Noise - Visual and Audio

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: 

(FUCKING) FORTY

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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

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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. 

MY STUFF

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

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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. 

WITHOUT LIGHT

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: 

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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. 

-JSB

The Moose Post

As you all know, a while ago I made "The Moose Post" on Facebook and Instagram, hinting at some big news:

 Vague Moose is vague.

Vague Moose is vague.

Well, I've been dragging this on long enough waiting on things to be finalized, so let's get on with it: 

I have signed a publishing agreement with Caliber Comics. 

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What does this mean? Well, a lot of things, I suppose, but I'll try to break it down: 
1 - Single, digital issues of Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK will be available online in a lot more places.
2 - I've been getting requests for trades for years now. Those will now be available in print and digital. 
3 - Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK will be listed on Diamond, so they should potentially be available at your local comic shop. 

As of right now, this agreement only pertains to Nowhere and IT LOOKS BACK. Wayward was originally part of the initial agreement, but we discovered that Image Comics has already put out a (completely unrelated) book called Wayward, so there's possibly some legal issues there. It sucks and no one's at fault, it's just an unfortunate coincidence. What that means for Wayward is it's gonna need a new title. I figured that would be a good opportunity to revisit that book and do some updates. I'm proud of the story, but it was my first comic and I'm not sure how I feel about the art anymore. So, look forward to a new, updated version of Wayward (with a new title) in the near future. 

So yeah, I'm officially published. I'll post updates on the process, the new trade covers, when the books will be available, etc. when I get that information, so stay tuned. Oh, and massive props to Andrea for "discovering" me. Y'all should do me a solid and check out his book. None of this would have happened if not for him. 

To be honest, even though I've been setting things up with Caliber for a few weeks now, the reality of the situation hasn't quite hit me yet. As I've stated here time and time again, I'm a phenomenal pessimist. I've spent my entire life expecting and preparing for worst-case scenarios, so when something outrageously good happens, I find myself unequipped with the skills needed to process it. Wins are alien to me, so I'm still processing. 

-jsb

Still Not The Moose Post

Remember The Moose Post? Where I alluded to some big news? Then I made a blog post about it but didn't actually reveal what it was about?

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Well, I still can't reveal what it's about yet. But soon. Very soon. 

This is still not The Moose Post. 

I'm making a new book. 

So I've started a new comic. It's called Satanic Panic! and here's the first cover: 

 Ramones and Vandals fans should get the references. 

Ramones and Vandals fans should get the references. 

I'm garbage at writing synopsis', but here's an attempt: 

SATANIC PANIC! is a love-letter to punk rock and campy slasher films. When a series of bizarre murders happen in a conservative midwestern town, everyone assumes a group of local punks is responsible. When one of their own is fingered for the ghastly killings, the misfits must team up with an unlikely ally to clear their friend's name and catch the real killer; whoever - or whatever - they may be. 

That works, right? So yeah, basically "Punk-rock Scooby Doo set during the late 80's/early 90's", but, ya know...without the dog. I'm expecting this one to be about 4-5 issues long. Each cover is gonna be a riff on a classic punk album cover and I may be getting some pin-ups from my fellow Chicago comic goblins. The first issue is almost done. I'm hoping to debut it at Indiana Comic Con. 

But Jamie, aren't you already working on like a dozen other comics and projects? Isn't this workload gonna destroy you, rendering you a gibbering lunatic? 

Yes. 

Coming very soon: The Moose Post. For reals this time. 

-jsb

Not the Moose Post

A while ago, I made a certain post on Facebook and Instagram:

Going forward, let's refer to this as "the Moose Post" for clarity. It's obnoxiously vague and it promises some exciting news in the future. 

That news/announcement is still forthcoming. This is not The Moose Post. But I have a bunch of not-Moose-Post-related things going on, (too many things possibly) so let's get to that. 

I will be back at Indiana Comic Con

Fuck this is an awesome show, and I'm gonna keep going as long as they'll put up with me. I do these shows to get my books out there, meet new readers, and connect with fans and the Indiana Comic Con crowd has some of the most enthusiastic readers I've ever met. I had one reader pick up my books one day, then come back the next day with fan art of my work. That kinda blew my mind. So obviously I'm going back. I'll post more details as the show gets closer. 

The Mini Show.

Sideshow Gallery Chicago is having a show this Friday. Me, Angel, and a whole bunch of my fellow Chicago Goblins will be showing pieces there. Here's the flyer: 

And here's my piece: 

 "Gabriel" Digital painting on canvas. 5x5

"Gabriel" Digital painting on canvas. 5x5

If you're in the area, come on down and check it out. I'll be there, probably making an ass out of myself, and a lot of my crew will be to. 

And the rest.

There's a lot more stuff in the works. (Oh my god there's soooooo much stuff in the works what have I done.) Including new comics, art, projects, and that aforementioned Moose Post. But this is all I can talk about right now. More info coming soon. 

Very soon. 
-jsb

JSB Versus The Great Lake State

Michigan...ites? Michiganers? Michiganians? Um...

PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN (that's the ticket), PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THINGS.

PEOPLE WHO ARE NOT FROM MICHIGAN, GO TO MICHIGAN AND PREPARE FOR THE THINGS.

So the word "Michigan" has lost all meaning in my head now, but regardless I got a bunch of stuff going down, and it's all going down in Michigan. First off:

I will be at Grand Rapids Comic Con this weekend

This Friday I will be traveling with fellow Chicago comic goblin, band mate, and Overwatch team mate (we're like an obnoxiously cute couple at this point) Angel Onofre to Grand Rapids Comic Con. This is my first time doing GRCC, but I think this show's gonna be a little special for me. Not only is it probably my last convention of 2017, but it's also my first convention since my accident. My arms are still kinda just...wrong, but I'm jonesing to get back behind an artist alley table so I can officially say I'm back to my normal routine. So get your asses to Grand Rapids and treat yourself to a whole mess of spooky horror comics just in time for Halloween.

My art will be featured at the Damned Exhibition

Art galleries. They're like comic conventions, only with less people running around dressed as Deadpool. I made a piece that will be on display at Damned: An Exhibition of Enlightened Darkness in Detroit. It looks like this:

 
 "Burdened" 12x16 digital painting

"Burdened" 12x16 digital painting

 

Damned runs from October 26 till the 28th. So if you traveled to Michigan for Grand Rapids Comic Con, just plan on sticking around for an extra week.

Non-Michigan-specific news

The final chapter for N'Albany: The Silent Forest is up in the webcomics section. Go check it out along with the other comics I have up there. Then share the links with everyone you know. I've said this many times before, but I love doing these webcomics, so look forward to more of that - including more N'Albany stories - in the future.

Seriously though, keep sharing the links with your friends. That shit's awesome.

New comic - info coming soon

I'm working on a new print comic. It's not Nowhere #7. It's for a new series. I'm not quite ready to give the specifics quite yet, but I will soon. Stay tuned.

I painted a thing

 "An Obligation" 9x12 digital painting

"An Obligation" 9x12 digital painting

This is one of those "trying to get an image out of my head" pieces. Just trying to capture a mood. I'm still debating whether or not I want to make prints available of this one. Hit me up if you're interested and I'll look into it.

Get your asses to Michigan. Can't wait to see you there.