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Clockwork Game Update: 9/13/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Raina Telgemeier, whose new book, Drama, hit stores on the first of September. Scholastic made it a nifty animated trailer, to boot. Congrats, Raina!

Clockwork Game Update: 9/6/12

The Signal boosts of the week go to two Kalamazoo artists —

First to my husband Paul Sizer, who’s got a show of his posters up at The Bureau during this Friday’s Art Hop. The Bureau is a co-working office on the Kalamazoo Mall, where entrepreneurs and freelancers can rent professional space. It’s a great asset to downtown Kalamazoo, and we’re really happy that they invited Paul to show his work. If you’re in the area this Friday, stop by and have a look!

The second signal boost goes to Judy Sarkozy of Sarkozy Bakery, who just announced that she’s re-opening after the tragic fire that wiped out her business earlier this year. The new space will be right downtown (hooray!) in the Columbia Plaza, just down the street from Bimbo’s Pizza, and only a couple blocks from her old location. This is such good news, and I’m so excited that we’ll have Judy and her staff of wonderful bakers back where they belong, with brand new ovens, and the same great recipes. I can’t wait to buy my first loaf of Brewer’s Bread — but in the meantime, if you want to help, you can attend one of their fundraisers — including visiting them at the Art Hop! — or, soon, you can buy your bread ahead!

Clockwork Game Update: 8/30/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Storycorps, who are trying to Kickstart an Animated movie! If you’re unfamiliar with Storycorps, head over to their website and listen to some of the amazing stories they’ve collected, and then watch the animated shorts they’ve already produced. I’m a big fan of their work from hearing it on NPR’s Morning Edition, and remember when they brought their portable recording studio to Bronson Park so they could capture stories from the citizens of Kalamazoo.

Projects like these remind me of why I got into comics in the first place — there’s no better storytelling than someone’s best personal story. Everyone’s got one. Here’s your chance to make sure more of these intensely human stories get a wider audience!

Fear of a black president

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the finest living American writers, and this is one of his best pieces. Do yourself a favor and read this article:http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/09/fear-of-a-black-president/309064/

Progress

I filled my third 48-slot portfolio tonight with my 144th page of Clockwork Game. About 43 pages left to go.

Clockwork Game Update: 8/23/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to the Lakota Sioux, who are trying to raise a million dollars to buy two thousand acres of the Black Hills, before developers put a highway through the heart of their most sacred place.

From their IndieGoGo page:

Pe’ Sla is an area in the Black Hills of South Dakota (just west of Rapid City) that is considered by the Lakota people to be the Center and heart of everything that is. It is part of our creation story. It is a sacred place. We perform certain ceremonies at Pe’ Sla which sustain the Lakota way of life and keep the universe in harmony. This area is currently owned by the Reynolds family. They plan to auction off almost 2,000 acres on August 25, 2012 to the highest bidder. It is likely that the state of South Dakota will put a road directly through Pe’ Sla and open up this sacred place for development. The seven bands of the Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Oyate (people) aka Oceti Sakowin (Great Sioux Nation) have a collective effort to buy as much of Pe’Sla as we can at this auction (although we also believe that the land cannot be owned and that our sacred places were illegally taken by the United States). Yet we are trying to work within the current U.S. laws to regain custody of our sacred sites and prevent future road and industrial development. Our sacred ways must be protected and passed on to our future generations so that our children may live.

and from the Black Hills Wikipedia entry:

Native Americans have a long history in the Black Hills. After conquering the Cheyenne in 1776, the Lakota took over the territory of the Black Hills, which became central to their culture. In 1868, the U.S. government signed the Fort Laramie Treaty of 1868, exempting the Black Hills from all white settlement forever. However, when European Americans discovered gold there in 1874, as a result of George Armstrong Custer’s Black Hills Expedition, erstwhile miners swept into the area in a gold rush. The US government re-assigned the Lakota, against their wishes, to other reservations in western South Dakota.

Got a couple bucks to help try to right a century-old wrong?

We’re NASA and we know it

I swear, this is the awesomest thing I’ve seen in a very long time.

