Monthly Archives: March 2012

I'm going to TCAF!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

This May is The Toronto Comic Arts Festival, and I will be going. It’s a great show that focuses on comics as art and literature. From their website:

Toronto Public Library presents

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival

Jeff Smith, Alison Bechdel and Guy Delisle highlight TCAF’s 2012 programme,

which features more than 300 international cartoonists

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2012

at Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St.

Saturday May 5th, 2012, 9am-5pm

Sunday May 6th, 2012, 11am-5pm



And not a bad poster from the brothers Moon and Ba!



Help support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and the "Be Counted campaign"

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Our friends over at the Comic Book Legal Defense fund are having a membership drive.

Please take a look and consider becoming a member. The work they are doing is as important and timely as ever, because with the growing popularity of graphic novels, the art form has caught the attention of people who think they know better than the rest of us what we should read. Not every attempt to restrict or challenge a book is the result of bad intentions, but when BONE is one of the most challenged graphic novels of the last couple of years, you have to wonder if folks are at least a little misinformed or confused. In any case, it behooves comics as a community to be aware and be prepared.

For as little as $25 a year, you can be an essential part of their mission to protect comics.  They’ve prepared some exclusive items to thank everyone who joins the Fund by November 2, including some specifically created by comics creators. Here is a link to mine:

Jeff will offer a signed BE FREE TO READ print featuring Fone Bone for members who join at the Supporter ($50) level.

A personalized hand-drawn postcard sketch of BONE to members who join the CBLDF at the Defender ($250) level.

Please consider becoming a member to this very worthy organization.


Nerdist Interview and RASL 14 in stores!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Dan Casey over at posted an interview with Jeff that covers RASL, noir, BONE, Self-publishing today, and Dave Sim!

You can read the whole article here!

RASL 14 is out today!

Spoiler Alert!!! A review of RASL #14 on the Wizard is Oz!  site can be read by clicking here! (It’s actually not very spoil-y at all.)

Building momentum to the FINAL issue and the BIG Finale! Let us know what ya think of #14!

Old Man's Cave, even in the rain!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Yesterday I talked some friends of mine into hiking Old Man’s Cave in the freezing rain. Yes, it was a bit cold, but waterfalls flowed down all around us! Rain or shine, Hocking hills is one of my favorite places on the planet. Of course, it helped that I promised we would end the day at a local brewery called Rockmill that not only brews great beers, but has a roaring fire in the tasting room!

As my pal Doug put it, it was Science Sunday; first we studied erosion, then fermentation!

Top pic (taken by Rebbeca Kerewski) L to R: Doug Fisher, Vijaya, Nikki Jaworski, yours truly, & David Filipi. Bottom pic (taken by David F.), L to R in front of the Rockmill hearth: Dana Ranga, Nikki, & Vijaya.

Wrapping up RASL #14

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

It’s crunch time. I’m finishing up the inks on RASL #14 so we can send it out next week. That means I’m stocking up on Pellegrino, turkey slices, and jalapenos (my munchies of choice!), so I can power through the next couple of days. This is the second to last issue, so a lot story threads are starting to come together – - that’s why you see so many older issues of RASL strewn around my desk for reference.


SDCC merchandise available now!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

Hi everybody! The new items we introduced in San Diego for comic con have finally been added to our store! The lovable Rat Creature shirts come in brown for Adults (Small, Medium, Large and X large) and in purple for children’s sizes Small (8), Medium (10) and Large (12). Please measure your child before you order.

The final trade in the RASL series, The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla, with the San Diego cover are goin fast! As I type this, there are only 9 left. They are signed and numbered.

First come first served. The regular cover is also available.

The BONE “pie gag” was such a big hit last year on the 20th Anniversary tour, that we’ve made some prints. These are printed on 13×19 white watercolor paper and are ready for framing.

It’s never to early to get your holiday shopping started!


Annie Leibovitz at the Wexner Center

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

A couple of weeks ago, Vijaya and I attended the awarding of the Wexner Prize to Annie Leibovitz. It was held at the Wexner Center, in the same gallery where they had a BONE exhibit in 2008. This was also the evening of the Wexner Center’s 22nd Anniversary party, and it was a blast! Crowded,  full of fun people, food and music, not to mention Annie’s exhibit of amazing photographs (here’s Vanity Fair’s review of the exhibit). After the ceremony, Vijaya and I were introduced to Annie by the Wexner Center’s director Sherri Geldin. We had a moment to chat and I signed some books for her kids. Annie Leibovitz is an American treasure. Demi Moore, John & Yoko, The Blues Brothers, Muhammad Ali, Hilary Clinton – - Nixon, Arnold, Niagara Falls – - not only did she take photos of these people and places, she took THE photos of them. What a thrill!

Thanks to Sherri and Katy Reis for forwarding these pics!

The Exhibit runs through the end of the month, so if you are near Columbus, check it out.

Max-imum BONE!

Blog entry by Jacob Robinson

The brilliant cartoonist who goes simply by Max, recently posted the above piece on his blog & tumbler. I first met Max in Barcelona at the big comics festival back in the late nineties. Max is a badass cartoonist. He’s done covers for The New Yorker, and made  a number of award winning comics albums, mostly published in Europe, but some published here, like Bardin from Fantagraphics.

I love his style, and his stories are smart, fun, and pure comics. You can see some of his titles (like those below) at his blog.

Thanks, Max!

Here’s a link to a short YouTube video of Max conducting a comics workshop.


Blog entry by Jacob Robinson


Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve been trying to cut down on convention appearances for years, and this year I finally did it! TCAF, The Toronto Comics Arts Festival was the only show I committed to for 2012. And I chose wisely! The 10 year old festival co-founded by The Beguiling’s Christopher Butcher and Peter Birkemoe, is one of the best events on the calendar dedicated to cartoonists as authors and auteurs, and this year was by all accounts, a huge success.

3 days of small press and indie comics, starting with a Friday night Kick Off event with Fabio Moon, Gabriel Ba (the team behind Daytripper), and me being interviewed on stage by comics Nexus Mark Askwith. Here is link to Ba & Moon’s site where you can watch the official TCAF videos of the event. The twins are smart and funny, and wickedly talented; I got to spend a bit of time with the two of them over the weekend, and it was the highlight of my trip.

Up top is a photo from the Saturday night party. Fabio Moon, Cecil Castellucci (The Plain Janes), Gabriel Ba, and Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet, and Flight).

With Cassandra Pelham, our associate editor at Scholastic.

My schedule was pretty full, and I spent a lot of time at the outside venues, but I did make a point to say hello to a few cartoonists who work I admire, like Guy Delisle (Jerusalem), Kate Beaton (Hark! A Vagrant!), Tom Gauld (Goliath), and Becky Cloonan (Wolves).

Also got to meet the wonderful Faith Erin Hicks (Friends with Boys), pictured here with myself and her pal Noreen. I snagged this pic from Faith’s website. You probably know her work, because it seems like it is everywhere these days, but if not, need to check her out!

Sunday was the last day of TCAF, and my last event for the show was getting interviewed by Julinda Morrow of Sequential Highway.

You can read the interview here:

And that clears my travel schedule for the calendar year 2012! What’ll I do with my time? Draw comics!