Thursday, September 29, 2005


Here's the link:

Again, this is a two-book mini-comic anthology, with proceeds goiong to hurricane relief. I supplied art for the covers and interiors...go buy 'em!

Sunday, September 25, 2005


It's a great list this year. I'm especially proud of two good friends, Liz Prince and Andy Runton, who have brought home awards from SPX. If you're looking for some good reading, go buy any one, or every one, of these books. They're all outstanding. And if you're just looking for a quick fix online, hit, the winner of OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC. It's tremendously funny, and you'll be hooked after reading just the first few. Here's the whole list:

OUTSTANDING ARTIST -- David B., Epileptic (Pantheon), Babel (Drawn & Quarterly)

OUTSTANDING ANTHOLOGY OR COLLECTION--Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man, John Porcellino (La Mano)

OUTSTANDING GRAPHIC NOVEL-- Persepolis 2: The Story of a Return, Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon)

OUTSTANDING STORY -- Dogs and Water, Anders Nilsen (Drawn and Quarterly)

PROMISING NEW TALENT--Andy Runton, Owly (Top Shelf Productions)

OUTSTANDING SERIES--Finder, Carla Speed McNeil (Lightspeed Press)

OUTSTANDING COMIC -- Or Else #1, Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)

OUTSTANDING MINICOMIC--Phase 7 Alec Longstreth (Self-published)

OUTSTANDING ONLINE COMIC--The Perry Bible Fellowship, Nicholas Gurewitch (

OUTSTANDING DEBUT NOMINEES -- Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, Liz Prince, Top Shelf Productions

Thursday, September 22, 2005


I won't be attending SPX, as I'm swamped with work deadlines, comics deadlines, and life, but those of you daring enough to attend one of the coolest conventions in the nation this weekend (September 23-24) will be treated to not one, but two new products featuring my work...

Edited by the excellent storyteller Brian Ralph, this year's antho has shaped up to be something special. It features a brand new story by me, 10 pages long, entitled MILLIKEN DARBY READS A BOOK, starring everyone's favorite "slow" monkey, Milliken Darby. The books roster includes:
Kevin Sherry
Allison Cole and Eric Paul
Jordan Crane
Federico Reggiani and Angel Mosquito
Rina Ayuyang
Kaz Strzepek
Matt Rota
Max Estes
Peter Hamlin
Jeff Sharp
Dave Lapp
Sara Varon
Greg Cook
Melody Nadia Shickley
Bendik Kaltenborn and Kristoffer Kjolberg
Leif Goldberg
Sindre W. Goksoyr
Scott Morse
Martin Cendreda
Damien Jay
Jesse Reklaw
N. U. Bertozzi
Luke Ramsey
Joe Derry
Brendan Burford
C. Cilla
Jennifer Janviere
Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca
Brian Chippendale
Scott Campbell
Ben Jones
Jeff Czekaj
Marc Bell / Peter Thompson
Vinh Ngo
Maris Wicks
As with every year, all profits from SPX and the SPX Anthology will go to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, protecting the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals.

*The BRCS HURRICANE RELIEF ANTHOLOGY, edited by Robert Bienvenu, also hits at SPX. It's a two volume set, wrapped with a FEMA slipcase.

Book 1

Covers by Scott Morse

1 Ben Claassen III
3 Laura Uhl & Jacob Warrenfeltz
7 Andrew Demitt
8 Mark Campos
9 Nate Cernosek & Nick Almaraz
13 Sirkowski
14 Adrian Sanders & Eilif Knutson
15 Ben T. Steckler
21 Amy Ignatow
27 Jeff Hay
29 Jason Marcy
31 Robert Bienvenu
33 Rob Staeger & Michael J. Bencik
36 The D.C. Conspiracy
page 1 - Matt Dembicki
page 2 - Chris Piers
page 3 - Steve Loya
page 4 - Jacob Warrenfeltz
page 5 - Christopher Mararac and Rick Legaspi
page 6 - Andrew Cohen
page 7 - Evan Keeling
43 Bob Kathman
45 Melissa Lomax

Book 2

Covers by Scott Morse

1 Tom Beland
2 Caesar Meadows
3 Monica Meehan
6 Jeff Hay
7 Michael Neal Phillips
8 Lance Tooks
13 Daniel Strickland
19 Tim Kelly
20 Jeffrey Brown
25 Erik Van Buren
29 Ben Vranken
37 Mark Stacy
39 Ben Smith
40 Chuck Loridans
41 Patch
42 Kurt Beaulieu
43 David Lasky

I'll try to post details on where you can order these online after the show.

GO BUY BOTH! They're for great causes, or course.

Thursday, September 15, 2005


We're intricately and delicately planning the 2006 launch of RED WINDOW, my self-publishing venture. The plan, dear people, is to launch a new book close to the major cons I'll be attending. Some will be available through Diamond, but some, I warn you, may be smaller print runs of high quality limited editions available only online and at conventions, so I can meet as many of the potential readers face-to-face and offer some unique treats.

As it stands now, I've got NOBLE BOY in the can and planned as the debut book for Feb. or March. Following in April will be another book for APE, and in June a book for MoCCA, and in July, San Diego. I'm actively working on ALL of these books, and some are near completion, so as a book is announced, rest assured, it's done and either at the printers or close to it!

So keep your eyes peeled...more soon!


Jenny S. was the lucky winner of the twelve jazz drawings over on the Bendis Board Katrina Auction. She shelled out $210 to help the displaced and needy. Thanks, Jenny! You rock.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Jazz for Charity!

That's where you can currently bid on 12 individual drawings I did for Katrina relief. They're all jazz-based, very loose and graphic, and the bidding is still fairly low as I write this. Now's your chance to grab some originals at a good price...TWELVE originals, all at once! GO BID! Help some folks out.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Jon J Muth, has been nominated for a Quills Award in the category of Illustrated Children's books for his work on Zen Shorts.
To help support Mr. Muth, please vote by visiting September 15.

Monday, September 05, 2005


So, SPX will also see the release of a special benefit book being offered by Robert Bienvenu and the Baton Rouge Cartoonist Society. I've produced 12 jazz-inspired images for inclusion in the book, and the originals will be available shortly on the Bendis Board Charity Auction.

One cool note about the benefit book is that it's an OPEN SUBMISSION, so if you're an artist looking for a way to help out, drop them a line. Here's the details:

The Baton Rouge Cartoonist Society is taking submissions for an anthology to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
While our families and friends in the New Orleans and Mississippi areas are safe with family, there are thousands that are in desperate need and that will require extended help throughout the coming months. Every penny from sales will go to the Red Cross hurricane relief efforts.

This is extremely late notice, but our plan is to have the anthology available for sale at this month’s Small Press Expo. Due to the short turn-around time, we will need any submissions by Friday, September 16th.

We’re not asking for lengthy stories, but if any creators can contribute a short story, a page, a strip, a panel, or pin-up, we would be extremely grateful.

While we are all frustrated and angered by the initial ineffectiveness of our state and federal government’s response to this tragedy, we are not looking for political statements. Art and story celebrating the New Orleans and gulf coast region, or that touches on the tragedy, or expresses your feelings would certainly be welcome. If you already have completed art that you think would be appropriate, we would welcome that as well.

Our plans are to stick to a 4.25 x 5.5 page size.
If e-mailing, please keep file size within reason.

Please send art to:


Robert Bienvenu
9364 N. Parkview Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA.

Thanks for your help,

Robert Bienvenu