Happy 70th Birthday, Tom Waits!


Apparently, I can’t stop drawing musicians. Even though Tom Waits has probably one of the hardest faces to capture, drawing him seemed necessary once I remembered that it was his 70th birthday.

Tom Waits is my favorite artist of all time–across any and all mediums. His thoughts on music had a HUGE impact on writing All The Sad Songs. I don’t feel fanatical about many things, but Tom Waits’ music is like church to me. Here’s to being original, deep, and surprising for 70 years. Here’s to more to come.

Tom, I am so glad you are in this weird and troubled world.

Inktober Series: Country Music Portraits


Over at my instagram account I am posting country music portraits every day as part of the Inktober tradition. Truth be told, I got started late and don’t even know if I’ll fulfill the full remaining days of October, but for now I am having a good time.  I recently watched the Ken Burns documentary on the history of country and it totally inspired me. It’s been fun to follow up this inspiration with so many portraits of artist I love.

Paper Pencil Life #6 Now Available!


Happy to announce that Paper Pencil Life #6 is now available for purchase in the shop!! Hooray!! I’m really proud with how this baby came out–it’s the first issue with color in it!

More shop news:

To make room for the new, I have decided to discontinue Paper Pencil Life #2. If you haven’t got a copy and want the humble beginnings of my life in comics, now would be the time to get it!

After a brief run out after MoCCA, my travel diary form 2015, SOUVENIRS, is back in stock! Get ’em while you can!

If You Are Lucky

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I made this today as a reminder to myself that this scenario is always what happens when I release something to the world!  It’s a fortunate thing that you can make work and even MORE fortunate that you have readers. The outcome is beside the point and when I am worried about what people think, it’s usually a good idea to just get back to work!

Thank you to all who have been reading and who make work! I’m so happy to be among all of you!

Let’s Make Comics Together in the New Year


Want a great way to kick off 2017 RIGHT? Way more fun and LONGER LASTING than a diet! Join me for another session of my Writing & Drawing Comics Class starting January 9th!!

Not for you, but know someone else who might love it? This also makes a PERFECT Christmas gift–get in touch with me about gift options at summer (at) summerpierre (dot) com.

5 weeks of comics lessons delivered straight to your mailbox–so you can take it anywhere in the world with an internet connection!

Self-Paced! Do it all in one sitting or a little bit at a time throughout the week! A perfect option for the busy, scattered, and time conscious!

Don’t draw but want to try? Not a problem!

Draw but having problems making the jump to writing narrative? COME ON DOWN!

Sign up now and FEEL THE GLOW!  Let’s kick this next year into HIGH GEAR!



My World


In the dustbin of “Least Important News Items” comes this latest bulletin: I just finished this drawing for my “about” image for my web site. I’ve always loved drawings like this that illustrators and cartoonists do of themselves to somehow capture their world.  This was fun to make because I liked thinking of all the influences and interests that my comic work is made from which includes art and writing, but also memories and basic life stuff. I actually have that rug with the turned up corners in my studio. Gus isn’t usually so happy reading comics under my feet, but he does love some Calvin and Hobbes (as do I). Gye Smiley comics in the lower right hand corner was the comic book series I made as a kid. The portrait on the left is my grandfather. I drink lots of water out of that water bottle. The drawing taped to the lamp on the right is a picture Gus drew of me.

(You get the idea.)

It feels like an accurate depiction of how I do my work–balancing the needs of my home life with everything else. None of it is very organized and yet it somehow amounts to something.

Now back to more important things…



Comics as Midlife Crisis

summer-pierre-slide-1 In September I did a PechaKucha talk in Beacon, where I tell the story of how I came back to comics after stopping for 20 years. For some reason the embedding of the video doesn’t work–so click through to watch it!  They titled it “A Return to Comics,” but my working title was “Comics as Midlife Crisis.” You can call it, what you like!

For those of you not familiar with the PechaKucha format (I wasn’t until I was asked to do it)–it’s a talk where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically while you talk. It was one of the hardest things I’ve done–I had to time everything specifically and I practiced over and over again to get it right.  In the end, I stood up in front of a live audience and let it roll. Here are the results!

Become: On The Origin of Passion

New book I illustrated is out! photo by Nate Burgos

It is with great pleasure that I announce that a big illustration job I had last year has finally made its way into the world: Become: On the Origin of Passion, edited and compiled by Nate Burgos

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50 quotes of makers, scientists, actors, athletes, performers, you name it on the moment or the THING that made them become what they became.  Each one is accompanied by an illustration.

I had so much fun drawing the memories and moments that made everyone from Filmmaker David Lynch to Oceanographer Sylvia Earle become what they eventually became.  A great gift for graduates and other people in your life embarking on a new journey or endeavor.  A great book for anyone at a crossroads or just curious.

Go get your copy!