The Cartoon Picayune

Spring and Summertime Updates

Perhaps you've noticed that this blog tends to be sparsely populated by new entries in the slow season between issues. For more recent posts that might not be necessarily Cartoon Picayune information but are still written by me and skew to my interests, take a look at my tumblr. I like the faster pace and more whimsical style, but I think The CP still deserves longer, more thought out posts, even if it takes a month a more.

Anyways, there's plenty of spring and summertime news to report.

The fifth issue of The Cartoon Picayune is well underway. There's a theme of Hard Work and there is plenty of it happening in production of the issue. For 2013, I'm shifting the schedule a little so that Issue 5 will be the first Summer issue. You can look forward to at least two excellent, longer stories as the main focus:

Andy Warner, who brought us "The Man Who Built Beirut" in the third issue, is back with our first advertiser-supported feature, ever! His piece examines the political fight around the legal status of sex workers in the city of San Francisco. I've been working closely with Andy on this one, and I'm very excited about it.

Emi Gennis, Editor of a Hic & Hoc  anthology about unsolved mysteries and a tremendous cartoonist herself, brings us a tragic and richly rendered tale about the so-called "Radium Girls," female factory workers in the early twentieth century poisoned by unsafe working conditions. Emi's process on this is fascinating, and she has generously explained it on her blog, in addition to creating this GIF showing the evolution of a page:

I'm happy to report that I'll once again be tabling at TCAF in Toronto, May 11 and 12, with comics wunderkind Pat Barrett. Then, in June, I'll debut Issue 5, the Hard Work issue, at CAKE in Chicago on the 15 and 16. I'll be joined at that table with Chicago's finest in comics journalism: Erin Polgreen and Joyce Rice of Symbolia and Darryl Holliday and Erik Rodriguez of The Illustrated Press (and the last two issues of The CP).

I would be remiss to not mention that you can now buy Symbolia's first Issue, "We Don't Belong" on iPad or as a PDF. Also, if you are in Chicago, you must check out The Illustrated Press exhibit at the Harold Washington Library.(I can't wait to see it!) Here also is a great interview with CP contributor Jess Ruliffson about her ongoing projects.

Finally, since this is the first year with a Summer issue, it is only fitting to be the first year with a Winter issue also. Issue 6 will be out in November. The theme is Small Worlds, and the deadline is August 1st.

More soon. If you've been paying attention, you know that I owe you one more Q+A, which I hope to post shortly.


Call for Submissions

It's already time to get together the Spring 2012 issue! The next issue has a theme of Hard Work. I want your true stories about real effort. It's that sweat-on-the-brow intensity that I think is going to really make this issue come alive. You have one month to tell me about your story. By January 1st, 2013, I want to know what's coming in. Once I know it's coming, together we can determine an individual deadline for when the finished comic is due. For more information, see the submissions page.

Just a reminder, this is the first issue where advertising has provided me with a comics budget. To pitch me, send me a paragraph or two describing the comic and why you think it would work in The Cartoon Picayune Hard Work issue. Then I can work with you as an editor (with a light touch) and we can make something really special. Plus you get paid!

In short, you have one month to a) pitch me on story you want me to edit and for you to get paid for, or b) tell me about your awesome story that you want to send to me already completed.

Have a piece in mind for The Cartoon Picayune that doesn't fit the theme? Email me, I'd love to hear about it and consider publication for a future issue.

Also, we're looking for more advertisers! Our rates are extremely reasonable, and as noted above, directly finance the creation of original comics journalism.


Two other short notes: I have a tumblr. It's a fun place for me to short and quippy.

Also, Symbolia, a tablet magazine that also focuses on comics journalism launches today. Spend some time with it (on iPad, ebook, or pdf) and you'll see that Erin and Joyce and doing something really cool. It definitely has it's own own personality, and I can't wait to see where they go with it.

That's it for now, stay tuned for three exciting Q+A interviews and maybe too many new comics projects.