Clockwork Game Update: 8/16/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Adam Withers and Comfort Love, who are up for another Harvey Award, this time for Best Cartoonist. Adam and Comfort are two of the hardest working folks in comics, and are keeping the spirit of indie self-publishing alive and well. You can also show some love for Kate Beaton, if you’re so inclined. Go vote!

Pam Noles could use some love

Pam Noles, who I have mentioned here many times before, received death threats earlier this week regarding her essays on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neil’s Black Dossier. Judging by her response, this isn’t even the first time it’s happened. It goes without saying that this kind of behavior should be condemned, and it’s the literal least I can do to speak out in support of someone who’s doing good work and getting threatened for it. Kudos to you, Pam, for standing your ground in the face of horrible people, and I’m so sorry that you have had this shit visited on you. Be safe, be as well as you can, call in support if you need it.

Clockwork Game Update: 8/9/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Sara Ryan, whose book Empress of the World is getting a lovely new release, and now includes a new introduction by David Levithan, and three minicomics by Steve Lieber and Dylan Meconis! I quite liked Empress, and already own the minicomics, which are also lovely, (and contain corgis) so I can vouch for what a great deal it is to have all these stories in one place.

Additional Signal Boost this week from longtime fan Jürgen Pünter, who dropped me a line saying that the folks who made ShadowRun are trying to Kickstart an online version of the game. I played SR a few times back in the day, so if you remember it as fondly as I do, drop by their Kickstarter and lend them a hand.

Nike’s “Voices” commercial

Okay, so I have tons of problems with Nike’s sweatshop labor, and don’t actually own a stitch of Nikewear myself, but this is so awesome.

Clockwork Game Update: 8/2/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Benign Kingdom Fall 2012, an amazing art-book project being Kickstarted right now! This volume will feature the work of Emmy Cicierega, Anthony Clark, Danielle Corsetto, and Aaron Diaz. They’re already way, way over their goal, but let’s see if we can’t push them up to $100,000!

* (Skull-in-balloon © Stan Sakai.)

Clockwork Game Update: 7/26/12

Note for sensitive readers: This week’s page bears a trigger warning for sexual harassment.

The Signal boost of the week goes to Zander and Kevin Cannon (no relation), who are each launching a new graphic novel, serialized together as Double Barrel! I’ve been a huge fan of theirs for years now, both as individual artists (my favorite of Zander’s work is The Replacement God and Kevin’s Far Arden was a hoot) and together as Big Time Attic (check out BTA and Jim Ottaviani’s wonderful Bone Sharps, Cowboys, and Thunder Lizards and T-Minus if you haven’t already), so I can’t wait to see these new books.

Clockwork Game Update: 7/19/12

Note for sensitive readers: Next week’s page bears a trigger warning for sexual harassment. As a reminder, if you feel like you need trigger warnings to better your reading experience, I suggest picking up either the RSS or LiveJournal feed from the JanerBlog, or just visit this page as your starting point for the comic.

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The Signal boost of the week goes to Kenjji Jumanne-Marshall, who has just finished illustrating a new book for Money Smart Kids, called Christian and Daddy Go Shopping Kenjji’s been one of my favorite illustrators for years, and I can’t wait to have a better look at this book. Check it out — it’s also available as an eBook.

Clockwork Game Update: 7/12/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Rachel Hartman, whose new book, Seraphina, was finally released on July 10th! I’ve been anticipating this book for years and years now, and I can hardly wait to get my hands on it. Rachel’s Amy Unbounded is still one of my favorite comics — I just reread it last year and was tickled all over again by how good it was — and her writing has always been so intricate and beautiful that it’s going to be a real thrill to watch her move from comics to prose. Im not the only one raving about the book, either — check out the pull quotes from the likes of Naomi Novik, Tamora Pierce, Ellen Kushner, and this from Christopher Paolini:

“Beautifully written, well-rounded characters, and some of the most interesting dragons I’ve read in fantasy for a long while. An impressive debut novel; I can’t wait to see what Rachel Hartman writes next.”

Congrats, Rachel!

