Besides the collection, it was great to have new Beasts of Burden stories out, to have my fun-as-hell collaboration with Eric Powell on The Goon finally see the light of day (Eric asked me about writing a Goon story back in 2009), and to start working on my own humor stuff again for the first time in years.
We didn't travel much, I think Heroes was the only con we did besides my going to a High School show in New Jersey and a signing at NYCC. As usual, Heroes was a great time, I'd like to go back whenever possible, one of our favorite events. I did several signings at Comic Book Jones and Midtown Comics, and I guess that's about it. So, yeah, we didn't get around much this year as far as meeting the readers goes. I was disappointed that I couldn't make a trip to Brazil in November (a week! free!), but not going turned out to be the right decision. When you're at a show you're not making comics, and last year we tried to make some comics.
Here's what we did in 2011, in case you missed it:
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Vol 6 (DHC) - "Englourioues Mask-Tards", 3-pg Mask story drawn by Hilary Barta
Yo Gabba Gabba! Comic Book Time (Oni) - Sarah and I contributed two 5-pg Super Martian Robot Girl stories.
Contributed art to Mad #509, 510 and 512.
Spy Vs Spy Omnibus - reprints a pin-up Sarah and I did for the Spy vs Spy Special from 2010
Bart Simpson Comics #60 - 1-pg story, "Big, Bad Brother Bart", colors by Sarah.
The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror: From Beyond the Grave (Bongo) - script for 2-pg story, "Something Wiggum This Way Comes"
Bart Simpson Comics #63 - 10-pg story, "Model Behavior", colors by Sarah.
Simpsons Comics #185 - 8-pg story, "The Play's The Sting", by Sarah and I. (Sarah's story credit got left out)
The Goon #35 - script for "The Goon, The Bad and The Fugly". Art by Eric Powell.
Dark Horse Presents #4 - script for 8-pg Beasts of Burden story, "Food Run". Art by Jill Thompson.
Dark Horse Presents #6 - script for 8-pg Beasts of Burden story, "Story Time". Art by Jill Thompson.
Milk and Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad (DHC) - A big book of my stupid comics.
The Guild: Zaboo (DHC) - Sarah and I did the main cover.
MC Frontalot, Solved CD - cover illustration.
Sarah and I also did an animation bible for a projected cartoon series. One never knows.
Disappointments of 2011
Nothing too spectacular, thankfully. Boom losing the Disney license squelched a 3-part Donald Duck script we were working on. Emily is a big fan of the Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comics and I thought it would be cool to write a story for her. And yeah, I geeked out a little at the chance to do a Duck story. Oh, well.
I had a shot at writing another character I'm fond of, which obviously didn't happen or it wouldn't be on the "disappointment" list. I was asked to pitch a story in late 2010, then asked for an outline which I sent in October, 2010. Cue crickets chirping. I follow up. Editor apologizes, says he's swamped, will be in touch next week. Cut to calendar pages falling. Slowly, then more quickly. Days. weeks, months. I was extremely sick for the first two months of this year, flat on my back a lot and not getting a lot done. When I got better a lot of work dropped in my lap, so, I didn't pursue this, I figured it was dead. In March I get an e-mail from the editor apologizing for not getting back to me and asking about when we could discuss the outline. I e-mail him back. Calendar pages fall, slowly,then faster. Some time later the editor calls me up to ask about a different project. Comics! Crazy!
I was asked to do a cover for Dark Horse Presents, but later that same day the editor wrote to apologize because all the cover slots were filled. At least they got back to me.
Animation-wise, we got a script gig and were gearing up for it and the paperwork was being drawn up when the project's budget was chopped and our segment was cut. We were told it might be revived later. I'm thinking it's dead, but you never know (it's dead).
Early 2012 Forecast:
It slipped through the solicitation cracks, but the third Beasts of Burden story Jill Thompson and I did for Dark Horse Presents will be running in DHP #8, shipping in February. Honest and for true. Readers and retailers didn't know this when they ordered, so, I hope those that want a copy get a copy. It's a good story.
We're working on a new illustration for Mad. The rough's due Monday! I should be drawing that instead of typing this. Kind of thing I have to confront in the new year. Discipline. Focus. Wo -- ooh, a kitty!
I scripted a 3-page bit for an upcoming Bongo project and am writing a 4-pg Bart Simpson story. Soon.
As announced recently, I'm doing 24 pages of Dork-style humor comics for Dark Horse Presents, starting in March with issue #10. Already finished a 2-page Milk and Cheese strip and a 6-page Murder Family strip, currently finishing up 6 pages of Fun Strips, then two Milk and Cheese one-pagers. The third batch will be Milk and Cheese and an Eltingville strip. All in color (via Sarah) for a lot of dimes.
I'm also working on something else, which I think folks will be glad to hear.
And some pitches. I might actually try to pitch stuff this year.
And Sarah and I are supposedly doing something outside comics but you really never know about those things.
And I might try to get back to Eltingville and kill that monster off in the next year.
The main thing is I want to try to make a lot of stuff next year.
Which Brings Us To...
Happy Next Year, kids. Here's to hoping the idiots don't ruin it for everybody.