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8 July 2015 - San Diego Comic Con starts today and I'll be at Artist Alley booth BB-01. Come say hi. I'll be drawing sketches and signing my books and comics. Also, Gabriel Rodriguez, artist of Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland, and I will have signings on Thursday and Friday at the IDW booth.

22 April 2014 - WonderCon took place in Anaheim, California, last weekend. I appeared on the IDW panel, along with cartoonist Gabriel Rodriguez, to promote our forthcoming comic book series Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland. You can read about it by clicking here. Issue #1 will be out in August.

7 April 2014 - The San Diego Opera is in upheaval over their announced permanent closure at the end of this season. Massenet's Don Quixote may be their final production. I sketched at the dress rehearsal last week and the result is on the San Diego Opera blog Aria Serious. After four seasons of sketching at the San Diego Opera, I'll be sad for it to end. The controversy over this development has gotten pretty ugly. What the outcome will be, who knows? Meanwhile, you can see my Don Quixote sketches by clicking here.

23 March 2014 - Did you ever want to sing and dance in the Land of Oz? Here's your chance! Follow this link to the Audition Notice and Open Dance Call for The Tik-Tok Man of Oz.

23 March 2014 - The Tik-Tok Man of Oz Kickstarter campaign is going really well. We've met our initial goal and are working on meeting several stretch goals. Thank you to all our backers! We've had some very generous pledges, but I'd like to get a lot of smaller pledges from a wide circle of supporters. Click here to see the campaign.

15 March 2014 - Oz Tarot cards? That's right. If the Kickstarter campaign for The Shadow of Oz Tarot Deck funds successfully, I'll be drawing a few of the cards. There's only a few hours left to go, so if you'll be kind enough to make a pledge, click here to go to the campaign.

15 March 2014 - I'll be producing L. Frank Baum's stage musical The Tik-Tok Man of Oz in August at Winkie Con 50. A Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds to mount a fully-staged performance is happening right now. Click here to pledge and become part of this vintage theatre project. You can even watch my starring role in the Kickstarter video--but don't worry, I won't be reprising that on stage!

8 March 2014 - I sketched at San Diego Opera again last week. A Masked Ball by Verdi this time. I was pleasantly surprised to see Stephanie Blythe playing Madame Arvidson. See the results of my outing here.

8 March 2014 - School Library Journal has posted this video interview with me about my work--Age of Bronze, Oz, and more. Click here to watch.

4 March 2014 - The graphic novel collection of The Emerald City of Oz, the comics adaptation of L. Frank Baum's children's book, written by me with art by Skottie Young, goes on sale Wednesday, March 5. Look for it!

4 March 2014 - Sarah Obee of The Trojan War Project reviews Age of Bronze: Sacrifice. Read her review here.

2 March 2014 - Wayne Hall of Wayne's Comics conducts an interview with me about Age of Bronze and Oz. Listen to the podcast here.

28 Feb 2014 - San Diego Opera again invited me to sketch, this time at their production of The Elixir of Love by Donizetti. See the results here.

24 January 2014 - It's opera season again. Click here to see my sketches of San Diego Opera's current production of Pagliacci.

19 October 2013 - I'll be appearing on panels at Conjecture 2013/ConChord 25 today and tomorrow in San Diego, California. Click here for details.

8 October 2013 - At last, the newest Age of Bronze book is out! Betrayal Part Two is on sale in both hardcover and paperback. The battle between Trojans and Achaeans begins in earnest, while the romance between Troilus and Cressida hits some walls.

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14 July 2013 - The San Diego Comic Con is fast approaching. It's July 17-21. I'll be at booth 2008 on the exhibit floor with the new Age of Bronze volume Betrayal Part Two. My new Oz posters are also available. Come see me at the IDW panel on Friday at 4:00 for the announcement of my new project. And come cheer me on during the Eisner Awards Friday evening--Road to Oz is nominated for two Eisners and No Straight Lines has one nomination. Click the Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

14 July 2013 - Henry Herz, co-author of the children's book Nimpentoad, interviewed me recently. You can read that here and here.

2 July 2013 - I'll be appearing at Westercon 66, July 4-7, in Sacramento, California, as Artist Guest of Honor. Come see me on one of my several panels or say "hi" at my booth in the Dealers Room. For details click on Upcoming Appearances above.

2 July 2013 - Age of Bronze #33 goes on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, July 3.

14 June 2013 - Age of Bronze #33 is at the printer.

14 June 2013 - The 49th Winkie Con runs June 21-23 at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. I'll be there, giving two presentations--one on Friday evening, one on Saturday evening. Onsite rooms are full, but if you stay off-grounds or just drop-in as a day-tripper, there's still plenty of time to plan to attend.

27 May 2013 - I'll be appearing as a special author guest at Oz-stravaganza! next weekend, May 31-June 2, 2013, in Chittenango, New York, birthplace of Oz-creator L. Frank Baum. Come see me at one of my signings during the weekend or in the Oz parade Saturday afternoon or on stage Saturday night with other Oz cartoonists Bill Bryan and Tom Hutchison. Details at the Oz-stravaganza! link here.

22 May 2013 - Alan Moore World blog has posted a Promethea and Little Margie drawing I did for the book Alan Moore: Portrait of an Extraordinary Gentleman.

21 May 2013 - Listen to me talk with Jason about my career and spin some songs right here on Karl Show! (starring Jason).

27 April 2013 - I'll be giving a public presentation on Age of Bronze at 7 pm, Monday evening, April 29, 2013, at the Northern Auditorium on the campus of Washington and Lee University. The University is located at 204 West Washington Street in Lexington, Virginia 24450-2116. I don't know where the Northern Auditorium is on campus--call the University at (540) 458-8400 for that info if you need it.

19 April 2013 - I saw the dress rehearsal of San Diego Opera's production of Verdi's Aida on Wednesday evening. Terrific show with Latonia Moore in the title role. My sketches are here.

17 April 2013 - The 2013 Eisner Award nominations were just announced and there are three nominations for works I contributed to: The Road to Oz by Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and me was nominated in two categories, Best Publication for Kids and Best Adaptation from Another Medium. And No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, edited by Justin Hall, and which I have a story in, was nominated for Best Anthology. Congrats to all the other nominees! Here's the complete list.

2 April 2013 - I'll be appearing next weekend at Planet Comicon at the Convention Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Come by and say hi! See Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

1 April 2013 - I've been sketching at San Diego Opera again. See the results of Murder in the Cathedral here.

8 Mar 2013 - The Wall Street Journal loves the Oz graphic novels Skottie Young and I are doing. Read the article here.

8 Mar 2013 - ConDor, the annual San Diego Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention runs this weekend. I'll be appearing on two panels on Sunday. Here's the link for info.

15 Feb 2013 - Last evening was opening night for a new production of Euripides's Iphigenia in Aulis at La Mama in New York City. Much of the visual imagery of the show is based on Age of Bronze. The director/translator of the show, Edward Einhorn, consulted with me during the design period so that his designers could get it right. The production runs through March 3. If you want to see it, I'd buy tickets here now if I were you.

15 Feb 2013 - You can see my sketches from San Diego Opera's current production of Saint-Saenz's Samson and Delilah here on their blog. I spent last Wednesday evening at the dress rehearsal doing these. I love this opera and San Diego does it right.

26 Jan 2013 - I spent Wednesday sketching at the dress rehearsal of San Diego Opera's production of Donizetti's Daughter of the Regiment. The production is set near the end of World War II, and the visual aspect was gorgeous. The singing was enjoyable and the show was funny. Here are my sketches on San Diego Opera's blog Aria Serious?

11 Jan 2013 - A production of Euripides's Iphigenia in Aulis in a new English translation by Edward Einhorn will run at La Mama's First Floor Theater in New York City from February 14 to March 3, 2013. The visual imagery of the production is based on Age of Bronze. Although I'm not directly involved, I've been working with the director for some time now and am interested to see the final production by Untitled Theater Company #61. Click here to see the image I drew for the poster and for all the details.

10 Jan 2013 - Marvel Comics's The Road to Oz #5, adapted by me from L. Frank Baum's book and with art by Skottie Young, went on sale last week.

