PLACER OF OBSTACLES is a new book we are working on with the great Noel Tuazon. Patrick wants people to see how these things come together so here are some early roughs. We will post stuff regularly.

selfdefensefamily:

Promised I’d give regular updates on, Placer of Obstacles, a comic project I announced last month. 

Noel Tuazon, an artist whose work is a perfect balance of efficient and expressive, has begun page breakdowns. This is the middle step between my script and his finished pages. It serves two purposes. It’s a check before moving forward. The artist saying, “how’s this look to you?” to the writer. And it’s a guide for the artist. You can look at them as storyboards, if film is your thing. 

I requested one small edit to the layout of a room, but everything else was perfect. Noel will start penciling now. 

This book will be a comic album, otherwise called a ‘european comic’. That’s oversized dimensions compared to US comic books, typically hardbound, but with a relatively low page for that treatment by US standards. It falls somewhere between a comic book and a OGN and Americans don’t know what to do with it. But I think I do. 


Brand new MENU story up now on Trip City. Idea by us, art by the great Daniel Eilisii. After you read the story listen to this Bill Fay song. Then go about your day.
If you need to catch up read all the old MENU stories here. They’re free.

Brand new MENU story up now on Trip City. Idea by us, art by the great Daniel Eilisii. After you read the story listen to this Bill Fay song. Then go about your day.

If you need to catch up read all the old MENU stories here. They’re free.


Brand new chapter of MENU is up now on TRIP CITY!!! Art by the great Luis Echavarria, words by us, cover design by Dylan Todd, shepherded by Chris Miskiewicz. Meet one of the few recurring characters in this weeks story. And read the rest of MENU right here.

Brand new chapter of MENU is up now on TRIP CITY!!! Art by the great Luis Echavarria, words by us, cover design by Dylan Todd, shepherded by Chris Miskiewicz. Meet one of the few recurring characters in this weeks story. And read the rest of MENU right here.


This is a flyer hanging in the Union Square subway station. It’s fucking brilliant.

This is a flyer hanging in the Union Square subway station. It’s fucking brilliant.


It’s business as usual for team Ashcan Press. If one of us isn’t being detained, searched, or at least eyed with suspicion then we are dead. Go see Patrick’s band Drug Church play European festivals this week… maybe as an instrumental act.

It’s business as usual for team Ashcan Press. If one of us isn’t being detained, searched, or at least eyed with suspicion then we are dead. Go see Patrick’s band Drug Church play European festivals this week… maybe as an instrumental act.


WE NOW HAVE A MAILING LIST! All of our emails will be delivered by the friendly e-mailman pictured above. Click on him to sign up for sporadic updates, weird rants, and occaisonal free stuff.  

WE NOW HAVE A MAILING LIST! All of our emails will be delivered by the friendly e-mailman pictured above. Click on him to sign up for sporadic updates, weird rants, and occaisonal free stuff.  


selfdefensefamily:

A little MENU bonus this month. 

Sometimes things don’t make sense for the TripCity format, which means they’ll have to wait for print. I stumbled across this piece we did with Paul Kirchner and thought, “I don’t want to wait.” 

It’s a homage to Paul’s strip The Bus, which ran in Heavy Metal for years and was dope the whole time. 

One of the coolest things about working in comics is working with people you look up to. MENU in particular has afforded me some opportunities I never thought I’d have. I’m grateful for that. 

This is a 4x4 landscape grid chopped into individual panels for easier reading on Tumblr. 


Q
Patrick, my curiosity about comics has been growing by the day ever since I've started following SDF. I finally took a leap of faith and I just checked out Menu. I kept an open mind and I loved it. So thank you for turning me onto a whole new art form that I previously ignored because of the stereotype that "comics are for nerds."
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selfdefensefamily:

Thanks. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 

Now, get to a comic book store, bookstore, or get the comixology app, and check out shit from masters. 

Things that make me smile. I have never talked to other comic creators about this but Patrick and I get a lot of people telling us we got them into comics. I have no idea if this is unusual or not for comic creators, but it’s a great feeling and I am always tremendously proud of it.


Brand new MENU story is up at Trip City. This one is to commemorate the anniversary of HP Lovecraft’s death, 77 years ago this month. Al always words are by us, sherpa-ing by Chris Miskiewicz, cover design by Dylan Todd. This time the art is by the amazing Werther Dell’Edera. 
Read this month’s MENU story.
Read all the previous MENU stories.

