This coming weekend, I’ll be VANCAF comics art festival in Vancouver, BC, promoting the new edition of CARNET DE VOYAGE. Saturday, May 19th, signing from 2-4PM. Sunday, May 20th, spotlight panel 1:30-2:30, signing from 3-5PM. Eager for some overlap with my old friends, Brigitte Findakly and Lewis Trondheim, who both share pages in CARNET! Hope to see some of you there!
Drawn & Quarterly‘s new expanded edition of CARNET DE VOYAGE is in stores everywhere as of today. 32 new pages, larger hardcover format, new cover, back in print after a decade! In Portland, FLOATING WORLD COMICS will be hosting a release party / book signing / presentation: Saturday, April 28th, 5PM! Hope to see some locals there! In the meantime, thanks to all you readers, internationally, for supporting this humble travel diary!
After laying dormant for far too long, I’m touring again – this time to South Korea for the Bucheon International Comics Festival (their twentieth year!) July 19th-23rd, 2017, and a store event at Book By Book in Seoul on July 22nd, and plenty of promotion for the Open Books/Mimesis editions of my books. Hope to see some of you there!
One last SPACE DUMPLINS event on the docket: Free Comic Book Day at the Federal Bar in North Hollywood, Saturday, May 7th. This is a fundraiser for LA Children’s Hospital, LA+USC Children’s Hospital, City of Hope Children’s Cancer Unit and Elizabeth’s Canvas organized by Blastoff Comics.
After that, I’m moving on from “all-ages” to work again on “serious”, “literary”, “adult” “graphic novels”.
In the meantime, the release valve for my silly, cartoony energies is a platform of spontaneous, collaborative animations cooked up with my little brother, Phil, called TRACTORBEAMS. Check out the soft launch at instagram and tractorbeams.tv. (“TV”, not “.com”… couldn’t get that one.)
Fans of BLANKETS may recognize “Eyebrow Fairy”…
Thank you to everyone who made it to the events in France, Belgium, Germany, UK, Corsica, Italy, and Spain. Over 22 cities in 45 days. Promotional tour is complete; Now it’s time to push my baby from the nest and let it fly on its own. More importantly, time to get started on something new.
Thank you, too, for the piles of great fan art. Here’s a couple of samples: Leonardo D’Angeli (above) and Mar Mascaró (below). Oh, and at the very top, Veronica Carratello in Milan and Inigo from Bilbao.
Grazie to all the fans who made it to the Italian events, which wrapped last night in La Spezia.
See below, tour dates for this week in SPAIN.
12th of April, Tuesday: MADRID. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with Pedro Monje at Ciudadano Grant Bookshop, Miguel Servet 21
13th of April, Wednesday: BILBAO. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with Koldo Azpitarte at Joker Bookshop, Euskalduna, 7
14th of April, Thursday: BARCELONA. 7 pm. Talk with Pepe Gálvez at Gigamesh Bookshop, carrer de Bailèn, 8
15th of April, Friday: BARCELONA. 7 pm. Presentation/signing with David Fernández at Norma Cómics Bookshop, passeig Sant Joan, 9
Photo of Jannel, Anna, Chiara, Giulia (Emma not present?) my stage interviewers at the talk in Mantova at Sala Deli Stemmi (in cooperation with Festivalletteratura di Mantova).
4th of April, Monday: MILAN. 6pm, SUPERGULP.
5th of April, Tuesday: BOLOGNA Children’s Book Fair.
6th of April, Wednesday: BOLOGNA, 3pm signing at Accademia delle Belle Arti.
7th of April, Thursday: RIMINI. 5pm presentation at Sala del Giudizio Museo della città
(in cooperation with MDL Festival).
9th of April, Saturday: MANTOVA. 4:30pm presentation at Sala degli stemmi
(in cooperation with Festivalletteratura di Mantova).
10th of April, Sunday: LA SPEZIA. 6pm presentation at Spazio 32.
After that, Spain!
(Photo of my collaborator, Edmond Baudoin, in Bastia)
Danke schön to my German publisher Reprodukt (along with the organizers, performers, and moderators) for hosting amazing events in beautiful spaces, like the Library Luisenbad in Berlin.
Pictured above, young fans at Museum Angewandte Kunst – the Applied Arts museum designed by Richard Meier (known for the Getty in my current hometown LA). The museum was kind enough to host a daytime event for kids, and an evening lecture for adults. (Photo from Heiko Schmelz.) And then the impressive nine-story City Library in Stuttgart, where we did an evening lecture. Next stop, France!