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Archive for January, 2012

new PANEL #3

thought i was going to miss the deadline, didn’t you? well i DIDN’T, here it is…what’s in that package? none of your business (yet).

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me and cartoonist Mike Dawson (Freddy And Me, Troop 142) gabbing about stuff for an hour and change.


new PANEL #2

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so, look at that– one whole week and i did all those posts, right on time, just like i said i would. how rewarding*.

but while i was barely learning to set this deal up and operate it, there were a couple things ME-related, which i will now further relate to you, weeks after they occurred:

first, i did a great longish interview with Tom Spurgeon of my favorite comics site, The Comics Reporter. every year Tom does a gaggle of “Holiday Interviews” (this year featuring such esteemed folks as Art Spiegelman, Chester Brown, this guy Tucker Stone ranting in an awesome fashion and plenty more) and hey ho here’s mine. you can read the whole thing here:

i love this site, and how Spurge views and writes about comics. it was a pleasure talking with him.

secondly, looks like  Minnesota Public Tv is re-running a piece they did on me/ La Mano for their MNOriginals program. watch me run my press, pretend to draw, and hassle my students (one of whom wrote when he saw it, “they ‘A-Ha’d you at the end!”. and they did. and if you know what i’m talking about here, it probably means you are old.). you can view it online here, or if you live in this neck of the woods it’ll be on a couple more times on Feb 29.

more stuff soon.


*i’m completely unsure as to whether or not i intended sarcasm here.

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new PANEL #1

told you i’d put one up.


to be clear: this, and  ALL of the “new panels” will be in-progress shots from the NEXT volume of Sammy The Mouse (Vol 2, due in 2012 etc etc). this one here is of What’s-Her-Face, and honestly, i love this drawing.

though, in all honesty, i don’t know who the “you” in that first sentence would refer to, since i haven’t really told anybody but myself that i launched this new site. maybe tomorrow.




well, here we go.

new site, new book. stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but i actually intend this new site to be a living, breathing thing. how all that will unroll in the coming months, we shall see. i mean, YOU will; i’m just going to do some stuff.
what i’m intending beyond this here site is the redesign and relaunch of the La Mano site, hopefully in February.
a couple things off the bat–
first will be this: without fail (unless, of course, i fail…), i’ll be posting at least three times weekly.
i’ll be adding pages to the Sammy the Mouse Vol 1 archive; one on monday, one on friday. i’m getting the whole thing started off by posting the first 10 pages (obviously, i’m still getting used to how this whole webcomics-display-type-thing over to the right functions, but one can only hope it’ll get easier/ clearer in the near future).
secondly, i’ll be posting at least one panel (probably on wednesdays) from the NEXT volume of Sammy, which i’m going to get finished and published in calendar 2012. it’ll be the same size and format as the new Sammy collection (8 1/4 by 6ish, 2 colors throughout), and yeah–96 pages, only volume 2 will be all new material. this is the way every successive volume will appear, as well. all 4 or 500 pages of it.
more on this than i’ve got the energy to write at this moment, but the answer to “WHY, if you’re such a print guy, and you spent all that time and effort printing all of Sammy The mouse Vol 1 on your own printing press and all that, would you then post all the pages online?”. because this– i don’t care if you read it here. the book i made is it’s own object, period. they are different animals.
and i’ll probably write more too, about other things and stuff.
but right now i gots to sleep.
honestly, though– welcome to the new deal.
best, zak.

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but i will.