Since I have not been able to exhibit at comics shows because of the pandemic, it has been hard to get my comics into the hands of young readers. New stories have been released online as webcomics, but with kids maxing out their screen time during the pandemic, I thought it would be nice to get these comics into print while I work towards the second book collection. I’m excited to send them out through the mail, like I have done with my minicomic Phase 7 for the last 19 years!
Back in March I finished the fifth Isle of Elsi story, Liz Teckar in The Contested Contest! You can read all 29 pages of it online for free (here’s a link to the first page).
After wrapping up IOE 5 I jumped right into writing IOE 6. It is another 29-page story, which went through three drafts incorporating feedback from my team of early readers. I am happy to report that I am currently drawing a small buffer of pages, which will begin posting on July 1st, 2021. The next story is called Randy Remarf in The Door Dilemma!
Thanks, everyone, for your patience while I get this next story up and running!
WOW! This morning Isle of Elsi won the 2019 NCS Divisional Award for Best Online Comic (Long Form). Thank you to the National Cartoonists Society for this honor, and to all of my readers young and old!
I’m pleased to announce that the next Isle of Elsi story, “Liz Tekcar in The Contested Contest” will begin posting on September 3rd, 2020! Thanks for your patience while I wrote and revised this story (it went through three drafts!).
While you’re waiting for new comics, you can check out this “Draw a Dragon” video that I created for A2CAF 2020.
I was supposed to be a special guest at A2CAF in June, where I would have led this activity in person with real kids. Since the event was canceled because of the global pandemic, I instead recorded a video version, which was paid for by the Ann Arbor District Library. I hope to make it back to A2CAF in future years!
Okay, I better get back to the drawing board – I’m trying to build up a little buffer of finished pages before I get back into the swing of my weekly posting schedule. See you in September!