Because I’m so busy making books that I end up reading the best books of any given year after they’ve become the best books of last year, I’ve never been able to make a very good “Best Books of [Insert Year here]” list.
Observing a book I midwifed into reality this year.
So, instead, I offer you (as I have in 2010, 2011, and 2012) a list of the books that I’ve read this year! Featuring both graphic novels and prose publications, this year—due to my move to digital comics—I added single issues that would eventually be collected to the list once I reached the end of a story arc. Read more ›
This year, I…
-Got engaged to an amazing woman.
-Wrote my first comic.
-Received my first editor credit in comics.
-Got promoted to associate editor.
San Diego, CA
-Ran over 100 miles.
-Read over 70 books and graphic novels.
-Gave the acceptance speech at the Eisner Awards when Dark Horse Presents, on which I work, won its second Best Anthology award. It also won it’s second Harvey Award in the same category this year.
-Attended my third consecutive Lollapalooza.
-Participated in my fifth consecutive Movember fundraiser as part of a network that raised nearly $30,000.
-Drank Bourbon on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
-Saw my sister graduate from college.
-Moved in with my best friend.
-Edited my first book (The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out) that ended up on a ton of year end “Best of” lists.
-Worked on 69 different comics and books published/released in 2013.
-Lived with a cat for the first time.
Each and every year, the men and women of the Movember mustache-growing conglomerate network, The Ministry of Mustache Growth & Management, have improved our effort, increasing the amount of money raised to help raise awareness about men’s health and to combat men’s cancer. This year, even though the total size of our network was smaller (67 members instead of last year’s 80), our three teams—the Northwest, Midwest, and Far East chapters—poured in an insane effort and raised…
…wait for it… Read more ›
Remember that post about how I planned to learn more about the comic medium by making comics? Well, I did that! Read more ›
I’ve been referenced or drawn in to a few comics since I began working as an editor. It’s an honor and an extremely fun perk of the job. Recently, I was added to a comic in a new cool way… I was converted into a kid! Read more ›
Continuing what is now a three-year tradition with my brother Dan, I attended Lollapalooza in Chicago again this year. This year our sister Lexie and my lovely girlfriend Katie came along to partake in three days of music, smuggled rum, Roman Cokes, sunshine, dancing, aching legs, and too many slices of Chicago-style deep dish.
The whole crew.
Here’s a list of the bands that, in some capacity, we saw so that you can judge how cool I am (I think I might be kinda cool.) and how good my taste in music is. (At least I think it’s pretty good.)
-Father John Misty*
-Band of Horses*
-Lana Del Rey (Kinda. Stage’s sounds was bogus.)
-Nine Inch Nails (Kinda. We watched for like 20 minutes and very little occurred.)
Katie and Lexie awaiting Matt & Kim.
-Shovels & Rope*
-Family of the Year
-Charles Bradley (From a distance)
-Matt & Kim*
-HAIM (though an insanely long bathroom line prevented us from seeing much of this)
-Mumford & Sons (which was pretty tame, so we went to…)
-Steve Angello (where Dan and I had to carry an uber drunk kid to the EMT)
Katie and me at The National.
-Wild Nothing (From a distance)
-Tegan and Sara*
-Alt-J (which was kinda dull, so we moved on to…)
-Major Lazer (which turned out to be a bad reason to leave Vampire Weekend)
* = exceptionally good sets/enjoyable shows
Best people to go to a festival with: confirmed!
Making friends: This fella from Dublin, by way of Toronto, became our concert buddy at Vampire Weekend… and he loaned me his sweet shades!
Going to this festival every year, hearing music from bands I know and bands I’ve just been made aware of… Well, it’s tiring as hell, but it’s also a blast! It makes me feel extremely old, yet makes me feel young again at the same time. It’s exhausting and exhilarating. It’s fun and it’s frantic.
Fingers crossed the tradition continues next year!
Katie and I closing out the festival in front of the glowing Buckingham Fountain smack dab in the middle of Chicago’s Grant Park, the home of Lollapalooza.
Remember when I used to blog? Me neither.
In an attempt to update this webspace with something, here’s a list of what’s taking up my time right now…
Comic Books and Graphic Novels I’m currently editing…
Cover to Captain Midnight #1 by Felipe Massafera.
-The Black Beetle: Necrologue
-Polar: Came from the Cold
-Emily and The Strangers
-Trekker: The Train to Avalon Bay
(in Dark Horse Presents
(in Dark Horse Presents
-Secret Company-Owned Superhero Project
-Secret Creator-Owned Superhero Project
-Secret Digital Comic Collection
-Secret Creator-Owned sci-fi/monster/young adult Project
-Six other Secret DHP
Comics I’m assisting on as an associate editor or co-editing…
Cover to Two Past Midnight #2 by Paolo Rivera.
-Two Past Midnight
-Dark Horse Presents
-The Strain: The Fall
-Top Secret Young Adult Original Graphic Novel
Recently completed projects…
Full wraparound cover and design for The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out by Francesco Francavilla.
-The Black Beetle Vol. 1: No Way Out
-The Dark Horse Conventions Super Sampler
one-shot (assisted on this one)
-Two top secret ongoing comic series
-Top secret original graphic novel pitch
-Top secret thing I’m writing, not editing
I’l probably get back to using this blog for jotting down stories I want to remember, comics process stuff, mustache-related writings, and other exciting life stuff one day, but for the foreseeable future, it’ll be shorter posts like this for the sake of updating this page with… something!
Stumptown Comics Fest is an excellent comic, small press, and art convention in (as of this weekend) sunny Portland, Oregon. Here are some examples of the rad stuff you can get if you attend this awesome show! Read more ›
I’m not a writer.
I can write. I’ve been paid to write. But I know writers. Real writers. Sit down and type for hours because they have to writers, agonizing over every word writers, write or go crazy writers… And I’m not one of them.
Still, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a story to tell. Read more ›
I don’t normally blog about social issues, but I posted this on my tumblr yesterday and, as the last graf suggests, spreading love around is a thing worth doing.
Regardless of who is responsible for the tragedy in Boston, which is an inarguably horrible event, I’ve seen an upsetting amount of anti-Muslim sentiment online in its wake. It’s unacceptable. We need to be better than that.
I’m your average white American male and I can’t begin to imagine what many Muslims and Muslim Americans are going through right now, but seeing how much misdirected hate is focused on them post-Boston is staggering.
One of my best friends in the whole world, one of the best people I’ve ever known, is Muslim American. I can’t comprehend what life is like for him today and I can’t stop hateful dummies from being awful, but I can let him know that he is loved and that he is an amazing person and that he has people to turn to for strength if he needs us. So I did. I sent a text and an email and told him exactly that.
I’m not trying to preach, and I don’t have any big answers. I probably don’t even understand issues of racial and religious bigotry as well as I should. But, I know a supportive and kind word from a friend can go a long way. One little thing probably can’t change the world, but it can make someone’s day a little better. That’s how I knew I could help my friend. I hope others are finding ways to help theirs. Spread that love, people! The world can always use more love.
This is no great piece of writing. It’s no powerful or eloquent message that should enlighten. This is just a simple idea that I needed to put into words, however clumsy, to remind myself that you’ve gotta focus on the good—in the world and that you can bring to it—especially when the world reminds you it can be a very scary place.