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…
PIX: TOO SUPER FOR SCHOOL
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!!!
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.
The 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!
Kat Kan, a collections development librarian specializing in graphic novels, reviewed PIX in the April 2015 issue of VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Magazine, “the leading library journal dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading.”
The magazine is subscription-only, so here’s merely the PIX review, excerpted from page 50 (and Kat Kan’s bio from page 51) of that issue (click to enlarge):
Thanks so much to Kat Kan and VOYA!
Librarians can order copies of Pix from Brodart, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, etc, etc.
PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND is now available in comic book shops everywhere, as of today! If your local comic shop was amongst those who chose to stock copies, please consider supporting them and buying a copy from said store. They took a chance on my book and I’d love to see people showing their support for that decision.
And if your store didn’t order copies, they still can through Diamond Comics backlist, using item number DEC141546.
And if you see PIX “in the wild”, snap a photo and send it to me (and/or post to social media with the hashtag #PixPics) and let me know the name of the store. I’d like to thank as many stores personally as I can!
PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, the first of the planned Pix graphic novels, will be in (better) comic book stores on February 11, 2015. There are still a few days to let your local comic shop know to order it. It’s in the Diamond PREVIEWS catalog for December, item #DEC141546.
But wait, there’s more! PIX is also now on Amazon.com, available for pre-order for release on February 24, 2015 (click here for that page).
In addition, librarians and educators, please ask your book jobber about PIX; they should be able to order it now through Diamond Book Distributors, just use the book’s ISBN-13: 978-0-9905218-0-8.
If you have ANY problems, do please let me know either via email, commenting on this pose, or on twitter (@GreggSchigiel).
And of course you can still buy copies (signed, at that) right here, just click on Store on the menu bar at the top of the page!
THE MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY is a fantastic comic/graphic novel by Jacob Chabot, who puts so much work and craft into his pages and panels you can get lost and almost miss the jokes…except you won’t, because it’s funny stuff. Skullboy is an elementary school kid with a skull for a head, who, with his henchmen, a robot and a monkey, embarks on missions to become a master super villain. And perhaps his greatest nemesis (beyond his own failures or the failures of his allies) is Mod Dog, featured in this piece. Why Mod Dog and not Skullboy himself? Would you rather it be because Pix wouldn’t team up with an aspiring bad guy or because I think Mod Dog is funny and I wanted to draw a flying dog?
Pix Plus is a series of drawings presenting Pix in team-ups with notable characters from kid-friendly comics and graphic novels. The series will run Monday-Friday, from November 17-December 24. Please do share and let people know about Pix and Pix Plus!
Ask your local comic shop to order PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND, in the December catalog, item #DEC141546
And that’s all for Pix Plus…until I decide to do more?