Sunday, October 31, 2010

Nix Pencils

A sample of the first panel of the story, "Tuesday Night In Ohio", I'm illustrating for Nix Comics Quarterly #1.

Details on pledging pre-publication funds on Kickstarter here:
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Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Signifiers In the Ball Park

Mary and I dropped off a free copy of The Signifiers #1 and a free 2010 M.R. Neno Productions catalog at Lancaster, Ohio's In the Ball Park comic shop yesterday.

The Signifiers is a wacked-out, cosmic, old-school mind trip and one of the most critically acclaimed indie comics of 2010.

If you live in the area or frequent the shop, check out the book there or ask In the Ball Park to order more copies if the copy I parted with has sold; I made sure the shop has all of our contact info and the Diamond Distributor's order code. Retailers, of course, always receive 50% off cover price of all M.R. Neno Productions books!

In the Ball Park
1738 N Memorial Drive
Lancaster, OH 43130-1633

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Cartoonists Freedom Watch: Jeremy Nell

Jeremy Nell, Cape Town editorial cartoonist for The New Age, describes cartoon censorship in South Africa:

Also, Jeremy's Twitter account:

And Facebook page:
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Nix Comics Quarterly Now on Kickstarter

Ken Eppstein's new Nix Comics Quarterly, a 28-page color comic anthology featuring stories reminiscent of '50s horror and humor magazines, is now accepting pledges on Kickstarter!

I've been penciling the story I'm drawing for it today and am lookin' forward to holding the completed book in my ink-stained hands.

Ken's upped the ante by offering certificates to local indie businesses like Lost Weekend Records, Spoonful Records, Kafe Kerouac and What The Rock?!.

Support indie comics, local shops and cool but starving artists and publishers here:
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Signifiers YouTube Promo Video

In case you haven't seen it, check out this sick Signifiers video, with music I wrote called "Trippin' In Stereo".

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Monday, October 25, 2010

A Krazy Farewell to the OSU Festival of Cartoon Art

As a farewell to this year's OSU Cartoon Festival: the back cover of a very limited edition minicomic I created in Winter, 2008. The give-away comic was created in conjunction with the presentation of my cartooning work as a part of Wild Goose Creative's Third Thursdays events.

Find out more upcoming Wild Goose Creative events here:
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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Scott Campbell's Badlands at Rivet Gallery

You read that right. San Francisco cartoonist and painter Scott Campbell's solo show, Badlands, is scheduled for Nov. 6th - Nov. 30th, 2010 at Rivet. Opening: Nov. 6th from 7-10 pm; Scott will be in attendance.

Rivet Gallery, 1200 N. High St. Columbus, OH 43201

Check out Scott's mighty fine work here:
And the Rivet site here:
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Signifiers' 50th!

The Signifiers' 50th serialized segment has been posted on Wordpress. Jump in there - or read from the beginning one of the most critically acclaimed indie comics of 2010.
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Friday, October 22, 2010

Neno at Mid-Ohio-Con

Though not on the official guest list, I will be attending the Mid-Ohio-Con, November 6th and 7th, for the duration of the weekend.

The guests this year include Herb Trimpe, Kurt Busiek, Josef Rubinstein, Sergio Aragones, Michael Golden and Mark Texiera - plus, the usual obligatory TV and movie personalities.

All the details here:
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Thursday, October 21, 2010

More OSU 2010 Festival of Cartoon Art Reports!

Dave Kellett:

Isaac Cates:

Mark Anderson:

Mike Lynch:
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Nix Comics Quarterly

Ken Eppstein of Evil Empire records fame has now staked a claim into the heart of the comics biz by launching a wicked, rock 'n roll-themed horror comic anthology, Nix Comics Quarterly! Ya'll must know Ken has a deep appreciation and knowledge of rockabilly/garage/punk and horror comics.

I'm proud to say I'm drawing a Ken-written story for the debut issue (street date: January 14, 2011). Ken's also organizing a Launch Party at Kafe Kerouac, featuring an art showing by contributors, on January 7th.

You can pre-order the book here:

See the list of contributors here:

And, read a short interview with me in support of the book here:

More details posted here and on the Nix Comics Quarterly ( as the print date approaches.
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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hank Williams: Only a Spudboy

It's not well known that Hank Williams was also interested in de-evolution, but, there it is.

Stop in Lost Weekend Records in Clintonville and check out their other seasonal celebratory decorations:
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Monday, October 18, 2010

2010 Festival of Cartoon Art Reports

Reports of the weekend's festivities are being posted. Here're a few:

Jared Gardner:

John Glynn:

Jagrap's photos:
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Sunday, October 17, 2010

The OSU Festival of Cartoon Art Part II

Lucy Caswell introduces Dan Piraro, who gave the funniest presentation of the weekend (in addition to his comic strip, Bizarro, Piraro also does standup comedy and surrealist paintings).

