I’ve been reading through all the pages from my last graphic novel, Fox Head Stew, and preparing to re-release it digitally. It’s been out of print and digital for forever (it was originally available on MTV Geek, RIP, and there’s a small handful of you with the print version) and I personally haven’t looked at it for almost 2 years. It’s a huge relief when you look back and really like what you did! When I finished it all I could see were the imperfections, but in retrospect, it captured all the experimentation, clumsiness and uncertainty of college life in a way I’m actually proud of.
Part of my job right now is to pull together the multiple versions I had of the first issue, use all the best iterations, and repackage it with new covers and extra pages. I’ve been digging through a lot of old files and finding some gems, from cover sketches to characters to some of my favorite comic pages I’ve done. Here’s a few to look at before the issue comes out in a week:
Originally the book was called “Weird Fishes: Dee’s Siren Song” and these sketches were for the first zine printing of it.
I’d forgotten how many music references I put into the posters and outfits all over the place that give each page a special feel.
What I’m Currently Reading Online
Tavi Gavidson photoshoot with The Coveteur
I remember falling in love with Tavi’s blog when she was 14… now she’s 18 and absolutely killing it in fashion and writing. This is a great photoshoot.
Branded #1 with Nubby Twiglet
Shauna’s started a new column reviewing branding that she loves. Just breathe in her thought process.
In Praise of Tina Belcher
This article put me on a massive Bob’s Burgers Binge (say that three times fast). We are all Tina.
Boots Riley interview with Vice
And now for something different! Boots Riley talks about making art and the changing environment of Oakland. Feels.
Typewolf’s Most Popular Fonts of 2014
A great overview of font trends for last year. Do you recognize them?