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Denver Comic Con

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Ahoy!

 

Late notice, as per usual, but I’ll be at Denver Comic Con Saturday, Sunday and Monday, as a guest at the BOOM! Studios booth.  I’m not bringing any copies of my own books with me, because this event is a kick-off for the Clarence mini-series that I’ve been writing.  But, unfortunately, due to time constraints, the first issue, drawn by the talented Evan Palmer, will not debut at the convention as planned, but we’ll still be there talk about the series.  You can find me and Evan at the BOOM! booth, number 629, for the duration of the show, and you can also pick up a Denver Comic Con exclusive cover that I drew for Lumberjanes #13!  And hey, if that wasn’t enough, here are some times that you come and hear me talk about stuff like I’ve got a clue:

 

Saturday, May 23

1:20pm

Room 303

Push Fun Forward: The Importance of All-Ages Comics—All-ages comics are important now more than ever in helping to bring in new and lapsed readers, from practically every demographic. Join us as BOOM! Studios Associate Editor Whitney Leopard leads a discussion of the significance of all-ages comics—from what it has achieved thus far to what lies ahead—with creators Liz Prince (Tomboy, Clarence), Ian McGinty (Bravest Warriors, Munchkin), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Tony Fleecs (My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic), and Mike Kunkel (Herobear and the Kid).

Sunday, May 24

12:55pm

Room 304

Spotlight on ‘Clarence’—Cartoon Network’s hit animated series about the happy-go-lucky and goofy nine-year-old Clarence Wendell comes to comics this June! Join KaBOOM! Associate Editor Whitney Leopard, writer Liz Prince (Tomboy), and illustrator Evan Palmer (Munchkin) as they talk about what to expect from this new series. Come out and play with us as we reveal a sneak peek at covers, interior artwork, and other behind-the-scenes goodness from the Clarence comics!

A Graphic Memoir w/ Liz Prince — Sunday May 24 @ 2:30 PM Room 303 

Description: Join Liz Prince as she discusses her award winning and the popular graphic memoir Tomboy. A graphic novel about refusing gender boundaries, yet unwittingly embracing gender stereotypes at the same time, and realizing later in life that you can be just as much of a girl in jeans and a T-shirt as you can in a pink tutu.

TCAF this weekend – I AM NOW NOT GOING TO BE THERE

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

I’m really sorry to cancel last minute like this, but it turns out that I actually DO NOT have a flight to Toronto!  This is entirely my fault, because I failed to effectively sign into the website where I bought plane tickets, and through a strange Rube Goldberg-ian series of events, my payment never went through, and I either didn’t get an email to that effect, or the website never sent me one. But the end result is that when I went to check into my flight, they were like “You don’t have a flight, but you can have a flight for $1000” and I was like “Dudes, I draw comics for a living, I don’t have that kind of money to spend on a flight” so here I am, at home, having to write to you kind folks that I will NOT be at TCAF and I although I am losing money by not being there, it is less money than I would lose by trying to get there now.

If you bought me a bag of Pickle Doritos, I’m really sorry that I won’t be at the show to receive them (actually, that is probably the saddest part of this whole thing: DAMN I REALLY WANTED THOSE PICKLE CHIPS!!).  If you want to get in touch with me maybe we can work out a mail trade, but I totally understand if you want to eat them yourself.

So there it is, my tale of woe.  Have a great show, and in lieu of seeing me, please go buy books from Kevin Budnik at table 235: he is a peach.

 

 

 

 

 

Linework NW!

Friday, April 10th, 2015

Portland people!

I’m going to be at Linework NW on Sunday April 19th, tabling with Tomboy and my other Top Shelf books.  Please come say hi and bring me a voodoo donut!  If you need some help getting hyped, here’s an interview that Linework did with me a few weeks back!

 

 

 

MoCCA NYC 2015

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Good news everyone!

 

I will be at the MoCCA Arts Festival in NYC this weekend, tabling with my pals at Tugboat Press, Nicole Georges, Greg Means, and MK Reed.  We’ll have lots of books and other goodies to get your grubby little hands on, so please come out and support this comics festival in it’s brand new location!

Table 322-323

Center 548

548 W. 22nd st

NY NY 10011

 

R.I.P.E.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Hi everybody!

