I have a new comic up on The Nib today: Corporations are Lizard People.
Coming September 2014 from Koyama Press: A Cat Named Tim and Other Stories.
See Koyama’s blog post for the full 2014 lineup. I am especially thrilled to help launch KP’s line of kids’ comics with Britt Wilson and our dual (duelling?) cat books.
Some background characters from the next book.
I had four books out this year, which is a record I likely won’t be breaking any time soon:
I also had work published in MAD Magazine, Lucky Peach, The Globe and Mail, kuš!, Broken Pencil, Maisonneuve, chickaDEE, Chirp, and Ryan North’s record-breaking Kickstarter for To Be or Not To Be.
In May I was nominated for best book illustration by the National Cartoonists Society for Dear Flyary. In September I was nominated for (and won!) the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Story for my comic book Gold Star from Retrofit Comics.
My animated music video for Jim Guthrie’s song Monsters played at the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, and the TIFF Kids DigiPlayspace also exhibited Cumulo Nimblers, the video game I made with Farbs for TCAF’s first Comics vs. Games mashup.
In September I flew to Finland and hit up the Helsinki Comics Festival. Michael DeForge and I ate reindeer. Joe Ollmann recapped the trip better than I could.
In May I decided to shut down the Drawn blog, which after eight years had been nearing its last, sputtering breath. I was moved by the outpouring of kind words as I closed the curtain on the blog that was such a big part of my life. In December Jason Kottke announced that 2013 marked the death of the blog. Coincidence?
In previous years I posted lengthy year-end lists of my favourite books and media on Drawn. While not as exhaustive as previous lists (for example: 2012, 2011, 2010) here’s a non-definitive, commentary-free, I’m-sure-I-forgot-something, random-order list of some things I enjoyed this year:
And music-wise, here’s an Rdio playlist of my most-listened-to music of 2013, according to my Last.fm stats. And as I noted on Twitter, I have officially reached the Irrelevant Old Man stage of my music-listening career. I’ve embraced it.
Looking into the crystal ball, this new year is mostly cloudy, but I am looking forward to a few things.
Bookwise, I’m nearing completion on a book of comics for early readers that will be out in the fall. More info to follow.
I’ve also been selected as the 2014 Artist for the TD Summer Reading Club, and I look forward to seeing my artwork in libraries throughout Canada, and being a small part of getting more kids interested in books and reading.
Happy New Year!
I made a GIF.