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Making Comics Fifty State Tour

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Mon, 23 Mar 2009 16:11:06 GMT

Important Message

I've relaunched my site and the front page blog, so I'm probably going to focus my travel updates there from now on. (just a bit too weird to be posting links to 2009 events on a page about a tour that wrapped up two years ago).

We'll keep mccloudtour open to preserve the archive of the fifty state tour from 2006-2007, but for future travel updates, check out the new

And of course you can continue checking in on me and the family at:

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Sun, 01 Feb 2009 22:12:18 GMT

Monday, February 9, 7:00pm:


See you there!

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:12:50 GMT



Miami, Florida:
The Miami Book Fair

Wednesday night, I'll be participating in a tribute panel to Will Eisner and then on Saturday afternoon, I'll be presenting a lecture on comics trends.

Check out the Comix Galaxy listings here:


See you there!

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:48:38 GMT



TONIGHT, Thursday, November 6, 7:00 pm:
The Bronx, New York:
Manhattan College
(Yes, Manhattan College is in The Bronx -- go figure.)

And next week:

November 12-15:
Miami, Florida
The Miami Book Fair

Meanwhile, check out this awesome 9-Jack-9 costume worn for Halloween by reader Andrew Vestal:


And yes, the awesome Lori Matsumoto took pix of Winter's costume too, and we hope to post those soon.

Oh yeah, and THANK YOU, America, for breaking the ultimate barrier of prejudice in electoral politics: You actually elected the smart guy!

Also, I want to say how incredibly proud I am of Ivy for working her heart out to defeat the pointless and hateful Prop 8 here in California. We came very, very close, and I'm absolutely certain that when this kind of bigotry rears its ugly head again in the golden state, that a new generation will send it back to the stone age where it belongs. I love my wife and treasure our marriage MORE because she tried to extend that right to other loving couples and because we both witnessed such a union just last month. How anyone could think that their marriage could only thrive by denying such a gift to others is beyond me.

Wed, 15 Oct 2008 04:50:22 GMT

Upcoming Events...

Saturday, October 18: All Over the World

24 Hour Comics Day!
18 years since the original. What a long, strange trip it's been... No specific event planned for me personally, 'cause I'm on a deadline, but in the spirit of the day, I'll put in a crapload of hours.

Friday, October 24: Bowling Green, Ohio

Bowling Green State University

Thursday, November 6: The Bronx, New York

Manhattan College

November 12-15: Miami, Florida

The Miami Book Fair
More Details soon.

And in Happier News...

Thu, 25 Sep 2008 22:47:05 GMT


Meet me in Buffalo!

Two great events taking place at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, under the auspices of the Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries.

Friday, October 3, 7:00 pm: Lecture.

Saturday, October 4, 10-5pm: Workshop.

See you there.


Next up:

October 24: Bowling Green, Ohio.

November 9-16: Miami Book Fair (my dates t.b.a.)

More listings soon...

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 16:16:29 GMT

Decatur, Georgia - Tuesday Night!

Sorry once again for the late notice.

I'll be speaking at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia tomorrow night. I'll try to post a little sooner next time. It's been a crazy month!


Mon, 18 Aug 2008 21:43:24 GMT

Hi, I have decided to start posting my poems on my blog now.


Mon, 11 Aug 2008 19:08:59 GMT

I've decided to make this an ongoing every monday so here's the next one;

My heart has a pound
a thump, thump, thump
out of my body
it seems to jump

My love can only me seen
through beautiful, romantic, eyes
my heart just cannot be stopped
but something inside me dies

I want true love
a fairy tale ending
at one first kiss
so many emotions blending

Just one thing
a major set back
something that I can’t not face
a major spot in my heart that’s black

I don’t like anyone
in that that way
and when I do
to him, what to say

random epiphany

Sat, 09 Aug 2008 17:49:41 GMT

So I was in bed trying to fall asleep when I decided to wright an autobiographical poem about what the goal that I have been working towards lately. So since I have not achieved my goal yet, the poem is not finished, but here are the first few stanzas;

