I’m going to be in the UK next weekend for the Thought Bubble festival and associated signings! Here’s what my schedule looks like:
Thursday Nov. 21, Travelling Man Manchester: signing 4-6 p.m. with Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matt Fraction, Ramon Perez and Richard Starkings (wow!)
Friday Nov. 22, GOSH! London: signing 5-7 p.m. with Brandon Graham and Eric Stephenson
Saturday Nov. 23 - Sunday Nov. 24: Will be set up at Thought Bubble! I’ll be with my art dealer Essential Sequential selling prints and sketchbooks. Come on by and I’ll be happy to sign whatever you’ve got!
I expect it to be busy, so I’ll reserve sketching for the LAST HOUR of each day- this is to keep things moving throughout the day, I hate making people wait in line for ages when they just want a simple signature or hello. Also to save my hand. Quick head sketches will be £10.
Edited to add: On Sunday I’m doing a sketching panel from 12:50 - 2:40 in the Bury Theatre.
A couple of people on twitter asked about a pen I used for a recent drawing. So I thought I’d list a few of my favourite pens, tell you why I like them and where I buy them from. Most of these are pens that Fiona Staples told me about. She also introduced me to jetpens.com which is my favourite…
I’ll likely be spending more time at my table than this, but here’s when/where you can DEFINITELY find me this weekend in Denver:
5-7 pm - Signing at Con - TICKETED
12pm - 1pm - Panel with Jon Price and Clayton 1:30 - 5:30 Signing at Con - TICKETED
12-3pm Signing Panel 4-5 pm - Jon and Clayton
That’s right: not one, but TWO panels with Jon and Clayton of the Have You Heard of This? podcast. What will we talk about? I have no idea, but I’ve heard they’re growing their facial hair out for the occasion, so that will be worth discussing.
Jason of Essential Sequential will be joining me at the table, so we should be well-stocked with prints and sketchbooks.
I wanted to apologize to everyone for this entire SAGA #12 kerfuffle. Yesterday, I was mistakenly led to believe that this issue was solely with Apple, but it’s now clear that it was only ever Comixology too conservatively interpreting Apple’s rules. I’m truly sorry. I never thought either company was being homophobic, only weirdly inconsistent about what kind of adult material was permissible. I’m grateful that the situation was cleared up so quickly, and I’m delighted I can go back to reading smutty comics on my Retina Display iPad.
As has hopefully been clear from the first page of our first issue, SAGA is a series for the proverbial “mature reader.” Unfortunately, because of two postage stamp-sized images of gay sex, Apple is banning tomorrow’s SAGA #12 from being sold through any iOS apps. This is a drag, especially because our book has featured what I would consider much more graphic imagery in the past, but there you go. Fiona and I could always edit the images in question, but everything we put into the book is there to advance our story, not (just) to shock or titillate, so we’re not changing shit.
Apologies to everyone who reads our series on iPads or iPhones, but here are your alternatives for Wednesday:
1) Head over to you friendly neighborhood comics shop and pick up a physical copy of our issue that you can have and hold forever.
2) While you’re at it, don’t forget to support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which helps protect retailers who are brave enough to carry work that some in their communities might consider offensive. You can find signed copies of Saga at the CBLDF site right now.
4) If all else fails, you might be able to find SAGA #12 in Apple’s iBookstore, which apparently sometimes allows more adult material to be sold than through its apps. Crazy, right?
Anyway, special thanks to Eric Stephenson and everyone at Image for supporting our decision, and for always being so supportive of creators. Sorry again to readers for the inconvenience, but I hope everyone will be able to find an issue that Fiona and I are particularly proud of. And after you do, please check out PanelSyndicate.com, the new digital comics site I own with artist Marcos Martin, which remains 100% uncensored by corporate overlords.
I’ll be at Emerald City Comic Con this weekend, at table U-01 with the rest of the Essential Sequential group! We’ll have prints, Saga trades, and my brand new sketchbook “Fiona Staples Digest #1” for sale. I might be away from the table for lunch or to roam the con a bit, so if you have a packed schedule and want to make SURE you get me, best to come by at the times below! Please note that the times at the Image booth will be ticketed signings, so you’ll need to grab a ticket from the Image gang in advance.
I’m not taking commissions, but I’ll be doing little head sketches during the LAST HOUR of each day- you can get one for a $20 donation to the Hero Initiative! I’ll have a jar at the table.
Throughout the day I’ll be happy to sign anything you have, but if it’s more than 5 items, I ask that you donate $1/item to the Hero Initiative. They do great work and I’m thankful that they’re around to support creators when it’s needed the most.
