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On this day in music history: December 9, 1974 - “Dark Horse”, the sixth album by George Harrison is released. Produced by George Harrison, it is recorded at Friar Park Studios (FPSHOT) in Henley-On-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK and A&M Studios in Hollywood, CA from September 1973, April - July 1974, September - October 1974. Harrison’s third post Beatles album is recorded at a particularly turbulent period which sees him struggling in many aspects in his personal life. To complicate matters further, Harrison is suffering from laryngitis during the recording sessions, but must complete the album in time to begin a tour that he is already committed to perform. The project features a number of guest musicians including Billy Preston, Nicky Hopkins, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr, Tom Scott, Gary Wright, Willie Weeks, and Ron Wood. Critics dub the album “Dark Hoarse” due to Harrison’s vocals, but in spite of this it performs well commercially, spinning off two singles including the title track (#15 Pop). The album is remastered and reissued in September of 2014 with the non LP B-side “I Don’t Care Anymore” (flip side of “Dark Horse”) and an early outtake of the title track added as bonus tracks. “Dark Horse” peaks e at number four on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

SDCC 2015, LET’S DO THIS!

Above is the signing poster I made for this year, to celebrate the 10 years this Avatar universe has been out there in the world. Below is our schedule, once again:

Friday, 10-11 AM, Room 25ABC:  Dark Horse Comics panel with Mike & me

Friday, 12-2 PM, Dark Horse booth: signing with Mike & me (and maybe a special guest too, I’m not sure yet)

Friday, 4-5 PM, Oni Press booth: Invader Zim comic signing with Jhonen Vasquez & me

Saturday, 3-5 PM, Nickelodeon booth: signing with Mike & me (again, and maybe a special guest too, I’m not sure yet)

Ticket info for the Saturday Nickelodeon booth signing: Nick folk are handing out tickets on both Friday AND Saturday morning at the booth between 9:30 – 10:30am. Only 125 tickets will be handed out each day.

I know the overwhelming majority of people out there can’t make it to the increasingly-difficult-to-attend-and-prohibitively-expensive San Diego Comic Con. In addition to this, Mike and I haven’t had and don’t have the schedules to allow for us to attend the many great, smaller conventions all over the globe throughout the year. San Diego is very close to where we both live, so it is quick and easy for us to get down there. Being such a big convention, it is also one that companies like Nick and Dark Horse put a lot of their focus on and marketing resources towards. I just wanted to explain those factors, as I know it is probably frustrating for people who see all the SDCC chatter online and can’t participate in person. We appreciate that many of you ATLA/LOK fans out there would love for us to come to an event or hold a signing closer to your stomping grounds. During the productions of those series, we were mostly chained to our desks trying to meet an endless procession of deadlines and could only carve out a long weekend or two a year for conventions. Now we are busy with new endeavors and the ATLA/LOK events will taper to a large degree. But perhaps our respective new publishing projects will bring us on book tours and to other conventions around the world in the future, allowing us to meet more people we haven’t had a chance to yet. We love you folks! Thanks for your continued support!

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Today I came back from a nice lunch with Mike to find a box of *B E A U T I F U L* advance copies of the fourth and final The Legend of Korra: Art of the Animated Series book from Dark Horse. I am thrilled with how it turned out and can’t wait for people to be able to get these in just a few weeks. For me, it is like having a nice family photo album that gives me the warm fuzzies. Thanks to everyone whose incredible work is showcased within. 

I did the cover with help from Lauren Montgomery, Melissa King, and William Nanqing Niu. It’s taken me a while to warm up to spot gloss treatments, but I actually asked for it on this cover, and I’m really happy with how it came out. I hope you all enjoy it too! (Plush Naga not included, although those are available from Dark Horse too.)

10 great cartoonists you need to know: Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day, and once more, we’re celebrating with a list that spotlights the work of 10 fantastic cartoonists. While some exceptional female names are already on comics fans’ radars—such as Fiona Staples, Emily Carroll,Kate Beaton, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, Eleanor Davis, Meredith Gran,Emma Rios, Noelle Stevenson, and more—the purpose of this list is to gather interesting and exceptional contemporary cartoonists who readers may not be familiar with.

Brittney L. Williams

Mathilde Vangheluwe

K.L. Ricks

Carolyn Nowak

Aatmaja Pandya

Tillie Walden

Lizzy Stewart

Jane Mai

Leslie Hung

Sloane Leong

Read more about each of these amazing artists at avclub.com

PDX! I’m going to be doing a signing at Things From Another World in Portland on Wednesday, May 27th, 5-8pm. Tickets are free, but limited. Reserve yours while there are still some left: http://bit.ly/KorraSigning

I LOVE Portland and can’t wait to see you guys up there! Thanks to Dark Horse and TFAW for this event!