FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SELF-OBSESSED IS PACKED WITH HUMOR
Sina Grace returns to slice-of-life roots with a new collection of autobiographical strips
Image Comics has announced today that they will be publishing writer/ artist Sina Grace’s collection of autobiographical strips for April’s self-contained and self-referential, Self-Obsessed. The oversized one-shot marks the first time that over a decade’s worth of Grace’s comics will be seen in print.
After spending 2013 touring the successful and blood-soaked Burn the Orphanage series, Grace opted to take a moment to revisit the sandbox where fan-favorite Li’l Depressed Boy and critically adored Not My Bag reside. Originally packaged as a digital exclusive, Self-Obsessed expands on the themes explored in Grace’s previous work and goes deeper: “I feel like I’ve been teetering between mainstream and indie,” confessed Grace. “Self-Obsessed is a fun middle ground for the fans who love my slice-of-life stories like Not My Bag, and for the readers who got behind the raucous romp that is Burn the Orphanage. Plus—how fun are convenient one-shots jam-packed with quirky insights?” With delights culled from dozens of sketchbooks, and years of rare strips, the 40 page one-shot will also include several new stories that bridge show how an artist who was trapped in retail hell became one of Image Comics’ fledgling creators.
SELF-OBSESSED explores the brain of a cartoonist who is hilariously confused about many things in life: love, work, frenemies… with one exception: Sina Grace’s devotion to comics.
SELF-OBSESSED arrives in stores on 4/2, and will be available for $3.99. It can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140508.
See you at Phoenix Comic Con today! I packed loads of goodies for you all, so we should have a great weekend!
Sequential Smarts - the best thing ever.
Inspired by the illustrative world of Gary Baseman as explored in the exhibition Gary Baseman: The Door Is Always Open, attend this panel of graphic novelists as they discuss the conceptual underpinning of contemporary graphic storytelling and L.A.’s central place in the world of the graphic novel.
Like Gary Baseman, many graphic novelists use illustration to depict fantastic worlds of their own making. Panelists Sina Grace (Not My Bag and Li’l Depressed Boy), Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Who Is AC?), Nick Thorburn (author of What a Gas and lead singer of the band Islands), and Malachi Ward(Expansion, Utu, and Ritual) discuss their work and the world of the graphic novel. A Q&A and book signing follow the program.
Sponsored by The Skirball Cultural Center, and The Secret Headquarters, this is going to be an event to remember. All attendees get a limited edition print of the image above (signed by all four panelists).
Wednesday, May 8, 8:00 p.m.
Order tickets here: http://www.skirball.org/programs/readings-talks/sequential-smarts
Last stop on the 2012 Not My Bag tour: ANAHEIM!
Thanks to Kevin Sonnichsen, I now have #baghags.
In the two weeks this book has been out on the stands and available for download, I have been overwhelmed with kind words and support… I’ve also been overwhelmed with photos of people putting the book next to their face. I didn’t even ask, it just turned into a thing.
Keep making me feel special folks, I’m gonna need it for the second leg of this tour.
There’s a special Not My Bag sneak peek in this week’s Walking Dead! Woo!
You know I don’t need anything right now.
Literally, the most backwards preview of my next book you’ll ever get.