Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts page 28 is up! I feel guilty about this page, but not guilty enough to have done it differently.
Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.
The archive of all pages posted to date is here.

Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts page 28 is up! I feel guilty about this page, but not guilty enough to have done it differently.

Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.

The archive of all pages posted to date is here.

Look, I made a fan art! This is Turpentine from Band vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques, which is a totally awesome queer comic that you should be reading.
I listen to a LOT of female-fronted punk/metal/goth, so it’s not too surprising Turpentine would be one of my fave characters.

Look, I made a fan art! This is Turpentine from Band vs. Band by Kathleen Jacques, which is a totally awesome queer comic that you should be reading.

I listen to a LOT of female-fronted punk/metal/goth, so it’s not too surprising Turpentine would be one of my fave characters.

robkirbycomics:

QU33R, the book I edited that was published by Northwest Press, has been nominated for an Ignatz award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection. Very proud!

I have a comic in here! If we win, I look forward to Rob dividing up the trophy so I can have my 1/33rd of an Ignatz award.

robkirbycomics:

QU33R, the book I edited that was published by Northwest Press, has been nominated for an Ignatz award for Outstanding Anthology or Collection. Very proud!

I have a comic in here! If we win, I look forward to Rob dividing up the trophy so I can have my 1/33rd of an Ignatz award.

Just this afternoon I put the last bit of color on the last page of Old Ghosts, twelve years after I wrote the first draft of the story.

It probably should not take anyone twelve years to produce a 36-page comic (and, to be fair, I did a few hundred pages of other comics in the interim), but day jobs will do that to ya.

First draft was written in 2002, when I was still living in Boston and still working a normal-person desk job, then extensively revised in 2006 after I’d moved to Austin. The scene playing out in the handwritten draft in the photo up there was cut completely, I’m guessing because it was very boring and unnecessary (I actually didn’t remember it at all until I fished out the draft).

Pages 1-12 were penciled and inked in 2006-2007. In 2008 the deal came through to work on Transposes, so I set Old Ghosts aside to focus on that. Took me four years to finish Transposes. I was a bit burned out after that and didn’t work on comics much for awhile.

I picked up Old Ghosts again in late 2013 (in Aurora, CO now), and put it down only to work on my story for Beyond. So pages 13-36 were penciled and inked in 2013-2014, and all 36 pages were colored in 2014.

I’ll continue to release the pages once a week, which will have this thing wrapping up around mid-October. Pretty appropriate timing for a ghost story, I think.

jwthornton:

odofemi:

Jeanne Thornton’s The Black Emerald, freshly released on the new Instar Books (an imprint of OR Books), is one of the strangest things I’ve read in a long time. A collection of seven short stories and two novellas, this book really feels like it was written by someone who lives in a version of reality just slightly askew to our own. I devoured this book in just under twenty-four hours because I couldn’t put it down.
The closing novella, Myra’s Seven Conversations, has stuck in my mind as one of the best and strangest parts of the collection. It’s reminicent, to me, in some ways of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. And the opening titular novella brings to mind both Caitlín R. Kiernan’s work and Billy Martin’s (formerly, Poppy Z Brite) novel Drawing Blood, for an overall pulp comic Lovecraftian bizarreness that ends both mysteriously and abruptly. Both of these are worth the price of admission alone, but between them are seven very odd and humourous stories.
I highly recommend this for lovers of weird fiction, and for readers of trans fiction and queer fiction. You need to read this! Jeanne Thornton is worth reading an ebook for.
It’s available online for only $10 and worth every penny!

!!! omgggg a comparison to WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is like … a dream thing kind of!

My friend Jeanne Thornton has a new book out. If you dig queer/trans fiction you should point your eyeballs and your dollars at it!

jwthornton:

odofemi:

Jeanne Thornton’s The Black Emerald, freshly released on the new Instar Books (an imprint of OR Books), is one of the strangest things I’ve read in a long time. A collection of seven short stories and two novellas, this book really feels like it was written by someone who lives in a version of reality just slightly askew to our own. I devoured this book in just under twenty-four hours because I couldn’t put it down.

