Thank you Portland Opera!

I was one of the many local cartoonists lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Portland Opera and Body Vox Dance Company‘s staging of Pagliacci and Carmina Burana. There are a ton of great sketches online already: Erika Moen, Ron Chan, Natalie Nourigat, and Mike Russell. Lots more coming, too. Watch twitter for the #pdxoperacomics tag.

The night was spectacular, starting with appetizers at Mortons and a fascinating tour backstage. I loved both shows, and the transition between the two was beautifully handled. I doodled all through the performances, but didn’t produce much worth showing. I’d brought tinted charcoal paper thinking I could do some nifty things picking out highlights with white conte, but the combination of a dark room and low contrast paper made it virtually impossible to see what I was doing. One sketch came out okay, the rest, ehhh.

Underground paperback review roundup

“Wesley is earnest, human, and just plain likable, as is her fellow ranger/boyfriend. I won’t spoil the unusual dangers of the cave they are in, but it makes for some daunting and eerie moments.The bad guys aren’t bland either; they are similarly full of nuance and personality, especially amusing when abrasive (making them excellent villains). Their boss is delightfully scummy as well. The ending of the action was great…”
Under the Radar

” Believable and likable characters propel this fast moving tale. Parker presents the separate viewpoints of the factions in an informed manner while successfully maintaining Fischer as the sympathetic protagonist. Lieber’s excellent storytelling and vibrant art really shines, especially in the tense underground chase scenes, where he expertly combines peril with wonder. ”
Rick Klaw at the SF Site

“Underground is one of those rare finds that comic book reviewers crow about. Adding to the atmosphere of the series is the dynamic coloring that pulls readers into the subterranean world of caves that feels so full of possibility and drama that the cinematic air of the series comes alive.”
Daily Pop

“Those of us who are always demanding clever, tough ladies in lead roles will enjoy meeting cave geek Wesley Fischer, and those of you who want exciting comics without superheroes and lasersharking will be equally happy.”
Not Falling Down

You can get Underground from your local comic shop, or by mail from Things From Another World There might also be a few autographed copies left in Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.

The Underground tpb, it IS in stores. Really. For Real.

I’ve seen copies. Held them in my hand. Even sketched in one that was waiting for the buyer to get it from his pull-box. So you can totally ask for it at your local shop. And if they don’t have it in stock, you can get a (signed! sketched!) copy from Periscope’s Etsy store. I’ll make Parker and Chan sign it, too.

In other news, I am old. Many thanks to everyone for your kind wishes!

Recent sketches

Between tabling at conventions, sitting in waiting rooms, and hanging out with visiting cartoonist friends, I’ve finally had the chance to finish some pieces for the Periscope Studio Etsy store. By the time you read this, some of these will probably be sold, but you can follow the link to see which ones are left, and wince at the lunatic self-regard implicit in the pricing. While you’re there, take a look at what other studio members have contributed!

Underground release party on Wednesday the 21st. Grickle, too!

This Wednesday, there are two comics release parties in Portland:
From 6-8 pm, Floating World Comics is hosting Graham Annable, celebrating the release of his new Grickle book.

Then, jump on the MAX for a short ride to the Hollywood transit station, because from 8-10 pm, Things from Another World will have Jeff Parker and I will signing our just-released UNDERGROUND trade paperback. Buy a copy and I’ll draw a free sketch in it. More importantly, there will also be free beer and free food. Free sketches. Free beer. Free food. I expect to see all of Portland and half of Gresham.

“One of the year’s best offerings”

We’ve started seeing great reviews of the first four issues of Underground. (Preview copies of issue four, which hits stores December 16th, went out to critics a few weeks ago.)

“This is storytelling that grips you and envelops you in a world that is so completely realized and populated with characters so thoroughly fleshed out, it’s not an exaggeration to call it one of the year’s best offerings.”

Ain’t it Cool News

“Boy do Parker and Lieber deliver – it’s one of the most gripping pieces of action that I can recall recently, mostly in the way that they really make you feel the tightening of the cave around the characters – as their air gets tighter, you almost feel YOUR air getting tighter – there’s rarely a better compliment than noting that a comic book made you practically share the experience of the characters in the book, but that’s exactly the reaction I had in #4, which I found to be the strongest issue of the series yet.”

Comics Should Be Good.

Baltimore Comicon

I’m going to be a guest at Baltimore Comicon this weekend! Look for me in Artists’ Alley. I’ll be sitting near Jeff Parker, sketching and signing and dodging perfectly reasonable questions about recent movie releases. Catch me at an unguarded moment and as time permits, I’ll be happy to doodle you a free quick sketch of Wes or Seth from UNDERGROUND.