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ARRR! YAR!

 pirates painting dancingwithjackketch_lowToday be Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Ye be warned!


library awareness

multnomah-libraryFurther proof that libraries are the pinnacle of civilization, the Multnomah Public Library system now carries my zine, Dancing with Jack Ketch! There’s even a link on the catalog page to my website.

Don’t worry, non-Portlanders. Just message me and a copy of Jack Ketch can be yours!


how awesome is Denzel Washington?

SO AWESOME.

For those of you living off-planet for the past twenty years, Denzel Washington is perhaps the greatest living actor. He can do drama, action, comedy. He can play characters or he can play himself. He can be the good guy or the bad guy. He can take a crap movie and make it watchable, and a decent movie great. Don’t even get me started on what he does in a truly awesome movie. (Hint: he makes it AWESOMER.) He totally got robbed by the Academy by not winning the Oscar for Hurricane (they made it up to him later).

He is so awesome I originally wanted my book, Dancing With Jack Ketch, to be a movie with him in the lead. Can you imagine Denzel as pirate captain? I sure can. Due to my lack of movie connections, the film fell apart in pre-pre-production, but you can still read my story. Whenever they say “Jackson,” think “Denzel.”

What follows is a list of Denzel’s best movies.

1. Malcolm X – The definitive Denzel. An epic movie that doesn’t feel 800 hours long, thanks to Spike Lee’s kinetic camerawork and a good editor.

2. He Got Game – Denzel as the self-serving, incarcerated dad of a college basketball recruit. The man uses his own son to get out of jail. Cold.

3. Inside Man – Denzel’s definitive Good Guy Cop. It really helps that this was a good Spike Lee movie; these two seem to bring the best out in each other.

4. The Mighty Quinn – Denzel’s first movie with a Bob Dylan connection. He plays Xavier Quinn, the Chief of Police in Jamaica. Includes a regge version of the song The Mighty Quinn. In Chronicles Vol. 1, Bob puts his seal of approval on Denzel’s performance. That’s all the reason I need to love this movie.

5. The Manchurian Candidate – There was no reason to remake the original; it had all the markings of a timeless classic political thriller. Somehow, this movie managed to become its own thing. It is modern and just as terrifying as the original.

6. The Siege – Especially prescient in the wake of September 11. Denzel plays an FBI agent hunting down terrorist cells in Brooklyn. Co-stars Bruce Willis as a flag-waving, power-mad general who uses the exact same logic as Dick Cheney. At least Bruce was just acting.


where i’m blogging from

You may have noticed that the rate of posting on this here blog has dramatically dropped in the past few weeks.  I have not forgotten you, dear readers.  Rather, I have been hard at work putting together two books for upcoming conventions in April.

MoCCA, April 9-10, in New York
Stumptown Comics Fest, April 16-17, right here in Portland

Oh, you were wondering about the books?  My pirate story Dancing With Jack Ketch officially sold out last year, it’s going into second print.  I’ve taken advantage of the large-format scanner at my place of daytime employment to scan the originals in directly, so the finished product will look even better this time around.  Plus there’s a chipboard cover!  So there’s plenty of reason to be excited about that.

I’m also putting the finishing touches on the fifth Falling Rock book collection.  It will be in the same format as last year’s mega-blockbuster See America First! Chipboard cover, recycled paper, soy inks, delicious creamy filling.  The comics have been carefully selected by a team of ninja physicists as the best from the 2010-2011 year.

And of course there is a new batch of Falling Rock comics that are just about ready to come out of the oven.  April will be a big month.

Fear not, dear readers, this blog will have plenty of news in the coming weeks.


dancing with jack ketch second printing

I didn’t want last week’s big announcement of Scenic Byways to crowd out the equally exciting news that my pirate story, Dancing With Jack Ketch, is now available again!dancing with jack ketch 2nd print

Now in its second print, Dancing With Jack Ketch tells the story of Jackson Donfaire, an escaped slave who eventually becomes a pirate captain.jack ketch 2nd print

I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to fix up Jack Ketch.  It was only my second foray into self-publishing, and I wanted, with this print, to make Jack Ketch as special as my Falling Rock collections.

I re-scanned all the pages in glorious HD, re-did the front pages and added a final spread, and re-did the back cover.  All of this was printed with care by the fine folks at Pinball Press.  The second printing of Jack Ketch is kind of a new reading experience.jack ketch interior

Dancing With Jack Ketch is available for purchase through my online order form, and I will have copies at MoCCA and Stumptown this month!  Look for it!  Look for me!


the complete works available digitally

josh-shalek-covers-collection
Although I dipped my toe in the water of ebook publishing earlier this year, it was not until the fine folks at Alternative Comics stepped in that I had a clear plan for digital distribution.

Beginning today, you can get Tomb of the Zombies and Falling Rock National Park #1 on the Alternative Comics website.

In the coming months you’ll see more and more of my books available until they’re all there, for a buck or two, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Let’s see if I can get more downloads than Kanye.