The closing novella, Myra’s Seven Conversations, has stuck in my mind as one of the best and strangest parts of the collection. It’s reminicent, to me, in some ways of Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. And the opening titular novella brings to mind both Caitlín R. Kiernan’s work and Billy Martin’s (formerly, Poppy Z Brite) novel Drawing Blood, for an overall pulp comic Lovecraftian bizarreness that ends both mysteriously and abruptly. Both of these are worth the price of admission alone, but between them are seven very odd and humourous stories.

I highly recommend this for lovers of weird fiction, and for readers of trans fiction and queer fiction. You need to read this! Jeanne Thornton is worth reading an ebook for.

It’s available online for only $10 and worth every penny!

!!! omgggg a comparison to WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE is like … a dream thing kind of!

My friend Jeanne Thornton has a new book out. If you dig queer/trans fiction you should point your eyeballs and your dollars at it!

Page 27 of Old Ghosts is up! Gran and Archer reminisce about a particular event from Archer’s childhood, but have very different interpretations of how things actually played out.
Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.
Need to get caught up? The archive of all page posted to date is here.

Page 27 of Old Ghosts is up! Gran and Archer reminisce about a particular event from Archer’s childhood, but have very different interpretations of how things actually played out.

Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.

Need to get caught up? The archive of all page posted to date is here.

Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts page 26 is up! I think this definitively answers the question of whether or not Gran makes a special point of winding up Archer. (And if he didn’t react, would she bother?)
Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.
Need to get caught up? The archive of all pages posted to date is here.
Fun/gross historical fact: many old houses in Europe used to have their cesspools in the basement, before the advent of modern plumbing. Gran’s house would be no exception. Maybe THAT’S why Archer doesn’t want to go down there (though it wouldn’t have been in use for over 100 years).

Politically InQueerect: Old Ghosts page 26 is up! I think this definitively answers the question of whether or not Gran makes a special point of winding up Archer. (And if he didn’t react, would she bother?)

Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.

Need to get caught up? The archive of all pages posted to date is here.

Fun/gross historical fact: many old houses in Europe used to have their cesspools in the basement, before the advent of modern plumbing. Gran’s house would be no exception. Maybe THAT’S why Archer doesn’t want to go down there (though it wouldn’t have been in use for over 100 years).

I did it. I finished my comic for Beyond. Let the queer scientist shenanigans commence.

I did it. I finished my comic for Beyond. Let the queer scientist shenanigans commence.

Page 25 of Old Ghosts is up! Archer is incorrigible. He will not be corriged!
Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.
Need to get caught up? The archive of pages posted to date is here.
Art notes: More backgrounds culled from photos I took. That beige building that looks like a church isn’t actually a church (I think it’s some sort of civic building), and the fenced area isn’t a graveyard IRL. But there are many such graveyards in city centres throughout the UK, and I figured this story needed at least one cemetery.
Shrewsbury is Charles Darwin’s hometown, and the library sports a Darwin statue out front. I do have a picture of said statue, but I didn’t think to use it as a background until it was too late. Still not sure if it would have been a fun detail or an overly heavy-handed image for this story.

Page 25 of Old Ghosts is up! Archer is incorrigible. He will not be corriged!

Read it here on Tapastic, or here on Studio NDR.

Need to get caught up? The archive of pages posted to date is here.

Art notes: More backgrounds culled from photos I took. That beige building that looks like a church isn’t actually a church (I think it’s some sort of civic building), and the fenced area isn’t a graveyard IRL. But there are many such graveyards in city centres throughout the UK, and I figured this story needed at least one cemetery.

Shrewsbury is Charles Darwin’s hometown, and the library sports a Darwin statue out front. I do have a picture of said statue, but I didn’t think to use it as a background until it was too late. Still not sure if it would have been a fun detail or an overly heavy-handed image for this story.

A write-up of the SDCC 2014 trans panel I was on. I believe the entire panel was recorded on video, so hopefully that’ll wind up online before too long so folks who couldn’t be there will get to see it.