Saturday, October 25, 2014

Seabrook's Asylum

William Seabrook has inexplicably been out of print for years. Thankfully, Dover Publications is remedying that, starting with a new edition of Asylum, Seabrook's true account of his stay in a mental hospital to cure his late-stage alcoholism.

I may have mentioned I'm working away at a graphic novel based on Seabrook's life and I'm excited that I'll be doing the cover for this new Dover edition of Asylum and will be writing an introduction in comic strip form for the book.

This is what the cover's looking like so far. And below that, are some of the roughs.

Asylum is one of the best of Seabrook's late career books. You should read this when it comes out!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

M. Girard

I stayed with Pascal Girard in Montréal recently. Here's what he looks like these days.

This post it note, drawn by M. Girard, was left on the door to remind me to take the Montréal smoked meat out of the fridge for my mother-in-law.
none of which is a euphemism for anything.

sam in jasper

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

William Seabrook in Haiti

I'm back drawing the biography of Seabrook, and he's in Haiti right now.

I killed spiderman.

This super-violent comic strip I did was framed and hung in the hall of my high school for a couple of years. My sophisticated art teacher Ms. Beausejour, who introduced me to the New Yorker magazine, Opera music, Goya and William Blake, censored the forth panel, changing “suck on dis, bug” to “burn, you cretin!!!” which is slightly less disturbing. I was just beginning to realize that I would never be able to hack it as a super hero artist at this point.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Seabrook chapter portraits

The first two portraits of William Seabrook that I'll be using as chapter title pages in the book I'm doing. I'm set to get back to drawing again as the Happy Stories About Well-Adjusted People book design is done. The next chapter is set in Haiti. Seabrook's book Adventures in Arabia is a best-seller and he doesn't rest, but decides to write a book about voodoo and ends up living in Haiti with a voodoo priestess, Mama Celie for a couple of years. The book that comes out of Haiti, The Magic Island eventually will become the Bela Lugosi film White Zombie. As I have been telling anyone who will listen, Old Seabrook's claim to fame is that he is credited with introducing the word zombie to the English language.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The smuggest “nice” country on earth…

An old strip about the myth of nice ol' humble ol' Canada. The bland, wolf-eyed devil Stephen Harper should have killed any last vestige of that old Canadian nationalism, masquerading as a humble pride.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Highest percentage of blurry photos in any TCAF report you'll read this year

So TCAF was this weekend and it was fantastic as usual. This festival, run with the grace and precision of a Swiss Chalet chicken dinner by the Beguiling and their staff of a million cheerful, youthful volunteers. I could apologize for the blurriness of every shot from my cheap, elderly camera, but it's an aesthetic. Your limitations become your style, so they say. Just kind of squint as you look at them and we'll say my style is blurry

Good ol' Andy Brown of Conundrum Press had a strong slew of TCAF debuts and 3 books nominated for Doug Wright Awards.

The Booth's READY! something's missing…

That's better. Cross the arms, cock the hammer, let's do this… Ol' Dave Lapp's sign is taped up. Ol' Browny's doing a great job.

Super-Dave Collier and his new full-colour comic about the late, great Canadian painter Alex Colville, done for the Art Gallery of Ontario. You wanna be a great cartoonist like Collier kids?, Follow Crumb's maxim; Never stop drawing.  Reversed baseball cap is optional.
See below.

Jimmy Beaulieu gets to work right away. One of the nicest and most talented cartoonists in Quebec and I think no one draws beautiful ladies half as well as Jimmy.

Okay, so I met Mimi Pond. There's been so much buzz (#1 on the New York Times Graphic Novel bestseller list!) about her book Over Easy and it's all well-deserved. She's a fantastic cartoonist and a great writer and so cool and after talking to her for two minutes you realize you want to be her neighbour so you can shout, “Hey, buddy!” to her while taking out the trash. The fact she knew who the hell I was and liked my work made me almost faint and was the highlight of the show for me.

Tom Spurgeon: “Hey Peter from the Beguiling, Hey Mimi Pond. Oh shit! Don't turn around, it's Joe Ollmann…”

ME: ”Hi guys! Watcha talkin' about? Comics? ha ha! Hey guys, wait up!”

My hair felt not red enough around these 3 at the Conundrum booth. Meags Mitzgerald, of Photobooth (which sold like crazy and everyone was talking about), Shannon Gerard of the book Unspent Love and Serena Marie McCarroll of the book All Citizens. All talented, all nice. The theme of TCAF this year.

The Great Tom Spurgeon smiles benignly as I stay in crossed armed selling mode. You start every day with him, so put your arm around the spurge, Ollmann, you cold fish! 

Bob Sikoryak! I love this guy! and one of the deftest, ablest, smartest and funniest cartoonists alive. I wish Bob was my neighbour too.