Sorry for the semi-late notice, but I’ll be tabling at the Rhode Island Publishing Expo this Saturday & Sunday (March 28th & 29th). If you’re in the area and want to check out a lot of great zines & comics, it is FREE  at the Providence Public Library!  I’ll be at table GH08 in the main exhibiting room, and I’ll have copies of Tomboy, Alone Forever, WYSLM, and some other things I’ll dig out of hiding.  See you super soon, I hope!

Clarence

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Hello friends,

Yesterday it was officially announced online that I am writing a 4 issue mini-series for Kaboom!, based on the Cartoon Network show Clarence.  This is a very new and exciting opportunity for me, given that I have written a comic script for someone else to draw only once before (for an upcoming issue of Kaboom’s Steven Universe comic), and I am equally excited that the talented Evan Palmer will be my partner, doing the artwork for this series.  I am a fan of the show Clarence, and I hope to bring the same vibrant energy and enthusiasm that the characters have on TV to the printed page.

Look for it on the stands in June, and if you order a subscription, you’ll get a special, limited edition cover to the first issue, drawn by ME!  (more details on that when ordering links are up)

 

Liz Prince in Europe!

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

Bonjour!

In a week I will be traveling to France for the Angoulême Comics Festival, which takes place in the town of Angoulême from January 29th-February 1st.  I’ll be signing books at Éditions çà et là booth; they published the French version of Tomboy, Garçon Manqué, and we’ll have the newly printed French version of Alone Forever, Seule Pour Toujours.

In the week after Angoulême, I”ll be doing several several bookstore appearances in and around Paris; if you live in the area, please come out and force me to practice my French (actually, scratch that, all I know how to say is “Sorry, I don’t speak French”).  You can find me at:

Tuesday February 3rd,  La Rubrique à Bulles ( 110 Bd Richard Lenoir, 75011 Paris ), from 5.30 to 8.30pm

Wednesday February 4th, Millepages ( 174 Rue de Fontenay, 94300 Vincennes ) from 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Thursday February 5th, Gibert Joseph ( 15 Boulevard Barbès, 75018 Paris ) from 4pm to 7pm

Friday February 6th, Au Grand Nulle Part ( 102 Rue du Général Leclerc, 76000 Rouen )

After Paris I take the train to London, to spend some time at Orbital Comics!  I’ll be signing books in their store from 5-7pm on Saturday February 7th, followed by an artist talk about Tomboy.  I hope to see some new friendly faces on this little adventure!

 

2014 work review

Monday, December 29th, 2014

Taking a cue from Rachel Dukes (@mixtapecomics), I am going to do a synopsis of my year, as far as work is concerned.  I think it is essential to keep track of my output, and I find it interesting to see how other artists categorize the work that they do and the rate that they do it at.  Rachel broke it down month by month, which I’m going to avoid, because I know for a fact that the majority of my comics output took place in January/February of this year, due to the fact that Tomboy was due in March.  Below you will find the numbers,  and below that you will find my lengthy explanation of said numbers.  Feel free to skip the explanations, because I am very verbose.

 

290 (approx.) pages of comics drawn.

160 (approx.) illustrations drawn.

10 conventions/zine fests tabled at.

2 books released in 2014; Alone Forever: The Singles Collection (February 2014, Top Shelf Productions) and Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir (September 2014, Zest Books).

13 workshops/readings/book presentations logged.

 

In 2014 I drew a total of (approximately) 290 pages of comics.  250 of that was Tomboy, which I had thumbnailed/written in 2013, but I  then penciled, inked, and photoshopped the book in its entirety during the first 2 months of 2014.  I drew 5 comics for Razorcake, it should have been 6, but I needed to miss one early in the year due to Tomboy’s deadline.  I drew a 4 page obituary for my first cat Tokyo, which is going to be in the next issue of Not My Small Diary sometime next year.  I drew 2 comics for a dating website, but mysteriously only one of them got published (but I got paid for both), and I drew a 4 page comic for issue 30 of Adventure Time, the first time I’ve ever drawn a comic that I didn’t also write.  I am in the coloring stage of a Regular Show short comic, that will be out sometime next year, and I’m writing some comics for other CN properties, which is also a new experience for me (being a writer but not also an illustrator on a project).  I did a 3 page comic for an upcoming issue of The Devastator, and I had a 4 page comic published in the Subcultures anthology  by 9th Art Press.  There have also been some comics that I’ve drawn in my sketchbook that I haven’t published anywhere, and may never do anything with.

