Final page for that little chap 2 deleted scene featuring Cleo and Akila. Everyone thank Wes and Josh for the fantastic job they did on this! So thrilled with how it turned out. And for that matter, huge thanks to everyone who took the time to provide some CiS content for you all while I was away. They helped turn this barren desert of a comic site into a rich oasis of awesome. Hopefully it made the wait for chapter 3 a little more bearable. Now you just gotta wait ONE more week. Chapter 3 starts next monday!!
As part of the Kids Comics Q&A Blog Tour happening this month, I answered five fun questions conducted by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado (of DRAGONS BEWARE! fame). Mostly about Cleopatra in Space but also a little bit about pizza (and how Columbus, OH has the best of it). Read the interview here on Bookish!
Music is so integral to my comic creating process that I’m pleased to release the soundtrack for Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword: a somewhat lyrical, mostly musical companion to the graphic novel. All of the songs below were selected and arranged by me to help set the tone for The Thief and the Sword, hopefully give a touch more emotional resonance to the characters, plus occasionally foreshadow events of things to come.
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword Soundtrack
- “Parentheses” – The Antlers
- “Year One, One UFO” – M83
- “Replay” – Zendaya
- “Cool Kids (RAC Mix)” – Echosmith
- “Who Says” – Selena Gomez & The Scene
- “Across the Universe” – Fiona Apple
- “Shaking Heads” – Foxes
- “Human” – Cher Lloyd
- “Girl Who Got Away” – Dido
- “Teenagers” – Ex Cops
- “Trimm Trab” – Blur
- “Weight Of The World” – Michelle Chamuel
- “Mayonaise” – The Smashing Pumpkins
- “Won’t Let Me Go” – Addison Road
- “Free (feat. Emeili Sandè)” – Rudimental
- “Grow Till Tall” – Jònsi
ALSO AVAILABLE: Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice Soundtrack
Today is the official release day for Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword (although I’ve been hearing from a few people that they’ve been able to find it a bit early–awesome, guys!). If you preordered it, you’ll probably be getting it soon. If not, here is a handy list of places you can get it. There may even be some within driving and/or teleporting distance from your place of residence.
I’m incredibly proud of Cleopatra in Space #2. Please help me in sharing its release in places where those things are done. Maybe use the hashtag #CleopatraInSpace so I can see that you’ve done so. Or snap a picture with the book if that is a thing you think might be fun to do. I am personally going to celebrate by starting colors on Book 3. :)
The Mary Sue has an exclusive 16 page preview of The Thief and the Sword. Click on over to if you want to read. It was tough finding a sequence that wasn’t spoiler heavy (Book 3 is going to be even tougher) and the main action sequence is a third of the book–way too long to excerpt. So throw on some Beatles and enjoy this nice little relaxing moment of Cleo attending the Winter Dance. Rest assured, things escalate pretty quickly afterward.
The Thief and the Sword is out next Tuesday–less than one week! Preorder info below.
It’s April! Lots of stuff happening this month, but first things first- Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword is out at the end of this month! The 28th to be exact. If you haven’t yet perordered, make sure to do so. Below is a list of places you can do that. For those waiting to buy from me personally at a convention or something, that’s great, but I still prefer you buy from booksellers and bring the copy with you for me to sign.
Speaking of Cleopatra in Space, here’s a video about me talking (or rather mumbling) about Book One. It was filmed at a local PBS station for the Florida Book Awards medal I won last month.
(I wanted to say “Newbery.” Newbery was the answer I was looking for. Of course when the word “blueberry” enters your consciousness instead and there are lights and cameras and an interviewer waiting for you to explain yourself, that is not an easy word to say.)
Speaking of video interviews, last month the CBS Sunday Morning Show came to my studio for a feature on this Wonder Woman comic I drew. It was written by the ultra-talented Lauren Beukes and you can buy it now digitally (print version is out in stores next Wednesday April 15th). Anyhow, not sure how much of my interview will get edited in, but it is supposed to air this weekend so set your DVRs (or wake up early on Sunday) if you want to catch it.
