dumplins euro tour

Thanks for your patience. Finally, here are the dates for my European book tour,
March 5th thru April 17th, 2016. Check in locally, as some details may evolve…


 9th of March, Wednesday: LEUVEN. Het Besloten Land.
10th of March, Thursday: ANTWERP. FNAC (17:00 to 18:30).


11th of March, Friday: BERLIN.  Library Luisenbad, 17:30.
12th of March, Saturday:  Comics und Graphics , 16:00 – 18:00.
14th of March, Monday: FRANKFURT.
16-18:00 – Signing at store T3 Terminal Entertainment
20:00 Museum Angewandte Kunst (Applied Arts)
15th of March, Tuesday: STUTTGART. Wittwer bookstore event.
20:00 Stuttgart city library.


17th of March, Thursday: LYON. L’Experience bookshop.
18th of March, Friday: ANNECY. Momies Folies bookshop.
19TH of March, Saturday: GRENOBLE. Momies Folies bookshop.
20th of March, Sunday: PARIS BOOK FAIR.


 21st of March, Monday: LONDON, British Library, 18:30 – 20:00.
23rd of March, Wednesday:  Orbital Comics, 17:00 – 19:00.


30th of March to 4th of April, CORSICA, France. BASTIA BD FESTIVAL.


5th thru 7th of April, Tuesday – Thursday: BOLOGNA. Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
7th of April, Thursday: – RIMINI – Mare di Libri Festival
8th of April, Friday: – LA SPEZIA – Fondazione Carispezia.
9th of April, Saturday: – MANTOVA – Festivaletteratura.
10th of April, Sunday: TORINO, Italy. Circolo dei Lettori.


12th of April, Tuesday: MADRID, Spain. Ciudadano Grant bookshop.
13th of April, Wednesday: BILBAO, Spain.
14th of April, Thursday: BARCELONA, Spain. Gigamesh bookshop.
15th of April, Friday: Norma Comics.


rad snow

This snow sculpture of Radcliffe perfectly merges SPACE DUMPLINS with BLANKETS and CARNET DE VOYAGE. The sculpting is courtesy my friends and translators, who hosted me at that chalet in Argientières in the French Alps in 2004. (Thank you, Laetitia, Frédéric, Anne-Julia, Walter, and kids!)

snowrad 01

snowrad 02

In less than a week, I leave for a 6 week book tour in Europe. Details coming soon!



translating dumplins

rizzoli 01

The first translated volume of DUMPLINS, Rizzoli’s POLPETTE SPAZIALI, debuted this past weekend at LUCCA Comics Festival in Italy. It’s 100 pages longer than the US edition, because of extra “making of” material.

rizzoli 02

Also, hot-off-the-press is Reprodukt’s gorgeous German edition of WELTRAUMKRÜMEL, in paperback and limited edition hardcover, meticulously hand-lettered, including the sound effects. And soon to be released is Casterman’s French edition of SPACE BOULETTES which will also debut in paperback and special edition hardcover. The latter has an acetate overlay cover, an in-depth interview, and extra pages of “making of” material.

weltraum boulettes

In March & April of 2016, I’ll be in Europe to promote all of these along with Faber & Faber’s UK edition, and Astiberri’s Spanish edition of ALMÓNDIGAS DEL ESPACIO.

canadian dumplins!

Up next is the Canadian portion (and Philadelphia) of DUMPLINS (and D&Q Blankets) book tour!
Sunday, October 25th, 3 PM : Librarie D&Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, MONTREAL
Monday, October 26th, 7 PM : Librarie D&Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, MONTREAL
Wednesday, October 28th, 6 PM : Palmerston Public Library, TORONTO
Thursday, October 29th, 3 PM : University of Toronto, TORONTO
Friday & Saturday, October 30th & 31st, Locust Moon Comics Festival, PHILADELPHIA
Halloween… might be a good time for SPACE DUMPLINS cosplay, hint hint…

These early sketches reveal that the FISHIN’ BUDDIES from SPACE DUMPLINS were directly inspired by Canadian influences: part Bob & Doug McKenzie from STRANGE BREW, part Barf the Mog (played by my fave comedian as a child, John Candy)  from SPACE BALLS!

gertie & hapy bare

Touching base at home for a handful of days before continuing DUMPLINS book tour. The last leg brought me to Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado… TEN school visits, four book stores, two festivals, one library. The trip launched with CXC, Comics Crossroads Columbus – the inaugural comics festival organized by Jeff & Vijaya Smith and Tom Spurgeon – which will easily become the favorite comics show of cartoonists, like the classic days of SPX. A highlight was touring the largest archive of comics art in the world at the Billy Ireland Museum, where I held the actual hand-drawn frames of Winsor McKay’s GERTIE THE DINOSAUR (1914).
At one of the school visits in Hoffman Estates, a gang of young cartoonists gifted me a 90 page, full-color graphic novel. This is the actual original art pages, so I feel like I need to donate it to the Billy Ireland archives for long time preservation as these artists, Ryan Ahn and Vikram Palani, become FAMOUS!