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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Pix Plus…El Deafo!

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EL DEAFO was a book I heard a lot about before I got to reading it. And yes, I recognize the…irony of hearing about a book which tells the story of a girl (Cece Bell, the author/illustrator) and her experiences growing up after she becomes “severely to profoundly” deaf. But this book was abuzz. At the 2014 ALA conference, EL DEAFO and Raina Telgemeier’s SISTERS were books I kept hearing about or seeing people carrying advance review copies of…and then it started getting rave reviews everywhere…and then people I knew had read it and couldn’t speak highly enough of it. Well, with all that hype there’s a greater chance for disappointment, but EL DEAFO is excellent comics.

Cebe Bell, who draws herself (and everyone else) as rabbit-humans, tells her story honestly and unflinchingly, using the tools of comics super effectively, most especially when it comes to her exploration of sound, something inherently absent from comics. But by manipulating lettering and word balloons and such, she achieves something only comics could do. That there’s a superhero element to it, in that Bell imagines herself a superhero with the “powers” her Phonic Ear provides, adds a layer of charm and whimsy…and gave me an excuse/reason to pair El Deafo with Pix!

Learn more about EL DEAFO here.

 


 

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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Pix Plus…The Intrepid EscapeGoat!

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Brian Smith is one of those people who’s more creative than folks might ever know. His downright common name doesn’t help, but his work is far from common. He’s maybe best known for the NY Times best-selling graphic novel series he co-writes with Mike Raicht called THE STUFF OF LEGEND, but while working on that he wrote an illustrated a series called THE INTREPID ESCAPEGOAT, and it is great. Thomas Fleet is EscapeGoat, a magician and escape artist (hence the name) who, when he’s not performing feats of magic, faces down magical threats around the world, aided by his sidekick, the powerful Princess Isis. It’s worth checking out, as are his other comics, WISHFUL STINKING and THE BASICS, which, stop what you’re doing now and read them all here. It was no easy task choosing which of Brian’s works to team Pix with, but I like drawing animals, even if it’s just their heads!

Learn more at briansmithcomics.com.

I’ve actually drawn EscapeGoat once before, for Brian – a full-color piece that never saw print in the series – so I figured I’d post that image here because…why not?!

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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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Pix Plus…Missile Mouse!

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MISSILE MOUSE is the creation of Jake Parker, who’s done work in animation, picture books, and comics/graphic novels. He’s an illustrating/cartooning powerhouse, working in different styles and genres…it’s impressive, and each thing he does looks better than the last. MISSILE MOUSE is a graphic novel series he did for Scholastic/Graphix about a space-faring mouse with a jetpack…what else do you need to know? There’s intergalactic strife and aliens and betrayal and stuff, but in the end it’s a cool action adventure story, which isn’t dissimilar from PIX (albeit PIX is what I call a “suburban adventure story”), so why not team these two up in an awesome action shot?! Exactly.

Get the scoop of Missile Mouse and Jake Parker’s other work here.

 


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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Pix Plus…Barbara Thorson (from I KILL GIANTS)

 

 

 

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I KILL GIANTS, by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura is a tremendous graphic novel…compelling, intense, dramatic and emotional…and it builds to that, starting as a story about a weird girl, Barbara Thorson, in school obsessed with killing giants, and becoming about facing something metaphorically much bigger. It’s similar in that respect to Todd DeZago and Mike Weiringo’s TELLOS. It’s a different kind of book and character than PIX, but there’s some shared DNA strands there. Barbara talks about giants and a fantasy world no one else sees…Pix talks about being the daughter of the fairy king without any actual proof or evidence…people look a them both a little funny, etc. So here they are, teamed up in a pretty wild action pose, inspired in part by the distinct art of Ken Niimura, who draws in a way that I don’t, but it sure looks awesome.

There’s no website for I KILL GIANTS, per se, but Joe Kelly is part of the Man of Action studios and Ken Niiumura’s online here.

 


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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Pix Plus…The Green Turtle (from THE SHADOW HERO)

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Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s THE SHADOW HERO tells the untold origin of The Green Turtle, the first ever Asian American superhero from the Golden Age of comic books in the 1940s, created by a Chinese American cartoonist named Chu Hing. It’s a great book, made all the better when, after the last story page, you get to the story BEHIND the book itself. It’s the sort of thing I could explain, but don’t want to take the experience away from you as a potential reader. Gene Luen Yang has wanted to write a superhero story for a long time and got to tell a pretty iconic one here. And the art, by Sonny Lieu, who I first noticed on a terrific book called MY FAITH IN FRANKIE, is so good on the art and storytelling.

In the end, despite the fact that THE SHADOW HERO takes place in the ’40s and Pix has a cell phone, I still wanted to draw them in a team-up situation up just the same! And I think this marks the first of this series of drawings to feature buildings, right?

Get more info on THE SHADOW HERO and Gene Yang’s website.

 


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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Pix Plus…Princess Ugg!

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PRINCESS UGG is a relatively new series by Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, Polly and the Pirates) about Ulga, a different kind of princess, a barbarian princess well-versed in battle and warfare. She’s on a mission to learn a different path; one of diplomacy and less…barbaric actions – something more “traditional” when talking princesses. It’s a really great series and Ulga, AKA Princess Ugg, is a great character. And as a non-traditional princess it seemed fair to team up Pix, who claims to be a (fairy) princess herself, with her (and at this point I hope you’re all okay with me playing fast and loose with time and place (given prior team-ups in the series and more yet to come).

Get the scoop on PRINCESS UGG and Ted Naifeh’s other works here.

 


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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