26 Dec 2012 - James Fulton of Indie Pulse's Comics Nexus gives Age of Bronze #32 a "Best Comics of the Week" review here.

12 December 2012 - Greg McElhatton reviews Age of Bronze #32 here on Comic Book Resources. He's got some really nice things to say. I thought I might take a drubbing for the two-year gap between issues. But Greg's more than nice about that. (I still might take a drubbing from other sources.)

10 December 2012 - An exhibit on Troy through the ages just opened at the Allard Pierson Museum at the University of Amsterdam. It runs through May 5, 2013. Pity I don't expect any international travel to take me there so I can see it, but the exhibition catalog mentions Age of Bronze. If you're in the area, don't miss it, and be sure to check out the schedule of special events surrounding it.

10 December 2012 - Age of Bronze #32 goes on sale Wednesday, December 12. The long wait for this issue is finally over. Yay! Click here for a three-page preview. Subscription copies will all have been mailed by Tuesday, December 11.

8 November 2012 - Click this link to read--in Dutch--a blog article about Age of Bronze. Even if you don't read Dutch, you might want to check out the two preview pages from the upcoming Age of Bronze issue #32.

8 November 2012 - The Road to Oz issue #3 with script by me and art by Skottie Young, adapted from the L. Frank Baum book, went on sale yesterday.

31 October 2012 - I've been a little behind in posting news, so I've got some catching up to do. The hardcover collected edition of Marvel Comics's Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz adapted by me and Skottie Young from L. Frank Baum's children's book was released last month, along with the first issue of the new Oz series The Road to Oz with the same creative team. The second issue of Road is also out and the third will be on sale imminently. I'm proud to have a story reprinted in No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics edited by Justin Hall and published by Fantagraphics. My story is "Happily Ever After," which originally appeared in How Beautiful the Ordinary. And issue #76 of Bart Simpson Comics has a four-page story drawn by me to a script by Evan Dorkin. In it Bart and Milhouse re-play the Ikarus myth, so I got to filter the Simpsons through my Age of Bronze sensibilities.

7 July 2012 - San Diego Comic Con International begins next Wednesday evening, July 11. I'll be at the Hungry Tiger Press booth #2008 for most of the convention. Here's my schedule otherwise:
Friday, July 13, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: No Straight Lines, a panel featuring Justin Hall and several cartoonist contributors to the LGBT anthology he edited that debuts at Comic Con from Fantagraphics Books.
Saturday, July 14, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Gays in Comics, the 25th anniversary of the longest-running panel at Comic Con, featuring as many past panelists as can fit onto the stage.
Sunday, July 15, noon - 1:00 pm: I'll be signing at the Marvel Comics booth #2329.
For more info on San Diego Comic Con International, click the Upcoming Appearances link above.

7 July 2012 - The UNMASKED gallery show opens tonight at Artlab in San Diego. See you there. For info, see post immediately below.

7 July 2012 - The Capeless Crusader reviews Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #8, published by Marvel Comics, with script by me and art by Skottie Young, here.

2 July 2012 - Marvel Comics's Ozma of Oz, with script by me, art by Skottie Young, and color by Jean-Francois Beaulieu, has been nominated for two Harvey Awards--Best New Series and Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers. If you're eligible to vote, please consider Ozma of Oz in these categories.

2 July 2012 - I'll have some new Age of Bronze pages hanging at the gallery show UNMASKED! Comic Art in San Diego Revealed. The show runs July 7 - 31, 2012, at Artlab, 3536 Adams Avenue, San Diego, CA 92116. The opening reception is next Saturday, July 7, beginning at 6 pm. Come mix with the cartoonists of San Diego, including Mary Fleener, Jorge Pacheco, Mark Irwin, Paul Horn, Tyler Crook, Jeromy Cox, Billy Martinez, Chynna Clugston-Flores, Batton Lash, Dean LaCrone, Rebecca Hicks, Dan Bois, and more--including me. The Age of Bronze pages on display are from issue #32, which isn't out yet, so come and get a preview.

13 June 2012 - On Friday, June 15, I'll be interviewed by Jason Lamb on the internet radio program Karl Show, broadcast on Portland Radio Authority, from 8 to 10 PM PST. You can listen here at www.praradio.org. It'll be two hours of discussion about my work and life, as well as some of my favorite music. If you missed the interview, it'll be eventually posted here.

17 May 2012 - I'll be speaking on Saturday at Juniata College's conference on Comics and Education, Sequential SmArt, in Pennsylvania. Fellow cartoonist Matt Madden will be the speaker on Friday.

16 May 2012 - Off to tell the students at Lutheran High School of San Diego all about being a cartoonist as part of the school's Career Day.

27 April 2012 - My sketches of San Diego Opera's current production of The Barber of Seville are here on Aria Serious, the opera's blog.

11 April 2012 - My Oz graphic novel The Forgotten Forest of Oz has been released today in an oversize Treasury Edition by IDW. In addition to all the artwork being printed at a large size, there are more than 16 pages of bonus material, including character designs (some previously unpublished); color versions of the original endpapers; the script and artwork for "The Story of Nebelle," the earliest version of the story; and the script and rough artwork for the original, different ending of The Forgotten Forest of Oz which has never before been printed in its entirety. And it's all under a brand new cover. Here's an online preview. Hungry Tiger Press is offering a free limited edition Forgotten Forest of Oz bookplate featuring new artwork by me with the first hundred copies ordered--click here to order.

15 March 2012 - WonderCon 2012 is at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, this weekend. Come see me at Artists Alley booth #75 and get any Age of Bronze or Oz stuff you might be missing. See you there!

10 March 2012 - This month San Diego Opera presents Don Pasquale by Donizetti, this production set in the 19th century US southwest. Click here to see my sketches. The show opens tonight.

23 Feb 2012 - Tonight I'll be a guest at the opening reception for the exhibit Image Comics: A Twentieth Anniversary Celebration at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. A page of Age of Bronze art hangs in the new exhibit, so if you're going to the museum to view the Oz show, stop by the Image show too. Or come to the opening reception and say hi. Click here for the details.
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All weekend I'll be at the brand new Image Comic Expo at the Oakland Convention Center in Oakland, California. Stop by Booth 49 for all your Age of Bronze comic book, graphic novel, and t-shirt needs. Details on Image Comic Expo can be found at this link.

17 Feb 2012 - Click here to see what I drew the other night at the dress rehearsal of San Diego Opera's magnificent production of the new opera Moby-Dick, based on Herman Melville's American classic. Opening night is Saturday, Feb. 18.

15 Feb 2012 - Yale Daily News discusses the digital publication of Age of Bronze "Seen" here.

4 Feb 2012 - I talk about W. W. Denslow, original illustrator and co-creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, on The Origins of Oz cablecast, The Smithsonian Channel. The American edit of this show, first shown on the BBC as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: The True Story, is now available on this side of the pond. The following broadcasts have been scheduled (all times listed are PST): February 6, 3:00 p.m., February 7, 12:00 midnight, and February 10, 5:00 a.m. For more information, and to watch a preview video, see the show's website here.

4 Feb 2012 - The San Diego Public Library's 46th annual Local Authors Exhibit is open at the downtown San Diego Central Library through the month of February. I'm represented with the graphic novel Ozma of Oz, adapted from L. Frank Baum's book, with art by Skottie Young, published by Marvel Comics. The San Diego Central Library is located at 820 E. Street, San Diego, CA 92101-6416.

28 Jan 2012 - Click here to see my sketches of San Diego Opera's current production of Salome by Richard Strauss.

25 Jan 2012 - Issue #3 of Age of Bronze "Seen" for iPad is now available. If you have the app already installed, download from there. Otherwise, click here for the link.

25 Jan 2012 - Absolute Promethea Volume Three, the final collection of Alan Moore and J. H. Williams's excellent comics series, was published recently by DC/Vertigo Comics. This beautiful book includes my introduction and the two Promethea spin-off "Little Margie" stories I drew.

