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This week: C2E2

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Comic cons two weeks in a row? Why not?!?

This week I’ll be at C2E2 in Chicago, in Artist Alley table V-5 with Andrew Rostan. Andrew and I tabled together at Emerald City, as well, and it was fantastic. His new book is Form of a Question, an incredibly touching memoir about his time as a five-time Jeopardy! champion. (I know, right?!?)

Chicago is one of my favorite cities in the world. I lived there for a few years out of college, then again for a few years after grad school. My kiddo was born there. It’s special to me. And C2E2 is an excellent show in itself. I’m super looking forward to this weekend.

Also! I’ll be speaking about Macbeth: The Red King on the American Library Association stage Friday at 4. If you’re at the con, please do stop by!

This weekend: A2CAF!

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This weekend I'll be exhibiting at Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival, my most local convention and one that I really enjoyed last year. It's a very kid- and youth-focused show (it was previously called Kids Read Comics Festival), and this year I actually have kid-friendly comics to sell! Thanks, Star Wars Adventures

I'll also have copies of my previous books Hell, NebraskaInteresting Drug, and the IF: Crime anthology -- no Macbeth for now, sadly, as our the demise of our intended printer has led to delays. Aiming to have copies for San Diego Comic-Con next month and get books out to Kickstarter backers around that time, as well.

Hope to see you round the cons!

Thanks for supporting Macbeth on Kickstarter!

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Thanks to everyone who supported Macbeth: The Red King on Kickstarter! Because of you, we'll be able to bring this book to life in style, with both an oversized paperback and exclusive hardcover edition. If you missed the Kickstarter but would still like a copy, you can catch me round conventions this summer, pre-order through this very website, or stay tuned for announcements on retail distribution. We expect copies to go out to backers in June, wider release schedule will depend on the particulars of our distribution partner.

Currently working on another thing I hope to be able to announce soon. Follow me on Twitter and sign up for email updates to stay in the know. ;-) Thanks!

Thanks for a great C2E2!

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Chicago's C2E2 was a ton of fun, met a lot of great people and it was really heartening to see all the interest in Macbeth: The Red King. There are ten days left in the Kickstarter campaign, and our goal is well within reach!

I'll be honest, it was a bit weird trying to talk up a thing that lives online while surrounded by so many creators with great books you could take home right now. But the sample copy of Macbeth I had on hand I think gave folks a good idea of what we're trying to accomplish with this project. And I so appreciate that people are still responding to my earlier books with Anna, Interesting Drug and Hell, Nebraska

My big purchase at the con was the Source Point Press/Comics Experience bundle. I've been a member of the CE workshop forums for ages, and took the in-person classes in New York before operations moved online. Andy Schmidt, who was an editor for Marvel and IDW before founding Comics Experience, is a fantastic resource for creators who want to improve their craft and develop their comicking careers. I'm pretty excited by the new publishing initiative, and after meeting and hanging out with Frank Gogol at C2E2, I'm especially looking forward to reading his short story collection Grief.

Looking forward to my next convention, the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival in June. Thanks to everyone who stopped by, and to all of you supporting Macbeth: The Red King on Kickstarter!

C2E2, Ann Arbor and Lansing cons, and the Macbeth Kickstarter

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My first convention appearance of the year will be at C2E2 this weekend, where I'll be exhibiting at Artist Alley table D9 with Spencer and Locke creator David Pepose. C2E2 is one of my favorite shows, big but not too big, with a ton of support for Artist Alley. And of course, as a former Chicago resident, it's always nice to get a chance to knock about town. (Yes, I miss it!)

After that, I'll be attending but not exhibiting at Motor City Comic Con in May, then I'll have a table at Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival June 16-17 and will be a guest of Lansing's Get Geek'd Entertainment Expo July 28-29. Also working on plans for San Diego Comic-Con -- stay tuned!


The Macbeth: The Red King Kickstarter is going strong! We've got a ways to go until meeting goal, but we've got plans in place to finish strong. Thanks so much to everyone who's supported the campaign so far -- if you think the book looks rad, tell your friends!

I'll have Macbeth pins (also known as badges) at C2E2 for Kickstarter backers -- stop by and say hi!

Macbeth: The Red King Kickstarter is Live!

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At long last, the Kickstarter campaign for Macbeth: The Red King is live! I've had copies available at conventions for a little while now, but this will allow for a wider release -- and we're also offering a nice Kickstarter-exclusive hardcover edition, bound together with Shakespeare's play! Check out the campaign at:

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I hope you'll consider supporting the project! Thanks so much!


