My blog has moved!

In an effort to streamline everything before HOMESICK is released, I’ve moved my blog over to my website.  It just seems to make more sense there.  Please drop by and check it out.  There’s a lot of new stuff over there - jasonwwalz.com

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october 13

Yup.  That’s the date when HOMESICK drops.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with how all of this has come together.  It’s debuting at the great San Francisco comic convention called APE (Alternative Press Expo).  My publisher, Tinto Press, will be there to pushing its release all weekend.  I don’t think I can make it there, but we’re in the process of trying to put something together for the Twin Cities also.  Matter of fact, let’s just have parties all over on the 13th!

October is also breast cancer awareness month.  Could there be a better time to release my book?  It just seems meant to be.

We’re planning some really fun ways to celebrate the release of HOMESICK and I’ll be revealing them all between now and then.  Don’t be surprised if you start seeing some interesting swag available for order pretty soon.

And without further adieu, here is the official cover for the book.  I don’t know about you, but I kinda like it.

Take care,

Jason

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I love my city

So the continued big news is that HOMESICK is getting published.  Figuring out the when is a bit more difficult.  We are in the process of submitting the book to print and we will then take a look at a sample copy and make changes as necessary.  Once we get moving on a final product, it will be easier to set a release date.  I’m sure it will be by October at the latest.

Pretty soon I’ll be able to tease new fun things I’m doing to help promote the book.

In the meantime…how do I love Northeast Minneapolis? Let me count the ways.

Two weekends ago we had the great all night arts festival called Northern Spark right in our neighborhood.  It was amazing to see so many people (little kids included) wandering the city in the middle of the night watching and creating great art.

And then just a couple of days ago, the Walker Art Center hosted Rock the Garden.  Some of the bands we saw included Doomtree (local), Trampled By Turtles (local), The Hold Steady (we can claim Craig Finn), Howler (local), and tUnE-yArDs (unfortunately, Mpls can’t claim her).  It was a great show seen with some great friends.  We have some amazing music going on locally, and it feels good to have it promoted on such a huge level.

I love the choices Emily and I have made that have led us back to Minneapolis.  It seems like every time I look up, there is amazing art taking place around me in a place that both supports and encourages it.  Creating HOMESICK here was just meant to be.

Take care,

Jason

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homesick is getting published!

Sorry about the delay, but big things are a brewin’ over here.  I can’t spell out all the details until the ink has dried, but HOMESICK will be published…SOON!  I will give out all the information as I learn it.  In the meantime, just keep refreshing this internet page as if your waiting for that cute classmate in your high school geometry class to call but she just doesn’t.  She said she would, but it’s after ten already.  What’s her deal anyway? Who does she think she is?  It’s not like I don’t have better things to do than to just stare at the phone.  Maybe I should pick it up and make sure the dial tone is still working. Okay.

I wonder if she tried to call just then when I picked it up?

Clearly you’ve just been witness to my own unresolved dating issues.  This is not the time for that kind of nonsense.

Here’s the little I can say.  I’m working with a new publishing company to put out a really good looking edition of the book.  The contract has been signed and we’re now just figuring out the details.  Now then…back to the details.

Let’s have a toast!

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Happy Mother’s Day

I have recently made a new friend.  I’ve never had a “pen-pal” before, but I think this pretty much qualifies.  He lives in Serbia, and he lost him Mom to cancer about a month ago.   We email back and forth as often as we’re able, and I find myself in the position where I can offer some support.  It’s funny how little advice I have for him, all I can do is really listen.  And when I listen, I can hear the pain and deep sadness in his writing.  His Mom must have been an amazing woman.

I lost Mom a couple of years ago now.  The loss usually doesn’t have that fresh, exposed nerve feeling anymore.  But It’s days like today when I wake up thinking about her and missing her right away.  My Mom was also an amazing woman.

To my friend in Serbia who is struggling with finding a way to deal with this enormous hole left inside of him-  To anyone that knows what it feels like to have something happen in your life, and to just want to pick up your phone and call Mom-  To anyone out there that has lost their Mom…today is a day to be thankful for having someone in your life that has left such a lasting impression.  Receiving a Mother’s love is a feeling that can never be replicated.  It’s one of a kind and the world is a little less interesting once it’s gone.

Happy Mother’s Day to everyone.  I especially want to send a Happy Mother’s Day out there to all those that are reminded on this day of how much they miss their Mom.

Happy Mother’s Day, Dacha.

Take care,

Jason

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Curiouser and curiouser

I’m one of the lucky few educators.  I feel like I’m in the minority when I say that I work at a truly amazing school.  The administration is open, compassionate, and transparent in their decision making.  The staff I work with are dedicated and are not prone to complaining or gossiping in the teacher’s lounge.  But it’s the kids that make it fantastic.

Most every middle school and high school student there has been labeled as being on the Autism spectrum.  Needless to say, I work in a fascinatingly unique school.  If you live in the Twin Cities, clear your calendar for the play we are putting on.  It’s Alice in Wonderland and you can check out the details in the poster I have created below (thank you Tim Burton for not suing me for the similarities in font).  If you can make it, it will be well worth your time. Maybe I’ll see you there?

