Vivisectionary Graphic Novel Preview

The advance reader copy of the Vivisectionary graphic novel has just arrived, and I could not be more happy with how the book looks. The design and production really captured my concept of styling it after an antique encyclopedia.

In this day and age, a book kind of has to have a special reason to exist as a physical object, and in this case, I really think it came together as a complete piece- it feels like an artifact, not just a comics collection.

The book has a thick, die-cut hard cover, lizard-skin pebbled texture, faux fabric spine, rose-gold foil details, matte cover images, and Turkish marbled endpapers. The pages have a nice matte texture and the colors are rich but muted, just like many of the volumes in my collection of vintage textbooks.

On a nitty-gritty note, I’m impressed that Fantagraphics has been able to pull off this level of production for a book that retails for less than $25. You can pre-order it here.

CAKE 2019

CAKE Chicago was outstanding once again- a space with really vibrant energy. Incredibly, there were quite a number of New Orleans cartoonists present- Hyena Hell, Luke Howard, Magda Boreysza, and Erin Wilson. For a town with a small scene, that’s an impressive representation.

The show organizers make woke-ness a selling point, from the pronoun stickers distributed with nametags to the diversity of featured guests and speakers, and this year was no exception. This local paper article captured a fairly good sense of the scene.

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NOCAZ 2019

There aren’t nearly enough small press cons, and yet somehow there seems to be a lot of overlap in their timing. I seem to remember at least one occasion when CAB (Comic Arts Brooklyn) was the same weekend as SPX (Small Press Expo). This year, MoCCA and NOCAZ (New Orleans Comics and Zine Fest) will be taking place the same weekend, unfortunately. I can’t say enough good things about this scrappy and funky little show, which has a little bit of everything. In previous years, that’s included a free vegan lunch, live brass band, puppet show, and break dancing.

If you’ve ever needed an excuse to visit New Orleans, this is it.

MoCCA 2019

After a maternity hiatus, I’m delighted to be able to table at the 2019 MoCCA fest (aka Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art) in New York City, April 6-7.

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MoCCA

April 6-7 in NYC

Last year I had the pleasure of judging the MoCCA Awards of Excellence, which was my first time judging and a really fascinating look at all the new and established talent out there.

This year, I’ll likely have my littlest one, Harley Cash Lacour, in tow, so you’ll likely encounter even more crying, saliva, and defecation than usual at my table.