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I wrote the script for Solo last year. This story has been in my brain, in one incarnation or another, since mid-2012, and I’m ready for it to go out into the world. I’ll be drawing the pages and slapping them up online the moment the ink’s dry, raw and fresh and full of mistakes. And full of swear words—the subject matter is fairly tame, but it’s not a kids’ comic.

I won’t be adhering to any sort of update schedule and I currently have no plans to publish Solo with a book or comics publisher, but I will put together a permanent website as soon as possible. SOLOCOMIC.NET!

Thanks for everyone who encouraged me and gave me feedback. You know who you are.

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This year I’m a guest at GeekOut in Asheville, NC from June 7-8. Always thrilled for an excuse to visit my hometown! Catch me tabling at the show on Saturday and Sunday, and on the YA Literature panel at 1pm on Sunday. Thanks to Leslie at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, who is once again doing me a solid and selling my books at the show. If you already own copies, please feel free to bring those and have them signed.

I’ll be at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on Saturday, April 12th.

10:30am – Salvatori Computer Science Center: I’m moderating a panel, Picture This: Young Adult Graphic Novels, which features Gene Luen Yang, Jen Wang and Gris Grimly. Signing to follow. There will be books available for purchase.

1:30pm – Mrs. Nelson’s Book 720: I’ll be signing with MacKids. There will be books for sale, and feel free to bring copies you already own–I’ll happily sign any book I’ve worked on.

Last night I won the Eisner award for Best Publication for Teens. I’m grateful to the Eisner committee for nominating A Wrinkle in Time and to all the comics industry professionals who voted for me. It means a lot. Because you saw what I put into this book, and because this will help me keep doing the only thing I want to do, which is tell stories. And, too, because the last awards I won–an Ignatz for Promising New Talent in 2006 and, in 2007, an Eisner for “Special Recognition”–were at the beginning of my career, and the thought’s nagged at me that I could go the rest of my career and never be more than “promising”. Thank you for believing in me.

Inevitably, in an industry this small, you end up nominated against your friends, and this time around I was in competition with Meredith Gran. Mer was nominated for Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens, which you should definitely pick up; it’s a great read even if you aren’t familiar with the cartoon. The morning before the Eisners, Mer and I had breakfast with Vera Brosgol (author of Anya’s Ghost) and Raina Telgemeier (who should have been nominated for her latest book, Drama). I’ve known all of them–and countless other women cartoonists–for as long as I’ve been cartoonist, and I’m so proud and lucky to have come up in such good company. Each time one of them puts out a new piece of work, I’m blown away all over again by their skill as writers and artists. It would be an honor to lose to any of them. It feels wrong to win against any of them.

But I’ll take it, and I’ll pass it on whenever, however I get the chance–to younger cartoonists like Madéleine Flores, Natalie “Tally” Nourigat, Sloane Leong, Rebecca Tobin, to name a few. There’s a wealth of talent flooding into the industry right now, and I can’t wait to see where these new creators take us.

I’d especially like to shine a light on the young illustrator Rebecca Mock. She and I are collaborating on a two-volume middle grade series, Four Points, which will be published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It’s set in the 1860s and follows the adventures of Alex and Cleo, twelve-year-old twins traveling from New York to San Francisco. It’s inspired by classic adventure tales like Kidnapped and Treasure Island, and yes, there will be pirates–which, judging by the tall ships all over Comic-Con, are coming back in style. Rebecca’s an incredible talent whose illustrations you may have seen in the New York Times, and it makes me giddy that I’m the one who gets to work with her on her first major project as a cartoonist. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I’m not sure when the first volume will be published, but I’ll let you know when I do. To whet your appetite, here’s an illustration of Alex and Cleo, by Rebecca:

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Thanks to all my friends, peers and fans for another great San Diego Comic-Con. I’ll see you all next year!

I’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con this Friday! If you want to catch up with me, here’s where to go:

12:00–1:00pm Drawing Stories: What’s New in YA Graphic Novels – Vera Brosgol (Anya’s Ghost), Gris Grimly (Frankenstein), Faith Erin Hicks (Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong), Hope Larson (Who is AC?), and Paul Pope (Battling Boy), five of the hottest teen graphic novel creators in the industry, discuss their current books, what’s involved in creating graphic novels for young adults, and why words and pictures go so well together in books for teens. Moderated by Scott Robins. Room 25ABC. Signing to follow in the Autograph Area.

5:30–6:30pm Signing at MacKids Booth 1220

Shana Targosz, the costume designer for Bitter Orange, wrote a wonderful post about the dress she designed and built for Myrtle, the main character: http://shanatargosz.com/index.php/process/post/bitter-orange

I’ve known Shana for years through her ties to the comics community, and getting to work with her was a blast!

A year ago I wrote and directed my first short film, Bitter Orange, a miniature period piece set in 1920s Hollywood. The project came together like a dream, and I soon found myself on set–a real set!–directing an unbelievable cast: Brie Larson, Brendan Hines and James Urbaniak. The experience was the most invigorating and inspiring few days of my life, and I’m thrilled that I can finally share the film we made. It will be screening at the New Beverly Cinema, in front of midnight Scott Pilgrim, on Friday, June 14th. I’ll be putting it online on Monday, June 17th, but if you’re in Los Angeles, please join us to watch it on the big screen. It’ll be a special night.

Here’s a link to the event on Facebook.

Also, please check out the work of the cartoonists I roped into the project: Becky Cloonan and Dustin Harbin, who illustrated and drew the display text for the poster, and Jen Wang, who drew the storyboards.

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The 2013 Eisner Award nominees were announced yesterday, and A Wrinkle in Time is up for two: Best Publication for Teens and Best Adaptation from Another Medium. Thanks to the Eisner committee for this honor! The winners will be announced on July 19th, during a ceremony at Comic-Con International.

My friend Lan Bui, photographer extraordinaire, took photos during my and Bryan’s signing at the Science Fiction Bookstore in Stockholm. Thanks to everyone who came out!