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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
And . . .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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:
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 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.
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.
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.
5 August 2008 - My graphic novel Adventures in Oz is the subject of last Sunday's Unshelved online comic strip.
14 July 2008 - Age of Bronze #27 appeared in stores last week, so it's ON SALE NOW! Here's the cover:
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:
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 - 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 - 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 -
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.
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.)
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 - 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 - 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).
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 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.