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Pix Plus…Giants Beware’s Claudette!

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GIANTS BEWARE is one of those books you read and think, “this is like an awesome animated movie on paper!”, and you’re glad comics exist so these stories, by these storytellers, can be told. Rafael Rosado and co-writer Jorge Aguirre tell the story of Claudette, who dreams of killing a giant, her brother, who dreams of becoming a chef, and their friend, who aspires to princess-hood, and how they all follow Claudette on a great adventure. It really is like a classic Disney cartoon in so many ways. Charming, funny, creative, dramatic…and superbly drawn. It was interesting to me to combine Pix with Claudette, as they’re of two so clearly different worlds – but they’re both down for adventure just the same.

And there’s a second book, DRAGONS BEWARE, on the way. So, since Pix fights a dragon in her first book, maybe I should think about having her face a giant in book two, just to keep up with Claudette…

Learn more about GIANTS BEWARE here and on Facebook.

 


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

Pix Plus…Amelia McBride!

 

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One of the early successes in the modern kids comics world – in libraries and schools, especially – was the AMELIA RULES series by Jimmy Gownley. Amelia started as self-published comics and graphic novels and, over time, found its audience and now Amelia, and Jimmy, are instantly recognized in the field. Amelia’s an incredible character and the stories Jimmy tells are full of humor, heart, and deft, skillful cartooning. There’s a reason he’s won all kinds of awards, and why I had to draw Amelia and Pix together. That Amelia actually has a superhero alter ego, Princess Powerful, well, I naturally embraced that idea in my drawing, with Pix giving Amelia a hand with flying!

I’ve been lucky to know Jimmy for a good number of years, in fact, way back in 2008/2009, I gave Jimmy and his fellow “Kids Love Comics” cartoonists John Gallagher and Harold Buccholtz, copies of PIX black and white mini-comics, and they’ve ever since been super-supportive and encouraging of my efforts, and so much of what they’ve done has been inspiring to me. Jimmy even gave me a quote to put on the back of the book, for which I’ll always be thankful. It was especially satisfying to debut the book at Baltimore Comic-Con as PART OF the Kids Love Comics pavilion alongside the guys who’d seen the early stages.

Get the scoop on Amelia 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

Pix Plus…the Lumberjanes!

 

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If you don’t know about LUMBERJANES, then I’m super happy to introduce you to it! The Lumberjanes are a group of girls at a scouting camp who find themselves, by happenstance and their own doings, facing all kinds of threat and challenge, especially those of a supernatural and/or mythical nature – from possessed boys from the other camp to dinosaurs to underground secret caves with booby traps…it’s full of awesome stuff. LUMBERJANES, created by Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Noelle Stephenson, and Brooke Allen, is published by Boom Studios’ Boombox imprint, and the series really is terrific. The characters are unique and atypical to mainstream comics, the stories are fun and imaginative, and the art is incredibly cool; the sort of thing I look at and think, “wow, I cannot think to draw that way, but it looks so neat!”. Pix and the Lumberjanes are a natural fit, and I couldn’t not try my hand at interpreting the Lumberjanes in my own style, though it might’ve been fun to try and draw them “on model” and apply that style to Pix… Anyway, the Lumberjanes are rad and I was excited to learn that East Side Mags in Monclair, NJ, racked PIX next to LUMBERJANES when they stocked copies earlier this fall.

More about LUMBERJANES is here.

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PIX, in the wild, next to LUMBERJANES #7 (photo by Brian Smith)

 


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

Pix Plus…Cleopatra in Space!

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CLEOPATRA IN SPACE is a graphic novel about Cleopatra (yep, THE Cleopatra) who is transported into Space as a young teen to train for her eventual reign as the legendary queen of Egypt. It’s got charming and likable characters, great action sequences, and is beautifully illustrated by Mike Maihack, who I met a bunch of years ago when were seated next to one another at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC. Cleo started as a webcomic and has made the transition to a book series from Scholastic Graphix, and it’s pretty great stuff. This drawing was a lot of fun, and one of the first I drew for this series. I got a kick out of interpreting Mike’s very clean, crisp character design into something a bit “intense”, really leaning into Cleo as a tough cookie with killer aim.

Learn more about CLEOPATRA IN SPACE and Mike’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

Pix Plus…Salem Hyde!

 

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THE MISADVENTURES OF SALM HYDE, a series of books about a young witch whose spell casting gets her into humorous pickles, is just one of the great comics by Frank Cammuso, who also creates the KNIGHTS OF THE LUNCH TABLE and OTTO books, for Scholastic Graphix and Toon Books, respectively (not to mention his self-published MAX HAMM: FAIRY TALE DETECTIVE). I chose Salem because she and Whammy (her animal companion) seemed a natural fit. Salem’s a novice witch, Pix claims to be a fairy princess… why wouldn’t these two have fun together? And I liked the idea that Pix would be utterly charmed by Salem’s antics.

