The second part of my 2009 graphic novel “Weird Fishes” is now available on Comixology! This has been out of print for a couple years, so it’s great to revisit it now. This issue contains some of my favorite pages. Great time to jump onboard or get your hands on the color pages of this
March and April flew by like a train on fire! I managed to juggle my full-time work with weekends jetsetting around to comic conventions with Eddie Wright to promote our new book, hitting up Austin (lovely!), Sacramento (spread out!) and Denver (snowy!) and only lost a little bit of sanity in the process. I haven’t gone to any conventions in awhile, and it was a splash of fresh enthusiasm to be around amazing creators and meet a bunch of new faces and return home with the thrill that something is happening and we’re making things! I really loved Denver, and the comics culture there, the community seemed awesome.
(I was caught in the act of freezing outside the venue and hearing my name called by the taco truck guy)
Returned to the bay to do some signings at my two comic home-away-from-homes, Isotope Comics and Atlantis Fantasyworld. James has been a wonderful, supportive awesome friend over the years, and signing at his shop is always a blast. We signed on Record Store Day and James recorded a haunting doomsy track inspired by the first issue of Lake Imago and we designed a mini disk together. You can listen to the new song online. Such a fun day!
And Atlantis, what can I say? This is the first shop I started buying Batman comics at when I was little, I started working at Atlantis when I was 16, and I learned all about the industry while working signings, reorders and talking to passionate readers. Atlantis is my family. To great to see Joe, Trisha and Nate and roam my favorite comic book racks. As you can see, I’m pretty thrilled (Eddie, on the other hand…) :
Somewhere in the middle of all that I got to see my absolute love of a fantastic daydream comedian, Noel Fielding! Of course I had to draw a comic about that.
Eddie and I just did a podcast with Canned Air, and you can listen to it here!
Now I’ve got some breathing room until SPX later this year, so I’m going to be hard at work drawing Lake Imago #2.
Eddie Wright and I will be in Colorado at the Denver DINK! convention this Friday and Saturday! We’ll have copies of Lake Imago and What I Ate When. What is “What I Ate When”, you ask? It’s a sketch diary of all my meals that I’ve eaten this year so far, catch up (to mid-February) at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com.
And here’s something exciting! Digital Copies of Lake Imago #1 are currently on sale on Comixology for $1.99! Check it out!
That’s it for now, see you at DINK!
I started a new project this year to draw little sketches of everything I eat. I’ve always gotten a huge joy from drawing food, remembering what I ate and drawing from memory. I’ve also been spending a lot of time cooking and getting better at making exciting dishes. I’m going to keep doing these drawings throughout the year, and collect them all in a little book. You can also follow the progress at whatiatewhen.tumblr.com. Here we go!
The first issue of my new series “Lake Imago” with writer Eddie Wright is now available!
Following a family tragedy, sisters Belle and Poppy along with childhood friend Pris head out on a camping trip for some stress-free fun. When Belle nearly drowns she undergoes a drastic, supernatural shift in personality that may cost the other two their lives.
Combining the coming-of-age terror of It Follows with the mystery of Paper Girls, Lake Imago from artist Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes, Fox Head Stew) and writer Eddie Wright (Tyranny of the Muse, Regular Show) is equal parts horrific, human, and hilarious.
“Haunting and yet deeply thoughtful, Lake Imago is an immensely promising study of depression and grief…”
– Nick Hanover, Loser City
“The strength of Lake Imago is that whatever monstrosities may come in subsequent issues may, perhaps, emulate the missteps and damage of childhood and child-rearing. ”
– Daniel Elkin, Your Chicken Enemy
“I love everything about it.”
– Christopher Sebela, writer of We(l)come Back and High Crimes
“We can tell from just this issue that this is going to be one hell of a horror series.”
More info at lakeimago.com
Buy issue #1 on Comixology
This year the young activist artist Atena Farghadani’s went on trial after she was arrested in Iran for drawing political cartoons of the parliament. In a tradition almost as old as illustration itself, she drew her government as animals (“insulting members of parliament through paintings” and “spreading propaganda against the system,”), and now she’s facing over 12 years in jail.