On my p.e. mat
I sit upside-down
with 2 things on the floor
hands and crown

my legs are bent
because you see
if I did a full headstand
they would fall on me

I was the best at tripod
in my whole class
but when it came to headstands
I fell down like glass

because of this fact
as sad as it is
I got a c
on our p.e. quiz

now months later
and but two weeks ago
I decide I'd get it
then I mastered it like a pro

When I come back to school
I hope to have the next step
of a flat out hand stand
but I need to go prep.

to be continued...

poem (yes another one)

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 21:37:04 GMT

I want to be happy
I like to grin
With a positive atitude
I might even win

Family is important
I care about them so
I can't even conseive
Of the day they go

When I go to college
Or school out far
I wont see them again
they'll be as far as a star

When I go to do
The thing of my dream
Wether singing on brodway
or making a seam

I'll try to be happy
I'll try very hard
I'll let happyness overcome me
First an inch, then a yard.

Mon, 04 Aug 2008 04:10:11 GMT

My Next Three Nights in New York!

Okay, late notice (sorry about that) but yes, I’m in New York City right now, getting ready for three events this week. They are:

Talking about comics at The Learning Annex, 6:45-9:30 pm.

Signing and chatting at Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 7:00pm.

Talking about Zot! and comics at the Brooklyn Central Library, 7:00 pm.

Spread the word, pick one (or more!), and I’ll hope to see you soon.

poem again

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 08:21:39 GMT

Here is a more uplifting poem to balance out last weeks

The song of life
comes crashing down
put on your smile
lose that frown

The beat is coming
dance till you drop
if you always try
you’ll reach the top

Move your feet
the chance you get
it’s all yours
dance till you sweat

Life may be hard
what else can it be
but you can over come it
take it from me

When your out on the stage
and moving about
don’t hold it in
give me a shout

So yell so loud
it will give people a fright
and I will there
to help you with the sight

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:11:28 GMT


Special Offer: Print this flyer and bring it to the signing, and I'll say "hey, you printed my flyer!"

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 23:24:52 GMT

A very cute young woman just walked out of the library carrying Eisner's Comics and Sequential Art, and having flipped through McCloud's Understanding Comics.

That's what's missing in so many fangirls and boys: A need to understand the underpinnings of the art. There's entirely too much OMG I WILL DIE OF SQUEE CUZ THAT IS MADE OF SO MUCH AWESOME, and not enough "what makes that awesome?".

She said she'd just read the graphic novel Tricked, and the first webcomic she mentioned was Sinfest.

She was also tall, so to contemplate that after having let her disappear is just too much.

Wed, 16 Jul 2008 15:18:48 GMT

[cross-posted with smccloud]


Only a week before Zot! The Complete Black and White Collection is on sale, and reviews are coming in:

Tom Spurgeon at The Comics Reporter

Gary Tyrrell at Fleen

Greg McElhatton at Comic Book Resources

...and our old friend Barry Deutsch (congratulations to Barry, BTW, for his Russ Manning award nomination for Hereville!)

Reminder: Don't miss the Zot! panel, Friday at 1:30 pm, Room 10 at Comic-Con, and my signing at Dumbrella at 3 pm. And yes, the book will be available at Con.


Mon, 14 Jul 2008 20:42:28 GMT

Hello every one! sorry it has been so long since I've posted, but here I am with a poem that a wrote. You see, last night I was thinking allot about romance and sadness, so I decided to rite a poem for the young people who are sent off to war.

His words touched deep
as I fell in a state
as he said goodbye
we were laughed at by fate

my eyes melted down
as they closed into his
I tried to let us part
as hard as it is

he needed to sing
the song of love
one last time
before he took off to above

we both new
that soft quiet tune
but why asked I
why so soon

his soft silver hair
so nice to the touch
“please don’t leave”
I begged with it in my clutch

his soul screamed for help
it shouted with rage
his smile was posed
as if on a stage

what should i do
just stand there and watch
what I would do
to turn the pain down a notch

As we were so close
to both our first kiss
the plane came down
and shattered the bliss

he said that he would come back
and he would be okay
but when his team came back
he was m.i.a.