Brand new MENU story is up at Trip City. This one is to commemorate the anniversary of HP Lovecraft’s death, 77 years ago this month. Al always words are by us, sherpa-ing by Chris Miskiewicz, cover design by Dylan Todd. This time the art is by the amazing Werther Dell’Edera. 


Read this month’s MENU story.

Read all the previous MENU stories.


We have a piece in the OCCUPY COMICS anthology out now in comic shops. You should probably buy it if you like good and important things.

blackmaskstudios:

Images from Occupy Comics issue 2

Occupy Comics vol. 1 comes out next week, but comic shops got a headstart on it today. All profits go to Occupy-related initiatives and all content goes to presenting you with different perspectives.

Images here from

zoetica
marksable
mhutchison
Si Spurrier
Smudge
rileyrossmo
ashcanpress
mattminerxvx
seanvongormanart
Shannon Wheeler
Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk
Bill Ayers
Ryan Alexander-Tanner
salgood


Q
Do I have to 'respect the menu'?
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selfdefensefamily:

Obv. 

New stories with art from Werther Dell’edera, Aaron Conely, Michael Kraiger, Shaky Kane, and more coming soon. 

Catch up here.

Truth. We demand respect.


Occupy Comics anthology is in comic shops today. Go buy it now! We wrote a short story with Adam Geen and Joe Ruff. Other folks in the book are Alan Moore, David Lloyd, David Mack, Mike Allred, Molly Crabapple, Art Spiegelman, Ron Wimberly, Dean Haspiel, Ben Templesmith, Amanda Palmer, Ales Kot, Josh Fialkov, Josh Dysart, and a ton more. All the proceeds go to charity so you really have no excuse.

Occupy Comics anthology is in comic shops today. Go buy it now! We wrote a short story with Adam Geen and Joe Ruff. Other folks in the book are Alan Moore, David Lloyd, David Mack, Mike Allred, Molly Crabapple, Art Spiegelman, Ron Wimberly, Dean Haspiel, Ben Templesmith, Amanda Palmer, Ales Kot, Josh Fialkov, Josh Dysart, and a ton more. All the proceeds go to charity so you really have no excuse.


I (Matthew) have a short prose story in the new issue of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS magazine. If you aren’t familiar, LAOS is an amazing magazine/art project. They take old found photos and give them to writers to craft a story around. The result is a beautiful art piece and fascinating exercise in watching people fill in holes and make up missing pieces. Either way, it’s well worth picking up.
For Fans of: McSweeney’s, One Story, The Moth, and Harpers.
You can get it here.

I (Matthew) have a short prose story in the new issue of LOVERS AND OTHER STRANGERS magazine. If you aren’t familiar, LAOS is an amazing magazine/art project. They take old found photos and give them to writers to craft a story around. The result is a beautiful art piece and fascinating exercise in watching people fill in holes and make up missing pieces. Either way, it’s well worth picking up.

For Fans of: McSweeney’s, One Story, The Moth, and Harpers.

You can get it here.


Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!

Skeet! Skeet! Skeet!


Brand new chapter of MENU is up now over at Trip City. This one is dark and pretty brutal and we argued over it a lot. Obviously it would be hard to imagine this wouldn’t be a realistic interaction in the world of MENU, it is just a hard thing to put into the world we live in now. In the end this story sees the light of day because we both feel the value of MENU is in exploring the human condition at it’s most extreme, even when that makes us feel awful. 
Words by us. Art by the always amazing Jason Copland (Daredevil, Robocop). Read the whole series here. 
This chapter may be a trigger for some folks. Please read with caution.

Brand new chapter of MENU is up now over at Trip City. This one is dark and pretty brutal and we argued over it a lot. Obviously it would be hard to imagine this wouldn’t be a realistic interaction in the world of MENU, it is just a hard thing to put into the world we live in now. In the end this story sees the light of day because we both feel the value of MENU is in exploring the human condition at it’s most extreme, even when that makes us feel awful. 

Words by us. Art by the always amazing Jason Copland (Daredevil, Robocop). Read the whole series here. 

This chapter may be a trigger for some folks. Please read with caution.