The greatest sources of information have been the Cartoonists Rights Network International (@CRNetInt on twitter) and Amnesty UK (@AmnestyUK) for following her progress. We gathered over 30k signatures for her appeal, then watched in horror as her attorney was arrested for the “indecency” of publicly shaking her hand. She’s gone on hunger strikes and been put through invasive tests, and we’ve yet to hear any good news about her situation. Search for her name on twitter and you’ll see countless postings as people spread the word of her sentencing and that she’s still in jail. Don’t forget. This woman is in jail for her drawings.
It’s been nearly a year. I drew Atena several months ago to spread the word, but was saddened shortly after to see that the Amnesty UK had taken down the signature page for her petition. What do we do now? She is in the hands of the Iranian government, and just sharing and talking about this case seems to be all we can do. Earlier this year, artist were drawing cartoons for her. #Draw4Atena #FreeAtena
Farghadani’s case is just one of many. Page through the Amnesty’s website and you’ll see countless political activists who are facing similar trials. Start writing letters. Attach yourself to one case and you’ll start to feel the anguish and helplessness of the situation. I don’t know what to do except keep looking, keep updated, keep talking about it. Realize that the ability to draw and write what you feel isn’t always a free right. Throughout time freedom of speech has been given and taken away. But it’s an incredibly powerful tool. Fight for it. Use it well.
I’ve had my head down for the past few months working on art direction, UI and design on a new mobile game that I should be able to share with you in a couple months. Games, man, they take a lot of work!
Recently I had the absolute pleasure to work on a short comic with the wonderful Kieron Gillen for his return of the comic series Phonogram! I remember reading the first issues of Phonogram when I was a kid working at the comic book store, and I’m thrilled to be in the upcoming issue (Immaterial Girl #2)! This new series is fantastic, weird and trippy. My good friend James Sime is hosting a release party for the issue at Isotope, where I will sign and draw and we’ll drink cocktails in celebration! Here’s the info:
So good, right? You must visit. More coming sooooooooon!
What I’m watching online
A video game that lets you grow succulent plants : my favorite sorts of games are pointless. I’m in love.
Kieron interviewed by Paste : Learn everything about Kieron.
Travel Man in Istanbul : I love Richard Ayoade, and especially love when he shows me some things to do on my upcoming trip to Turkey!
Two weeks ago I went to my friend’s baby shower, and I painted a little card to go with her gifts. The card became a crowd favorite, and it’s left me with a desire to send this cute girl on adventures riding her flying kitty. Sometimes the best pieces are the simplest!
I made some business cards for my good friend and acupuncturist Amy P at BiaoHealth. She commissioned the illustration from me several years ago for her lecture on facial acupuncture that she did at the Asian Art Museum, and I was pleased to give it a whole new life on the backs of her new cards.
I’ve also been practicing inking with a brush. For the past few years I’ve been drawing with pens, but switching back to a brush I’m blown away by the LUSHNESS that you can get with your lines! Now I’m inking my comic pages with a brush, and they’re not only going faster, but they’re turning out unlike anything else I’ve drawn. Very excited to share more of these as they progress, I’ve been pushing myself to find the right tone for my next comic, and I think I finally hit it.
Also, Sakura just came out with a new #PIGMA brush, and they gave out samples at the last Quick Draw SF, and they’re quickly becoming my favorite new tool! I can’t find them anywhere yet, though…
Instagram is my favorite social platform, and lately I’ve been taking screenshots of my favorite instagram images, and found myself curating a little gallery. So, here’s my favorite instagram drawings from April, there’s some amazing artists to follow here, both old friends and new:
- @alanforbes – SF psych rock poster god
- @annakoak – Koak is creating the comic you’ll be crying over in ten years.
- @anomysup led me to @conradroset – beautiful watercolors
- @kentwms – just study his posts and hope to absorb some of the painting magic
- @helllllenjjjjjo – coolest cartoon girls on the block
- @lauracallaghanillustration – a new discovery, bright lovely lady illustrations
- @aprolee – I’m in love with his tattoo style
- @mollietuggle – new discovery, her poster style invokes a classic
- @elfandiary – beautiful, fine portrait paintings
- @comicsdestroyer – it’s never a bad time to be reminded how much I adore Paul Pope
- @jacquelindeleon – I want to read this comic
And don’t forget to follow me at @jamdye.
That’s all for today, happy Monday!