Old Letters

In one of the boxes I sorted out, I found an enormous (think: 10 inches thick) pile of letters that my old buddies and I wrote to one another during and immediately post-college. Even when email was readily available, we still wrote. We wrote *obsessively*there for a while. I found Colorado photos from Cece, the letter from Limey Fish from the first time he sat in Glen Alt, watercolored letters from Tiff’s trip to Germany. I found a nest of the lets-try-to-outdo-one-another-with-envelope-drawings letters that Lindsay and I sent, some of them so covered in dinosaurs and egg-shitting chickens that he had to write the address somewhere else so it’d actually get delivered. I miss those letters. I miss writing them. I hate that I’m throwing two hours a day away on the facetubeboingfilter instead of creating tangible moments like these, moments that would take even less time to finish and mean so much more.

I think I’m going to start sending letters again.

Clockwork Game Update: 7/05/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Jim Ottaviani, who just posted a teaser photo of the proofs from his upcoming book Primates! The art is by Maris Wicks, and if the rest of the book is as gorgeous as the early model sheets, it’s going to be a stunner.

Jim also has a teaser up for his upcoming book The Imitation Game, which is about Alan Turing. The art’s by Leland Purvis, and is amazing, as one would expect from Leland.

Go check ’em out! I’ve always been a big fan of Jim’s work, and I’m really looking forward to both of these books.

Clockwork Game Update: 6/28/12

Note to sensitive readers:
Starting in a few more pages, and continuing through the rest of the book, there will be some scenes to which I will add trigger warnings. Since the notes for the page come after the image itself, it doesn’t do me much good to put a warning on the page containing the material in question, so I’ll be adding it on the comics pages the week before. On the days these pages run, I’ll add the same warnings here on the JanerBlog below the clickthrough image, so if you’re especially sensitive, I suggest coming here as your starting point for the rest of the comic — up in the right-hand corner, you’ll see links to the RSS and the LiveJournal feeds, and subscribing to those may make your life easier. Upcoming scenes contain sexual harassment, overt antebellum racism and depictions of slavery, and 19th century medical conditions, though everything should still be essentially PG-13 and safe for work.

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The Signal boost of the week goes to a bunch of old friends, Green Brain Comics, Titan Comics, Isotope Comics, Fanfare Sports and Entertainment and Vault of Midnight. I’ve mostly been boosting comics projects lately, so it’s time to turn around and boost some comics stores, instead. I’ve been lucky enough to meet and know so many amazing comic store owners, and these guys are some of the best. I literally couldn’t have gotten as far as I have without the support of these stores. Even though I haven’t had a new book come out since 2007, I still hear from these thoughtful folks; sometimes it’s words of encouragement, and sometimes — I’m looking at you, Jeremy — it’s to catch errors in my current work (Hey, no complaints! Free editing is free editing). I’m really blessed as a creator. Thanks to all of you, and hope to see you again once I get Clockwork Game wrapped. Everybody else, go give these indie-friendly stores your business!

Clockwork Game Update: 6/21/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to field naturalist Rosemary Mosco, for her wonderful nature comic, Bird and Moon. Everybody who’s read this blog knows what a giant nerd I am for the outdoors, so this seemed a natural fit. Ha! I kill me. Seriously, though, check it out, it’s really adorable.

Clockwork Game Update: 6/14/12

The Signal boost of the week goes to Dylan Meconis, who is Kickstarting the Dylan Meconis Library! It’s a chance to help a very talented comics artist bring three separate books to print: Outfoxed (which is currently up for an Eisner award!), a reprint of Bite Me, and Danse Macabre 2.0! Go pledge! I love my copy of Bite Me!, (and the commemorative wooden spoon that the wonderful Shaun Gilroy picked up for me at Stumptown!) but I’m planning on bidding anyway, because I can’t wait to get my hands on Outfoxed and Danse. You should go bid, too!

And if you haven’t already, please do consider pledging to help Kickstart Lea Hernandez‘s, project The Garlicks!

Lea Hernandez, who is now Kickstarting her newest graphic novel, The Garlicks! The final book will be in full color, with an introduction by Jill Thompson. She’s already off to a good start, so get in now before all the specialty packages are gone!

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