From left to right: Matt Groening, Bill Griffith (Zippy), Pat McDonnell (Mutts) and Brendon Burford, comics editor of King Features Syndicate, and Lucy Caswell introducing the Tribute to Jay Kennedy panel.
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Friday, October 15, 2010

"Krazy Kat at 100" Panel at the 2010 OSU Festival of Cartoon Art

From left to right:

Craig Fischer (Appalachian State University)

Charles Hatfield (California State University, Northridge)

Charles Coletta, (Bowling Green State University)

Isaac Cates (University of Vermont)

and, behind the podium, Jared Gardner, of the Comics Journal Guttergeek blog: (Ohio State University)

(I'm still hoping Jared will review the issue of The Signifiers #1 I mailed him back in March!)
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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tom Jones Progress Report

I'm on page 366 of Henry Fielding's Tom Jones (written in 1749) - one third of the way through. It's one of the best books I've read and one of the truest.

Also entertaining are Fielding's chapter description, a few of which I give you here:

Book I
Chapter VII
Concerning such grave Matter, that the Reader cannot laugh once through the whole Chapter, unless peradventure he should laugh at the Author.

Book I
Chapter XII
Containing what the Reader may perhaps expect to find in it.

Book II
Chapter V
Concerning such Matter to exercise the Judgement and Reflection of the Reader.

Book IV
Chapter IV
Concerning such very deep and grave Matters, that some Readers, perhaps, may not relish it.
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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Val Crocodile Sculpture

Val Crocodile, Associate Professor of Linguistics.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where Is the Voyst?

One of three promo Voyst posters created in conjunction with The Signifiers #1.
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Monday, October 11, 2010

Cartoonists Freedom Watch: Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur

The cartoon The Washington Post (and other papers) were afraid to print: Wiley Miller's satirical cartoon reveals the fear instilled in editors by the mere use of the name of the founder of the religion of Islam - no drawing necessary.

Washington Post columnist Andrew Alexander on the Post's decision to not run the cartoon:

"The wonderful irony [is] great newspapers like The Washington Post, that took on Nixon . . . run in fear of this very tame cartoon, thus validating the accuracy of the satire," Miller has said.
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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Bruce Rosenberger In SPACE

Bruce Rosenberger, in his Dutchy Digest disguise, at the 2010 SPACE (Small Press and Alternative Comic Expo) show.

Bruce has a long running podcast, KomicsKast, devoted to comics and small press: Check out the archive of episodes on his site.

He also publishes a charming comic, Dutchy Digest, steeped in old Pennsylvanian culture:

Lastly, here's info on next year's SPACE show:
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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Signifiers Review on IndiePulp

Maven comic book fan and reviewer Kate Sherrod has given The Signifiers a lovely review on Check it out here and bookmark the site for reviews galore:

Also check Kate's blog, Suppertime Sonnet, wherein she writes a sonnet every day before suppertime. Some very nice work here:

Lastly, Kate's lively Twitter feed:

And, while I'm at it, my own comics-centric Twitter handle:
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Friday, October 8, 2010

Nostradamus on Saddam

One of the illos I drew for The Lost Quatrains of Nostradamus, by the mysterious mystic Sirianus, mysterioso supreme.

The book of (some say dubious) interpretations of lost Nostradamus quatrains is still available on Amazon:
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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Ian Shires and Ray Tomczak Pre-Show Revelry the pre-SPACE show party sponsored by The Laughing Ogre comic shop, in April, 2003.
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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

New 2010 M.R. Neno Productions Catalog

Our new, full color catalog is free and ready for shipping! Find out more about the critically acclaimed The Signifiers, the Xeric Grant-funded Reactionary Tales, buttons, t-shirts and other cool stuff.

To get a free copy, drop your name and address here on Eventized. Or, contact me at our website:, on Facebook, on MySpace: or on Twitter:
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Monday, October 4, 2010

The Return of Landlark

Preview pencils for Landlark, the Heat-Seeking Dwarf #1, out in 2011!
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Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Worst David Bowie Art Ever?

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Van Dyke Parks/Clare and the Reasons

Tickets from one of the best concerts we've seen in some time. Clare and the Reasons, who I wasn't familiar with, played wry, whimsical, Beatle-esque art music on an astonishing variety of instruments. Their music is an extension of the adventurous spirit of songwriters like Van Dyke Parks.

Parks, with his usual aristocratic wit, verbal wordplay and southern charm, performed songs written as far back as the mid-1800s (Louis Gottschalk) and as relevant as this year's oil spill. Parks has evolved into a treasure, a rollicking, bluesy, piano-playing American storyteller. It was as if he traveled to the Wexner from the year 1900 - only, his music is timelessly relevant.

Van Dyke Parks' website:

Clare and the Reasons site:
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Friday, October 1, 2010

Ever Hopeful

Unpublished pencils from The Signifiers #1 (click on the art for a better look).

Copies are still available via PayPal:
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