Life has been tumultuous lately, and I totally forgot that January 10th was the fifth year anniversary of The Dailies. Fortunately, comics are not aware of the passage of time (to my knowledge). 

As a human, however, I am aware of the passage of time sometimes. For example, I know that my upcoming book contains 1,096 days of comic strips from the total 1,830 strips made so far.  

You will be able to hold this book in your hands at TCAF this May, which is only 115 comic strips from now. My publisher has also informed me that we might have a handful of advance copies in time for The MoCCA Festival. 

This book will be hardcover and adorned with silver and gold. The contents will be full colour. It will likely be heavy enough to subdue a home intruder if thrown correctly. 

Although I’m a little surprised to realize that five years have passed since I started this project, my mind is most blown by the fact that there’s a James Kochalka quote on the back of my book. Fetch me my smelling salts, someone. 

Anyway, thanks for reading and keep your eyes out for this thing. Happy belated birthday, comics. 

Would you like to flip through a thick book of Dailies like that too? Well, I’m very happy to announce that Conundrum Press will be publishing a collection of The Dailies in May 2015. Soon you’ll be able to read The Dailies without the use of electricity. If you purchase the book, it will occupy physical space in your house, apartment, or station wagon. You will be able to write your name in it, and lend it to a friend forever. 

We’re still figuring out the details, but I can say that the book will be full colour and will contain 2-3 years of consecutive strips. 

As for the the sketchbook in the video, it contains daily comics made from October 21, 2012 - July 21, 2014. That’s 639 strips or 213 pages. This is my third completed sketchbook since starting the project in 2010, though the first two books had fewer pages.

Anyway, I’ll have more details on the book soon. Stay tuned.

My book is out, and I’ll be standing next to it with Conundrum Press at Comic Arts Brooklyn this weekend. I hope to see you there. We can talk about comics or sparrows or something. I’ll draw a little thing in the book if you buy it. 

I’ll be posting excerpts from the book this week, but here’s a list of the contents just in case you want to know what you’re getting into:

  • Standing Water
  • Ghost Rabbit
  • Seelie Court
  • Everything You Can Think of is True
  • Leave Luck to Heaven
  • Brokenface
  • The Best Donald
  • And the Horse You Rode in On
  • Boxes
  • Unkindness
  • Snotgurgle
  • Skeletons
  • Invincible Baby

“The wide open prairie of Saskatchewan, the domestication of garden gnomes, the psychoanalytic breakdown of 8-bit video games – into these and other subjects Dakota McFadzean digs with his pen and brush, unearthing truths that discomfit even as they entertain. This collection of his best work to date mashes cuteness into cruelty, hope into resignation, and life into death, leaving us with one slow-burning ball of phosphorescent comics.” - Jason Lutes (author of Berlin)