Five days of Jane

jw170731jw170801The thing about cartooning is that it is a lonely endeavor. Usually you do it at home, at night, after you’re off duty from your day job. If you’re like most cartoonists you do comics around the edges of everything else in your life. That can sometimes get discouraging. Then you attend San Diego Comic Con (or some other similar event) and you’re reminded that you’re not alone and you’re also reminded of how much you LOVE comics. You come home feeling rejuvenated and inspired. At least that was my experience this year. So one day of “Jane” this week on GoComics just wasn’t enough for me. I hope you enjoy the week.

Comic Con 2017 Schedule!

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Comic Con San Diego starts this week! July 19th! Dude, where did June go?! Preview night is Wednesday and then Thursday is gonna be a crazy day! I’m participating in three panels. I’m listing them here. Come check them out. And as usual, the PEANUTS BOOTH is 1635. We’ve got a new expanded booth this year… come check out Snoopy and his pals:
 
THE FUTURE IS FEMALE: WOMEN IN ANIMATION
 

Marge Dean (WIA co-president, GM at Stoopid Buddy Stoodios), Kristy Scanlan (VP of Business Development, Animation & Games at Technicolor); Co-President WIA), Maggie Malone (VP, creative affairs, Walt Disney Animation Studios), and Jinko Gotoh (executive producer, The Lego Movie Sequel, Warner Animation Group), Kelley Gardner (Sr. Director/EIC, Current Series Animation at Nickelodeon), Angela Petrella (director, writer and producer for animation and virtual reality; “Dear Angelica”), Paige Braddock (Cartoonist, Author, Creative Director; Girl Twirl Comics), Melissa Schneider (EVP Originals and Development at New Form), and Sarah Malkin (VP Digital Development at New Form) discuss female creative talent by format, unconscious bias, and the goal of obtaining 50-50 by 2025, with women sharing equally in the creation, production, and rewards of animation.

Thursday July 20, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am, Room 7AB

50 YEARS OF PEANUTS IN JAPAN
Japan has a special relationship with the Peanuts characters, having embraced Snoopy, Charlie Brown, and the rest of the gang for nearly five decades. In this discussion, attendees will learn about the unique history of how Peanuts came to Japan and how the unique Japanese culture has embraced the iconic comic strip. Among many other incredible stories, fans will learn which characters are popular and why and discover the origins of the latest Peanuts phenomenon: the Snoopy Museum in Tokyo!
Moderator: Justin Thompson, Senior Artist for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates. Panelists: Paige Braddock, Creative Director for Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates in Santa Rosa, Hiroko Nakamura, Producer at Sony Creative Products Inc. in Tokyo, Lisa Shirai, Senior Director, for International Licensing for Peanuts Worldwide, Daisuke Kusakari, Creative Director of the Snoopy Museum Tokyo, Karen Johnson, the Director of the Charles M Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa
Thursday July 20, 2017 3:00pm – 4:00pm, Room 23ABC
FEMME MAGNIFIQUE: AMAZING WOMEN IN COMICS
 
Learn about the groundbreaking women featured in the new anthology Femme Magnifique and the creative teams that turned the real-life adventures of these women into comic book stories. Women from politics, art, science, and pop will be featured, as co-curators Shelly Bond (Black Crown) and Kristy Miller (Femme Magnifique) provide sneak peeks at the art and stories. Femme Magnifique creative team members Paige Braddock (Jane’s World), Elsa Charretier (The Unstoppable Wasp), Eva Cabrera (KIM & KIM), Tess Fowler (Rat Queens), Gail Simone (Red Sonja), and more share their experiences creating comic stories based on real-life female heroes. Q&A session.
Thursday July 20, 2017 7:00pm – 8:00pm, Room 11

Natasha…

jw170208In the past couple of weeks Natasha made her debut in Jane’s World as Jane’s unexpected and intimidating mail order bride. It’s always tricky to add a new character to a cast that’s well established. I started drawing Jane in earnest back in 1995 and at this point I could probably draw her crazy hair with my eyes closed. But Natasha is another story… I’m still getting used to her face and her curves. Bear with me as she and I get to know each other. (And just wait until she meets Chelle.)

New installments of JW appear every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on GoComics!

Jane’s World, Now More Than Ever

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“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is not time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, no room for fear. We speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal.” — Toni Morrison

My wife, Evelyn shared this quote from Toni Morrison earlier on Facebook and it echoed what I’ve been feeling for the past week.

With everything that’s been going on I’m now more motivated than ever to create new Jane’s World comics. New stories begin in December, which I had planned anyway, before the election. But given the current discourse in our country I think it’s important for Jane’s World to have a daily presence. I probably will not touch on actual politics in any of the new stories, but Jane will instead, hopefully, offer a safe space… a respite from the angry noise that currently surrounds all of us. Be strong, friends. Now is the time to be kind to one another.

A New Project

New Jane’s World comics are in the works. They will begin to appear online January 1st (maybe even in December). I’ll post updates as the time draws near.

In the meantime… I’m working on a new graphic novel project. It’s a graphic memoir. I don’t want to share too much at this point, but I like the way the story is shaping up. More to come! Here’s a thumbnail sketch of page 13…

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