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 16:16:10 GMT


Saturday at 10:30 am, I'll be signing at the Harper Booth (#1009).

Thu, 24 Apr 2008 22:06:05 GMT

[Cross-Posted, Yet Again, With smccloud]

This Weekend:


See you there!

Then: On the following Friday, May 2, I'll be speaking at the International Conference on Narrative at University of Texas at Austin.

Then: On Saturday, May 10, in Columbus, Ohio, it'll be Me and Jeff Smith in Conversation.

And finally, off to Oklahoma for a seminar. And you don't want to even know how much I'll be doing between those trips!

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 15:04:42 GMT


The Long Lost Winterview #8 is up at last, featuring Neil Gaiman!


AND don't forget The Zot! panel at New York Comic Con Saturday at 3pm (and my panel with Douglas Rushkoff in only a few hours).

Mon, 10 Mar 2008 19:00:27 GMT

[Cross-Posted with smccloud]

Ooh, almost forgot to mention:

This Weekend in Manhattan:


I'll be attending the event and participating in an onstage conversation in the evening. Sounds like a very cool conference overall and worth the admission. Stop by and say Hi.

Report from Limbo

Tue, 29 Jan 2008 17:02:09 GMT

[Cross-posted at smccloud and mccloudtour until I decide which one to focus on...]

Good interview at Comicgate conducted by editors Bjoern Wederhake and Daniel Wuellner while I was in Frankfurt, Germany in October for the Bookfair. A good summation of where my head is at this point in my life.

Still traveling and still unsure where to post about it. I'm at VizThink in SF right now, having flown directly from Angoulême (strangely with no jetlag!). Finally coming home tomorrow.

I realize I've been hibernating lately, where the web is concerned. Sorry about that. I'll probably come out of hiding once I finish the pitch for the graphic novel and get things rolling on that front.

Finally, I love this song and video (already loved the band) and we totally know the final dancer! Ivy's been in plays with Palmer and everything. His new status as YouTube superstar came out of the blue. Very cool news for a real sweet and talented guy.

The girls are famous!!

Sat, 17 Nov 2007 18:47:19 GMT

If you haven't gotten the newest Comic Con International Update, check it out online!

It has transcripts of a few panels, one of which it describes as being "one of the most fun panels of the weekend." What panel would that be you ask? Well, I will tell you, it was the panel that Sky and I came up with (neither of us are sure which one came up with it, I think the panel might have been her idea, and the title mine?): My Dad Makes Comics, it was supposed to be an excuse to get Maddy Gaiman and Yolanda and Liam McKean and Alexis Kitchen together on a panel, but in the end Sky and Winter were the only ones of that group available, so the Con got Matt Wagner's kids, Brennan and Amanda who were awesome in their own right, and it made for an unforgettable panel.

The excerpt is three pages long for the book, and even longer here online. Honestly, if you missed it, you should go read it now. It is too funny.

I hope that this means that Sky will get her wish to have it a regular feature every year with different kids (of course her plan is to continue moderating, the idea being that she can be on the next one, but her sister can't. Yes, her mind works like that).

And the picture of the the girls is soooo them, and the one of Scott and I is not embarrassing!

Call for attention.

Wed, 31 Oct 2007 05:34:53 GMT

I was wondering, this is kinda random but, does any one think of me as a celebrity.

The Quills

Wed, 24 Oct 2007 15:44:03 GMT

Heidi has the scoop at The Beat:


Look for the broadcast on some NBC affiliates this coming weekend (Saturday, I think). Can't guarantee I'll make the final cut (my ventriloquist presenter had teleprompter problems and choked a bit, so the two awards he gave out might not even air) but it's worth it for the Stephen Colbert and Amy Sedaris bits alone.

Just one more trip in October (then I get to be home for an entire month!):

Friday, October 26 in Commerce, Texas:
The EGAD Conference.

Be seeing you!