Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Today on Festival Season: The RIPE Stuff



Jason and Cara's prose-and-comics impressions of Providence’s inaugural RIPExpo, where a punk spirit flourished in stately establishment digs (and where they found more great comics than Po the cat knows what to do with).


I collaborated with badgigi on this ripexpo write-up!
Friday, August 8, 2014

Today on Festival Season: Getting Comics Schooled



In her first diary comic chronicling her coming year at the Sequential Artists Workshop in Florida, Cara Bean sits down for a wide-ranging interview with a passing squirrel.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Today on Festival Season: Jerel Dye’s Suspect Narrator



"There is nothing that suggests the narrator is unreliable. But why should we trust him, her, or them? Why don’t we suspect the aliens are sinister? Why don’t we question the legitimacy of their “gifts” the way those doubting military tanks do? We accept it all because these aliens are awfully cute. And loveable."

—Jason Viola on Jerel Dye’s From the Clouds

My article on “From the Clouds” by drawjereldraw is featured today on Festival Season.

Monday, August 4, 2014

MICE Needs Volunteers


We need your help!

If you’re interested in volunteering at MICE on October 4-5, email HERE!

For more info on MICE, visit our website.

Festival Season!

I’d like to draw your attention to Festival Season, a new website edited and designed by Kenan Rubenstein that focuses on minicomics, webcomics, self-publishers, and micropublishers. It features reviews, essays, interviews, and diaries; I will be writing articles for it regularly (the first is here), as will Kenan, Neil Brideau, Ann Gavagan, and Cara Bean. Although I can’t take credit for the design, it is elegantly designed and should make a great space to discuss and celebrate indie comics.

Go check it out!!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Anonymous said: On average, how long does it take for you to finish a page?


there are no averages

there are only tears

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Sunday, July 27, 2014

isetoprahsweaveonfire said: Your flower fear comics are hella rad you should make more

There will be more.

Saturday, July 26, 2014


My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALL. Yes, from the BRILLIANT MIND (i.e. me) that brought you Tablegeddon last year, comes this collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents. In this new collection of excerpts (from up top) there’s a teenage Jason Viola fooling around on a class trip to Russia, only to take his fateful PRATFALL in “Student Ambassador,”  Gabrielle Gamboa has an unfortunate encounter with a cat’s sharp claws (haven’t we all?) in “Unibrow Summer,” and Aron Nels Steinke suffers a nasty poke in the eye (one of my totally least favorite type of accidents). Other PRATFALL cartoonists include Cara Bean, Tony Breed, Neil Brideau, Max Clotfelter, Kelly Froh, Becky Hawkins, Rob Kirby (that’s me), Carrie McNinch, MariNaomi, John Porcellino, Kenan Rubenstein, and Noah Van Sciver.  Stay tuned for more of the exquisite pain! (Ordering info coming soon!) 

When I was fourteen, I visited Russia with a group of other teenagers. As excerpted above, I fell through a window! The full five-page story can be read in Rob’s upcoming PRATFALL anthology, and I can’t wait to read the rest of them.