The Best American Comics 2016, which named Idaho native Dennis
Eichhorn’s “Extra Good Stuff” to its list of Notable Comics, debuted at
#1 on The New York Times Best Sellers List for Graphic Novels when it
I thought I’d touch on the subject of Driver’s dual gender. Originally, it was just a way to lampshade the self-insert nature of it a bit and make it more customizable for others who’d like to play with the concept, but it’s turned into something else.
As I’ve mentioned before, Driver has a twin sibling. They’re of the opposite gender, so when Driver’s a guy, he has a sister (and vice versa.) And how could I not want to explore that dynamic? Twins are so interesting! The relationship between Driver and their twin is now at the heart of my 10th class concept. Basically, they each represent what the other one could have been if things have been just a tiny bit different.
This is going to get rambly, so I’m putting the rest of it behind a cut.
3. Chuck Forsman’s self-published Revenger continued to channel the spirit of 80′s action movies like Death Wish 3, combined with the stark, deadpan sensibility that made his previous comics, like TEOTFW and Luv Sucker so powerful.
4. Future Shock Zero- If you want to get an overview of the best of today’s indie/art comics scene, Josh Burggraf’s sci-fi anthology is the perfect place to start, with comics by some of my favorite artists, including Lala Albert, Alex Degen, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Victor Kerlow, Jasoph Murphy, Aleks Sendwald, Pete Toms and Ben Urkowitz.
Harris Smith is a senior production coordinator and the editor of comiXology’s Tumblr, as well as the publisher of Felony Comics and a film programmer at the Spectacle Theater in Brooklyn. His New Year’s Resolution is to read and make more comics in 2016.
Here are some better photos of the endpapers I designed for Best American Comics 2015. Thanks to Bill Kartalopoulos and Art Director Christopher Moisan. I feel really lucky and thankful to have gotten this gig after years of worshiping most of the other artists in this anthology.
I was so thrilled to be included in the 2015 Best American Comics anthology and to be invited to design the endpapers. Here are some process photos and the final result. Thanks to Bill Kartolopoulos and art director Christopher Moisan. It was the scariest illustration gig of my life because I admire the other artists so much and I didn’t want to let them down. But I survived and I didn’t even go bald from terror!
can I draw one of your comics on a shirt? I'll only make one and I definitely will not sell it lmao, I'll also put your website on it to maybe get some publicity?
Hey, thanks for your interest. I’m glad you enjoyed one of my comics enough to want to wear it on a garment. I also appreciate that you asked permission to do this. Unfortunately, this is kind of a big can-of-worms question, so here are some thoughts on what you’re asking:
1. Like most cartoonists, I don’t have the money or the power to stop people from bootlegging my stuff. It still happens and I don’t like it. My pal Rachel Dukes wrote a great piece about this, well worth reading.
2. What kind legal holes would this open? Would this be an exclusive one-time licensing thing? Would there be a contract? Would you draw it yourself or print it? How would I ensure quality control? If I say yes to you, other people might wrongly interpret that as carte blanche to print their own shirts without asking.
3. Many cartoonists make their living off t-shirts and other merch, and that’s great. I don’t really do that for a number of reasons, the main reason being that I only care about the comics and everything else just seems like a distraction to me.
4. The point is, if I wanted there to be shirts, there would be shirts. I’ve dabbled into this, and I haven’t been thrilled with the results.
5. Please, don’t ever offer a cartoonist free publicity. We get this all the time, and it’s insulting even if it isn’t intended to be. Cartoonists are almost exclusively poor. We like money because we like food and shelter. We can’t eat publicity.
6. With the internet, we also have all the free publicity we could ever want. I don’t like to talk numbers because they are not an indicator of quality, but suffice it to say that I have a lot of followers on Tumblr alone, and I’m not even a particularly well-known cartoonist.
7. My comics have also been collected into a published book with a second book on the way. My work has appeared in The Best American Comics, Mad Magazine, and even on a giant banner at the Toronto Pearson Airport. The point is, offering publicity from a single shirt with my URL on it likely won’t do much good for me.
8. This is a losing battle. If even Bill Watterson couldn’t stop people from bootlegging Calvin pissing on a Ford logo, then what hope do the rest of us have?
9. If you like someone’s work and you want to support them, buy the things they offer. If they sell shirts, buy their shirts. If they sell books or prints, buy those. We tend to be very particular about the way our work gets out there.
10. I’m sorry this turned into a rant that was more about the big picture than your question. Thank you again for asking permission instead of just doing it. That’s really, really important.
Yup, that’s her name. This is the young lady I’m sending out in to space on adventures! Coming out on the best American comic book publishing house ever, not sure I’m allowed to say which one so let’s just put it that way. I’m finishing the script right now and will start drawing soon. So keep posted for the making of this sci-fi-bonanza!