14 Jan 2012 - I'll be speaking about my Oz comics, illustration, and writings at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, from 7 PM to 9 PM on Thursday, January 19, 2012. This presentation is in conjunction with the museum's current exhibit of Wizard of Oz comics. Details here.

11 Nov 2011 - This link is pretty much just what it says it is: "Forty Pages of Eric Shanower's Age of Bronze in Color." Just the color. (Warning: Heavy load time--at least on my computer.)

11 Nov 2011 - The Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco opens tomorrow, Nov. 12, and runs through April 15, 2012. A generous selection of my art from various Oz comics, both old and new, will be on display, along with many other Oz comics. Click this link for details.

10 Nov 2011 - I'll be speaking about Age of Bronze to the Classics Department at Yale University next Monday, along with Thomas Beasley, author of the Age of Bronze "Seen" Readers' Guide, and Karen Green, Columbia University librarian. See the Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

3 Nov 2011 - PinkRaygun.com sings the praises of John Dalliare, the colorist of Age of Bronze "Seen."

14 Oct 2011 - Age of Bronze "Seen," the enhanced digital edition of Age of Bronze, is available today as an app for iPad in the iTunes store for just 99 cents for the first issue. Click here. Enhancements include a Reader's Guide, full color art, and a discussion forum. Further issues released monthly.

7 Oct 2011 - Age of Bronze goes digital! Starting October 14, Age of Bronze "Seen" will be released for iPad. Issue #1 will cost just 99 cents, and issues will be released monthly. Age of Bronze "Seen" will have all the enhanced features you could ask for--full color, a Readers Guide discussing the story sources and period detail, maps, a character guide, links, and a forum for readers to discuss their thoughts and reactions. Here's an interview with Yale classics scholar Tom Beasley, the author of the Readers Guide for Age of Bronze "Seen." If you're on Facebook, check out the official Age of Bronze Facebook page for a preview and like the page while you're there. And don't worry, print readers, the comic book serialization and the graphic novels aren't going away. Digital Age of Bronze is simply yet another way to make my version of the Trojan War available to readers everywhere.

30 Sept 2011 - Ozma of Oz adapted by Skottie Young and me from L. Frank Baum's book and published by Marvel Comics just debuted at #4 on the New York Times graphic novel best seller list! Check it out here.

23 Sept 2011 - Marvel Comics's Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #1, adapted by Skottie Young and me from L. Frank Baum's book, goes on sale next Wednesday, Sept. 28. Skottie and I and the rest of the creative team have been doing these Oz adaptations for several years now, but the energy for Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz is stronger than ever. I am very excited to know what readers think of it. Click here for an interview with Skottie and me and a preview of the first issue.

22 Sept 2011 - It's taken me awhile to get around to posting this, but here, at last, is the link to the video of a presentation I gave on Age of Bronze at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens last fall. Thanks again to Jack Davis and Shari Stocker for inviting me. Also on the program were the creators of the award-winning Logicomix, Apostolos Doxiades and Alekos Papadatos.

15 Sept 2011 - Little Adventures in Oz, written and illustrated by me, and published by IDW, is being released in digital editions. The first volume is available now. Just click here to go to the Apple iBooks store.

15 Sept 2011 - Marvel Comics's graphic novel of Ozma of Oz by Skottie Young and me, from the book by L. Frank Baum, was published last week and is on sale now. The hardcover collection includes the entire story, plus all the covers and some sketches. If you buy your copy from Hungry Tiger Press here, you can request my signature in your copy.

15 Sept 2011 - Sorry, contrary to my previous announcement, I won't be appearing at the New York Comic Con in mid-October.

3 Sept 2011 - Here's a new interview with me conducted by Eastyn Cazin for Panelbound.

3 Sept 2011 - Comics Alliance has a preview of Marvel Comics's Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz #1 here. Skottie Young is again drawing, Jean-Francois Beaulieu is again coloring, and they're both doing a splendid job as this preview shows. This issue looks great! The script adapted from L. Frank Baum's fourth Oz book is by me. This first issue goes on sale Sept. 28.

8 August 2011 - I'll be exhibiting at the Hungry Tiger Press booth at Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Con in Reno, NV, next week. See Upcoming Appearances above for details.

2 August 2011 - Rob Cain at Ancient Rome Refocused has posted an audio interview with me about Age of Bronze on his blog.

25 July 2011 - Spent the last few days at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con. Skottie Young and I won an Eisner Award for The Marvelous Land of Oz. Age of Bronze gained some attention, including this blog from archaeologist and art historian Candace Weddle.

20 July 2011 - The San Diego Comic Con opens this evening for Preview Night and continues for the next four days. I'll be at booth 2008 for most of the convention. Details in the Upcoming Appearances link above.

5 July 2011 - I'll be appearing at the 47th Annual Winkie Convention in Pacific Grove, California, this weekend. Click on the Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

5 July 2011 - Well, what do you know? I got my first Harvey Award nomination! It's for The Marvelous Land of Oz. Click here for the complete 2011 nomination list.

15 May 2011 - I did drawings at San Diego Opera's current production of Carmen. See them here.

5 May 2011 - New listings in Upcoming Appearances: The Winkie Con 2011 and Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Con. And don't forget I'll be at Oz-Stravaganza 2011 in just one month.

22 April 2011 - I sketched during San Diego Opera's current production of Faust. See the results on Aria Serious? and read the short interview. If you're in the San Diego area, go see the show--it's much more spectacular than my drawings indicate.

21 April 2011 - A digital edition of Age of Bronze began publication today in the Spanish version from Azake Ediciones. La Edad de Bronce is available for download at the Koomic website. Click here. The first ten pages are also available as a free sample.

19 April 2011 - Here's a short blog by VoVat about my character Flicker, who appears in several of my Oz projects.

7 April 2011 - Eisner Award nominations for 2011 are out. Marvelous Land of Oz is nominated as Best Adaptation from Another Work, and Skottie Young is nominated as Best Penciller/Inker!

29 March 2011 - I'll be appearing at WonderCon in San Francisco, Friday, April 1 - Sunday, April 3, 2011. Come see me at booth 72 in Artist Alley. I'll also be on the Graphic Novel Panel on Friday at 6 pm. For details click Upcoming Appearances above.

15 March 2011 - Age of Bronze has been nominated in the 2011 Eagle Awards in the category of Best American Comic Book Series - Black and White. The UK Eagle Awards are the longest-running comics awards--since 1976. Voting is open from now until April 11, and you can vote here.

2 March 2011 - Oz Primer from Marvel Comics goes on sale today, with a guide to Oz characters and interviews with Skottie Young and me.

25 Feb 2011 - This weekend I'll be appearing on several panels at ConDor, San Diego's Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention at the Town and Country on Hotel Circle North. Before and after panels you can find me in the dealers room at the Hungry Tiger Press table if you want to say hi or get a book signed. See Upcoming Appearances link above for more info or click on this ConDor link. Tonight's panel is "From Elfland to Poukeepsie: Fantasy Should Sound Like Fantasy" and I'm really looking forward to saying a few things about fantasy and writing. I find Ursula Le Guin's essay that the panel is named after both problematic and wise. Come find out why.

4 Feb 2011 - Ozma of Oz #4 by Skottie Young, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and me, published by Marvel Comics went on sale last Wednesday. Here's a review.

3 Feb 2011 - The online edition of the 2010 San Diego Local Authors Exhibit at the San Diego Public Library is here. This year my book was The Marvelous Land of Oz.

28 Jan 2011 - San Diego Opera invited me to draw during a rehearsal of their next production, Puccini's Turandot. The results are here at Aria Serious? the SD Opera blog.

26 Jan 2011 - Fables #101 goes on sale today. This Vertigo/DC Comics series features the ongoing adventures of your favorite characters from fairy tale and folklore. I penciled the story in this issue, with script by Bill Willingham, inking by Andrew Pepoy and Richard Friend, and color by Lee Loughridge. Bufkin, the (formerly) Winged Monkey, finds his way home to--but that'd be telling.

