As far as merch goes, I’ll have two prints that come in lovely custom envelopes, an educational comic I scripted, and my last 15 or so copies of "Sabertooth Vampire" Vol. 1. I'll also have a new sketch-card. Hope to see you there.
A couple of years ago, economist Joe Cortright sent me an email with the subject head "Almost Random Inquiry from an economist." In it, he threw down a comics-making challenge.
Joe's an expert in the study of "industry clusters" -- as he described it in the email:
[Cluster theory is] basically the notion that businesses flourish and ideas happen faster and better in places where there's a geographic concentration of people and businesses interested in and doing the same kind of things -- think Hollywood for movies, or Detroit (once upon a time) for cars, and Wall Street for inventing diabolical and opaque ways of defrauding people and destroying the economy.... We're exploring alternative ideas for trying to communicate clusters in a simplified, non-technical way.... One idea we want to explore is some kind of graphic treatment, not unlike the narratives you do in CulturePulp.
So yeah, flash forward, and I spent a good chunk of last year working on an educational comic about economic theory.
Clusters and Your Economy: An Illustrated Introduction provides a quick 28-page overview of why industries tend to group in specific places -- finance in London, winemaking in California, Portland's "Silicon Forest" and coffee-roasting scene, high-end sports cars in Italy's "Motor Valley," and so on.
Boiling these ideas down into simple comics panels was a serious ability-stretch. I scripted, thumbnailed and lettered, in collaboration with Joe and Lotte Langkilde. Adrian J. Wallace did some of the best work of his career on the art. Bill Mudron provided colors.
If you're a media outlet and you want a review copy, drop me a line.
(Above: Mal and Zoe by Bill Mudron.)
Way back in 2006, Bill Mudron and I founded "Serenity Tales," a site hosting “Firefly” fan-comics. For a couple of years, we updated it with stories set in the ‘Verse, written and drawn by friends and fans.
Given all the recent announcements about Dark Horse’s new “Serenity” comics, this seems like a great time to re-post the “Serenity Tales” archive to Tumblr in installments. It starts today, with Bill Mudron’s "The Black":
So I just added "Pete & Brucilla" and "Super Cosplay Dance Party" prints to my online store. They’re printed old-school on thick paper on a press , fit nicely in a record-album frame, and look great in a kid’s room. They also come in a custom envelope while supplies last. And I totally priced them to move at $10 a pop.
I'll also have these for sale at the Rose City Comic Con on Sept. 21-22. Come on by; I'll sketch you something.
Thanks to Jamie S. Rich for asking me to do this. Been a Mike Allred fan since college (where I once saw him at Kinko's Xeroxing early "Madman" promos), so getting a chance to play around in this universe was a pretty big deal for me personally.
(Photo by Glenn Peters. “You’ve got a little piece of lettuce on your face here.” “Here?” “No, HERE.”)
(UPDATE 6/22: Dylan's podcast site hit its bandwidth limit, so you can now download the podcast from here.)
Dylan Meconis first popped up on the webcomics scene with her French-revolution vampire comedy ‘Bite Me!’ and cemented her reputation with dark historical drama ‘Family Man.’ Along the way she’s also redrawn the ‘Danse Macabre’ for a new generation and spun her own fable of corruption with the Eisner-nominated ‘Outfoxed.’ Mike Russell of CulturePulp.com will interview Meconis about her style and genre-hopping comics, world-building vs. storytelling, coming of age as an artist online, and her influences outside of comics.
(I've been half-toying with the idea of starting an interview podcast somewhere down the line, and if I do, this is more or less how it would go.)
Dylan Meconis Spotlight Panel: Stumptown 2013 (quirkybird.podbean.com)