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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!  

goodreads Choice Awards 2014

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

 

Tomboy is in the semifinal round of voting for the goodreads Choice Awards, up against 19 other very worthy contenders for the title of best graphic novel of 2014.  It would be a big deal for Tomboy to win this award, but it will be difficult, as a book with a small publisher and much more limited publicity and distribution reach.  But you can help, in fact, you can make all the difference by simply voting for Tomboy.  Your vote can help bring greater awareness to this memoir about gender stereotypes and bullying, a book that subversively handles a very serious social issue.

 

Please take the time to vote on goodreads, and if you don’t have a goodreads account, you can easily make one (and honestly, goodreads is a really fun website for readers to rate and review books).  While you’re there, please consider rating and/or reviewing Tomboy if you haven’t already: if you add your voice, the book can be carried further.  I’m also taking taking questions about any of my books on my author page.  Check it out!

 

 

Short Run 2014!

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Hello Seattle!

I’ll be back in your fair city this weekend for the Short Run Comix & Arts Festival, November 15th from 11-6 at Washington Hall! If you missed me at Elliott Bay Books, you can come get a copy of Tomboy, Alone Forever, and a myriad of other books straight from the source; if you saw me at Elliott Bay Books, please stop by and say hello again!

 

I’ll be at table F-30, with the always radiant Nicole J. Georges, Alec Longstreth adjacent. Come find us on the 2nd floor in the main hall!

 

Boston Zine Fest

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Oh dear, it’s the day before Boston Zine Fest starts and I failed to post about it until now?   For shame!  I will be participating in Boston Zine Fest this weekend!

On Saturday October 11th I will be on a panel about personal narratives at the Washington Street Center at 3:30pm, then on Sunday October 12th I will be tabling at Zine Fest from 12-6, selling Tomboy, and lots of assorted zine stuff that I don’t normally bring to shows.  I’ll also have my friends Eleni Castro and Dave Barclay with me, who will have NEW zines that even I haven’t seen yet.  You can find us at the Aeronaut Brewing Company, in Union Sqaure Somerville, where the tabling is taking place.

I know it’s short notice, but hopefully I’ll see you this weekend!

Tomboy in San Francisco

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Hey Bay Area folks!

I’ll be in your neighborhood this weekend for the Alternative Press Expo, tabling with Alec Longstreth, Claire Sanders, and Greg Means of Tugboat Press.  I haven’t been to APE in 6 years, so please come out and show me what I’ve been missing!

On Friday October 3rd I will be doing my Tomboy presentation at Green Apple Books.  I’m very excited to have this event sponsored by Maximum Rocknroll, and as such my slideshow will be followed by a moderated discussion with Grace Ambrose, the new MRR coordinator.  I hope that you can join us!  More info can be found on the Green Apple Books website, and the Facebook event listing.

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