20 Jan 2011 - See a sample page here from my contribution to Classics and Comics on Heidi MacDonald's The Beat

17 Jan 2011 - Classics and Comics is a new book about the use of mythology in modern comics. It's edited by George Kovacs and C.W. Marshall, published by Oxford University Press, and includes a 12-page story by me about the creation and reception of Age of Bronze. It has a lot more, too--essays about Wonder Woman and Sandman, essays about mythology in the work of Jack Kirby and the work of Frank Miller, and an essay--not by me!--about sex and love in Age of Bronze. You can buy it through any standard bookseller, whether online or off. Or through this handy link directly to Oxford University Press.

4 Jan 2011 - Here's an interview with me on David-Wasting-Paper. It tends toward practical artistic matters. If you're reading this after January 4th, you'll have to scroll down.

4 Jan 2011 - Here's a positive review of Age of Bronze #31 at Comics Bulletin.

26 Dec 2010 - Age of Bronze subscribers with no forwarding addresses are listed here. If your name is listed, contact me before the end of 2010 with a current address. I want all subscribers to receive the issues they've paid for, but I can't store long-ago-returned subscription issues once it becomes 2011.

24 Dec 2010 - To subscribers: all subscription copies of Age of Bronze #31 have been mailed. And to everyone out there: happy holidays to you all!

22 Dec 2010 - Age of Bronze #31 is on sale today! Click here for a preview at Comics Alliance.

24 Nov 2010 - To all Age of Bronze subscribers: Some of you haven't updated your mailing addresses. If you believe you haven't received subscription issues that you've paid for, click here to see if you're listed on this page. If you are, please click here to send an e-mail message to the Age of Bronze Subscription Department before the end of 2010 to claim your property. We can't store subscription copies returned by the post office after 2010.

20 Nov 2010 _ Click here for a 5-page pdf sample from Age of Bronze #31. On sale toward the end of next month.

2 Nov 2010 - Here's another French review of L'age de Bronze: Trahison Deuxieme Partie (Age of Bronze: Betrayal Part Two), this one from Scenario.com.

8 Nov 2010 - Age of Bronze issue #31 will be released by Image Comics on Dec. 22. It's Diomedes vs. the Sagittary, Antenor vs. all the Achaeans, and the Trojans agree to send Cressida out of Troy to Kalchas.

8 Nov 2010 - Click here for a preview on the Hungry Tiger Press blog of Marvel Comics's Ozma of Oz issue #2 by me and Skottie Young.

4 Nov 2010 - Read a review of Marvel Comics' new L. Frank Baum adaptation, Ozma of Oz #1, right here on Tor.com. Script by me, art by Skottie Young. You'll have to scroll down a little through the alphabetical listing.

2 Nov 2010 - Jesse Willis of SFFaudio.com did a podcast interview with me recently, discussing Age of Bronze, Oz, and audiobooks. You can listen here.

2 Nov 2010 - I'll be a guest at the Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 6. The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm at the Clark County Library, 1401 E. Flamingo Road, Las Vegas, NV 89119. Admission is free. Click here for the complete schedule.

29 Oct 2010 - Click here for an interview with me about L'age de Bronze: Trahison Deuxieme Partie (Age of Bronze: Betrayal Part Two). It's in the online version of the French newspaper Sud Ouest so the text is in French.

27 Oct 2010 - Marvel Comics's The Marvelous Land of Oz adapted by me from L. Frank Baum's book and with exciting art by Skottie Young and colors by Jean-Francois Beaulieu is in its third week on The New York Times hardcover graphic novel bestseller list. Wow, lightning strikes twice!

27 Oct 2010 - Click here to read a rave review of L'age de Bronze: Trahison Deuxieme Partie (Age of Bronze: Betrayal Part Two) from PlaneteBD.com. The review's in French.

25 Oct 2010 - Trahison Deuxieme Partie (Betrayal Part Two) is out in France, collecting issues #26-#31 of Age of Bronze in French translation. You can see a preview from DigiBiDi just below, or for a larger version that you can actually read, go to the DigiBiDi site and click the orange box that says "Lire les 11 pages."



21 Oct 2010 - I did several interviews during my recent visit to Athens, Greece. Two made the front pages of major Greek newspapers. One, for the internet site Comicdom.com, you can read here--scroll down a little for the English if you don't read Greek. Also, click here for an English-language article (which gets my age wrong) on the lecture I gave at the American School for Classical Studies at Athens. Fellow speakers were Apostolos Doxiadis and Alecos Papadatos, creators of the graphic novel Logicomix, which you can learn a bit about here.

21 Oct 2010 - Here's a Spanish-language interview I did about Oz comics. Scroll down a little till you see the Wizard of Oz cover.

21 Oct 2010 - The Marvelous Land of Oz graphic novel adapted by me from the book by L. Frank Baum with art by Skottie Young debuted at #5 on The New York Times hardcover graphic novel bestseller list.

19 Sept 2010 - I'll be speaking Age of Bronze and signing in England, Greece, and France in the coming weeks. Click the Upcoming Appearances link above for times and places.

18 Sept 2010 - The hardcover graphic novel collection of Marvel Comics' The Marvelous Land of Oz with script by me and art by Skottie Young is now on sale. And so is the paperback edition of our adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

3 Sept 2010 - In conjunction with my appearance at the Imagines Conference, the Bristol Gallery will be exhibiting original artwork from Age of Bronze, Sept. 22-25, 2010, at Unit 2, Building 8, Millenium Promenade, Harbourside, Bristol, England, BS1 5TY. My lecture at the gallery is on Saturday, the 25th at 11 am.

13 August 2010 - Tiger and Brick interview Skottie Young and me about our Oz comics for Marvel. Click here.

27 July 2010 - Age of Bronze-related debuts at San Diego Comic Con International were the Image Comics 2010 San Diego Comic-Coin Yearbook, in which I drew a pin-up of Kassandra lamenting burning Troy, and The Myth of Aeacus by Charles "zan" Christensen, a retelling of the story of Achilles's grandfather with illustrations by me. The Image Comics Yearbook was exclusive to the convention, so if you want a copy of that you'll have to find it on the secondary market. Zan will be selling The Myth of Aeacus at various other events. I'll try to keep you updated on that one.

23 July 2010 - Tonight Skottie Young and I won 2010 Eisner Awards for Marvel Comics' The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in BOTH categories it was nominated in--Best Publication for Kids and, quite unexpectedly, Best Limited Series! Big thank you to everyone who supported the project!

18 July 2010 - Comic Con International 2010 begins next Wednesday evening, July 21, and runs through Sunday evening, July 25, at the San Diego Convention Center on Harbor Drive in downtown San Diego, California. This year's annual convention celebrating everything comics and pop culture will, I'm sure, prove to be every bit as festive, crazy, and delightful as past years. I'll be, as usual, at the Hungry Tiger Press booth #2008, so if you're attending, brave the crowds and come say hi to me there. We'll have new comics and books for sale, including The Myth of Aeacus by zan and me, The Treasure of Karnak by L. Frank Baum with decorations by me, and a slew of Oz stuff both older and newer like The Wonderful Wizard of Oz graphic novel by Skottie Young and me and both volumes of IDW's Little Adventures in Oz by me. Friday evening I'll be at the Eisner Award ceremony to present the Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award to this year's winner and to see if Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Sunday Press's Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz win in any of the categories they're nominated. Sunday tickets for Comic Con International are still available! Details here.

13 July 2010 - Click here for an exclusive preview of the final issue of Marvel Comics's adaptation of The Marvelous Land of Oz with script by me, art by Skottie Young, and color by François Beaulieu.

6 July 2010 - Next Saturday, July 10, the Lemon Grove Public Library in Lemon Grove, CA, will host Pride @ Your Library, celebrating the San Diego area LGBT community. Click here for news of the event. At 1:00 pm I'll be one of the authors speaking on the program. Click the Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

1 July 2010 - Both volumes of my Little Adventures in Oz from IDW as well as Skottie Young's and my graphic novel adaptation of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Marvel Comics made the Core List of Good Comics for Kids presented at the American Library Association conference last week. Lots of other great kids' comics made the list, too. Click here to see the full list.

