Monthly Archives: May 2009

Cartoon Books and Abstract Studios are heading to San Diego Comic-Con!

Blog entry by Tom

Jeff, Vijaya, and the rest of us Cartoon Book staffers, are teaming up with Terry and Robyn Moore from Abstract Studios to make an appearance at the biggest comic book convention in the country, Comic-Con International in San Diego, California.  Terry and Jeff are old friends and have talked about doing this for awhile now. And since both their new projects are science fiction stories, this seemed like the year!

Steve H. and I have designed these mock-ups of what we thought the booths would look like.

(you can click on the last image for a bigger view) We will have a 10′ x 20′ booth space. As you can see, RASL and ECHO have never looked bigger or better! We will be located at booth 2109. Comic-Con is held at the San Diego Convention Center on July 23-26, 2009.

We’ll be posting more details about books and goodies that we’ll be bringing to the show in the weeks to come, so check back!


posted by Tom


Bryan Talbot and the Grandville trailer!

Blog entry by Jeff

Hey everyone, just got back from The Center for Cartoon Studies in Vermont. I had a blast and I took a bunch of pictures, so I’ll put a blog up soon. Meanwhile, my friend Bryan Talbot asked me to post this trailer for his new comic Grandville . I know it’s been seen on a lot of sites by now, but if you haven’t watched this, you’re in for a treat.

Brian’s site is here and his mySpace site here.

Bagers? …we don’t need no steenking badgers!


Jeff to give commencement speech at The Center for Cartoon Studies

Blog entry by Tom

Jeff will deliver the Commencement Speech to The Center for Cartoon Studies’ Class of 2009! Please join in at the Northern Stage Theater in the Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, Vermont.  Commencement begins at 11am, with a Thesis Reception following at 12pm

This ceremony, which will be held this Saturday May 16, 2009, is free and open to the public!

You can visit their website at

Alec Longstreth and Joe Lambert did a special 2 page spread for 7 Day’s, which is Vermont’s Alternative Weekly paper. Here is just a sample from their strip. You can see the full strip here.

RASL News: New format, more issues

Blog entry by Jeff

The first four issues of RASL were 32 pages and were published on a fairly relaxed 3 issue-a-year plan. When I came up with this format, I thought the extra pages would make up for a slower release schedule, but the demand for more issues gets louder every time a new chapter comes out. I think everyone I heard from liked the extra pages, but they’d rather have less time between issues.

So, starting with RASL no.5, the black & white comic books will be 24 pages, and in the Fall begin a bimonthly schedule.


I have to admit it makes sense to me too, especially at deadline/crunch time when instead of dealing with18 to 22 page stories which is standard, I suddenly found myself wrangling an extra 10 to 14 pages which almost made my brain explode!

I still have to make room for some scheduling conflicts this summer (for a couple of projects that I’m not ready to announce yet,) but, here’s the schedule for the next few issues:

RASL no.5  July
[secret project over the summer months]
RASL no.6 October
RASL no.7 December
RASL no.8 March 2010

Jeff is appearing at Ohioana Festival this weekend

Blog entry by Tom

 The Ohioana Festival takes place in Columbus, Ohio this week May 6-9, 2009

Here are the details of Jeff’s appearances:

Tomorrow, Wednesday May 6, kicks off with a WOSU Interview hosted by Fred Anderle with fellow authors Ann Hagedom, and Phil Brady from 11am-12pm. You can stream it live by clicking here.

Thursday May 7, 2009: Signing at Barnes and Noble Lennox Town Center from 6:30pm-7:30pm

Saturday May 9, 2009: Panel Discussion with fellow author Erin McCarthy at the Board Room of State Library of Ohio from 11:30am-12:15pm

A Conversation with Jeff Smith at State Library of Ohio from 2:00pm-2:45pm followed by a booksigning / meet & greet at 2:45pm-3:30pm