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translating dumplins

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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.

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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.

weltraum boulettes

In March & April of 2016, I’ll be in Europe to promote all of these along with Faber & Faber’s UK edition, and Astiberri’s Spanish edition of ALMÓNDIGAS DEL ESPACIO.

dumplins in the midwest!

dumplins fans

The next leg of DUMPLINS’ book tour takes me to the Great Lakes region of the midwest.

OCT 2 & 3, COMIX CROSSROADS in Columbus, Ohio. Speaking/signing with Kate Beaton & Jeff Smith on Friday night, and throughout the day on the convention floor Saturday.
OCT 4, ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP in Naperville, Illinois. 2 PM.
OCT 5, QUIMBY’S in Chicago, Illinois. In the afternoon, I’ll drop by to sign stock and greet fans in the neighborhood.
OCT 6, A public event at LINCOLNWOOD LIBRARY at 4 PM.
OCT 7, BOOKS & COMPANY in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin at 6:30 PM.
OCT 8, THE BOOKIES in Denver, Colorado at 4 PM.
OCT 9, MOUNTAINS & PLAINS Tradeshow 4 PM event.
On top of that, I’ll be visiting schools in Hoffman Estates, Oak Park, Highwood, Glenview, Wales, Hartland, Denver, and more!
Pictured above: Art from a young fan in Walla Walla, Washington. And young fans obsessively rereading DUMPLINS! Do send me similar photos!

space dumplins book tour!

NOTE: As of September 16th, new updates to the SPACE DUMPLINS BOOK TOUR!


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 16 • Seattle, Washington • COMICS DUNGEON • 4 PM
September 16 • Seattle, Washington • UNIVERSITY BOOKSTORE • 7 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!

finish line stretch

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!

six momos for the new millennium

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!

catch & release

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.


chapter five complete

As of today, chapter FIVE of SPACE DUMPLINS is complete. Two more chapters until the finale of the book
— approximately 80 pages to draw before the year’s end. Gonna get hectic.

Above is a sample from chapter four. On the right, the final panel with Dave Stewart’s colors.
On the left, an onion skin effect: orange = thumbnail; pink = background pencils; gray = character pencils.

And here’s an example from the just-finished-not-yet-colored chapter five. Teal = thumbnail; red = pencils; black = inks.
Thanks to all of you for your patience and support!