Over her on ebay, I am selling some dandy things, including cover art, original bookmarks, Marvel Comics art, and other lovely goodies you will want to decorate your lives. More art added weekly! As you know, I post and take down my sale items as time permits, so I may stop selling at any time. And I am only doing ONE show for the rest of this year: Connecticut Comic Con! So there won’t be many chances to buy my art this year.
There are a lot of things going on in our industry, some of them bad and some of them good. Every day or so, someone sends me a link, or an article or some tweets of outrage, asking for my opinion.
Frankly, I don’t have an opinion about most of these things, because I simply can’t take the time out to follow every single story out there.
My job is not to address every convention incident or industry issue. I don’t even blog about them that much anymore.
My job is to write and draw comics.
I know I used to blog a lot more about these things than I do now, but I simply do not have the time or energy to do it these days. There are lots of people out there who do this all the time, and I know you will not have any trouble finding one.
Please don’t incorporate the assumption that my not speaking up about an issue is me avoiding it, or assenting to it, or anything else. It simply means I don’t like to run my mouth unless I understand things beyond a surface level. If I can’t speak with some authority, I’d really rather not speak at all.
I feel qualified to answer your questions about copyright or concrete contract matters, but not about who is fighting with whom, or what is going on in every comic book. There are at least 1000 conventions per year, and the rat’s nest of problems with convention culture seems more confusing than whatever the heck is going on in the Middle East.
Love you guys, want the best for you, want you to have the best and most fun fan experience possible. But I can’t get my books done it I fritter away my precious time fighting battles for everyone who wants me to. I have a professional life and a personal one. I do what I can do, and no more.
Thanks for understanding.
Everybody’s off to San Diego Comic Con, but you can get some great book bargains right here at my website!
Get A DISTANT SOIL Volumes I and II at a super low price! Buy Volume I get Volume II FREE, and with US shipping the price is only $19.95!
That is 500 pages of comic art and story SIGNED AND PERSONALIZED TO YOU with US shipping for only $19.95!
Or take the plunge and get this great book package which includes BOTH A DISTANT SOIL graphic novels, as well as THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS complete collection, with story by J Michael Straczynski and art by Colleen Doran, as well as a signed vintage comic (my choice) and TWO signed prints! Only $29.95!
THE BOOK OF LOST SOULS was originally published by Marvel Comics in 2005, and it returns NEXT YEAR from Image Comics! Get the complete, original collection in mint condition, first print signed and personalized to you!
This is a ridiculously good deal. THREE graphic novels, TWO vintage comics, TWO signed prints for only $29.95 US SHIPPING INCLUDED!
We simply can’t afford to make this deal available to foreign customers, because the foreign shipping alone on these books costs $10+ per graphic novel. But for foreign orders, HERE is the button for the A DISTANT SOIL set and the complete book package.
AND it’s STILL a deal: you get the books at less than cover price, shipping included.
Sale ends soon!
This is the first A DISTANT SOIL: SEASONS OF SPRING page I’ve ever offered for sale, and it is one of several really nice pieces I have up on ebay right now, including pencil art to a cut scene from A DISTANT SOIL.
Here is a page of concept art for a television show THE MIGHT MARTIANS which is also available.
CHECK OUT TO OTHER ART AVAILABLE AT THE LINK. I know lots of folks are going to San Diego Comic Con, but for those of you who art, have fun shopping online!
I realize it’s a vain hope, but I never again want to hear a woman describe another woman as “fuckable”, and use their rants against life’s unfairness against men as a cover for their internalized misogyny.
The abuse heaped on cartoonist Molly Crabapple in particular is absolutely appalling, and an inordinate amount comes from other women. “Pop Porn Pixie” and comments about large breasts: excuse me, what are women supposed to do, wear bags over their entire bodies so their beauty doesn’t oppress you?
Vocal feminists who have prefaced their comments with qualifiers “This may sound sexist, BUT…”
It sounds sexist because it is sexist.
It’s no different than the many nasty comments women have directed at cosplayers for getting attention for showing their breasts, using their looks to get ahead.
Come on, who are you kidding? Is any cosplayer really getting all the great comics jobs with her boobs? Really? Is she drawing the X-Men because she shagged the editor?
No one gets very far in this business without having some work chops, and worrying about some other woman getting attention from drooling male fans because she’s cute, dresses funky, and sells prints in Artist Alley is just lame.
If people want to buy prints from a girl in a cute costume, it’s their money to spend as they wish. Not yours.
Any male professional who hires a woman because she’s pretty is an idiot. If Oppressive Boob Girl doesn’t have the chops to sell books, the company loses money. And then they’ll hire someone else. If he keeps pulling that number, his number is up, too. He’s the problem for shirking his duty as a company executive, not her.
And when she’s past her cute convention girl sell-by date (which is a pretty short window, because there are 10,000 other even prettier girls behind her,) then she will either make it on her art, or fade into cosplay queen obscurity, posting pics of herself on the internet from 25 years ago, when artists people can barely remember used her as a model. And then you can cackle at her expense.
C’mon, you know you want to.
If you have the art chops, if you really have what it takes, you do not have to be threatened by someone who is pretty. Not for one minute.
I am no spring chicken, I am not winning any beauty contests, and I have more work than I can handle.
And I don’t worry about anybody else.
A panel from the book I am drawing for Neil Gaiman. Featuring badgers.
And a photo of Neil Gaiman from the BBC. As a badger.
This is a coincidence.