Hi everyone! It’s time for the June recap, so let’s just dive right in and not dwell on anything that happened this month, because, holy hell.
The biggest highlight of the month was my trip with Boum to TCAF, after a 4 year absence. We went as tourists and not exhibitors this time, which gave us plenty of time to look around and buy all the zines and books. So. Many. Books. And since I love talking shop with people who are outside my little group so I was looking forward to spending some time with Danielle Corsetto and Dan Berry, two seasoned comic artists I admire a lot. I missed the TCAF hangs!
Utown is getting some attention from the press so I made a post about its coverage on Patreon. My poor protagonist is getting dunked on a lot, and I love it. Maybe I have a pattern, but I do like creating despicable characters. As long as the readers feel strongly about them, I’m happy! Marco from Nuclear Winter also ended up having a bad rep, which he deserved wholeheartedly.
Speaking of Nuclear Winter, it might be time to announce that there’s a french-language anthology in the works. All three volumes, collected, re-letered and re-mastered. The English-language editions went through a thorough recoloring, so that’s what we’re putting in the omnibus, as well as an 8 page-prequel that only exists in a collective that came out 9 years ago. Re-visiting my first comic is equal parts cringe and comforting. There are a lot of issues with writing and layouts, but there’s no way it could’ve gone any differently. It was my first real comic project, holy shit! I’m still very fond of Nuclear Winter and I hope the collected edition can find its way into people’s bookshelves. And into their heaaaaarts!!
The best drawing of the month comes in the form of a fake album cover/track list. I made an “official Utown soundtrack” to accompany the book, like you would for a movie. Music has always been a huge part of my process and sharing playlists has never been easier, so I took advantage of that!
The Montreal Comiccon is back in full swing, baby, from July 8th to July 10th. I’ll be tabling the entire time, so come and say hi if you’re around. I’ll be at booth #2730, at the very end of the showfloor, with most of my fellow comic friends. And yes, I’ll have some Utown copies to sign!
On a more ugh note, my Etsy shop is closed for a few days. Long story short, Etsy has changed its sales tax options and it’s screwing me over big time. I’m thinking about opening a shop on another website, so I’ll keep you posted on this. That’s the reality of operating a small business on the Internet. You can’t get too attached to platforms…
Alright, that’s all for now. Enjoy summer you guys, I’ll see you next month 🙂
On the little screen:
Each summer I get my bike out and wonder how much better our life would be if there were generally less cars in cities. So enjoy a few bike-related videos!
- How bicycles boosted the feminist movement:
- Dreaming of car-free streets.
- Yeah yeah, Umbrella Academy and Stranger Things and all that. But Heartstopper?! YES PLEASE.
In my ears:
- Always a fan of Belle and Sebastian’s peppy’s and oh-so-listenable brand of twee-pop. Their latest album has been on steady rotation over here. https://belleandsebastian.bandcamp.com/album/a-bit-of-previous
- The Smile is not Radiohead but they released the best Radiohead album in years : https://thesmile.bandcamp.com/album/a-light-for-attracting-attention
- Normally, I’d find a band like Cave In way too brutal but this album is a wonderful blend of heavy riffs and beautiful melodies. https://cavein.bandcamp.com/album/final-transmission
- Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao. It’s like an anime in a book, with a ruthless and unapologetic heroine. Big mechas, magic, technology, everything!!
Cool artists, TCAF edition!
- Dan Berry (with who I did a long interview earlier this month)
- Danielle Corsetto’s excellent Elephant Town.
- J. Marshall Smith
- Sia Files