Anyway, here’s my schedule:
3:00 - 3:45 Signing at Image booth (ticketed)
5:00 Panel: Putting the “Graphic” in Graphic Novels
It’s time to talk about sex and violence! BLACK KISS II, BUTCHER BAKER, SEX, SAGA, HAPPY, MULTIPLE WARHEADS, SEX CRIMINALS: these comics are definitely not for kids. Image Comics creators who aren’t shying away from adult situations talk about creating comics for grown-ups. Is there really such a thing as “gratuitous”? What’s it like to be banned in the UK and Canada? Join some of comics most respected creators for an eye-opening conversation.
With the unlimited potential of comics, there is perhaps no better medium for speculative fiction than comics. Limited only by their imaginations, Image Comics creators have been creating far-flung universes where science, fantasy, and technology explode in rich possibilities. Find out why they choose science fiction, how they build worlds, and what inspires them.
Yo! Fiona staples! Sup? I think your work with SAGA is pretty f*#^king awesome! Keep up the good work. How did you learn to draw? Are you self taught?
Thanks for writing! I went to ACAD some years ago, where they taught me how to draw, and also how to teach myself how to draw. This is a dumb cliche, but “learning how to learn” is pretty valuable. It means I was able to keep getting better on my own after I graduated in 2006. Art school equipped me with fundamental technical skills, and a ruthlessly critical eye with which to destroy and rebuild my own work. So that’s, in a nutshell, how I learned to draw.
Guess what! I’ll actually be back at ACAD tomorrow at 3, taking part in a round-table discussion about comics with fellow artists Riley Rossmo, Scott Kowalchuk, Tyler Jenkins, Alex Link, and Travis Sengaus. If you’re a Calgarian with a free afternoon, do stop by!
So, I was REALLY looking forward to meeting readers and seeing friends at the Thought Bubble Festival in Leeds last weekend, but unfortunately I came down with the worst food poisoning I’ve ever experienced and had to cancel. I’m very sorry I wasn’t there!
However, we did manage to squeeze in two successful signings at the Travelling Man stores in Manchester and Newcastle, so thanks to everyone who came out to those. I also want to thank the TB organizers who were extremely nice even though I was the worst possible guest. I am doing a lot better now and am just going to enjoy the rest of my time in the UK!
Annoying press release thingie from Brian K. Vaughan
I realize there are significantly more important things going on in the world, but since some of your sites picked up on the story that Amazon had suspended sales of SAGA: VOLUME ONE last week, I just wanted to update everyone that the book is officially back on sale as of this morning. I’m still not exactly sure what this brief hiccup was about, but the books are once again shipping in perfect quality, still at the absurdly low price of $9.99 for 160 pages of Fiona Staples glory and grossness.
I’ve always loved Amazon, but maybe this incident should serve as a reminder that the best place to buy graphic novels is still your friendly neighborhood local comics store. Saga exists only because retailers gave it so much support, and they were kind enough to order a metric ass-load of our trades, so they should still have copies on their shelves when you swing by on Wednesday. But if they’ve already sold out, Image still has a few extras stashed down in Kirkman’s basement, and good retailers can order you up a fresh one immediately. And if you’re still on the fence about picking up our filthy sci-fi/fantasy epic, you can always read our double-sized first issue in its entirety for FREE right here: http://bit.ly/zLNfWV Then we return monthly with Chapter Seven in two short weeks!
Anyway, thanks for tolerating this nonsense in a time of actual news. The whole Saga team is thinking about our friends back east…
Hi Fiona! Have been following Saga since the beginning, one of the first series I used to get into comics and I absolutely adore your art. As someone trying to improve their own art, do you have any suggestions or tips for creating such immaculate form? Do you incorporate reference materials when you're working out panels/sequences? or is it all basically from memory/method?
Thank you! I use a ton of photo reference, but first I draw thumbnails from my imagination only:
By doing those ref-free I make sure that the composition and storytelling are figured out first, rather than being dictated by the photos I have to work with.
After that, I use the camera in my laptop to shoot reference based on the poses I laid out. It’s useful for the purpose because the laptop can be placed anywhere and at any angle, and I can see what it looks like onscreen as I pose like a moron.
You’ll generally be able to find me at the ESSENTIAL SEQUENTIAL booth in Artist Alley, tables A1-A9 (I’m in A8, to be precise)! I aim to hang around there as much as possible, and will have a few prints for sale. Here’s when I’ll be doing panels and signings:
5:00-6:00 - Signing at Archie Comics booth (#1720)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Panel: Wondrous Worlds, Fractured Futures: Speculative Fiction and Image Comics
Location: Room 1A06
2:00-4:00 - Signing with BKV at Midtown Comics
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Panel: Drawing the Line: Artists on Creator-Owned Comics
Location: Room 1A23
12:15-2:00 - Signing with BKV at Image booth
6:45 PM – 7:45 PM
Panel: Saga: Sex, Drugs & Rocketships
Location: Room 1A10
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Panel: Creating Comics with Two X-Chromosomes: Real Talk with Image’s Female Creators