Speaking of this weekend, tomorrow is MegaCon in Orlando! I’ll be there once again tabling in Artist Alley section White 7 (same as always). Here is a map to help you find me.
Always so much fun at this show. I’ve been going for 8? 9? years now? Hope to see a lot of old and new friends!
Emerald City Comicon is this weekend at Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center. I’ll be there Saturday and Sunday for a couple of panels and bunch of signings. Copies of CiS: Target Practice will be available as well as advanced galleys of The Thief and the Sword! See my full schedule below.
COMICS IN THE REAL WORLD: THE NON-FICTION REVOLUTION
Washington State Convention Center | Hall F, TCC 304
If you have been anywhere near comics over the past five years, you may have noticed that non-fiction/historical-fiction titles have exploded onto the scene. A panel of educators and industry professionals will discuss this non-fiction boom, and how educators have been using comics to interface and bridge real world history and current events. Moderated by: Meryl Jaffee
1:00pm-2:00pm Comics Dungeon Signing
Washington State Convention Center | Table #1708
2:00pm-3:00pm Official ECCC Signing
Washington State Convention Center | 6th Floor Exhibit Hall
#GRAPHIX10: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE
Washington State Convention Center | Hall E, TCC 303
Words are only half the story. Join graphic novelists Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet) Doug TenNapel (Nnewts), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space) and David Saylor, Vice President/Creative Director, Scholastic talk about what seems to be a depletion in graphic novels and comic books for younger readers. Moderated by: Meryl Jaffe
12:15pm-1:15pm Official ECCC Signing
Washington State Convention Center | 6th Floor Exhibit Hall
I haven’t been back to ECCC in a few years so I’m really looking to see how much the show has grown. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to walk around and see a few friends I don’t normally see over here on the east coast too. Should be a good time. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!
I did an interview with Free Comic Book day in conjunction with the Cleopatra in Space comic being offered this year. You can read that HERE. In theory none of you will want this free comic because you already own the graphic novel its contents are excerpted from, but I do encourage picking it up and giving it to others who might not be familiar with our trigger-happy Egyptian space princess.
Also want to mention how nice the award ceremony for The Florida Book Awards was. So appreciative to be the recipient of the Gwen P. Reichert Gold Medal for Children’s’ Literature (which you can read more about here). The gold medal was an actual gold medal. I’ve since given it to a copy of the book. Very honored to see Cleo so well received in my home state.
Last month CLEOPATRA IN SPACE #1 was a Florida Book Awards Gold medalist in the children’s literature category (!). Tomorrow I’ll be in Tallahassee to accept the award as well as doing a signing immediately after the ceremony. Both are open events so if you are near the area and would like to go, below is the address and details. Cleopatra in Space #2 galleys will also be available at the signing.
Florida Heritage Awards Ceremony
The Museum of Florida History
R.A. Gray Building | Heritage Hall Auditorium
500 S Bronough St, Tallahassee, FL 32399
5:45pm-6:45pm Florida Heritage Awards Signing
Books for sale by Florida’s History Shop inside the building.
The next place I’ll be is Emerald City Con at the end of the month. I’ll try to post my full 2015 show schedule (at least how it stands now) later this week.
Galleys for Cleopatra in Space #2, the Thief and the Sword arrived on my doorstep this morning. They look great and I’m so excited for everyone to read the further adventures of Cleo and friends. I also want to make sure you had all the available places to preorder CiS from and encourage you to do so! As of writing this, B&N has the best preorder price at 24% off. It’s always best to get it early.
CLEOPATRA IN SPACE #2 will be out April 28th, 2015. Preorder below:
Wow! It’s been a long time. Sorry to those who regularly check in on here. I swear I haven’t meant to abandon this blog. Lots of developments though! Most of them today.
First off, my publisher, Graphix Books is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year! They have a lot of fun stuff planned as well as an amazing lineup of upcoming books. The Beat reported all the details and announcements this morning but for those who don’t feel like clicking to a new page I will say there will definitely be third and fourth Cleopatra in Space books! Yay! In fact that’s what I’ve been so busy working on. Book 3 is a beast. Personally, my favorite of the series and I think early fans of the webcomic are really going to enjoy it.
