2018: Year of the Comic

2018: YEAR OF THE COMIC

Thank you for being a part of my storytelling journey!

For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to write and illustrate my own stories. Thanks to the encouragement and support of family and friends, I’ve been able to create 15 books for young readers over the last 5 years, starting with my first all-ages graphic novel, Upside Down: A Vampire Tale.

Over these last 5 years I have also participated in hundreds of events, including book festivals, comic conventions, writing symposiums, and (my favorite) visits to schools, libraries, and bookstores.


READING

Reading has always been very important to me. It’s a kind of practical meditation, where I’m able to center myself through the experiences or expressions of someone else, and I’m able able to take in little revelations on how to tell my own stories, using words and pictures.

Last year I created a photo album on Facebook called “Books I Read in 2017”. I have a GoodReads account, and there are other ways of cataloguing books we read, but I thought it would be fun to take a photo with each book I read, and make it available for anyone to see.

I was curious: how would the books I read throughout the year impact the stories I would later tell? I’ve already seen some direct influence, and I’m excited to find the ways these stories will weave themselves throughout the years to come.


UPCOMING COMICS

There are some amazing comics coming this year from my favorite creators, including:


FANTASY QUEST

I’ve been trying to do my part to make 2018 the Year of the Comic, and I’m beyond thrilled to know that my newest comic, Fantasy Quest, is already 50% funded on Kickstarter!

Fantasy Quest is an all-ages interactive comic I started working on near the end of 2017.

I realized I was taking comics too seriously, so I pulled back and tapped into my fifth-grade self, when my friends and I would pass comics to each other in class and make mazes on graph paper. That excitement of possibilities within comics and mazes swallowed me whole, and now Fantasy Quest is a celebration of comics culture.

  • Each copy of Fantasy Quest comes with 1 of 3 collectible enamel pins
  • Each copy of Fantasy Quest comes with an original drawing
  • Fantasy Quest is limited to 250 copies–when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Check Out “Fantasy Quest” on Kickstarter


UPCOMING EVENTS

February

March


SKETCHBOOK TOUR

Take a walk through my latest sketchbook, including pages that would later become my newest comic “Fantasy Quest“.


MAKE A COMIC THIS YEAR

Have you watched my newest video yet? I help a friend learn to make a comic this year, then share all the techniques, methods, and processes with YOU! Click to watch.


LET’S MAKE COMICS!

And there you have it–a taste of 2018: Year of the Comic.

I’m so excited to get Fantasy Quest into reader’s hands, and I’ve been loving my visits with schools and libraries (in person and via Skype), but the biggest news is yet to come! (Cut to the chase by clicking here.)

Thank you for your support and encouragement.

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