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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PixPlay at FCBD 2015!

This year I spent Free Comic Book Day with the great folks at Acme Comics in Greensboro, NC, who surprised me with a real-deal Pix cosplayer!

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Gabrielle did an awesome job putting this costume together, and even at a good foot taller than Pix, she nailed it! Thanks Gabrielle and thanks Acme Comics!

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Review: VOYA’s Graphically Speaking

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):

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Thanks so much to Kat Kan and VOYA!

Librarians can order copies of Pix from Brodart, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, etc, etc.

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First ever…#PixPlay!!!

I woke up this morning to a most delightful surprise on twitter when a Mr. Russell Allen wrote me to say:

just let you know great work and my daughter had to be Pix for storybook character day at her school

And he attached this image:

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This little girl, age 7, is officially the first ever instance (of which I’m aware) of someone dressing up as Pix, and it’s the coolest. I mean…right?!

Thanks to Russell Allen and his daughter…and thanks to Fight or Flight Comics in Raleigh, NC, where they bought the book.

Good stuff all around!

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Watch the Book Trailer for PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND!!!

I’m happy to share the official book trailer for PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND! It’s a quick, one-minute video that I hope you’ll enjoy and share with everyone!

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PIX in (better) Comic Stores NOW!

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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.

Where’s your local comic store? Find out here.

You don’t have a local comic store? Well, then consider buying PIX from this very site or on Amazon.com.

 

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!

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PIX Availability Increases

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!

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Pix Plus…Mod Dog (from THE MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY)!

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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?

Jacob Chabot‘s Eisner Award nominated MIGHTY SKULLBOY ARMY is published by Dark Horse Comics.

 


 

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?

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Pix Plus…Chance Falconer (from LEAVE IT TO CHANCE)!

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Chance Falconer is the star of a comics series from the late ’90s called LEAVE IT TO CHANCE, by Paul Smith and James Robinson, and it was one of my favorite comics at the time, and, obvious in a way that I hadn’t quite registered, an influence on PIX and the kind of work I do. Chance lives in Devil’s Echo, a place where magic and supernatural occurrences are part of life, and her father is the foremost supernatural detective/protector of Devils’ Echo. Chance wants to follow in his footsteps, and the book is kind of a supernatural Nancy Drew, which might not be a fair comparison…plus she has a dragon sidekick, St. George.

The book was great, with one issue (#12 or #13, I can’t remember which, this is pre-2000 stuff I’m talking about) being so great I called Paul Smith (the artist, who I worked with a couple times as an assistant editor at Marvel) to tell him it was my favorite comic of that year. And sadly, it’s been out of print for far too long. Suffice to say I liked this series enough that I actually inquired with Image Comics, the original publisher, about what I might be able to do to get a complete collection put together and released;  I was ready to invest! But in lieu of that, I published my OWN book about a young girl dealing with strange things…and while they’re quite different in so many ways, I felt it only right to draw a piece with them together…

As I mentioned, LEAVE IT TO CHANCE is long out of print, so I have no link to info about it. Instead, a link to Paul Smith’s website (can’t seem to find a website for James Robinson).

 


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

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