Not only that, but Frank, like Jimmy Gownley and Art Baltazar and others, is kind of one of the early creators in the modern kids comics, and in the past year I’ve gotten to know him and he’s been very supportive and inspiring; not just in his work, but his general attitude and professionalism. He’s a good guy who makes terrific books! Check out more 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

Pix Plus…Boulder & Fleet!

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Jerzy Drozd is a cartoonist and teaching artist and podcast producer/host who is a champion of comics and especially comics for kids, and BOULDER & FLEET is his new webcomic about a bear and a bird and their lives as adventurers-for-hire. It’s pretty great, and Jerzy’s been incredibly supportive of PIX and my work on it and promoting it, so it seemed a natural fit for me to draw my character with his newest. And darned if I don’t like drawing animals (at the risk of a spoiler: there are animals in PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND). Meanwhile, behind-the-scenes, my original drawing of Pix with Boulder and Fleet featured a more…aggressive take on Boulder, but hearing Jerzy talk on his numerous podcasts about his thoughts about conflict resolution, and Boulder’s approach to that in particular, led to me going back and softening him up a bit. I still think it looks pretty cool.

Read Boulder & Fleet 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

Pix Plus…Zita the Spacegirl!

 

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When this Pix Plus campaign began more than one person asked if they’d see Zita the Spacegirl, star of three graphic novels by Ben Hatke, in the series…and of course I was going to include Zita; I’d be a fool not to! And not just because the Zita graphic novels are great, and Ben combines adventure, wonder, and heart in his stories, but because there’s no question that Zita and Pix would have an awesome team-up adventure.

At a convention a couple years back a little girl walked by dressed as Zita. Chris Giarrusso, sitting next to me, pointed her out. When we called out “Hey, Zita!” the girl and her mom were so excited we recognized her…it was a convention highlight. Zita is pretty popular as a costume; that’s pretty rad.

More Zita info is right 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!

Pix Plus…Super Dinosaur!

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Super Dinosaur is a talking T-Rex who uses his tiny T-Rex arms to control big, armored arms as well as missiles, lasers, jetpacks, and all kind of other stuff that creators Robert Kirkman and Jason Howard come up with. At the risk of sounding like SD’s best pal Derek Dynamo: it’s awesome. For this drawing, SD & Derek are often leaping into action with a “heck yeah, let’s kick butt” attitude, so it seemed a perfect fit that Pix would join them and dive, literally, head-first into adventure.

Get more Super Dinosaur info here.

 

LAST NOTICE: I’ll be at Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL from 3-5pm, TODAY, 11/26, sketching, signing, and selling copies of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND. Come on by on your way to pick up your Thanksgiving turkey!

 


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!

Pix Plus…Bodie Troll!

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Jay P. Fosgitt’s BODIE TROLL is about the titular Bodie Troll, an adorable little guy who insists that he’s fearsome and disgusting…he’s more of the latter than the former. I met Jay at the Kids Read Comics festival in Ann Arbor this past June and was shocked to learn he didn’t come from the world of animation at all; his work is super-lively with great bounce and character designs. And it’s a fun, funny comic, too. As much as I’m impressed by BODIE TROLL, I opted to draw Pix being less than thrown by Bodie.

Learn more about Bodie and Jay P. Fosgitt here.

 

REMINDER: I’ll be at Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL tomorrow, 11/26, from 3-5pm, sketching, signing, and selling copies of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND. Stop on by if you’re within throwing distance!


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!

Pix Plus…Aw Yeah Comics!

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Action Cat and Adventure Bug are the stars of AW YEAH COMICS, the independent all-ages comic series from the team of Art Baltazar and Franco, kids comics superstars known for TINY TITANS, SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, and ITTY BITTY HELLBOY and THE MASK. With AW YEAH COMICS, and their comic shop of the same name, they continue to bang the drum and make “comics for everyone”. In this drawing it was mostly just fun to interpret the very distinctive Aw Yeah style characters into something more along the lines of what I do…and I do like drawing animal characters.

Learn more about Aw Yeah Comics here.
BONUS: If you’re in or near Aw Yeah Comics in Skokie, IL, stop by on Wednesday, 11/26, between 3pm-5pm; I’ll be in store signing, sketching, and selling copies of PIX: ONE WEIRDEST WEEKEND…aw yeah!

 


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!