carey pietsch


We just blasted past the $4k mark, so let’s celebrate with some previews of “beauty” comics from the book! From top to bottom:

Camille Balete (matchacha)

Chu (chunochousen)

Carey Pietsch (careydraws)

Giselle Sarmiento (royalstarshine)

Hanna Oliver 

Hazel Newlevant (newlevant)

Jillian Fleck (jillianfleck)

Karen Yen (okaykarendraw)

Shauna J. Grant (shaunadraws)

Carolyn Nowak (caseyboots)

…and more coming soon! This is just a small taste of the 50+ comics in the book, so if you’d like to read these comics and way, way more, (as well as support these incredible cartoonists) check out our kickstarter campaign, running through June 26th:

Please reblog and help spread the word!!


Over the Garden Wall Comics

The only way we could be more excited about kaboom!’s Over the Garden Wall comics is if we had anything to do with it (we didn’t). Creator Pat McHale is the writer of the four issues, Jim Campbell is the artist. The first, released today, begins the new story…

set between episodes 3 and 4 of the animated series! Wirt and Greg are trying to hitch a ride out of schooltown but end up having to walk. Soon, they come upon two girls playing, and wind up having to keep them entertained so that they don’t wake their giant of a father!

Available in comic stores and online.

Covers above (there are nine, in all) by Jim Campbell, Carey PietschSteve Wolfhard, and Michael DiMotta.



What started as a wee 8-issue series has grown into 2 years of mysteries, three-eyed critters, dimension-hopping, shape-shifting antics, and so much friendship to the max that our hearts can hardly take it!

It’s been an awesome 2 years, and we look forward to an awesome 200 more. Thanks for being the best. ❤


Wow! On to twenty Artist Spotlights already?! Up to bat today is the sensational Carey Pietsch (careydraws)! Carey is a cartoonist and illustrator based out of Philadelphia, currently doing the interior artwork for Marceline Gone Adrift. She makes Keepsakes, a miniseries of short comic stories in the same slightly fantastic setting, and her work has also appeared in anthologies Blood Root, Then It Was Dark, Hana Doki Kira, Terrestrial, and Dirty Diamonds. She’s into stories about magic and empathy!

  • Ladies of Literature: Volume 2 Character: Tehanu / Therru from A Wizard of Earthsea series by Ursula Le Guin
  • Favorite childhood book: “If we’re talking childhood childhood, Mary Blair’s I Can Fly! And then if you take my elementary and middle school years on average, at any given moment, it’s a good bet that I was probably reading an Animorphs book. I wanted to be Cassie when I grew up!”
  • Favorite work song: ”I’ve been listening to ‘Ceremonials’ by Florence and the Machine on repeat for a solid week, but I gravitate towards different music for different tasks. I can’t listen to anything beyond white noise when I’m writing or thumbnailing; those parts of the process take 100% of my focus and mental energy.”
  • Fictional character you feel on a spiritual level: “Tiffany Aching, from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. I have more favorite fictional witches than is probably healthy, but right now, she tops the list.”
  • What are you working on right now: “I’m finishing up the penultimate issue of Marceline Gone Adrift, which is exciting, but really strange– I can’t believe how quickly the past five months have flown by! I’m also working on a new short Keepsakes story, which I should have at MOCCA (table 425!)”

Mesmerized by Carey’s piece? Get a postcard print of Tehanu when you back LADIES OF LITERATURE: VOLUME 2 Kickstarter (!


I’m thrilled to be doing the artwork for MARCELINE: GONE ADRIFT, a new 6-issue Adventure Time miniseries that Meredith Gran ( octopuspiecomic) is writing! Above are sneak peeks at my variant covers and some early concept art/character sketches. 

From the Newsarama press release:

Marceline is on a rampage for mysterious reasons, and the kingdom of Ooo is desperately scrambling to stop her. In trying to save both Ooo and Marceline herself, Princess Bubblegum accidentally propels Marceline into the farthest reaches of space…and strips her of her powers! Guilt-ridden, Princess Bubblegum sets off on a space rescue that’ll test the power of her mind…as well as the power of friendship.

