New comics for a pandemic springtime

It’s been a helluva spring, hasn’t it? With all my face-to-face events cancelled and all my other outlets closed for the foreseeable future, it’s been difficult for me to stay motivated about publishing new comics …

But, before pandemic-mania affected my part of the world & weighed heavily on my mind most hours of most days, I did manage to finish a pair of new comics!

First up is the second issue of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association’s The Good, the Bad, and the Sketchy! This sci-fi themed issue, edited by Jason Negen and me, features all-new comics & art from Jason, Kevin L. Williams, Jim Palmer, Lin Workman, Michael Irby, and me, along with an “Out of This World!” jam page drawn at our MSCA meetings. My contribution is “The Fantastical Order of Foofthusiasts!”, a peek at the 26th-century legacy of my shape-changing hero FooF! The Good, the Bad, and the Sketchy #2 is a 24-page black & white digest w/full-color cover. It’s available for pickup from all Memphis area comic shops ( 901 Comics, The Cellar, Comics and Collectibles — call for their specific situation, of course) as well as through the mail from my Square store. With online sales providing my only source of income, your purchase would be much appreciated (& highly motivating).

Also newly published is Smeary Soapbox Press-ents #18, an 8-page minicomic collecting some of my favorite pencil drawings from 2019. You can get your own copy from me by mail, postpaid for just $1.00 (address on the Contact page). I’ll also include a copy with any purchase of physical content from my Square store during the months of April & May 2020 …

You can also socially-distance score a copy of both of these comics by becoming one of my Patreon patrons during April or May 2020 at the Correspondent or Art Lover level … plus, joining (at any level) gives you immediate access to other online bonus comics, including a full-color Human Spring adventure!

Hot off the press: a Halloween hullabaloo!

Inspired by last summer’s Memphis Zine Fest V, members of the Mid-South Cartoonists Association decided to dive in with an ongoing publication of our own: The Good, the Bad, and the Sketchy! The first issue, edited by Jason Negen and me, is now available, featuring work by Jason, Lin Workman, Jim Palmer, Janet & Anakin Wade, Michael Irby, Kevin L. Williams, DaMarco Randle, and me. My new contribution is a prequel to an earlier Watusi comic, giving some background to one of his foes from the story in Oh, Comics! #25– it’s called “The Sordid Secret Story of Snaretron!”

It was good to be a part of this group effort, and hopefully upcoming issues will bring out more work from our membership. Until then, you can find copies of the first issue all around town (901 Comics, The Cellar, Comics and Collectibles, and (until 10/31) Monster Market). I’ll also have copies at my upcoming events– I’ll be doing monster sketches Halloween afternoon at 901 Comics, and I’ll have a booth (with multimedia artist Angi Cooper) at Crafts and Drafts on November 9th. You could also become one of my Patreon patrons during October or November 2019 at the Correspondent or Art Lover level & I’ll mail you a copy! (Plus, joining gives you immediate access to other online bonus comics, including a full-color Human Spring adventure!)

The Good, the Bad, and the Sketchy #1 is a 20-page black & white digest w/full-color cover.