Review: School Library Journal XPress Review

This past July, an “XPress Review” for both Pix books appeared on the School Library Journal website, a very exciting development, as SLJ is an important publication for, clearly, school library collection development. You can read the review below (and see the original post here):

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The Pix Summer Scavenger Hunt – Answers Revealed!

The Pix Super Summer Scavenger Hunt began on August 1, 2017. Readers were asked to explore the art and dialogue in PIX, Vol 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL and find as many of the intentional references/Easter eggs on the provided entry form (shown below) as they could, with a deadline of Friday, September 15, 2017.

With that deadline passed and the hunt concluded, it’s time to reveal the answers, so…let’s go! Read more ›

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Announcing: The Pix 2 Super Summer Scavenger Hunt!

Throughout PIX, Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL, there are references and “Easter eggs” to all kind of stuff – other comics, books, movies, music, podcasts – and now’s your chance to call them out to win a piece of original art by me by entering the scavenger hunt!

Get a list of items to look for, an entry form and more details here.

The scavenger hunt starts on August 1, 2017 and runs through September 15, 2017.

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PixPlus…Graphic Novel Girls!

A couple years back I did a series of #PixPlus drawings in the run-up to the initial self-published release of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND.

For this year’s ALA (American Library Association) Annual conference, I debuted this image, Pix plus a bevy of “Graphic Novel Girls” as an 11×17 print/poster. I wanted to share it here for everyone who couldn’t make it to ALA 2017 in Chicago:

And if you’re wondering who everyone is, here’s a handy-dandy guide:

Want a copy of the poster for your library, school or home? Now you can order it from the store!

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Previewing PIX Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL!

You can now read the entire first chapter of PIX Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL (available May 3, 2017, in better comic shops everywhere)!

But while you wait until May, you can read 28 pages for free! And when you do, remember the book is currently available for pre-order from your local comic shop (tell them it’s Diamond Item #MAR170830), your local independent bookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.

Click here, or on the image below to see the preview!


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Just a quick post to share the cover to PIX Vol. 2: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL (which for fun you can compare to the earlier take I posted back in September 2016).

Meanwhile, I’m hard at work coloring the interior pages, and have a post for tomorrow that’ll give you a sneak peek at this new volume…

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Image Picks PIX!

In my last post I proudly announced the title for the second PIX book (Too Super for School) and showed the cover (in black and white, at least). I also said I was shooting for a March 2017 release. Well, boy have things changed since September!

A lot goes in to self-publishing a graphic novel. There’s not just the time to write, draw, design, etc, but there’s printing, promoting, sales, etc. It’s a lot. And self-publishing is just that, myself. Not long after posting that last update, I started getting printing quotes and looking ahead at all the stuff that’s not just making the book. At 200 pages, this new book would cost more to print (more pages cost more money) and ship (more pages make the books heavier meaning shipping goes up)…and it got me thinking a lot of things. Would I try to crowdfund to help raise money? Would I take from my savings more than I already have?

Someone pointed out how Image Comics had done well by their kids comics more recently. I know people at Image, several of them were super-helpful when I self-published One Weirdest Weekend. The more I thought about it, and talked to people about it, the more it made sense. So…I approached Image Comics, showed them what I had, and before too long they said, yes, they’d publish PIX!

It’s kind of awesome.

The plan, then, was for Image to do a new version of book one, for February of 2017, and then publish book two in May. But they wanted new covers, and I asked for some extra pages in book one (a little more breathing room for the title page, masthead, etc), so suddenly I had to create new covers, which…takes some time.

But it got done. The new cover for PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, looks like this:

And it’s available for pre-order now, either through your local comic shop (using Diamond Code DEC160764) or ANYWHERE books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, independent bookstores…so if you don’t already have a copy, or want the new cover (and the extra pages inside – some early design sketches and color tests for Pix’s costume and a two-page bonus story), that’s how you get it!

And what about the original first edition? I still have copies, and they’re still available via the Pix store. Enter code “300” at checkout for a serious discount (on the paperback only, not on any of the digital edition or combo packs)…for a limited time (I feel like I’m competing with myself – because while having Image as my new publisher is great and takes a huge financial burden off my immediate shoulders, I still don’t make a dime until Image covers their cost, so…I’ve still gotta sell books!).

Looks like Pix book 2 is also up on Amazon, but it’s not the right/final cover, so…I won’t point to it just yet.

But that’s the big news. Hoping to share the NEW cover to book two sooner than later.

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Pix Book 2 – Title and Cover Announcement!

It’s been a busy summer as I’ve been working hard on the follow-up book to PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND. Subscribers to my monthly email newsletter have been getting regular updates (subscribe via the form on the right!), but today’s newsletter featured an update that needed a full court press. PIX book 2 has an official title…


But wait, there’s more! I also have cover art to share. I’m still finalizing the colors, but in the meantime, the line art for the new book is going to look like this…but in color:


Looking to have this book out in the spring of 2017 (shooting for March), but once I have an official date, I’ll make sure to post that, too.


But in the meantime, spread the word far and wide! The more people know about Pix the better!!!

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Pix Plus El Deafo…The Video!

Back when I did the #PixPlus series in the run-up to PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND’s release, I recorded the drawing process for one off them, the El Deafo piece. Now, over a year later, here’s that video:

Thanks to Paul McMahon of The Drennons for permission to use their music. See/Hear more from them on Facebook.

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First ever Pix fan art…from 2007?!

Pix_byLoreleiThe art above was drawn way back in 2007 by a then 13 or 14-year-old Lorelei, who I met at Comic-Con in San Diego in the years just before it became a mega-monster-show-of-epic-proportions it’s since become.

But wait, if PIX came out at the end of 2014 how did this young girl know who or what Pix even was? I’ll explain:

Before PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND was the full-color graphic novel as you know it, it was a mini-comic called “Pix: Teenage American Fairy”. I printed up and stapled copies…black & white art with color covers, and took it to comic book conventions where I’d sell them for $1 (or sometimes just give them away). Lorelai was one of those early/first readers, and she gave me the drawing above, which I’ve (obviously) held on to thinking/hoping/knowing one day – when the book was complete in the final format I imagined – I’d get to share it. That day has finally come!

For many years after that, I’d see Lorelei and her family in San Diego and she’d ask about Pix. As much as I wanted to do it because I believed in it, I now had someone else who wanted it, too!

Now, of course, Lorelei is 22-years-old, in college, becoming an actual adult person…so I maybe took too long for her, but I still think she’ll dig it (there’s a copy on its way to her so I’ll know for sure soon enough!).

And if you’re wondering, yes, that IS a strawberry with a cape on the upper right (I know, it’s awesome).


Do you or someone you know have fan art to share? Let me know. I’d love to see it!

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