The first issue will be out in January 2015. We’re all working really hard on this, and I can’t wait for you to get to read it!

Why Your Life Needs More of The Adventure Zone

All art for this essay, including this piece, was kindly provided by Carey Pietsch, and is reprinted with permission. Check out her amazing portfolio at - and don’t forget to reblog her art here on @careydraws too!

Three idiots, nee adventurers, walk into a tavern and accept a quest that promises untold amounts of fortune, glory, and definitely not any betrayal or untimely death. It goes real bad. Thus begins The Adventure Zone, a comedy D&D podcast that thoroughly won the heart of this total tabletop newbie. Longtime readers might remember the show getting a mention here almost a year ago, when the show was barely dipping its toes into a bigger conspiracy. I’m happy to report that since then the show has surpassed every expectation of its charming but lowkey start and created a world and cast that you not only want to root for but might find your heart broken by on more than one occasion. And with the podcast’s hosting network, Maximum Fun, currently hosting their fund drive to draw in new listeners, it seemed like it was well past time to give this wonderful show a full write-up.

Read the rest over at the blog!


Hey tumblr! If you want Lumberjanes issue 1-8 signed by me then I’ve got good news! Ive got a limited supply of issue 1-8 packs of both A covers (by the most excellent Noelle Stevenson) and variant cover packs (by insane talents like ::deep breath:: Kate Leth, Faith Erin Hicks, Daniel Corsetto, Kris Anka, Tessa Stone, Jess Fink, Madeline Flores, Aubrey Aiese, Carey Pietsch and so many more!) all kindly defaced with my signature (probably a crudely drawn sheep or lama).

All in the shop:

Preview: Carey Pietsch

Carey Pietsch

Carey Pietsch is a Brooklyn-based cartoonist currently drawing Lumberjanes and Mages of Mystralia. Along with brightening workdays in the Comics Mines, The Adventure Zone got her into D&D! She’s playing a sorceror who’s obsessed with romance novels & finding out where all the dragons went. It’s great.

Check out all the artist previews so far here!

Donate today to claim your copy of the full book, including Carey’s piece, at!


Marceline Gone Adrift issue one will be out on January 14th! The deadline for pre-orders is apparently 12/15, so hit up your local comics shop over the weekend if you want a copy and let them know.

There’s an interview with Meredith Gran (octopuspiecomic) and me along with one more preview page over at 13th dimension!


San Diego Comic-Con is fast approaching and we’re so excited to see everyone there! Stop by the BOOM! Booth #2229 to pick up some seriously rad exclusives and give us high-fives. Take a peep at our Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy SDCC cover, and hop over to the BOOM! tumblr to see all of our exclusives (*cough*STEVEN UNIVERSE*cough*).

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 SDCC Exclusive ($10)
Cover by Lissa Treiman
Writer: Chynna Clugston Flores
Artist: Rosemary Valero O’Connell

Diamond Comic Distributors will also have an exclusive variant for Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 by the marvelous Carey Pietsch at booth #2401!

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Author: Ryan North
Artists: Liz Prince, Carey Pietsch, Rebecca Tobin, Yumi Sakugawa, and Jon Vermilyea
Cover Artists: A: Mike Holmes B: Nick Iluzada (Subscription Cover) C: Luke Pearson (Incentive)
It’s a rad stand-alone ZINE Special! Enjoy this crazy special as the citizens of Ooo create their own zines to share. Marceline has a lot to say about her music, Peppermint Butler has a few life tips for anyone who will listen (and everyone should listen), and Finn creates his very first journal comic. A sick homage to DIY and mini-comics culture printed on uncoated paper and made to look like a zine from the ADVENTURE TIME gang!

I love this book.

“A lot of people want to label me as the all-ages guy because of the licensed work I’ve done, but the reality is I’ve been doing all-ages comics before I was working professionally, in school papers and self-published stuff.All-ages does not mean “for kids,” and I really want to make that clear. All-ages means comics for everybody, and that’s who Welcome to Showside is for. I have never catered to one demographic, be it a nine-year-old or a 99-year-old, because fans of all-ages comics don’t need to be catered to.”