 

On the illustration front I did some assorted punk fliers/album covers, merch design.  I did several commissions for wedding invites, and a few birthday drawings.  I did illustrations for an article on the aforementioned dating website, and I’m kind of bummed that for whatever reason I haven’t done anything else with them, because they were fun, lucrative projects.  The biggest illustration job I did was updating 130 spot illustrations for a math textbook; it was a really fun project because I mostly got to draw in front of the TV for 2 weeks, which was a lot of hours logged with the Gilmore Girls. I also did character designs for an animated TV show pitch that we are still waiting to hear back about, and I was asked to take a storyboard test for a popular CN show, but I didn’t “get the job” (although, I’m not sure that I would have taken the job if I had been offered, because I’m finally gaining traction as a comic artist, and switching gears would be really weird, regardless, it was a really fun experience). An approximate illustration count for 2014 is 160.

 

The obvious milestone of 2014 is Tomboy, and I’m sure you all wish I could stop talking about it now, but the book is still very young (it only came out 4 months ago), and has been getting more attention than any of my previous books combined (hey, remember when it was in People magazine? weird, I know).  I did my first ever book tour for Tomboy, going from Boston to Atlanta to Santa Fe to Los Angeles to Seattle to Portland to Bethesda for the Small Press Expo.  Public speaking is really not my favorite thing, but all of my now numerous experiences presenting my book(s) have helped me somewhat overcome that fear; I still feel like I’m going to puke up butterflies in the hours leading up to an event, but so far nothing disastrous has happened (knock on wood).  I also tabled at 3 Zine Fests and 7 comic cons this year.

 

This is the first time in my career as a full time artist that I have been paid for the majority of my work, I’d estimate that about 90% of my projects this year were paid: the rates of which fluctuated quite a bit; some jobs I was paid very, very well, and some jobs I was paid a pittance, but they were things I wanted to contribute to, so those things even out in my mind.  I also made money at 7 of the 10 shows that I tabled at, but 2 of them I was tabling with Top Shelf and not selling books myself, and 1 of them was San Diego Comic Con which was the biggest tabling mistake of my life, so live and learn.

 

The shortcoming of this year has been that, after completing Tomboy, I wanted to immediately have another pitch ready, for my next book, but promoting Tomboy was a lot more work than I anticipated (the time spent answering email interviews and doing phone/skype interviews and posting links to said interviews or reviews of the book and managing my emails with the publisher/readers accounted for a lot daytime hours).  It is now December and I still don’t have that pitch together, but I didn’t anticipate how much I would be burnt out after really marathoning at the beginning of the year.  Drawing an average of 10 pages a day for 2 months and not really leaving your house at all does take its toll (although I was able to take my work on the road for 2 weeks in February to table at LA zine fest and visit with friends in Oakland/do 2 bookstore events to promote Alone Forever, but I was inking an average of 4 pages a day while on that “vacation”).

 

2015 will start off with a bang, as I am being flown to France for the annual comics festival in Angouleme, then I am visiting a very gracious comic shop in London for an instore event.  I will hopefully get that pitch for a new book off in the early part of the year, so this definitely will not be the last you’ll hear from me, although after how much I talked in this write-up, that might not be a good thing!

Thanks for reading my books; you made all of this possible!

Holiday signed book sale!

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Hello everybody!

I know I said it would never happen, but just in time for the holidays, I am selling personalized copies of Tomboy, Alone Forever, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed? in my web store!  Tomboy and Alone Forever come with personalized bookplates, limited to only a few hundred copies each (left over from previous special editions, so supplies are very limited); Will You Still Love Me has no bookplate, but is still special just the same.

Click this link to purchase a copies of these books as gifts for your favorite friends, family members, or even just yourself.

 

The Devastator Funny Book Bundle

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Good day to you, my friends!

I’m excited to announce that my near-classic comic strip collection about relationships, Will You Still Love Me If I Wet the Bed?, is included in The Devastator’s Funny Book Bundle on StoryBundle!

How it works is you pay what you want to download the books in the bundle, and you will get DRM FREE e-books that you can read on any device, and share how you wish.  BUT, that’s not all!  If you pay $12 or more you will get 3 bonus books, including one written by legendary alumni of MTV’s The State: Jo Lo Truglio, David Wain and Michael Showalter.  WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN?!!!  An awesome one, that’s what.

Check out the bundle here!  

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