The name “Macbeth” has been cursed for hundreds of years, synonymous with tyranny and over-vaulting ambition. But what if the true Macbeth was something other than the villain Shakespeare portrayed?

Macbeth: the Red King tells an entirely new story of the real-life Scottish monarch, revealing a benevolent ruler who seized on his legitimate claim to the throne. Drawing from historical sources, this engaging graphic novel by Shaun Manning and Anna Wieszczyk is visually stunning companion to Shakespeare’s legendary drama. See Macbeth vanquish the incompetent Duncan, nurture a difficult relationship with his stepson Lulach, and make pilgrimage to Rome while his noble wife minds the restless kingdom — and witness his last stand against the insurgent prince Malcolm.

Macbeth: The Red King is not a re-telling of the Shakespeare classic, but rather a new history of the famous Scottish king. This book is not only for comic fans, but can be a great tool to help educators and students create a visual introduction to some of the greatest literature in our history.

Ann Arbor Comic Fest this weekend, American Library Association next!

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Hoo man, this is the first time I've done conventions on back-to-back weekends, but both of these are quite exciting.

First, I'll be at Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival June 17-18, my first time exhibiting at my hometown library's con. This will also be the Michigan debut of Macbeth: The Red King, after gaining a good deal of interest at C2E2 in Chicago.

Then! I'll be in Artist Alley at the American Library Association's annual conference. I'm thrilled for the opportunity to talk about my Macbeth project with librarians, as I think there are so many excellent educational opportunities for a book like this, that takes a universally known character from history and shows a completely different side to the story. 

Looking forward to seeing old friends, meeting fans, and talking comics in A2 and Chicago! Stop by if you're 'round.

C2E2 this week - Artist Alley D3

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My first con of the year! Always an exciting time. I'll be in Chicago this weekend for C2E2, hanging out in Artist Alley booth D3 with "Spencer and Locke" creator (and Newsarama editor) David Pepose. I'll be debuting "Macbeth: The Red King," and if you know how long I've been talking about this book, you can imagine how excited I am to have copies in my hands and to be able to share it with the world.

I also just got word that I've been approved to exhibit at the American Library Association conference in June. This isn't part of my regular con circuit, but for a project like "Macbeth" it's an exciting opportunity. And of course, as someone who works for a library, it's exciting in its own way. 

#Shakespeare400: Of Macbeth and Paul Ryan

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There's been quite a lot of talk in the last week or so about William Shakespeare, marking the 400th anniversary of his death. Today is also his 452 birthday -- so HBD, Will! To celebrate, Cambridge University Press has asked folks to write short plays inspired by the man and his works, which I did over a series of lunch breaks: 

 Paul Ryan (after Julius Caesar)

It's not my most polished work, but it makes me smile. Thought I'd share.

More to the point! This summer will see publication of my next graphic novel with Anna Wieszczyk. It's called Macbeth: The Red King and has nothing to do with Shakespeare. (Ok, maybe a few things. But it's entirely different story.) It's about a noble warrior reclaiming his birthright, ably leading a war-torn country through both grace and force, and how the love of his royal wife gave him the strength to rule but the bitterness of his stepson threatened to unmake everything. It's not the "real" story of Macbeth, but neither was Shakespeare's; instead, it's a story of Macbeth, and I'm quite proud of it.

I'll have early copies at Ann Arbor Comic Fest in June, the book will see a wider release in August through indie publisher Lucha Comics. Sign up for my email newsletter to hear about how to order or where I'll be signing, and/or follow me on Twitter for very regular updates -- I'm gonna be insufferable on Twitter when this comes out.

Much has changed!

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Well, an embarrassing amount of time has passed since I last updated. And much has changed. First, and significantly, I'm no longer doing regular interviews for CBR--I still do convention coverage and contribute to the occasional list feature (such as the upcoming "Best of 2012"), but now I'm focusing on my own comics and fiction projects. Speaking of... the startup through which I'd been planning to launch The Red King, my historical Macbeth epic, failed to start up. So that story is back on the market. Gonna go ahead and post a sample.  Click the cover for eight pages of goodness from me, Anna, and letterer extraordinaire Ed Brisson!

Finally, I also have a few new issues of Hell, Nebraska up at Comixology. Have a look, won't you?

Will try to keep this place a little more current, a bit more tidy. Hold me to it!