Besides that I’ve drawn a piece for the Bone Vol.1 10th anniversary edition out next month. Hopefully I’ll be able to share that soon. I’m also drawing another piece for Graphix’s 10th anniversary celebration. That’ll be a print out in March. And then in April Cleo 2 is out! And if you haven’t done so yet–and I encourage you to do so–you can preorder it now.
Lastly, maybe the biggest news of all, Jen and I are having another baby! We are super excited that Oliver Prime is going to be a big brother. He can finally put his middle name to good leadership use. :)
Okay, that’s all for now. I’m going to try to do better about keeping up with this blog, but feel free to follow me on twitter, facebook, and tumblr (in that order) for more timely updates. I’m a touch more active on the social nets.
Hi all! Thought you might like to see the cover for Cleopatra in Space #2: The Thief and the Sword. And here’s some info on what to expect inside:
Cleopatra’s space adventure in the REALLY far future continues!
When a mysterious thief steals the ancient sword Cleo recovered in CLEOPATRA IN SPACE, BOOK ONE: TARGET PRACTICE, Cleo is determined to get it back, but her teachers at Yasiro Academy forbid her from risking her life. Stuck at school, Cleo is having a hard time adjusting to her newfound popularity and responsibility. And when she learns more about the prophecy that names her the savior of the galaxy and the time tablets that could decide her fate, she must go on a dangerous journey to find them before they can fall into the wrong hands.
All 191 pages of The Thief and the Sword and will be out spring of 2015. Can’t wait for you to read it.
Baltimore Comic-Con is this weekend (for the first time 3 days, Fri-Sun), and I’ll once again be sitting with all the awesome folks at the Kids Love Comics pavilion. Mark Mariano has put together this excellent guide to everything you need to know about where that is, what is going on there, and who else will be there. Definitely check it out. Here’s my part:
Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing heroines like Cleopatra, Supergirl, and Batgirl. He’ll also be drawing cats, and who doesn’t love cats?!
Fun stuff! I’ll also have Cleo books on hand, prints (including my latest Batgirl/Supergirl comic), and I’ll be doing some watercolor sketching again. Can’t wait!
I know a lot of you have been waiting for this news: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE #1: TARGET PRACTICE is now available in eBook format! Below are links for all the available devices. Would be awesome to see Cleo be a bestseller for any one of them.
I wanted you all to know about a non Cleopatra in Space project I’m kickstarting with my pal David Sanheza. Some of you might even know me from or remember the Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! all-ages card game I illustrated a couple years back. If not, here are all 40 illustrations I did for it.
Well now, Game-O-Gami and I have teamed up to Kickstart not only an affordable paperback edition of the full-color art book (which was previously only a hardcover exclusive to those who backed the card game), but we’ve hired awesome digital artist Josh Ulrich to ink my pencil sketches for a new coloring book! And he’s done an AMAZING job.
This is my first foray into Kickstarting, and I’d love to see it be a success. So, if you care to, please help share the news! Even better, please support it. Even $1 helps. Would love to see this happen! Link below.
I’ll be at Tampa Bay Comic Con Fri-Sun this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center! You’ll find me in Artist Alley table B24 and both prints and Cleo books will on hand. Will likely also be drawing watercolor sketches again for those interested in that sort of thing.
Despite actually living in Tampa, this’ll be my first time tabling at the show. Hope to meet a lot of local fans!
The epic craziness of San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow. This year I’m relieved to just be walking around the floor, without any need to lug a bunch of books and prints cross country. There will however be a couple places to find me on Sunday. Info below!
Sunday Noon – 1:00pm
Panels & Pictures (A Graphic Novel Panel — Kids/YA)
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel “for kids,” their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.
And immediately after…
Book Signing – Sails Pavilion Autographing Area 09
Other than that, maybe you’ll find me wandering around? You’ll be able to recognize me by my dark green messenger bag, likely some sort of cat shirt, and bewildered expression.