No new updates on the publishing front.  I’m still in a bit of a holding pattern as I balance and consider advice from a lot of different sources.  Depending on what part of the publishing business people are in (agent, publisher, artist, retailer), advice can vary considerably.  I’m very close to biting the bullet and just following my gut on things.  It’s nearly time.

Take care,

Jason

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Aint It Cool News Has Reviewed HOMESICK!

First things first.  I was excited to see a really thoughtful and perceptive review of HOMESICK pop up over at Aint It Cool News.  You can read it here - ( (http://www.aintitcool.com/node/55060).

What’s so great about this is that this is a site I’ve been addicted to visiting for about fifteen years now.  It’s my first stop for all things nerd related.   I love that they took the time to check out my work.

Second things second.  The C2E2 Comic-Con in Chicago was a blast.  They didn’t have many publishers there that were a good match for my work, but I did meet some amazing talents there.  I got a print from the amazing illustrator Geof Darrow of SHAOLIN COWBOY.  I got an illustration from Eric Powell, the creator of GOOON.  I also picked up a new graphic novel called THE RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN.

Here are a couple of pictures that show how easy it is for me to still get excited about Star Wars and superheros.  I may have “grown up” and started focusing on independent adult comics, but I still have a huge spot in my heart for the icons that shaped me.  I’m striking my most serious poses.

As I close in on getting HOMESICK published, I’ve started planning the next book.  This will be the place where I will keep everyone in the loop on it’s development.  Sketches have begun and the plot is taking shape.  I’ll let you know when it becomes more than an idea and starts to become what is actually next.

Take care,

Jason

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Off to Chicago

This weekend is C2E2 in Chicago.  It is a HUGE comic con that still looks to have at least some smaller press publishers there and some amazing writers and illustrators.  I’m not sure how many publishers I will be talking to, but I’m bringing several copies of HOMESICK with me just in case.  Mainly, I’m just showing up as a fan.

There have been so many ups and downs over the past couple of weeks, that I’m feeling a bit overwhelmed.  So many close calls and almost got published incidences have happened that I just want to take a deep breath and remember how lucky I am to have completed this at all.  This is me taking a deep breath.  Wait for it…

There.  Better.

An exciting new podcast will be starting soon.  Two guys nerd out over what they feel is necessary to have with you when stranded on a desert island.  It should be fun.  Here’s the logo I created for it.

If you live in the Twin Cities, please take the time to visit Four Gates.  It’s a kettlebells and yoga studio that is run by two good friends of mine.  Christian and Colleen are amazing people to work with that value general health and well-being over getting ripped.  They are wonderful people and it’s a beautiful studio.  A group of Four Gates members are competing in the Warrior Dash this July.  It’s an insane competition that I’ll tell you more about later.  I still can’t believe I’ve signed up for it.  Anyway, here’s the T-shirt logo I’ve done for us.

Yup. We’re the Hell’s Bellers.  Scary right?  Hopefully we’ll intimidate everyone else out of the competition.

I’ll take a lot of photos in Chicago and I’ll update the blog once I get back.

Have a great weekend,

Jason

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Again, Let’s just call this Thursday(ish)

Why is it so hard to stick to a blogging deadline?  Let’s just say I didn’t want to compete with the opening of the Hunger Games for the public’s attention, so I decided to wait a couple of days.  How’s that sound?

I don’t have any publishing news that I’m quite ready to report yet, but some possibilities are starting to emerge.  That said, I still spend a lot of time checking my email in anticipation.  This truly is a humbling experience that if nothing else has stretched my patience to superhuman lengths.  At some point I will let go a bit and just give HOMESICK a life out there one way or another.  But not yet.  The opportunity isn’t quite right yet.

To follow up last weeks post where I showed some pages that gave a bit more detail about our lost cosmonaut, I thought I would give you a link to an audio podcast where the Judica brothers are discussed more thoroughly.  Hearing their recordings were the spark that fueled the creation of HOMESICK.  I knew my first graphic novel was going to be about losing Mom to cancer, but I didn’t know how to approach it.  So many great graphic  novels have already dealt with this similar topic already.  Besides, I needed a way to approach her death in a way that would let me get some distance and write about loss in a way that was not just specific to me.

Judica Brothers

After hearing the (possible) sounds of a lost cosmonaut in space, I knew I had my way into the story.  Just click the following link to hear about these creepy and amazing recordings. I suggest just skipping ahead to the one minute mark to avoid the silly introductory music.

CLICK HERE FOR STORY - http://365daysofastronomy.org/2009/05/20/may-20-the-missing-cosmonauts/

Have a great weekend.

Jason

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This is thursday, right?

I am neck deep in the submission process.  This is the part where I sit around waiting to hear back from publishers and I chew away at my nails.  This is great for my neurosis.

While spending all my extra time trying to get this book out to people, I forgot to add a post on Thursday.  Better late than never, here it is.

I am including six consecutive pages from chapter two that give a little more information about our lost cosmonaut.  You might need to click on them to actually read it.

Next week I will attach some of the actual audio that these two brother recorded.  It is refuted as being false by many scientist, but it still makes for a fascinating listen.

So yeah, this was a quick one.  I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Take care.

Jason

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