Courtesy of the always awesome Noel Tuazon. My job is doing a profile on me for my comics/outreach work with Colonial/AAAS and they had a line, “After hours, he removes his lab coat and assumes another identity – acclaimed writer and editor.” So Noel just started sending me pictures of me as a scientist/editor.
Having artist friends will brighten your day.
5:15 pm • 20 October 2014 • 1 note
Our old girl is having her first acupuncture appointment, which is hysterical to say out loud.
3:31 pm • 20 October 2014 • 2 notes
Horror Month Day 14: Communion
I don’t even know if Communion is classified as horror but when I saw it at the age of 11 it was the most horrific thing of all time. This is before X-Files and Fire in the Sky and, for the most part, aliens in pop-culture were basically E.T and Mac and some humanoid creatures in cheesy suits from old sci-fi flicks. In COMMUNION, however, they were not like that. No – they had these terrifying heads and freakishly thin bodies and they didn’t talk to you, no, they experimented on you and showed you the death of your son and the end of the world. They represented these creatures from space that knew about our impending doom and wanted to shove probes up our butts to collect data before we all killed ourselves.
Over at the Robot’s Pajamas I say a couple of things about COMMUNION, the scariest movie you probably never seen.
12:14 pm • 20 October 2014 • 7 notes
If I’ve learned one thing about unpublished authors it’s that 99% of them know why 100% of them are unpublished.
9:51 pm • 19 October 2014 • 2 notes
Locust Moon Comics Festival 2014 Guest List!
I will be at Locust Moon (with copies of Colonial Comics) but, despite what this post says, I am notable.
Here are the artists & creators attending 2014’s Locust Moon Comics Festival (October 25th in Philadelphia), including such notable guests as Bill Sienkiewicz, Paul Pope, Mark Schultz, Denis Kitchen, Farel Dalrymple, Box Brown, Nathan Fox, Dean Haspiel, J.G. Jones,Rebecca Mock
3:38 pm • 17 October 2014 • 53 notes
FoxNews should just start using Comic Sans for their banners.
Also…the answer is “Who is Ron Klain?”
2:24 pm • 17 October 2014 • 1 note
Instructions of how to fold your very own origami Mayflower! The design was printed in Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 but who wants to cut up their books? You can download a copy of the Mayflower here, print it out (make sure you print on both sides!), cut off the white border, and then follow the instructions in the video above. It’ll actually float!
I’ll be posting more activities and downloads on the Colonial Comics website over time. Enjoy!
By far the most popular bit of swag I bring to shows. Now you can make your own at home!
12:22 pm • 16 October 2014 • 5 notes
Scott Ferrall’s voice is so terrible that whenever I hear him on the radio I think it’s someone doing a bad Scott Ferrall impersonation.
9:48 am • 16 October 2014 • 1 note
Would you like a free signed copy of Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750 for your classroom or school library? I’ve had two requests for this so far and I figure I’d open up the opportunity to other schools who are looking for a book that’ll help to get their students excited about American History. I’ll send a free signed copy to the first ten school teachers or librarians who send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just tell me a little bit about your class, school, or city so that I can personalize it a bit. The only thing I ask for in return is a letter (or email) from your students telling me what their favorite story is and why.
Are you interested in knowing how you can use the book in your classroom? Well - I made a handy-dandy book guide to get you started. Click here to download. More teaching guides are on the way! They’ll be posted to http://www.colonialcomics.com/downloads as they’re made available.
Here’s a little something I decided to do for school teachers and school librarians - send an email if you’d like a copy!
10:50 am • 15 October 2014 • 1 note
“If bar tabs counted, every book would be in the red.”
— Me, every night.
2:07 am • 15 October 2014 • 3 notes
Apparently, booksellers are filling orders of Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750. This is a very quick turn-around, as I just got copies of the book on Friday. But apparently pre-sales were pretty strong, so the books are going out. Here’s some press on the book to-date:
School Library Journal naming it a BEA Buzz Book
My interview with MHS and Comics DC.
This collection of stories about early New England will appeal to kids of all ages. These fascinating stories concern both well-known and little-known New Englanders, including settlers, slaves and Native Americans. We meet everyone from Anne Hutchinson to Yankee whalers. These engaging tales are beautifully illustrated and grounded in the latest scholarship. Highly recommended for kids of all ages! — Dr. Frank Cogliano, Professor of American History, University of Edinburgh
Jason Rodriguez has edited a visually attractive book that will encourage young readers to acquire a more meaningful understanding of Colonial America’s history by helping make the stories come alive.
— Julian L. Lapides, past president, Baltimore Heritage, Inc.
This book is smart, surprising, fun and educational. Each story has its own visual and verbal style but all will delight, intrigue, and enlighten both novice and expert alike. — James David Moran, Director of Outreach, American Antiquarian Society
And that’s it, so far. How am I doing? Well, I’m a wreck. But I’m usually a wreck, so it’s all good. Oh, and I made a website for the book. The downloads should be up by tomorrow at the latest. And a FaceBook page that you can “like” to receive updates.
Ok. That’s it.
5:07 pm • 14 October 2014 • 29 notes
Android should make a “Come Again?” button just for my mom’s texts.
3:26 pm • 14 October 2014 • 1 note
Noel Tuazon does another illustration of me, J.L. Bell, and A. David Lewis presenting you all with a great little book called Colonial Comics: New England, 1620-1750.
He’s on fire today.
11:26 am • 8 October 2014 • 7 notes
Speaking of awesome things by awesome artist friends, I’ll be picking up this bad-boy this weekend, courtesy of Chris Piers, who likes to make me awesome Jets’ shirts that I can wear to bars.
10:44 am • 8 October 2014 • 8 notes
I was bummed about the Washington Nationals’ loss to the Giants. Noel Tuazon put my problems into perspective.
10:40 am • 8 October 2014 • 7 notes