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As promised, I want to keep you updated on what I’m working on while the strip is on hiatus. I’ve been getting ready–reading, researching, planning–for the Kickstarter to launch my Odori Park Omnibus, the 5-year anniversary collection of the strip. Part of the preparation is also putting the book itself together. Of course, most of the core content is already complete, but the cover will require new art, and naturally, I want this to be something special. I’ve started sketching out some ideas, and thought I’d share the very first pen-to-paper musings. I’m going to make this a square-bound book, about 10″x10″, if all goes to plan. I did a rough calculation of page count. I’m thinking this could be somewhere between 200 and 300 pages! I like the sound of that :)

Click the thumbnail image to get a closer look at the sketches. I’m going to try and post some sketches about my other 2014 project–the kids’ graphic novel–soon, maybe later this week or at the beginning of next week.

On Monday, April 7th, I’ll be launching my Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing of a brand new book: The Odori Park Omnibus, which will collect all five years of my comic strip in a handsome volume, suitable for giggling, chuckling, and possibly guffawing over. At least, that’s the intent. I’ll need some folks to pledge some money to the campaign, though, and in exchange, get a copy of the new book, and/or any of a number of other cool rewards you can pick.

The key to a successful Kickstarter run, as I understand it, is a nice big kick-off, so I want to spread the word about Monday’s launch as far and as wide as possible over the next couple days. If you’re a reader of Odori Park, and you know somebody else who would enjoy my brand of sincere, multi-cultural, geeky comedy, please spread the word about the campaign. I’ll have a link to post on Monday, but in the meantime, you can send them here, with my gratitude!

I plan on debuting the book—assuming all goes to plan with printing—at the Maine Comics Arts Festival on May 18th. If you’re planning to attend, and you back the Kickstarter, you may very well wind up being one of the first to get their hands on the Omnibus. And that would make me all kinds of happy—there’s very little I like better about Odori Park than thinking there are other people out there who enjoy it, too.

Thanks in advance, guys!

The Kickstarter to print The Odori Park Omnibus is now officially live!

I’m super psyched to see how this goes. I’ve never run a Kickstarter campaign before, and I have high (albeit realistic) hopes. I’m also anxious. With how much I want to see this book in the flesh (it’s going to be huge! Over 600 comics, and nearly 250 pages, by my count!), plus the Maine Comics Arts Festival just around the corner in May, where I hope to debut the book, it feels like I’ve got a good load of work and worrying ahead to occupy the rest of April.

So, without further ado, please check out the Kickstarter page for The Odori Park Omnibus and “pre-order” yourself a copy with a pledge! You can also grab some unique reward items including prints of the comic and special edition bookmarks, as well as commission me to create custom artwork (which I hardly ever do these days)!

And many many thanks in advance :)

Last night, I talked with Kurt Sasso on his Two Geeks Talking podcast about wrapping up five years of the Odori Park comic strip. We really covered a lot of interesting ground, from the Kickstarter to print the Odori Park Omnibus (which, by the way, ends in about a week, and needs just a couple hundred dollars to meet the goal–so pleeeease go preorder!), the evolution of an artist’s craft over time, getting support from your family, and acknowledging and working through creative stagnation. We also talked about my upcoming projects, and I gave up some spoileresque details on my kids graphic novel.

This is also a good time to note that the Odori Park Omnibus Kickstarter has just a few days left (did I mention that already?) so now would be a stupendous time to preorder a copy for yourself, and to spread word around to all your comics-loving friends! (It’s my birthday today, as I post this, so if you need even more cheap motivation: consider this a gift to me while you’re getting a gift for yourself!) :D

Thanks, everyone, for the continued support!


I am psyched! The Kickstarter to fund printing of The Odori Park Omnibus has reached its goal amount! That means I’m on track now to start printing up books in May, and the book will become an honest to gosh thing. Yay!

Thank you to everyone who has pledged, shared the word, and supported the effort. This has been a great experience, and I appreciate what you’ve all done.

If you haven’t preordered a copy through the Kickstarter yet, please do pop over and grab one! You can pledge for a copy up to the 30th, when the campaign officially closes.

More updates to come on progress of the Omnibus, but for now, just a Friday woo-hoo!

Thanks a million (or 2,500) for all your pledges, links, and support. Now that the project has reached its goal amount, The Odori Park Omnibus is on its way to becoming a real live boy. Naturally, I’ll continue to keep you all abreast of progress with more posts. Just wanted to take a moment to say thank you, and woohoo!

Oh, and please do continue to make pledges and spread the word–the more the campaign brings in, the more books I can print for people!

I just posted this over at my Kickstarter page for the Odori Park Omnibus:

This past Monday, I greeted a welcome sight: Seven big boxes stacked up outside my house! Boxes full of the Odori Park Omnibus! I’ve moved them safely inside, and in short order, I’ll begin the work of mailing (and in some cases sketching in and mailing) them out. Then there are prints to prep and other goodies to get together. Thanks for your patience–it’s been worth it!

I mentioned house up above, which is also significant. Some of you know that my family and I have been in the process of buying and moving into our first house! We’re in now, although not all of our stuff is yet (there’s a funny little story about the moving company, a sofa, and a fire sprinkler that I won’t get into here), so the process has been a bit dragged out. But, I have a new studio in the new house, outfitted with a new desk and art board waiting for me to do some work on ‘em. I think I know what the first orders of business will be!

Speaking of work, this morning I wrapped up a guest comic for my friend Adriana Blake, who’s eagerly awaiting her own milestone to arrive. In anticipation, she’s lining up a bunch of guest art and comics. My strip should appear in August. I’m more excited for her new arrival. :)

Last bit of news, just for fun: Starting next week, every Thursday evening for the rest of July, I’ll be teaching my Cartooning and Comics class for 4th-8th graders at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts. This class was a blast when I taught it over the winter, and my understanding is there’s a huge crowd of kids for this session! If you have kids (or are one), and you live in the vicinity, it’s not too late to sign up :)

So much to do!

One more thing I need to tackle soon is getting the Omnibus up for sale here on the site! In the meantime, if you’re interested in a copy right away, of course I’ll take your money you can feel free to contact me directly (you can shoot an email through the Contact page) and we can sort out the details.

An update on my Kickstarter project for the Odori Park Omnibus:
I’ve been making my way through the many Artist Editions ordered by backers, and taking the time to make the sketch in each something unique. It’s been fun, but I’m also appreciating my backers’ patience, because it takes some time. I do the AE sketches with a brush pen, and the exercise is getting me antsy to start putting brush to paper on my graphic novel.

In the meantime, I wanted to share a few of the drawings from books that have already been received by their new owners. I’ll aim to post more in the days ahead!

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