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Happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

CornucopiaAs you may have noticed, things have been quiet here, as I was working awfully hard getting the new edition of Hicksville ready, plus drawing a couple of new stories (one for the mindblowing Australian magazine/journal/book/event The Lifted Brow [illustrated above], and another for the British activist charity book Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption) – both of which I’ll post on properly soon.

I also wrote (and illustrated) the foreword for the Tango collection (romance comics by more than 50 Australian and New Zealand cartoonists), visited Wanganui for their marvellous literary festival, did a tour of schools in Northland for the Storylines Festival, and – well, a bunch of other stuff too! Phew!

As a result, however, I’ve fallen behind on The American Dream and the rest of the site – something I intend to rectify in the New Year with a flurry of online activity.

But for the next three weeks, my family and I will be driving around the South Island of New Zealand, gazing in awe at glaciers and mountains, lakes and forests – a much-need break after this year’s frenzy of work. I don’t expect to have internet access at all during that time, but when I’m back I promise I’ll post some new comics (there are several!), and resume both The American Dream and The Magic Pen with a vengeance!

So in the meantime, have a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you all peace and love and happy reading…

Hicksville – the new edition

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

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Lord, how time flies! My brief hiatus turned into a looong one, for which I apologise. Thing is, I was very very busy doing a few things, more of which I’ll tell you about (and post the comics of course!) soon.

But first let me tell you about the new edition of Hicksville, which is coming out from Drawn & Quarterly (and, in New Zealand, from Victoria University Press) in early February 2010. Getting it ready is one of the main things I’ve been busy with, but now it’s all good to go.

Above you can see the new cover, but there’s also a brand new 13-page introduction (in comics form) by me – one of the most personal comics I’ve done – and the glossary has been expanded (and illustrated). I also redesigned the book, rescanning all the artwork and giving it all a bit more space to breathe on the page. I added page numbers (at the request of various academics and students!), relettered about 12 pages (where the lettering was just too damn sloppy to read!), and corrected a couple of mistakes that had slipped past us in the previous editions. Everything in the book – from the indicia to the glossary – is now hand-lettered (except the barcode, sadly). All in all, I’m pretty happy with it.

I’m especially thrilled that there will finally be a New Zealand edition, too – and doubly so that it’s with Victoria University Press, who I’ve always enjoyed working with in the past. For years, Hicksville was very hard to get hold of here in my home country, and it’ll be a relief to no longer have to field emails from forlorn bookstores and desperate customers. A big thank you to Fergus Barrowman for making it happen!

I’ll post more information about the new edition closer to the time, but for now, I’m looking forward to having it in print again.