This past weekend I had the pleasure of being a visiting artist at Tom Hart and Leela Corman's wonderful Sequential Artists Workshop in Gaineville, Florida. On Friday, Tom and I discussed my entire 19-year career as a cartoonist and focused on my circular path that lead from genre work into autobio fiction and back to working with genre once again. The next morning we did a repeat performance at the local library. I had a great time all around and Tom and Leela were the best hosts one could ever hope for. My thanks go out to them and to all of the students at SAW who gave me their time and patience, listening to me drone on about myself for two hours. Also, many thanks to Sheila and Bill for putting us up for the weekend! If any of you interested in comics or working in the field haven't yet, you need to visit SAW now!


Pictures from The Millhopper Library discussion...







Okay, it's offical--Dry County Issue #1 is out! You can order them right here at the COMICSHOP...





A glowing review for Don't Look Back! showed up today on Bleeding Cool! Hannah Means-Shannon had some wonderful things to say not only about the comic book itself, but about the past and future projects produced here at Recoil Crime/Suspense! Go here: Divorcing Dracula and read it for yourself!





 You will notice there are a few changes here at Recoil, one being a link to Dry County as well as two other new links that go directly to two separate shops. One has original art for sale and the other offers new self-published comic books for sale. Including, Recoil's brand-new publication, a 32-page, black and white printing of Don't Look Back! and coming soon--early this Fall, Dry County Issues #1 and 2 (see sneek peeks below). Also, you can check out Dry County online at STUDYGROUP (see link above).






KIM THOMSPON (1956-2013)


I remember when I first started making comics for Gary Groth and Kim Thompson back in 1994. It is a very fond memory, as Kim and Gary helped me to get my start in the world of comics and shaped me as a bonafide cartoonist. At the tender age of 23, It was a big thrill to have such an important publisher like Fantagraphics believing in my work and it helped that Gary was always encouraging. Kim was less of a cheerleader and more of a critic of my cartooning. In every aspect of the form--art, color, design, production and writing, Kim was tough one to please. And to be frank, a lot of the time, his criticisms got on my nerves. But without his blunt critiques I wouldn't have pushed myself--not only to be a better cartooinst--but also just to please him. I can't tell you how pleased I was when I showed him a hardcover dummy of my Sam Hill: The Cavalier Mr. Thompson comic at SPX in 2011, which had only since been posted here online at the time. He held out his hand in delightful recognition saying, "Oh, cool! Sam Hill!" His best reaction to my work since Clover Honey, my first graphic novel published by Kim and Gary. Every time I think about submitting new work to publishers, I always think of Kim's approval. "Would HE like THIS one?" is a question that pops up in my mind and is reserved for very few people in the world. Even though Kim has passed away I will always be looking for his approval.



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