Have you ever paused, taken stock of the various aspects of your life, and realized to your horror that you have sooo much shit going down? Like you're blind to it when you're in the thick of it, but when you come up to breathe, something something "forest for the trees" and all that.
I think that made sense, even though it kinda fell apart at the end there. Whatever. Here's what's up:
Ed Siemienkowicz was a guy who, despite being a fellow Chicago comic creator AND being friends with just about everyone I know, I never actually had the honor of meeting in person. Before his passing in 2017, he had completed the script for his 240+ page graphic novel Fucking Forty, which chronicled his battle with cancer. So his friends and loved ones got together and launched the Fucking Forty project, in which a bunch of artist volunteered to take sections of the script and finish the art. I volunteered and finished my assigned pages a few weeks ago, and more and more artists are wrapping up their pages every day.
I'm not sure where the book goes from there. I believe there's going to be a Kickstarter campaign to get it printed and distributed. I'll post more info as I receive it.
PRODUCT OF SOCIETY
When I first met Jon Michael Lennon and Leo Perez, the greatest motherfuckers I've ever met, they had already released a couple issues of PRODUCT OF SOCIETY, an anthology series of the most insane shit I've ever read. When I saw this book, I immediately thought "I wanna be on this". Then Jon said he was retiring the series and I fell into a black pit of despair. So we worked on other things. I did all my shit and we eventually teamed up to make Scratches. Then Jon and Leo announced that P.O.S was coming back, so of course I jumped on that shit. And that's what I'm working on now.
Jon sent me the greatest script ever and I'm currently about halfway through the art. I want to say more, but that's all I can say for now. There'll be more announcements soon.
I've been working on a bunch of books written by other people - a first for me. But I do have my own shit still in the works. The script for Nowhere #7 and the next N'Albany story are both complete and ready to draw. So as soon as I knock out my P.O.S. pages, this will be next on my list.
MY (PUBLISHED) STUFF
Caliber has officially released the trade paperback of IT LOOKS BACK and it's in Diamond/Previews now! CHECK THIS SHIT OUT!
I'm still having a hard time processing that this is actually happening. If you want to see this book in your local comic book shop, hit them up and give them this code: MAR181373 . They can use that to order IT LOOKS BACK from Previews.
This is all new to me, and I have no idea what I'm doing, so help me out and spread the word.
In non-comic news, I've been getting back into music for a bit now, and one of the bands I'm in - a doom metal outfit called Without Light - has officially graduated out of the "fucking around in a basement" stage and started doing shows:
Much like with comics, I have no idea what I'm doing, but the process is fun. We have some rough demos up on Bandcamp if you wanna check them out.
I think that's everything in the works right now, but there's a good chance that there's something I'm forgetting. There always is.