ordering Glynnis’ book (Hi Glynnis! I’m can’t wait to read this book!)–come on and get yours–and thank you!

A Couple of Art Monsters: Summer Pierre Talks to Lisa Brown

May 11, 2017

MUTHA Magazine asked me to interview the funny, SMART, and talented illustrator and author Lisa Brown.  

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Lisa in her gorgeous studio – photo by Kristen Sard

I have admired Lisa’s work for years and so was excited at the prospect. We had such a good time talking to each other that we kept on gabbing for a full hour and a half!  I would still be high from this talk if it weren’t for the utter…MORTIFICATION that I experienced transcribing the interview. I had never done an interview before and was unprepared for THE SOUND OF MY TERRIBLE LAUGHTER (of which there was plenty) AND NERVOUS, SLOBBERY VOICE (a totally impartial observation). Luckily, Lisa shined through for us both and made it all worth it.

I think you can tell we had fun talking to each other. Go on over and read the interview!

Headed to Toronto THIS Weekend

May 8, 2017

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Hey all, me and this postcard are HEADED TO TORONTO this weekend to be part of TCAF! I have half a table with Glynnis Fawkes AND I will be on a panel about comics and education on Sunday at 10:30am! If you are in town, please come on over! I will be selling comics & prints!

What: Toronto Comics Art Festival

When: Saturday, May 13 9:00am-5:00pm & Sunday, May 14 10:00am-5:00pm*

(*please note: I will be leaving early on Sunday to catch a plane–so get in there early!)

Where: Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street, Toronto (I’m on the 3rd floor)

Not in Toronto? I’ll be in Chicago & Boston area later this year:

June 10th & 11th I’ll be in Chicago for CAKE.

October 21 & 22 I’ll be in Cambridge, MA for MICE.

Hope to see some of you!

It’s War! Revolutionary War!

May 1, 2017

Once again I was sent out on assignment for the Highlands Current. Here is my exciting report:

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BOTTOMS UP!

April 26, 2017

I have a new comic in this anthology!

Cover art by Ben Passmore

Man alive, another update from me?? YEP. It’s just been one of those EVENT-FILLED weeks!

I am excited to share with you that I have illustrated a comic for the forthcoming anthology, Bottoms Up!: True Tales of Hitting Rock-Bottom! 

It’s filled with all kinds of talent: Noah Van Sciver, Kevin Budnik, Jordan Jeffries, Sara Lautman, Ben Passmore–to name just a FEW of the talented people who have either told their own story or illustrated somebody else’s story of hitting that dark place before getting sober. I illustrated a young man’s true quest for some semblance of balance in a life that often felt chaotic and self defeating. Here’s a taste:

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Was he in fact a happy easy going drunk? You’ll have to get the book to find out! Help it see print by paying for it now on the Kickstarter! Thank you in advance!

Happy 100th Birthday Ella Fitzgerald

April 25, 2017

Happy 100th Ella!

Today would have been the 100th birthday one of my favorite artists of all time, the great  interpreter of song, Ella Fitzgerald.

She weathered many childhood losses, ran away from reformatory school, and found herself at 17 at the Apollo Theater entering their talent contest–as a dancer! At the last minute she switched to singing–and won the whole thing.  Never trained and yet one of the great interpreters of song to ever grace the stage.

This day also marks the 59th anniversary for the show that was recorded for one of my favorite jazz albums of all time, Ella in Rome.  Not a well-known album, but the first Ella Fitzgerald album I ever heard–and still my favorite. I’m playing on repeat today!

Happy Birthday, Ella!