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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
My iphone died yesterday, and I couldn’t get it to start up by any other means than restore mode. Hey, better than nothing, considering it’s a five-year-old first-gen model. I restored it from backup, and it worked great — but lost its jailbreak. I confess I was pretty scared about the possibility of bricking the thing and having to shell out for a new-used phone, but luckily the jailbreaking process was a snap. I now have my cheapskate, contract-free, pay-as-you-go T-Mobile iPhone back, and this makes me ridiculously happy. Heck, the restore will probably make it work better.
And that concludes my best guess at how the world’s first chess-playing automaton actually worked. Hope you liked it, and that you’ll enjoy the third act of the book now that the trick’s been revealed.
The Signal boost of the week goes to the wonderful Emily Kastner and her equally wonderful blog, Tar-Tryin’! Emily is baking her way through the Tartine cookbook one recipe at a time, and is also blogging other crafts and recipes, in the most beautiful fashion! Right now, she’s running a contest where, as a part of the Sugar Cube Blog Tour, you can win a copy of the Sugar Cube Cookbook. Have a look!
My very first NSFW Signal boost of the week goes to Spike Trotman, who’s bringing sexy back — Smut Peddler, specifically! Smut Peddler originally began as a set of three minicomics full of female-friendly erotic comics published by Saucy Goose Press, and spearheaded by Trisha Lynn and Carla Speed McNeil — and after a long dormancy, Spike has Kickstarted it into the 21st century as a 350-page anthology. The project has already long-since reached its goal, but don’t let that stop you from getting in on the action. You can still pre-order your copy of the book, and help support the artists — for each new level of success, the contributors get an additional share of the wealth! G’wan, support it. You know you want to.
Leaking faucets irritate the snot out of me, so tonight I took about an hour and disassembled both my studio faucet and the upstairs bathroom faucets. No more drips! It makes me feel so happy that armed with the internet’s instructions and a well-stocked toolkit, I can do handy things around the house by myself.