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

Bookshelf Author Series!

I’ll be at the Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center Saturday, April 29th as part of their author series. I won’t be reading comics, I’ll be reading from the Jane’s World prose novel published last year by Bold Strokes Books. The expanded story of Jane and her pals is full of humor and at times, sexy exploits.

Please join me for the reading. I’ll also be signing novels written under my pen name, Missouri Vaun.

Where: Charles M Schulz Museum and Research Center, 2301 Hardies Ln, Santa Rosa, California 95403

When: Saturday, April 29 at 2 PM – 4 PM
Why: Because everyone needs a little humor in their life!
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Jane’s World and the Case of the Mail Order Bride
Jane’s PayBuddy account gets hacked and she inadvertently purchases a mail-order bride from Transnistria. Jane doesn’t realize she’s about to embark on her honeymoon until the bride, Natasha, shows up on her doorstep, with luggage. Jane’s roommate, Ethan, can’t stop drooling over sexy Natasha. Luckily, after the demise of the local newspaper, Jane has just taken a job at the public library where she has lots of coworkers smarter than she is that she enlists to help her figure a way out of this accidental marriage. Natasha believes if she can get Jane to consummate their marriage that, according to California’s new state rulings on same-sex marriage, she’ll be a US citizen. But is that all she’s really after? Or does true romance begin to bloom between Natasha and Jane? If Jane’s part-time girlfriend, Dorothy, has anything to say about it, the answer is no!

Center for Cartoon Studies

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Zilly photo bombed all of us. Photo by Abe Olson.

I finally got to visit the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont. It seemed as if it took forever to get there from California, but the miles were well spent. Sharing my personal path with others who are just starting there’s. I’ve never really given a talk where I chart my personal path to discovering Jane’s World. Mine was a journey of lucky breaks and chance encounters. I credit my first big break with meeting Dave Graue, who at the time was writing and drawing Alley Oop. Dave was the first professional cartoonist I’d ever met. He introduced me to all the tools of the trade and I still have the beat up T-square he gave me in 1978 hanging in my office in the Schulz studio. It was great to be with other cartoonists and share the pure joy of writing and drawing comics. Special thanks to Nancy and Carl from the Will Eisner Foundation for hosting the event.

Photos by Evelyn Braddock

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!

GoComics Jane’s World reboot!

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New Jane’s World comic are appearing every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the newly redesigned GoComics site!

For those of you who read the Jane’s World prose novel that came out in June of 2016 (came out… pun intended), you may notice some similarities in the current story line running on GoComics. Yes, Jane did accidentally purchase a mail order bride in the novel, but in the comics form of this narrative, things won’t happen exactly the same way. Some of you might wonder why. Well, because stories don’t translate exactly the same way in different mediums. It just doesn’t work… and anyway, certain changes (and embellishments ) will be funnier for the comic.

Cheers and happy belated 2017!