Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Nom Nom Nominations!

I'm super pleased that The Oven got nominated for TWO Ignatz Awards this year. It's the little graphic novel that could.
This little book is goin' places.
I also had the honor of serving on the jury (I did not nominate myself, please see disclaimer in article linked below -Ed.) and I can say with assurance that indie comics is one small step from world domination.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Small Press Alternative Comics Expo (SPACE) This Weekend!

I'm going to be at Small Press Small Press and Alternative Comics Expo - SPACE in Columbus, Ohio​ tomorrow and Sunday at table B15 with Carl Antonowicz​! If you are there you should come find me as I will have all sorts of fun and exciting things.

I will also be reading some comics pieces at Official Public After-Party on Saturday night. You will laugh you will cry you... will probably feel something unless you're a robot.

See you there!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Next Up, HeroesCon!

Hey Friends. I'm going to be tabling at HeroesCon in Charlotte, North Carolina this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the lovely and talented Jenn Jordan! We'll be at Indie Island along with my publisher, AdHouse Books and numerous other luminaries of the alt-comics scene.

I've been invited to be on a couple panels, which I'm extremely excited about because I have many opinions that I am happy to share with the world. Here are the panel details, from the convention website:

Room 209
For this year’s MEGA-PANEL, cartoonist BEN TOWLE and critic CRAIG FISCHER celebrate the first decade of the Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS), the influential school for comics artists located in White River Junction, Vermont. Ben will begin with a slide show/talk about the history of “how-to” cartooning guides, including How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, Understanding Comics, and the CCS-sponsored Adventures in Cartooning books by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost. Ben’s presentation will be followed by a screening of Cartoon College (Josh Melrod and Tara Wray, 2012, 75 minutes), a lively documentary that chronicles CCS’s history while focusing on a group of students furiously working on long-form comics for their graduation projects. One added attraction of Cartoon College: interviews with such luminaries as Scott McCloud, Art Spiegelman, Fran├žoise Mouly, and Steve Bissette.
To explore the issues and situations brought up in Cartoon College, we’ll then move into a panel featuring CCS alumni and students. Our guests will be CHUCK FORSMAN, Oily Comics publisher and creator of such recent graphic novels and comics as TEOTFW, Celebrated Summer, and Revenger; SOPHIE GOLDSTEIN, writer/artist of the Ignatz-winning House of Women and AdHouse’s graphic novel The Oven; and current CCS student ANDY SHUPING. Come get the inside story on CCS from those in the know! The panel will end with a display of original art to be included in a major CCS art exhibit at Appalachian State University in fall 2015.

12:00 pm
Room 209
JOE MOCHOVE and RUSTY ROWLEY talk with some of the best talents on the independent publishing scene: ALEXIS ZIRITT & FABIAN RANGEL JR (Space Riders), AARON CONLEY (Sabertooth Swordsman), ANDREW MACLEAN (ApocalyptiGirl) and SOPHIE GOLDSTEIN (The Oven).

 I hope I see you there!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Release Party @ Copacetic Comics in Pittsburgh Tomorrow, 7pm!

This is happening tomorrow on my home turf in Pittsburgh, PA! Preceding the 7pm signing party and hangout extravaganza Copacetic will be celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the 3138 Dobson Street Cultural Complex in regards to which I quote their website: "We'll be offering a mountain of deals, and will be making an extra effort this year to assemble an amazing selection of $5 items in honor of completing our fifth year here."

So, lots of reasons to join in! I hope to see you there.
celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of the 3138 Dobson Street Cultural Complex (and we'll be continuing on with the celebration here at Copacetic through Sunday 14 June, as well!).  For our part, we'll be offering a mountain of deals, and will be making an extra effort this year to assemble an amazing selection of $5 items in honor of completing our fifth year here. - See more at:

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

"The Oven" Available on!

My new book The Oven, just out from AdHouse Books last month is now available for sale on Amazon. For those of you who don't have access to a local bookstore this is a great way to get a copy.

If you haven't heard much about The Oven yet, Publisher's Weekly did a short write-up on it that covers all the basics and has some preview pages.

I'll also be at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival next weekend! TCAF is a really wonderful convention and this will be my third year attending. You can find me at the AdHouse Table from 1pm to close both days.

Thursday, April 9, 2015