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(no subject) [Oct. 28th, 2010|03:41 pm]

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Hey all! I'm having another original art sale. This time it's 16 pieces, all 4"x6", all $50 and under. Take your pick! Hope you like blue, because I used a lot of it. Sorry the scans are a little gross. I used a watercolor paper with heavy grain and it was a bit tough to clean up in Photoshop without compromising the original colors/textures.


On a side note, here's an interview I did with Newsrama recently about "Koko".

Belatedly, thanks to everyone who came by at APE! I had a good time signing with Cartoon Art Museum and the panel went great (even though the dim lighting made me a little sleepy halfway through). I'm not sure what my next event is, but I'll be sure to hit up a bunch of cons next year. So far I'm thinking, MoCCA, TCAF, Stumptown, SDCC, and SPX, for sure. If there are any comic or book events next year with a well-rounded comics presence (meaning not just the "Hollywood" stuff) you'd recommend, feel free to throw them out here. I'd be happy to take a look.

And yeah, I should be taking this blogging thing a lot more seriously. :/
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(no subject) [Oct. 14th, 2010|03:51 pm]
Hey everyone! Just a reminder that I'll be at Alternative Press Expo this weekend. I don't have a table this year but I will be signing at the Cartoon Art Museum's booth (#239) on...

Saturday: 2:00 - 3:00pm
Sunday: 3:00 - 4:00pm

I'll also be on the "Art of Storytelling" panel on Sunday from 2-3pm. So looking forward to this!

Here's a painting I did last month. I had fun painting that lamb.
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(no subject) [Oct. 7th, 2010|03:21 pm]
Those of you in or around Pasadena, the Central Library is having an ArtNight event tomorrow night from 6-10pm. I'll be part of the Graphic Novels section of the event so you can come to me and talk about comics. Click the banner below for more info.

Also, no point in keeping this on the down-low anymore, but yes, I have a Twitters.
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(no subject) [Sep. 30th, 2010|05:48 pm]
Some more updates!

Thank you to everyone who came by Secret Headquarters the other night. I was a little under the weather but I had a lot of fun. And thank you to everyone out there buying books! The response has been great so far and I'm very happy to read all your lovely emails. :)

About a month ago I did a studio interview with MTV for their new comics themed site. The site doesn't officially launch 'til Monday, but I've gotten the go-ahead from the producer to post the video! Check it out! I'm usually camera shy but they managed to edit my mumblings into some coherency, so kudos to them. The producer Brad, used to work on the TV show True Life, which I love, so it was fun pretending I was on an episode of True Life: I Want To Be A Cartoonist or something.

Alternative Press Expo
I have a couple signings at the Cartoon Art Museum booth and a panel this year at APE. Here's the current schedule:

Saturday 10/16 from 2:00 - 3:00pm
Sunday 10/17 from 3:00 - 4:00pm

2:00–3:00pm The Art of Storytelling—What role does art play in telling a story in comics format? Enjoy this discussion of art and comics with APE special guests Lynda Barry (What It Is), Renée French (H Day), and Megan Kelso (Artichoke Tales), plus Tom Neely (The Blot) and Jen Wang (Koko Be Good). Moderated by Greg Means (Tugboat Press).

I'm totally stoked to be on this panel (Lynda Barry!), so if you're coming to APE, please come to this!
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(no subject) [Sep. 23rd, 2010|03:52 pm]
I've been getting lots of wonderful emails from people who've read Koko and enjoyed it. My heart swells! Thank you everyone!

Some events in Los Angeles this weekend for those of you in the SoCal area:

Friday night Sept. 24th: Secret Headquarters signing @ 7:30pm

Sunday, Sept. 26th: West Hollywood Book Fair panel
Lillian Diaz-Przbyl (Moderator)
Hope Larson (Mercury)
Ariel Schrag (Awkward)
Jen Wang (Koko Be Good)
Esther Pearl Watson (Unlovable)
Signings @ The Comic Bug booth

Sorry, cancelled. I have a fever right now so I'm afraid I woke be able to attend. Apologies! :(

See you guys there!
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KOKO updates! [Sep. 10th, 2010|04:07 pm]
Lots of things going on! KOKO BE GOOD comes out next week, September 14th! Look for it at your local bookstore, or order it off Amazon!

Those of you in the San Francisco or Los Angeles regions should come to...

...the release parties! Come pick up a copy of the book and support these awesome local comic shops with me! The San Francisco event is next Friday, September 17th, and the Los Angeles one the Friday after that, September 24th. For those of you into the Facebook thing, Mission Comics put up an event page here. Please attend!
"Koko Be Good" Book Release Party

Also, the book's been getting some nice press! Here's a quick round up of things that've gone up this month:

- First off, a really flattering review from BoingBoing. Koko Be Good: complex and satisfying graphic novel about finding meaning in lifecomplex

- Interview with me via the Wall Street Journal blog, Speakeasy: ‘Koko Be Good’: An Artist Finds Direction Through Cartoons

- In depth book interview with me on Comic Book Resources: Jen Wang's "Koko Be Good"

There should be some more links and events coming up soon and I'll post those as they come. In the meantime thank you so much to everyone who's been spreading the word and taking an interest in my work. I really love drawing comics and I hope you like what I've done!
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San Diego Comic Con! [Jul. 19th, 2010|01:15 pm]
Hey! Those of you going to Comic Con International this week should stop by First Second Books at booth #1323. Check out a preview of KOKO BE GOOD, and pick up one of these postcards!

I'm only going for a day or two, and just as a spectator this year so you won't find me tabling anywhere. But if you do happen to spot me, feel free to say hi! I've been out of the con circuit for a while so looking forward to seeing all my friends in San Diego!

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prints [Apr. 15th, 2010|05:07 pm]
I put some affordable prints back up in the Etsy shop. All under $10. If you're not too broke from taxes, give 'em a look!

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KOKO BE GOOD [Feb. 5th, 2010|12:48 pm]
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Finally, annoucements! I've teased about this for a long time and you may have already seen this on my Flickr, or elsewhere, but I got the advance copy of my book "Koko Be Good" this week. Check out the video flip-through:

And we have a release date: September 14th!

As you've probably guessed, it's a revamped long-form novel version of my short comic "Koko Be Good" (2004) you can read here. It's 300 pages, watercolored, published by the wonderful, wonderful, First Second Books. It should be available at regular book and comic stores, and while the messiness between Amazon and Macmillan isn't quite over yet, I'm sure by then you'd be able to order from them too. Just order from Powells instead. ;)

That seems like a long time, but it's relatively short compared to what's come before. Since I've been mostly silent about the subject, here's a breakdown of the timeline:

Winter 2006: Started scripting a few chapters in my notebook.

April 2007 - April 2008: Penciled the entire book. Printed it up, and sent it to my agent.

May 2008 - September 2008: The Waiting Game, part 1! Wrote another script, shelved it in time to get picked up by :01. Signed contracts, started going over tweaks and edits.

October 2008 - April 2009: Inking and coloring marathons.

May 2009 - now: The Waiting Game, part 2! Mainly copy-edits, cover design, etc. This was the longest wait, but now that it's here it's been pretty worthwhile. The book looks great. This really was a labor of love for me and my publishers did an fantastic job putting it all together. I hope when it finally comes out, you really enjoy it.

Anyway, that's it for now. I'm saving more stuff for closer to the actual release date. Until then, enjoy the teaser!

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(no subject) [Dec. 25th, 2009|02:40 pm]

Happy Holidays, everyone!
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