Excerpt from “Everything You Can Think of is True” — Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On.
I drew this comic for a forthcoming anthology edited by Ben Juers and Bailey Sharp. It’s about a kid in some kind of research facility who can make stuff real with his mind. It’s very short, but it contains my favourite panel of a dog barking I’ve ever drawn, or ever will draw.
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.
Excerpt from “Leave Luck to Heaven” – Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On.
“Leave Luck to Heaven” is the comic I’m most frequently asked about. It was first released as a 32-page minicomic for MoCCA 2011, and it sold really poorly so I never did another print run. Then it was included in the 2012 Best American Comics, but everyone thought it was an excerpt so they kept asking me where they could read more. Now it’s been included in my book, so you can read it there.
The comic is about a video game mentor and his apprentice, and their attempt to find some sort of meaning or significance in an 8-bit game. Sort of. It’s also about masks, birds, dreams, and the aura of the multiple.
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:
Everything You Can Think of is True
Leave Luck to Heaven
The Best Donald
And the Horse You Rode in On
“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)
Next week I’ll be returning to my homeland to promote my book, Other Stories and the Horse You Rode in On (Conundrum Press).
Here are the full details:
Saskatoon Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm – Reading and Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Travel Alcove Regina Sunday, December 8 at 1:00 pm – Reading at RPL Film Theatre 2:00 pm – Signing at Dunlop Art Gallery 2:30pm – Children’s Workshop at Dunlop Art Gallery.