ABSTRACT STUDIO COMICS – JOURNAL
It’s hard to believe but 2018 will be my 25th year in comics. Honestly, it doesn’t feel like it’s been 25 years because I’m doing what I love, writing and drawing comics. And sketching. Sketching is an important part of the creative process, sort of a midway point between that wispy idea in your brain and the finished art you share with the world.
The 25th Anniversary Sketchbook is 216 pages of my favorite and most influential sketches, from 1993 to present day, collected in one trade paperback. And by influential, I mean that sketches are often the seed to something that later appears in a story, or in my case, inspired an entire series. One sketch spawned the entire Strangers in Paradise series, another sketch inspired Motor Girl. Those drawings, and many others like them, are in this book with my notes and comments.
The 25th Anniversary Sketchbook is available in two versions, softcover and hardcover. The softcover hits stores in early December and sells for $16.99.
The hardcover edition is available only through Abstract Studio. Price is $28.99. The hardcover has an impressive gloss-on-matte cover. It’s a beauty! If you would like this special edition hardcover, place your order HERE.
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In December, No Man Left Behind, the 2nd Motor Girl trade paperback, comes out. It collects issues 6-10 to complete the story. And, if you’re waiting for a one book omnibus, you’ll have to wait until March.
Also in December, the 25thh Anniversary Sketchbook. This is a 216 page TPB collecting the best sketches and artwork over the span of my 25 year career. Putting it together was a trip down memory lane. The book looks fantastic because Robyn helped me with the design. She has better taste than I, me, moi. Thanks, honey!
SIP XXV Subscription offered!
In January, we start the new years with the first issue of Strangers In Paradise XXV. Now is the time to let your retailer know you want this ordered. Now is when the retailers are placing their orders. Now is when you request your local comic shop, LCS, to put SIP XXv on your pull list. Or… sign up for a subscription. We are offering this service to North America and Europe. If you live elesewhere, you can contact us directly to try and work something out. We are offering the subscription UNTIL the first issue comes out, then the list is closed for the rest of the year. So you have now until January to sign up. Price includes the 10 issues of SIP XXV plus shipping. Click HERE to sign up.
Subscribers also have the option to purchase a very limited blank sketch cover version of issue #1. This variant will only be available to subscribers and retailers who can get 1 for every 10 regular covers ordered. As you can imagine, the number of sketch covers in existence will be very limited. We won’t be offering this on our webstore and we won’t be selling it at conventions. It’s a perk for the retailers and subscribers who support our work. Thank you!
For those looking for the new trade paperback now, the second Motor Girl TPB collecting issues 6-10 is titled No Man Left Behind and will be out in December.
For those asking about a hard or softcover Motor Girl omnibus, the answer is, I’m sure we will at some point but don’t ask me, that’s a Robyn question.
For those suggesting I should win a Nobel Prize for Outstanding Modern Lit in the doodling category, you flatter me. Please, oh my, stop. And their address is PO Box BR5-4949, Stockholm, Sweden.
So Motor Girl is how I spent 2017 and I feel fortunate to be able to make and finish another original comic book series. I’m basically making a living from being eternally 17. Every day I put on the same clothes I wore at 17, eat the same foods and soda, draw comics, play my guitar, and follow pop culture like a hungry bear. And don’t say “all that’s missing is the homework” because I didn’t do my homework then and I don’t do it now. I even get to stare all googly-eyed at the love of my life Robyn every day, the same way I did when we were in high school together. #seriouscrush So, yeah… glad I found something to do with my pencil passion because not a lot of job opportunities for harmless wackos like me in the big boy world. Grateful to you all I am. Thank you for your continued support. I couldn’t do this if not for the people who buy my books and spread the word. I would promise to never grow up, but at some point—one of these years— I’m bound to turn 18 and then who knows what gates of hell will open.
Now it’s time for me to turn my attention to the series I’ll be making in 2018, Strangers In Paradise XXV. That’s XXV as in 25, the number of years since issue 1 came out in 1993. I’ll be talking more about that in future posts. For now, it’s Motor Girl’s moment, so look for the final issue in November. You don’t want to miss it because you know… good stuff. Oh, there you go, talking Nobel again. Stop! Reeeeally! Golly. (PO Box C3P0, Stockholm, Sweden)