1. DC!!!! Come see me at SPX this weekend, or at the Takoma Park Library with Politics and Prose on Monday, 7:30 PM! Doing my weird presentation & signing both places. <3

     
  2. Momoko Usami makes extraordinary ceramics. My mom bought these trays from her, which you can rearrange to make different mazes. Then she made this gif! It’s called Astro Boy Chase.

     
  3. Whenever you make anything there are a dozen of fiddly little things you’d like to change, but in the case of my collection of short stories, How to be Happy, there is one thing that I feel really bad about. I sloppily omitted any original publication credits, which does a disservice to the three wonderful publications several of the short stories had previously appeared in. I was proud to be in those publications, and if I’m lucky enough to go into a second printing I’m looking forward to fixing this mistake. In the meantime, I will credit them here:

    In Our Eden was originally published in Nobrow #7, Brave New World edited by Alex Spiro (Nobrow Press)

    Untitled (Bus Trip)was originally published in Lucky Peach #7, The Travel Issue and was art directed by Walter Green (McSweeny’s)

    Nita Goes Home, Stick and String, Seven Sacks, and Thomas the Leaderwere all originally published in MOMEs number 22, 8, 7 and 9 respectively. Edited by Eric Reynolds and Gary Groth. (Fantagraphics Books)

    All other work either appeared online on my own sites or was previously unpublished.

     
  4. An illo for The New Yorker about 3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host; featuring Ira Glass & two superdancers. A pleasure working with AD Jordan Awan.

     
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  6. Illustration for a complicated article about the legend of John Henry, the appropriation of black music by white people, and violence toward black people by whites. For The Oxford American.

    I write a little bit about making this piece here and here.

     
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  8. How to be Happy is #8 in Hardback Graphic Novels! (!?!?!?!?)

     
  9. For the French music festival Rock en Seine! If you know how much I love pop music, the subversion of gender norms & weird hair you can imagine how pleased I was to do this poster for La Roux.

     
     
  10. Hi Athens, Georgia! I’m doing my weird slideshow at our own wonderful Avid Bookshop tomorrow, Friday 8/22 at 6:30 pm. You should come! (We’re raffling off two more giant prints if you didn’t win one at Wuxtry last week!) (Also, if you don’t live in Athens, you can order a signed & sketched copy online from Avid, too!)

     
  11. For the Times, illustrating this article about the importance of good teachers. Buy the original art (with considerably different star) here.

    Painted while imagining an America that educates and loves our kids rather than neglecting, oppressing and, finally, shooting them.

     
  12. Come to my book release picnic/party for How to be Happy! It’s the Bizarro Wuxtry here in Athens, this Friday, August 15th, from 4 to 6. There will be nice things to eat and drink and fun things to do. Bring a dish to share or buy any book at the Wuxtry during the party & be entered into a raffle to win this poster!

     
  13. I did a weeks worth of illustrations for the Slate Book Review! Women writers, cordyceps zombies, shitty atheists, and birds & boundries. Finally, thoughts on Édouard Levé, who killed himself ten days after finishing his last book.

     
  14. This 4th of July I illustrated this  NYT piece on 1920s Beach Slang by the awesome Ben Schott. Thank you Ben & AD Matt Dorfman <3

     

  15. My book, How to be Happy, came out yesterday! You can request it at your local bookstore or comic shop, or if you would like to order a copy online, I recommend our own wonderful local bookstore, Avid Bookshop. I’ll be signing & sketching in every copy!