28 June 2010 - New Free Feature: Age of Bronze Desktop Wallpaper. It's Herakles from the cover of the third issue of Age of Bronze--and he's coming for you! Click here or on the Free Features menu link at left.

Age of Bronze #3 Wallpaper

28 June 2010 - Comics Bulletin reviews Age of Bronze #30. Click here to read Penny Kenny's words of wisdom.

27 June 2010 - New Free Feature: The Siege of Troy by John O'Keeffe. Click here for the full script of this "Grand Heroic, Serio-Comic, Tragic Spectacle" originally published in 1795. Or click on the Free Features menu link at left for a complete list of free features.

16 June 2010 - New issues on sale today! Age of Bronze #30. The Marvelous Land of Oz #7. Little Adventures in Oz Volume 2, reprinting "The Forgotten Forest of Oz," "The Secret Island of Oz," and "The Blue Witch of Oz." All subscription copies of Age of Bronze #30 have already been mailed.

12 June 2010 - For a five-page preview of Age of Bronze #30, click here. The issue goes on sale next Wednesday, June 16.

11 June 2010 - Here's a preview of The Marvelous Land of Oz #7 by Skottie Young and me, on sale next Wednesday, June 16.

9 June 2010 - Issue #30 of Age of Bronze will go on sale next Wednesday, June 16. Click here for a 3-page pdf sample.

9 June 2010 - Last week I was a guest on Comic Book Club, the live on stage comedy comic book review show in New York City. You can listen to the podcast of the show here.

23 May 2010 - The newest free feature on the Age of Bronze website is Penthesilea, the 1905 Trojan War poem by Laurence Binyon.

23 May 2010 - The Marvelous Land of Oz #6 is now on sale. See a preview here.

16 April 2010 - Click here for a preview of issue #5 of The Marvelous Land of Oz by Skottie Young and me, adapted from the book by L. Frank Baum.

10 April 2010 - I'll be on the Comics and Graphic Novels panel at the Arkansas Literary Festival in Little Rock on Sunday, then speaking about Age of Bronzeat Henderson State University in Arkadelphia on Monday. Details under the Upcoming Appearances link above.

8 April 2010 - The 2010 Eisner Award nominations have been announced. Projects I worked on received four nominations total, two for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Marvel Comics and two for Queer Visitors from the Marvelous Land of Oz from Sunday Press. Click here for the complete list of nominations. The award ceremony will be in July at Comic Con International in San Diego.

1 April 2010 - I'll be exhibiting at WonderCon all weekend at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. Click the Appearances link above for details.

23 Feb 2010 - Five pages of Age of Bronze artwork will be included in the inaugural Joe Kubert School Alumni Exhibition at the University of Granada, co-hosted by the XV Salon Internacional del Comic de Granada, in Granada, Spain. The exhibition runs March 5-16, 2010.

12 Jan 2010 - Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in its sixteenth week on the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list!

4 Jan 2010 - I'll be at the Age of Bronze booth at the Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America & American Philological Association in Anaheim, California, from January 6 through 9. The Exhibit Hall has separate discounted admission if you just want to enter the Exhibit Hall--where I'll be--and don't want to attend any of the presentations. See the Upcoming Appearances link above or click here.

15 Dec 2009 - Amazon.com is having a half-price sale on Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It's only $14.99. I don't know how long this will last. They did this a couple weeks ago and it was only at this price for one day. Just letting everyone know.

10 Nov 2009 - Click here to see a sample penciled page from the upcoming Age of Bronze #30. You need Adobe Acrobat to view this pdf file.

10 Nov 2009 - All subscription copies of Age of Bronze #29 have now been mailed.

9 Nov 2009 - Age of Bronze #29 is in stock and available for order right here on the web site.

6 Nov 2009 - Age of Bronze #29 went on sale last Wednesday. It'll be available here on the web site and I'll ship all subscription copies as soon as my shipment arrives.

3 Nov 2009 - Click here to see a free online sketchbook of images by Skottie Young from our forthcoming Marvel comic series The Marvelous Land of Oz based on the book by L. Frank Baum. Commentary by Skottie and me accompanies the sketches. You can only see this material online. Issue #1 of The Marvelous Land of Oz goes on sale Wednesday, Nov. 4--and so does Age of Bronze issue #29!

29 Oct 2009 - Here's a five-page preview of Age of Bronze #29 on the Time.com website.

27 Oct 2009 - I just learned from Image Comics that Age of Bronze #29 won't be on sale this week, but has been bumped one week to Nov. 4.

16 Oct 2009 - I approved the proofs for Age of Bronze #29 yesterday. So it should be on sale in a couple weeks. Sex and even more violence. Also a little comedy from Cressida's aunts. And the funeral of Protesilaus.

16 Oct 2009 - Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is in its fourth week on the New York Times Graphic Books bestseller list! If you've already read the book and liked it, could you please go its Amazon.com page and leave a review? It's not necessary that you bought it from Amazon. Thanks!

28 Sept 2009 - Here's Zack Smith's Newsarama interview with Skottie Young and me about our next Oz project.

27 Sept 2009 - Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be published on Oct. 1 by Abrams. Since there are no photos of the meeting between this first functional robot and L. Frank Baum, I contributed an illustration of that scene to the book. Click here for more info about Boilerplate. Here's the book's trailer:



25 Sept 2009 - Wow! Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz just debuted on the New York Times Graphic Books bestsellers list at #9!

23 Sept 2009 - Skottie Young and I will be featured speakers at Kansas State University for the Oz Conference in Wamego and Manhattan, Kansas, Oct 2-4. We'll discuss our Oz comics for Marvel. Here's a press release for more info.

22 Sept 2009 - Whoa! The graphic novel edition of Marvel's Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Skottie Young and me is down to a ranking of 2,996 on Amazon.com! That's the lowest number I've ever seen for one of my projects! Thanks, everybody, and I hope you enjoy it. (But I must say I find it kind of strange that Amazon suggests you buy it along with some Wolverine books--not exactly the audience I'd predict! But who am I to wonder? Guess you're all just wide-ranging in your tastes.)

12 Sept 2009 - G-Man on Comic Vine presents this video review of L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz adaptation Skottie Young and I did for Marvel Comics.



9 Sept 2009 - I did the voice for the character Dylan in this short animated video by my friends at King Monkey Studios, Like Father Like Son. Watch the video and if you like it, go to the Aniboom website, register, and rate it.





4 Sept 2009 - This month's Free Feature is the "Song of Antigone" from Troilus and Criseyde by Geoffrey Chaucer. Age of Bronze #29 features my adaptation of this song within the story.

2 Sept 2009 - I turned in Age of Bronze #29 a couple weeks ago to the publisher, Image Comics. It'll be out in October. Click here for a three-page preview of the issue.

And here's desktop wallpaper of the cover of Age of Bronze #29:

Desktop Wallpaper
Desktop Wallpaper

Cressida's Dream, issue #29


Last, but not least, today the hardcover collected edition of Marvel Comics's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, adapted by Skottie Young and me goes on sale.

10 August 2009 - Read the latest interview with me and Skottie Young about our Oz projects for Marvel Comics here at Diamond Bookshelf.

25 June 2009 - The website Ideology of Madness is running a contest to win a signed copy of issue #8 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. All you have to do to enter is submit a question for me to answer in an upcoming interview. Click here to enter.

The 45th Annual Winkie Convention of the International Wizard of Oz Club will be held at Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, on July 10-12. Click on Upcoming Appearances at the top of this column for details. Sunday morning at 10am at the convention, I'll be talking and showing images about writing Marvel Comics' current comic book adaptations of L. Frank Baum's Oz books. On Friday evening at 7:30 pm, I'll be dancing in a short ballet based on Baum's fifth Oz book, The Road to Oz. Click here for an interview about the ballet.

17 June 2009 - Issue #7 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz goes on sale today, with script by me and art by Skottie Young. Here's a video review of the series by A Comicbook Orange:



24 April 2009 - New pencil art for Age of Bronze #29 is right here. Click on the link for the first eight pages. It's a large PDF file, so it might take a few moments to download. You need Adobe Acrobat to view it.

24 April 2009 - This month's Free Feature is the poem "Iphigeneia," from the Hellenics by Walter Savage Landor.

23 March 2009 - Click here for a short review of Age of Bronze #28 by Bryan A. Hollerbach, Managing Editor of St. Louis Magazine.

21 April 2009 - For a Spanish interview with me by Eduardo Seradilla about Age of Bronze, Oz, and other stuff, click here. You may need to scroll down.

7 April 2009 - Here's Tom Spurgeon's review of Age of Bronze #28 at The Comics Reporter.

21 March 2009 - Lots of stuff to post today:

"Age of Bronze: Some Thoughts and Sketches" is a ten-page article of mine published in Yikas: A Journal of Art, vol. 1, issue 1. The text is similar to the "Afterword" of A Thousand Ships and the text of Age of Bronze: Behind the Scenes, but many of my accompanying sketches are newly published, including character designs for Helen and Patroklus, costume design for Deidamia, sketches for the armor of Achilles and three other major characters, and step-by-step art construction for a page in Age of Bronze #27. A copy of Yikas is $7.98, available by Phone, email, or in person from:
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And speaking of Age of Bronze: Behind the Scenes, it's out of print and no longer available through this website. The expanded French version L'age de Bronze: les Coulisses de L'oeurve is still available, however. Click here for ordering info.

At the end of February I was a guest on Fanboy Planet. Click here and scroll down to Podcast #130 to listen.

21 March 2009 - Age of Bronze #28 is on sale now! See the conclusion of the first battle between the Achaeans and the Trojans. Watch more development in the Troilus and Cressida relationship (mostly incorporating material from Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida in this issue). Hektor confronts Achilles. And there's a really unfortunate scene of children watching the battle from Troy's walls. Yes, the Trojan War has finally begun in earnest. Here's a six-page preview at Comics Bulletin.

All subscription copies of Age of Bronze #28 were mailed out yesterday.

I'll be a guest at Planet Comicon in Kansas City next weekend, March 28 and 29. Click on "Upcoming Appearances" above for details and a link to the Planet Comicon website. Then, if you live in the midwest--or even if you don't--come see me at the convention.

15 March 2009 - This month's Free Feature is a Summary of the Epic Cycle, the lost ancient poems telling the entire story of the Trojan War.

15 March 2009 - Issue 4 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz went on sale last Wednesday, the 11th. Issue 28 of Age of Bronze goes on sale next Wednesday, the 18th.

24 February 2009 - I'll be appearing at Illusive Comics and Games in Santa Clara, California, tomorrow 5:30 to 8:00, then I'll be exhibiting at WonderCon at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, this weekend. See the Upcoming Appearances link above for details, then come see me!

18 February 2009 - A new entry on the main menu bar to the left has just been added - Free Features. Some established features, such as Age of Bronze desktop wallpaper and my Troy Trip Report have been moved to Free Features, but brand new is an English translation of Theocritus's Idyll 18 - Epithalamium for Helen. Every so often I'll be posting lesser-known texts related to the story of the Trojan War in Free Features.

30 January 2009 - For some more sample penciled pages from Age of Bronze #28, click here. This is a large file and may take a moment loading in Adobe Acrobat.

30 January 2009 - Age of Bronze #28 went off to the publisher this week. It'll be on sale the second week of March. You can look at a preview of three pages here. And here's wallpaper of the cover image for your computer desktop.

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Hektor in Battle, issue #28


15 January 2009 - Issue number two of Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz--with a script adapted by yours truly from L. Frank Baum's book and art by Skottie Young--went on sale yesterday.

14 Jan 2009 - Image Comics will be releasing a new printing of Age of Bronze #1 in their series of Image Firsts. Priced at $1.00 each, Image Firsts are aimed at attracting new readers to Image Comics's most popular titles. The new Age of Bronze #1 will be on sale April 14. Details here.

14 February 2009 - The third issue of Marvel's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz--with a script adapted by yours truly from L. Frank Baum's book and art by Skottie Young--went on sale this past week. Although you likely can find copies for sale on the shelf, the first three issues are officially sold out from the publisher. They're all getting second printings.

10 Jan 2009 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz #1 from Marvel Comics will have a second printing. So if your local comics store ran out before you could find a copy, here's your chance to get it.

5 January 2009 - Happy New Year, everybody! New interview here, mostly about Oz, conducted by Blair Frodelius of The Daily Ozmapolitan.

14 December 2008 - Here is an interview with me about Oz and Age of Bronze by Jay Tomio of Book Spot Central.

11 December 2008 - Issue #1 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, adapted by me with art by Skottie Young and published by Marvel Comics, went on sale yesterday. Hope you like it!

18 November 2008 - Click here for the Marvel.com interview I did with Kiel Phegley about working on the new Wonderful Wizard of Oz series.

8 November 2008 - The brand new third printing of Sacrifice is available! Now with page numbers! And a few other minor upgrades.

6 November 2008 - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Sketchbook is out now at your local comic book emporium--and it's FREE! Inside it you'll find sketches and art by Skottie Young from the upcoming eight-issue comic book adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from Marvel Comics. I wrote the introduction to the sketchbook and some commentary to complement Skottie's artwork. Here's a sketchbook preview.

27 October 2008 - Click here to see the first nine penciled pages of Age of Bronze issue 28. You need Adobe Acrobat to view them.

27 October 2008 - For a limited time--through Dec. 8th--Marvel Comics is offering a rock-bottom priced subscription to their new Oz series, adaptations of both L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and The Marvelous Land of Oz. Both have scripts by yours truly and art by Skottie Young. Here's the link.

27 October 2008 - Marvel will release a free Oz Sketchbook, featuring sketches and color art by Skottie Young from the upcoming Wonderful Wizard of Oz series and an introduction and commentary by me. The sketchbook will be available in early November at your local comic book emporium, but you can preview it now right here.

25 October 2008 - Click here for an interview with me by Jen Contino of The Pulse. It's about the upcoming Marvel Comics adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

24 October 2008 - Listen here to the October 14 performance of Comic Book Club Live at People's Improv Theater in New York City. I was a guest along with Jacob Chabot.

1 October 2008 - The music video for the song "Worst Presnadent Ever" by Charlie Imes is here. I appear as a member of the White House Press Corps. Watch "The Movie" version--it's only 13 minutes long--and see me ask "W" the second question. WARNING: if you A) admire President Bush and B) have no sense of humor, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!

24 September 2008 - Next month I'll be on the live comedy improv stage, the weekly Comic Book Club at the People's Improv Theater in New York. Click on the Upcoming Appearances link above for details.

18 September 2008 - Here's my latest interview. It's conducted by Edward Einhorn, several of whose books I've illustrated. It's mostly about Oz, but Age of Bronze gets mentioned a couple times.

20 August 2008 - Click here to listen to "The Future of the Comic Pamphlet," a recording by Jamie Coville of a panel I participated in last month at San Diego's Comic Con International. At this point I don't remember exactly what I said. Hope it wasn't too embarrassing.

5 August 2008 - My graphic novel Adventures in Oz is the subject of last Sunday's Unshelved online comic strip.

2 August 2008 - Here's Greg McElhatton's review of Age of Bronze #27.

14 July 2008 - Age of Bronze #27 appeared in stores last week, so it's ON SALE NOW! Here's the cover:

Age of Bronze #27


3 June 2008 - I sent Age of Bronze issue #27 to the publisher today. Publication will be in about six weeks. Here's the cover:

Age of Bronze #27


31 May 2008 - Click here for a lovely review of Age of Bronze by John Hodgman in The New York Times Book Review. It starts about halfway down the page.

26 April 2008 - Yesterday I finished penciling issue #27. Click here to see four non-consecutive pages. This .pdf file opens in Acrobat.

17 April 2008 - The brand new fourth printing of A Thousand Ships is available! Now with page numbers! And a few other minor upgrades.

March 2008 - My friend, playwright and author Edward Einhorn, several of whose books I've illustrated, has his stage adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle currently running Off-Broadway in New York City.

