radio story time

I had a nice chat with S. W. Conser at KBOO Community Radio on Monday and it is online now! I talk about my book and animation and Russia and all kinds of stuff. You can’t even tell I’m getting over a cold. Listen here!

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dress-drawin’ video

I’ve done a couple of livestreams of drawthisdress drawings, and I recorded the last one! Here it is, sped up a bit. It’s kinda low-res but you can pretty much see what’s goin’ on. I hope. Here’s the finished drawing.

The Miami Book Fair was awesome! Thanks so much to those who came to see me speak and/or said hi afterwards. I am pretty sold on Florida, especially now that I’m back in soggy forty-degree Portland. I’d love to go back someday!

In other news, Anya’s Ghost is getting on some year-end best-of lists which is awesome! I don’t know which I’m allowed to mention but it’s on the Kirkus Best Teen Books list. Delightful.

I will try to get my webstore back up soon, sorry it’s taking so long! I hate unpacking more than I can say.

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goodreads choice awards

Anya’s Ghost got nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award, alongside some pretty darn amazing books. If you are a member go an’ vote!

To give this post further content here is a drawthisdress I drew yesterday for Halloween. Hope y’all had a good one!

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paranorman teaser

Two posts, one day! Folks probably know my dayjob is drawing storyboards at Laika Entertainment. I’m really excited because the teaser trailer for the movie I just finished working on is online! Paranorman. I’ve been on the film since its very very early baby days back in 2008 and it is AWESOME. I’ve watched it a bazillion times at this point and I still love it, which is saying something.  I’m so happy I got to work on it and hope you all enjoy it when it comes out in August. Of 2012. So, uh, watch the teaser trailer a whole bunch of times for now, I guess.

If you see Puss in Boots this weekend come early, cause the trailer will be playing before it, in 3D.

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miami book fair

Thought I’d do a quick post about my next travel-event, which is the Miami Book Fair! I’m going to be there November 19th and 20th and I will be on a couple of panels with some very cool people. Here’s my schedule. If you live in Miami please come say hi!

I ain’t never been to Florida before.

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wordstock and shop

Hey everybody! Just a couple of quick updates – I’ll be at Portland Wordstock this weekend, participating in a panel and doing a signing. Here is my schedule on the Wordstock site.

Also this weekend I get keys to my new house! Exciting times. I’m moving in the next few weeks so I’m temporarily closing my store while all the prints and stuff are packed up. Hope that doesn’t inconvenience anyone.  I’ll reopen it once I’m settled.

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the dancing annables

Here is my latest painting! A commission for my buddy Graham, doing a swing-dance with his lovely wife.

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two things

Coupla things! I did an interview with Robin over at Inkstuds, talking about Anya and comics and stuff. Listen here! And when you’re done check out all the other awesome people he’s interviewed on the show.

I also wrote a short, alarmingly sincere piece for the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy blog about growing up as a Russian-American. Check that out here.

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san diego!


San Diego came and went! It was my first time since 2004 (when Flight 1 came out) and it was pretty nuts. I’m sure everyone knows how nuts it is so I’m not even gonna go into it here. I had a great time and got to see some of my favorite people.

I mostly hung out at the well-ventilated First Second booth (photo above shamelessly stolen from Mark Siegel). The lovely Dave Roman was often to be found there signing his excellent new book Astronaut Elementary (see it blinding you in the foreground?). I did a few Anya signings but we sold out of books on Friday. So mostly I just said hi to the nice folks that stopped by. In the commotion I almost completely forgot to take pictures but here are some of the things I saw and did:

I grabbed lunch with the ravishing Hope Larson!

And breakfast with the delightful Lori Matsumoto and Patrick Farley!

And some garbage with the charming Pat Race!

The swell fellas at Fleet Street Scandal pushing the new Yuki 7 book, in which I have a drawing.

New bro Thien Pham and good ol’ Gene Yang, who were there promoting their new book Level Up. Thien, Dave, Gene and I did a Teen Comics Workshop together on Saturday and had a great time helping a bunch of kids draw the adventures of Sara the Fast Fat Girl and Franq the Delinquent Demon Meathead.

At the First Second dinner on Saturday Thien explained his work ethic to us all over magically refilling wine glasses. Paul was not convinced.

By the end of the show I felt kind of like this doggie. Tired, but happy! Actually I was probably happier than that dog was. It was great talking to people who had read and enjoyed Anya’s Ghost. I’m pumped up for the next show I go to (which appears to be NYCC in October) and excited to make more comics!

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Amazon update

I’ve been hearing that Amazon was canceling people’s orders for the book. My publisher told me that that was a mistake – Amazon DOES have the reprint but canceled existing orders ahead of the restock due to a computer glitch. Which sucks. I’m sorry. Feel free to reorder, it should be shipping soon! Sorry again.

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