HAPPY NEW YEAR, Dear Readers! Thanks again for supporting the debut of SPACE DUMPLINS! Not yet sure what projects are forecast for 2016… been tinkering with a sequel to DUMPLINS… gathered two months of travel drawings & notes with Edmond Baudoin… and scheming of collaborative animations with my little brother, Phil from BLANKETS! More soon! Hugs, Craig
The first translated volume of DUMPLINS, Rizzoli’s POLPETTE SPAZIALI, debuted this past weekend at LUCCA Comics Festival in Italy. It’s 100 pages longer than the US edition, because of extra “making of” material.
Also, hot-off-the-press is Reprodukt’s gorgeous German edition of WELTRAUMKRÜMEL, in paperback and limited edition hardcover, meticulously hand-lettered, including the sound effects. And soon to be released is Casterman’s French edition of SPACE BOULETTES which will also debut in paperback and special edition hardcover. The latter has an acetate overlay cover, an in-depth interview, and extra pages of “making of” material.
Just a reminder to all my loyal readers and retailers that BLANKETS is now published by DRAWN & QUARTERLY. I couldn’t be happier working with them!
Paperbacks and hardcovers available here: <https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/blankets>
The next leg of DUMPLINS’ book tour takes me to the Great Lakes region of the midwest.
NOTE: As of September 16th, new updates to the SPACE DUMPLINS BOOK TOUR!
September 6 • DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
September 11 • Portland, Oregon • A CHILDREN’S PLACE Bookstore • 5 PM
September 12 • Portland, Oregon • BRIDGE CITY COMICS • 11 AM
September 12 • Portland, Oregon • POWELL’S BOOKS, Burnside • 2 PM
September 17-19 • Walla Walla, WA • WHITMAN COLLEGE
September 20 • San Francisco, CA • COMIX EXPERIENCE • 2 PM
September 25 • Los Angeles, CA • SECRET HEADQUARTERS • 6 – 9 PM
October 1-3 • Columbus, OH • CARTOON CROSSROADS
October 4 • Naperville, IL • ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP • 2 PM
October 6 • Winnetka, IL • The BOOK STALL
October 7 • Oconomowoc, WI • BOOKS & COMPANY Bookstore
October 9 • Denver, Colorado • MOUNTAINS & PLAINS Independent Booksellers Association Tradeshow • 3 PM
October 13 • Montrose, CA • ONCE UPON A TIME Bookstore • 7 PM
October 17 • Minneapolis, Minnesota • TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL
CANADA IN LATE OCTOBER! More info to come for late October and part of November.
Endless thanks for your patience while I road tripped across the US with Edmond Baudoin. It was completely crazy of me to be working on the NEXT book when my latest debut needed promotional attention. But I’m home now & refueling to hit the road again. Looking forward to seeing you!
Happy 73rd birthday to EDMOND BAUDOIN – mentor, friend, and collaborator on my NEXT book project, working title “DRAWING BROTHERS”.
As ever, production & design on the book is full of headaches, but the author photo shoot this weekend was refreshing.
Here’s an outtake with my photographer buddy Joshin Yamada on my friend Dan’s Harley/VW TRIKE.
SCHOLASTIC officially announced the August 25th release date for SPACE DUMPLINS, just as I was finishing the inks for the FINAL CHAPTER.
I’m not in the clear yet… there’s still book design, and pages upon pages of copyedits/corrections/redraws, but getting close! For Scholastic, this marks the tenth anniversary of their GRAPHIX line, which I’m honored to participate in. Happy New Year, Dear Readers. More soon!
Happy Holidays, Blog-Friends, and as ever thanks for your patience with these updates. As of today, CHAPTER SIX of SPACE DUMPLINS is finally complete. Only one more (shorter) chapter to complete the book. Unfortunately, I’ve fallen behind schedule – distracted by finalizing the cover design, a trip to NYC to meet with Scholastic, some health problems, and of course MOMO trampling pages in the midst of inking.
In this first photo – I moved my inking to the dining room table – the only spot with enough natural light to work during a six hour power outage. The second image documents Momo intercepting the blue pencil while roughing out a page (final inks on the left).
Now to dive into the final chapter. Despite being behind schedule, the book should still hit its off-to-print deadline for its Fall 2015 release. Thanks for sticking with me!
Thanks for your patience, Blog-friends, and my apologies for the lag since the last post. The end-of-the-year deadline is looming, work-weeks have shifted to seven days, and in classic form, I’m tossing finished pages and rewriting the ending. So speaking of tossing finished pages, here’s a glimpse of what used to be the first two panels of the book, before I scrapped the first chapter and started from scratch.
The second image here is a space ship concept design drawn back in 2012, long before I began drawing actual pages.