March 2008 - Newsarama has an interview here about a major new Oz project I'm involved in, Marvel Illustrated's 8-issue comics adaptation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Skottie Young is drawing the art from my script.

March 2008 - If you've been searching for a copy of A Thousand Ships, the first Age of Bronze volume, on Amazon.com or another online bookstore, it's not available at the moment (except for maybe some used copies). I've also heard that comic book stores haven't been able to fill customer requests for the book. All this is just TEMPORARY. A new printing of the softcover edition is right now in production at Image Comics. Meanwhile, you can still order a copy from the Hungry Tiger Press store associated with this Web site. They still have copies in stock.

29 March 2008 - A detailed interview with me about Age of Bronze and Adventures in Oz is here (complete) in English on MangaForever.net, and in Italian both here on Comicsblog.info and here (partial) on AfNews.info which also has a lot more pictures. This coverage is to publicize the new Italian 2-volume edition of my Adventures in Oz.

March 2008 - Comicon.com has a new Age of Bronze interview by Christopher Beckett here.

Feb 2008 - Here's a short video shot by my friend zan--me at Wondercon at the Moscone Center in San Francisco:



Feb 2008 - Salon.com has Douglas Wolk's extremely nice review of Betrayal and Age of Bronze as a whole. I'm particularly gratified by his attention to detail. Wolk is certainly not to blame for the way the commentary after his article quickly descends to the ridiculous. Ah--the age of the internet!

Feb 2008 - I'll be at Wondercon this weekend, at the Hungry Tiger Press booth #1016. Click the link for more info on the convention.

Jan 2008 - Age of Bronze: Betrayal makes Honorable Mention here on the Publishers Weekly Comics Week critics' poll for the best graphic novels of 2007.

Dec 2007 - The Italian publisher Free Books is issuing my Oz graphic novel series collected into two volumes, using the remastered files from IDW's omnibus collection Adventures in Oz. The first Italian Oz volume is out now: Avventure nel Mondo di Oz, vol. 1 in Italian, and here's the same page in English. And vol. 2 is scheduled for January 2008.

Dec 2007 - Age of Bronze T-shirts are now available in Double Extra Large (in addition to the rest of our sizes). Choose either "Achilles and Patroklus" or "Paris and Helen" on a colorful regular 100% cotton preshrunk shirt.

Nov 2007 - AT LAST! Betrayal, the third Age of Bronze book, published by Image Comics, is NOW AVAILABLE. Both a $27.99 hardcover [ISBN 978-1-58240-845-3] and a $17.99 paperback [ISBN 978-1-58240-755-5] edition are waiting to be read by you. It's available here now through this website and arrives in comic book stores November 28. Betrayal collects issues #20-#26 of the comic book serialization. Here's the cover:

Betrayal



Nov 2007 - Click here for a short interview conducted by Darrell Rohl of Newsvine. This interview focuses on my attendance at the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Nov 2007 - Here's my interview with Elias Katirtzigianoglou on the Greek website Comicdom. The text is in English.

Nov 2007 - Image Comics, the US publisher of Age of Bronze: Betrayal, has a short preview here of the book, which goes on sale this week in stores.

Nov 2007 - During my late-October signing tour in France, I was interviewed on Laurent Goumarre's Minuit/Dix on France Culture radio. At first I didn't really know what a big deal France Culture radio is, but as I mentioned my upcoming interview to people, France Culture's importance became clear. It's sort of the NPR of France. As the night of the interview approached I grew more and more nervous. When the publishers of the French edition of Age of Bronze were explaining to me the way to the studio, they pointed to my tourist map of Paris. The radio station building was actually ON the map!--a little drawing of it with its name. My nerves were not calmed. But it turned out to be a blast. Most radio interviews I do are by telephone. Only one other has been in a studio--a college radio station where the equipment was definitely not state-of-the-art. Minuit/Dix was slick and shiny. It's hard to judge how an oral interview's going when I'm in the middle it, but I think this one went well--that's what everyone told me, anyway. And I had a good time. Jean-Baptiste Soufron, the co-host, blogs about it here (in French). You can listen to the Oct. 29 broadcast here (in French--my French-speaking ability is not presently sufficient for the radio and I had a translator). The Minuit/Dix website has photos in the studio.

Oct 2007 - Click here to see a bunch of cartoonists in costume from Hallowe'ens past, including me as a Frank Miller ninja.

Oct 2007 - My latest interview, this one with Park Cooper at Silver Bullet Comics.

Oct 2007 - Age of Bronze #26 is on sale now! Here's a preview of the first five pages at Cultureboom (scroll down the list).

Sept 2007 - Comic Book Resources presents an Age of Bronze interview with me by Matt Adler. Click here.

Sept. 11 2007 - Last night I uploaded the final materials for Betrayal Part One to the publisher. So the third Age of Bronze book should be out in the next six weeks or so from Image Comics. Both a $27.95 hardcover and a $17.95 paperback version will be available. Betrayal Part One collects issues #20-#26 of the comic book serialization. Here's the cover:

2007 - Unauthorized Magic in Oz is a puppet play by Edward Einhorn with designs from my illustrations. The entire video on Youtube is about 20 minutes long: Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

2007 - A Thousand Ships is now available in Serbo-Croat as Brončano doba: Tisuću brodova from Bookglobe.

2007 - An article by Ola Hammarlund on Age of Bronze that ran in the magazine Bild & Bubbla back in 2002 is now online here. It's in Swedish, but you can still look at the pictures even if you can't read it.

Aug 2007 - August 9 - Earlier this week I approved the proofs for Age of Bronze #26, so it'll be on sale soon. This issue presents Menelaus's drunken ramblings about his marriage to Helen.

July 2007 - I spent most of last week at San Diego Comic Con International 2007. One of the most frequent questions people asked me was, "When will the next Age of Bronze volume be available?" My best estimate as of this date (July 30) is mid-September. I still have four pages to draw and the forematter and backmatter to finish. Then it'll be off to Image Comics and from thence to the printer, to the distributor, and finally to the sales shelf. Please be patient--Betrayal Part One is on its way!

July 2007 - As of July 23, the art for Age of Bronze #26 is at the publisher, Image Comics. The finished issue should be on sale within the next few weeks. Better late than never.

May 2007 - Cities of the Underworld is a television series currently running Monday evenings on the History Channel. The series is produced by Emre Şahin and Sarah Wetherbee, the son and daughter-in-law of Haluk Şahin of Tenedos (Bozcaada). I met Sarah and her production team last summer while I was visiting Troy and Tenedos. You can read about that encounter here.

March 2007 - The Age of Bronze discussion at the Captain Comics website is open. Click here to read what others have to say, or register to join in with your own comments.

March 2007 - This is a mildly funny video: The Lego Trojan War.

March 2007 - Click here for my interview with Christopher Hoerdemann's Comics Corner.

March 2007 - On March 15 I spoke about Age of Bronze for the keynote speech at Illinois Wesleyan University's Ides of March program. To hear an online recording of my speech, click here, find the entry for March 15, and click on the link

March 2007 - Click here for my visit to the WESN radio program It's Clobberin Time in Bloomington, Illinois, where the host, Rick Lindquist, the other guests, and I discuss a variety of comics-related subjects.

March 2007 - Age of Bronze #25 is on sale now. All subscription copies of Age of Bronze #25 have been mailed. And here's a rave review at PopSyndicate.

February 2007 - Here's a brand new online interview from Strategy First with Eric Shanower about Age of Bronze. This one has video--watch me on the phone discussing my work! If the video doesn't start automatically, click on the "February 2007" link.

February 2007 - Click here for my latest interview, this one with Steven Saunders at Silver Bullet Comics. And here are some supplemental images.

February 2007 - Latest online interview here with Fist Full of Comics and Games.

February 2007 - Adventures in Oz made Number One on Comics-and-More's top ten list for 2006!

February 2007 - For a quirky look at the Trojan War, click here. The link to these models is courtesy of John Younger by way of Aegeanet.

February 2007 - Good Breeding is a brand new Trojan War-related play I saw recently. Read my comments about it here.

