HAPPY NEW YEAR, Dear Readers! Thanks again for supporting the debut of SPACE DUMPLINS! Not yet sure what projects are forecast for 2016… been tinkering with a sequel to DUMPLINS… gathered two months of travel drawings & notes with Edmond Baudoin… and scheming of collaborative animations with my little brother, Phil from BLANKETS! More soon! Hugs, Craig
More SPACE DUMPLINS tour dates soon. In the meantime, here’s a few mementos thus far:
Upper left, CHUNKY RICE tattoo and young cartoonists/art school students from Philly. Right, fan art by talented Italian illustrator Veronica Carratello. And finally, excerpts from a huge stack of thank you notes from students at Hoffman Elementary outside Chicago.
The first translated volume of DUMPLINS, Rizzoli’s POLPETTE SPAZIALI, debuted this past weekend at LUCCA Comics Festival in Italy. It’s 100 pages longer than the US edition, because of extra “making of” material.
Also, hot-off-the-press is Reprodukt’s gorgeous German edition of WELTRAUMKRÜMEL, in paperback and limited edition hardcover, meticulously hand-lettered, including the sound effects. And soon to be released is Casterman’s French edition of SPACE BOULETTES which will also debut in paperback and special edition hardcover. The latter has an acetate overlay cover, an in-depth interview, and extra pages of “making of” material.
Up next is the Canadian portion (and Philadelphia) of DUMPLINS (and D&Q Blankets) book tour!
Sunday, October 25th, 3 PM : Librarie D&Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, MONTREAL
Monday, October 26th, 7 PM : Librarie D&Q, 211 Bernard Ouest, MONTREAL
Wednesday, October 28th, 6 PM : Palmerston Public Library, TORONTO
Thursday, October 29th, 3 PM : University of Toronto, TORONTO
Friday & Saturday, October 30th & 31st, Locust Moon Comics Festival, PHILADELPHIA
Halloween… might be a good time for SPACE DUMPLINS cosplay, hint hint…
Just a reminder to all my loyal readers and retailers that BLANKETS is now published by DRAWN & QUARTERLY. I couldn’t be happier working with them!
Paperbacks and hardcovers available here: <https://www.drawnandquarterly.com/blankets>
The next leg of DUMPLINS’ book tour takes me to the Great Lakes region of the midwest.
NOTE: As of September 16th, new updates to the SPACE DUMPLINS BOOK TOUR!
September 6 • DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL
September 11 • Portland, Oregon • A CHILDREN’S PLACE Bookstore • 5 PM
September 12 • Portland, Oregon • BRIDGE CITY COMICS • 11 AM
September 12 • Portland, Oregon • POWELL’S BOOKS, Burnside • 2 PM
September 17-19 • Walla Walla, WA • WHITMAN COLLEGE
September 20 • San Francisco, CA • COMIX EXPERIENCE • 2 PM
September 25 • Los Angeles, CA • SECRET HEADQUARTERS • 6 – 9 PM
October 1-3 • Columbus, OH • CARTOON CROSSROADS
October 4 • Naperville, IL • ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOP • 2 PM
October 6 • Winnetka, IL • The BOOK STALL
October 7 • Oconomowoc, WI • BOOKS & COMPANY Bookstore
October 9 • Denver, Colorado • MOUNTAINS & PLAINS Independent Booksellers Association Tradeshow • 3 PM
October 13 • Montrose, CA • ONCE UPON A TIME Bookstore • 7 PM
October 17 • Minneapolis, Minnesota • TWIN CITIES BOOK FESTIVAL
CANADA IN LATE OCTOBER! More info to come for late October and part of November.
Endless thanks for your patience while I road tripped across the US with Edmond Baudoin. It was completely crazy of me to be working on the NEXT book when my latest debut needed promotional attention. But I’m home now & refueling to hit the road again. Looking forward to seeing you!
Presently punting in Cambridge, UK with Sierra, the first leg of post-DUMPLINS vacation. But the big news in my world is that we’re MOVING to LA, packing up almost two decades of living in Portland, Oregon. The process is GOOD-BYE, CHUNKY RICE all over again. That book was drawn when I was 21 and first moved to Portland from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; emotionally devastated from missing my friends. Now I’m nearly forty, but feeling the same. Big love to my Portland posse, and to my extended community of friends & readers around the world.
(Also see, bamboo rafting in China.)