The lovely and talented Vincent Giard canNOT keeps his hands off me. He's another Brecht Evans. Yeah, those are my real teeth, not giant false ones. Can't believe how old I look in some of these photos, like this one below with me and Matt Forsythe:

(My grandkids, yeah, I have grandkids, think I look like the Colonel.)

Hollywood has NOT ruined these two guys. Another shot with old Buddy, the sweet and talented Matt Forsythe had a short nap on my shoulder.

My Daughter Liz came out for a drink after she watched her old man lose the Doug Wright Awards. Julia from D & Q sat next to her and they were rocking the same frocks! Cute!

These two. 
Love them. Rebecca Lloyd and my sweet Pascal Girard, getting ready to spit a “chaw” of tobacco I think. Next to Pascal, Réal Godbout, who debuted (is that word? Spell-check is not offering: do you mean Dubrovnik?) his Conundrum debut in English, his stunning adaptation of Franz Kafka's Amerika. Great to meet Réal, a master clean line cartoonist (Red Ketchup) and to watch him, calmly and politely handle this exchange:

Spotted Dick shots (the name of the bar. i got nothing): Ethan Rilley, of Pope Hats one of the most talented young cartoonists I know, also one of the nicest and I love that combination.  Alex Fellows, smouldering a blue steel pose at me here. Fellow's debuted Spain and Morocco with Conundrum at TCAF, full-colour, hardcover, funny and beautiful. Yeah, he's nice too. This kid's great! As the night progressed, he EMPHATICALLY expressed his love for Dan Clowes and we all agreed. My ol pal, the insanely talented Nina Bunjavic wearing some kind of Chanel supermodel outfit and old Conan Tobias was selling a GREAT giant Taddle Creek newsprint comics supplement, which you should GET! See below Collier models it.

the quintessential Selfie. (my arms are super long) 
Ol' Joe, Meags F, Nick Mandaag, one of the FUNNIEST cartoonists to exist, happy to see he has a new book, Facility Integrity, with Alvin Buenaventura's Pigeon Press. and Christy Ann Conlin, author of the Doubleday novel, Heave and presenter of the great CBC radio series Fear Itself, which you should listen to. 

One of my beautiful daughters! I'm wearing my dear old dad's old suit.

Ollmann, you don't know what you're talking about, so sit down.  Yes, Mr. Girard.

Andy and Dakota McFadzean, another cartoonist who is as talented as he is nice. Also, this guy is one of the hardest-working people out there. and it pays off he just gets better and better. He's going places.

Post-modern. Michel Rabagliati, draws on a Lynn Johnston drawing on a fan's festival guide. Michel won the Doug Wright Award for the Conundrum English edition of Paul Joins the Scouts, a great book and well deserved. I only caught the end of the festival opening talk with The great Ms Johnston and Kate Beaton Raina Telgemeier.

It's fine that I didn't win, I'm happy for my pal Michel. 
The photo below of me Hamburglarin' his award was staged by Brad McKay (Great job on the Doug Wright Awards to everyone involved!)

My old Pal, the mega-talented and equally nice, Jillian Tamaki came to say hi. Her new book with Mariko Tamaki, This One Summer looks incredible and I am stoked, as you say, to read it. I photoshopped a copy of my Doug Wright Award-losing Conundrum Press book, Science FIction in her hand. I took out my false teeth and both glass eyes in this shot.

Old guy with glasses, young guy with glasses, the rich pageant that is comics…

“From the foldings of its robe, it brought two children;
wretched, abject, frightful, hideous, miserable… 
This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both…” – Charles Dickens.

This scene from a Christmas Carol was enacted in front of our booth for like 20 minutes. Kids LOVE Indie Comic shows.

“Wha hoppen?” )

TCAF 2014, DONE. Thanks Peter Chris Andrew Gina all the volunteers, the Library. Everyone from America for not mentioning that Rob Ford shit at all. So many other people I saw and I love and didn't get pictures of. If you're not in here, it's because your picture was too blurry even for this post. I love you still. 
This weekend was a really a time to Appreciate comics and comics creators and comics publishers and writers about comics and people who buy read and are excited about comics and I feel really inspired and grateful for you all. No joke to end it off, just being sincere. sniff. 

(here's my haul, with a full-size-ketchup bottle for stack-size scale.

and yeah, I visited my sweet ol' mom on the way home. we had tea and watched the news.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

fold -in

I did this fold in for the Hamilton Spectator back in 97 I think.
Al Jaffee has been doing these and making it look easy for a million years, but it is not easy.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

bird and beheading. insane juvenalia

I was 16 and I wanted to be both Frazetta and Boris. I was neither.
I think it's a giant, savage PARROT behind the beheader?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Milo & Sam

Andy Brown has published a tiny book of me and him and our two boys
Milo & Sam when we all lived in Montreal and we were all a lot younger.

Here's a Milo & Sam strip that doesn't appear in the book.

This is the cover and this
little cutie will be premiering
at TCAF in May.

More info about the book here:

I got two new books (sort of) coming from Conundrum Press

read all about it here: