Another book out in Korea

I’m proud to announce that my fourth graphic novel, World Domination: a Discovery in Comics, has hit bookstores in South Korea.

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Below are the pages with architect Aad Breed and his pyramid cities – I hope these cities get built one day, it’s an awesome and potentially life-saving design:

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It’s weird and thrilling to see my own pictures paired with (to me) totally unintelligible text. I understand that the title of the book in Korean translates to ‘If I Ruled the World‘, but that’s as far as my knowledge goes.

It also means I cannot read the Korean reviews. Putting text through Google Translate usually hardly clarifies things. Although I think I understand and like the first paragraph of the review on this site, which translates as:

Wonder Box new comic cartoon “If I dominate the world,” I invite readers to ask questions in a timely manner, and to experiment with misguided thinking. We all try to imagine it once, but rarely push the imagination to the next level. I have a complicated head right now. The author, however, made an interesting social inquiry cartoon while embodying his own imagination while remaining confused.

“Embodying my own imagination while remaining confused” – yeah, that sums up a lot of what I do.

At the same time, my fifth book, about Love, is about to go to press in The Netherlands – publication date in February. Busy times!

 

Geary’s Black Dahlia is in stores now!

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Rick Geary’s latest entry in his now large library of one-of-a-kind Treasury of Murder books is about the famous Black Dahlia case, one which has other books of note on the subject but none like Geary can do!

At your comics store since last Wednesday and everywhere books are sold including in e-book form!

You can also order from us. Here’s all the info on this.

Breaking the 10 goes on

Just finished writing the script for volume 2 of BREAKING THE 10… and I’m pretty happy with it. Pretty and Happy!

This reader reviewer from amazon says:

“I really Love the wit and dark humor twisting within a very deep plot! Our pro/antagonist has such a point to make…I cannot wait for the 2nd Vol.”

Thank you and me too! So, now stage 1 of that second volume is complete.

Here is more from volume 1, in which the characters discuss anarchism, is the usual whimsical way of joker Mr Black!

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https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Vol-Sean-Michael-Wilson/dp/1681120216

KERASCOËT U.S. Tour Features Stops in Boston, NY, Seattle and Portland

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Kerascoët, a husband and wife team of authors of Beauty and Miss Don’t Touch Me published by NBM, are on tour across North America this fall! See below for panel descriptions for three of their seven events, and read on below for a full list of all tour stops.

Friday, October 28, 2016: Booksigning with Nate Powell

Million Year Picnic, 99 Mt. Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA.
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Saturday October 29, 2016 – Sunday October 30, 2016: MICEXPO FESTIVAL 

University Hall, 1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA.
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Panel ‘Style & Process’

An in-depth look at the creative processes of four accomplished cartoonists with markedly different working methods. The artists will reveal the steps and stages they go through to take a comic from story to finished product, and explore the relationship between process and visual style. MICE Panels are located in the Lecture Hall on the Second Floor and Workshops take place in the Lower Level of University Hall.

Tuesday November 1, 2016: Columbia University

Butler Library, room 523, 535 W 114th Street (entrance on campus side)
7:00 pm: Drawing the Unspeakable

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Comics Association join Comics@Columbia to present a conversation with French cartoonists Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse, discussing the challenges of conveying powerful emotions in a medium often wrongly dismissed as trivial. This event, moderated by cartoonist Kriota Willberg, is part of the FRENCH COMICS FRAMED festival.

Friday November 4, 2016: University of Washington

Talk With Professor Richard H. Watts at University of Washington, Department of French and Italian Studies
Communication Bdlg (CMU 226), University of Washington, Seattle
4:00 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2o16: Fisher Pavilion at Seattle Center

Short Run Comix & Arts Festival
11:oo am – 6:00 pm

Monday, November 7, 2016: Booksigning

Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St., Portand
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 8, 2016: Portland State University

College of Liberal Arts & Science, 1825 SW Broadway, Portland
10:00 am – 11:45 am

The Coloring Process

I live in the fortunate circumstance that my husband Yiri is also an artist and helps me with my books. Not only does he provide necessary feedback and peptalks, he has taken on the coloring ever since 2009, when we started Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics.

Since then, he has colored Religion, Science – which almost killed him (no kidding! He had a heart attack while we were working on that 192-page monster) – and World Domination. It took a lot from his health and especially caused chronic shoulder and neck pains. So we decided to do things differently for the book about Love; after all, too much love will kill you, as the song says.

Our coloring process in the last year has been this:

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We’re in the last phase of the book now, the deadline for the publisher is next month. So far, this new routine is fast, fun and relatively stress-free. And Yiri is not half dead, which is a great relief to both of us.

Finishings

When making a graphic novel, there are many milestones that can be celebrated with a heart-felt: “Finished!”. There’s the moment all the pages are drawn; then when they are all digitalized, lettered and put in the right order; when they’re all colored; when the file is sent to the publisher; when the file is sent to the printer’s; and then, finally, when the actual book arrives and can be held in my greedy hands. Finished!

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Yiri and I especially celebrate the first finishing: when all the pages are drawn. It has become tradition to make a little doodle in a tiny booklet, marking time and date.

Here’s the first Finishing, in 2009, when we made Philosophy: a Discovery in Comics:

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This one was drawn a year later, in 2010, when finishing Religion: a Discovery in Comics:

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Science: a Discovery in Comics was a heavy one – it was finished in the summer of 2012:

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The fourth book, about World Domination, is not out in the States yet, but I have just made an info page on my site if you want to take a look. This is how I felt when finishing it, in 2015:

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And just a few weeks ago, the last pages of the book about Love were drawn!

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We’re now in the process of finishing up the other finishings: the colors, the text corrections, the index etc. But those are minor finishings – the big one is out of the way!

Here’s another drawing from the little book, by the way, the only one in English:

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Words to live by!