February 2007 - I just got back from a signing tour of France in support of the beautiful new French edition of Trahison - Premiere Partie--that is, Betrayal Part One--published by Editions Akileos. Click here for a report. I had a great time meeting readers and seeing French comic book stores. They're getting to read the material from Age of Bronze #25 before it's published here in the USA!

January 2007 - All subscription issues of Age of Bronze #24 have been mailed as of 18 January 2007. Thanks for your patience, subscribers, and sorry for the delay. It shouldn't happen again.

December 2006 - New Age of Bronze T-shirts are now available exclusively here! Two designs - Paris and Helen - Achilles and Patroklus - and two styles of shirt - regular and women's. Click here to go to the info page.

December 2006 - Click here for a five-page preview of Age of Bronze #24, courtesy of ComicsContinuum.com. Actually it's only four pages--the last one expands to something non-Age of Bronze. But click here for a complete five-page preview on Broken Frontier.com.

December 2006 - Age of Bronze #24 is on sale now in stores and on this web site.

December 2006 - Age of Bronze (or rather L'eta del Bronzo) won the Gran Guinigi, the highest Italian comics award, in the category of Best Serialized Comic at November's Lucca Comics Festival in Lucca, Italy. The Italian edition of Age of Bronze is published by Free Books.

November 2006 - Adventures in Oz just made #3 on Scoop's list of top graphic novels for 2006.

October 2006 - The hardcover edition of Sacrifice is out of print from Image Comics. But you can still order copies from this website if you haven't got one. There are no plans to reprint Sacrifice in hardcover. The paperback edition will stay in print.

October 2006 - Here's my latest Age of Bronze interview at Comicus.it. The text is in Italian. There are also an overview of the series and reviews of the Italian editions of A Thousand Ships and Sacrifice.

October 2006 - Watch this hilarious Trojan Horse video.

October 2006 - Here's a New York Daily News article on my trip to Troy.

September 2006 - Here's my latest interview at Suicide Girls.

September 2006 - I'm back from a summer trip that included twelve days in Troy, the first time I've ever been there. Click on these links for my photo-illustrated report:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
The trip was magnificent. Standing on the actual site of Troy was satisfying, hiking for miles all over the Troad was exhausting, riding a bicycle around Tenedos (Bozcaada) was wonderful, and meeting members of the Troy Project excavation team was thrilling. The mosquitoes, however, were not a welcome experience.

Free Books, publisher of Age of Bronze in Italian, offers a free downloadable Italian version of the Age of Bronze map on their web site. (You need Adobe Acrobat to view it.)

August 2006 - I'm excited to plug the new book Helen of Troy by Margaret George, the best-selling author of The Memoirs of Cleopatra and Mary, Called Magdalene. It's yet another telling of the story of the Trojan War, and just out from Viking. The author and I corresponded about story sources and other pertinent things while she was writing the book and she has graciously acknowledged Age of Bronze within. I've so far avoided contemporary retellings of the Trojan War by other authors, but this is almost too tempting to resist. I did break down and see the Peterson Troy film two years ago, so maybe I'll allow myself to break down again. (Not, I'm certain, that there's any justifiable comparison between Margaret George's Helen of Troy and that lackluster movie.)

August 2006 - IDW Publishing just released Adventures in Oz, a collection of my five Oz graphic novels. Click here for a Sequential Tart review. Click here for a Newsarama review. Click here for a Comic Pants review. Click here and scroll down for desktop Oz wallpaper at the IDW website.

July 2006 - Super news! Age of Bronze has been nominated as Best Continuing Series and I've been nominated as Best Writer/Artist for the 2006 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The awards will be announced July 21 at the Eisner Awards ceremony at San Diego's Comic-Con International.

June 2006 - Reviews of Age of Bronze #23: ComiXtreme.com
Lost Pages/Found Pages (scroll down to May 31)

June 2006 - Age of Bronze #23 is on sale NOW and all subscription copies have been mailed. A 6-page preview from Jen Contino at The Pulse is here. And here's a different preview at The Comics Review and here at Silver Bullet Comics.

May 2006 - Scipio Garling of Big Monkey Comics conducted a short interview with me about Age of Bronze. Read it here.

Apr 2006 - Age of Bronze issue #23 is at the publisher and should be out in late May. A preview from Jen Contino at The Pulse is here.

Apr 2006 - Here's a letter to Oprah Winfrey from comics journalist Andrew Smith (aka Captain Comics).

Apr 2006 - A Thousand Ships is on the reading list of Prof. Kim Shelton's Classics 130 class at the University of California, Berkeley for Spring 2006! How 'bout that!

Apr 2006 - The exhibit "No Straight Lines: Queer Culture and the Comics" runs April 1 through June 25, 2006, at San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum. The show includes a scene from Sacrifice featuring Achilles and Patroklus.

Mar 2006 - Editions Akileos, publisher of Age of Bronze in French, has just released L'Age de Bronze - les Coulisses de l'Oeuvre (roughly translated as Age of Bronze - Examples of the Work), ISBN 2915168318. This collects Age of Bronze Special #1, Age of Bronze: Behind the Scenes, the covers of issues 1 through 22 in color without logos and bar codes obscuring the artwork, previously unpublished character and costume sketches, and more. The text is in French. Although it's not available here on this website, you can find it, among other places, at Amazon.France for 14.25 euros (approximately $20 in USD) and at Amazon.Canada for $26.55 Canadian (about the same price).

<em>L'Age de Bronze - les Coulisses de l'Ouerve</em> Cover

Mar 2006 - The declining sales of the comic book serialization of Age of Bronze is in the news lately. I appreciate all the supportive response from readers. You guys are great! But a bit of information seems to have been generally overlooked: the book collection sales aren't in any trouble! It's not a question of Age of Bronze's survival, but a question of format. I don't really care in what format someone reads Age of Bronze; I simply want it to be read. So if any of you wants to buy the book collections, please go ahead. But understand that buying an Age of Bronze graphic novel doesn't help sales of the comic book serialization.

Jan 2006-Dec 2006 - The Age of Bronze discussion at the Captain Comics website is open. Click here to read what others have to say, or register to join in with your own comments.

Dec 2005--Age of Bronze #22 "Betrayal 3" is on sale now. All subscription copies have been mailed.

Nov 2005--The hardcover edition of A Thousand Ships is sold out. The softcover edition is still available. Sacrifice is still available in both hardcover and softcover.

Nov 2005--Eric Shanower in Cincinnati
I'll be speaking on Age of Bronze at the University of Cincinnati in mid-November. The general public is welcome. Click on the "Upcoming Appearances" link below for details.

Oct 2005--Edward Einhorn's puppet play Unauthorized Magic in Oz which utilizes my designs for the characters and sets will be performed, paired with the puppet play Evolution, also by Einhorn, every Saturday morning from October 15 to November 19 at 11:00 am at Looking Glass Theater, on 57th Street in New York City, NY. Tickets $15, Call 212-352-3101 or visit www.theatermania.com for reservations For more info: Untitled Theater Company
The New York Times says this about the show: "Broadway revisited the land of Oz in a big way with Wicked. Now the writer and director Edward Einhorn is returning there in a small way -- but an exquisitely ingenious one . . . Mr. Einhorn's production takes place in two such houses, based on the illustrations of Eric Shanower . . . in ways that are truly enchanting."

Sept 2005-Jan 2006 - An in-depth discussion of Age of Bronze began September 5 at the Captain Comics Message Board. As of early January, it seems to have slowed to a stop, although there are still three more issues to discuss. All are welcome to read the discussion so far or sign up and post your opinions.

Sept 2005 - New E-mail Newsletter
If you signed up before Sept 10, 2005 for the occasional Age of Bronze newsletter by e-mail. The newsletter distribution has changed, and you will need to sign up again if you wish to receive it in the future. All e-mail addresses previous to that date have been completely erased. Scroll to the bottom of this page to send a "subscribe" request. New subscribers are always welcome, too.

August 2005 - Manfred Korfmann, the leader of the current excavations at Troy begun in 1988, died on Thursday, August 11, of a serious illness. He was 63. I send my condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

 
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