SPX... man, I'm overwhelmed... It was a really, really great weekend... good friends... new friends... lots of beautiful new books... great new discoveries... good food... late nights of endless conversations about comic books, publishing, and how to survive this crazy artistic pursuit of being a cartoonist... i can't thank you all enough.
The great Gahan Wilson (who was one of the reasons I would steal Playboy Magazines from the flea market when I was a kid) was there to promote his new book from Fantagraphics and he also gave this hilarious presentation at the Ignatz Awards:
(above photo of me is by the great cartoonist, and apparently great photographer Nate Beaty. he has a series of nice portraits of cartoonists here.)
And here are my photos.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
I'm heading to Bethesda for the Small Press Expo this weekend.
I'm sharing table space with Sparkplug Comic Books
and the amazing Zak Sally.
Please come out to the show and support independent comics!
Here's what I'll have with me:
Your Disease Spread Quick - The Melvins Comic Book:
Brilliantly Ham-fisted - A Collection of 23 Comic Strip Poems:
Self Indulgence limited edition mini comic
with custom hand-drawn covers:
read a review here.
I should also have some t-shirts and prints with me, depending on whether I can pack them safely for the plane.
I will have some prints with me:
Also, some original artwork for sale.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
"I wish I could say I was more of a Melvins fan, but I’m not. I don’t NOT like them, just haven’t listened to them enough. Regardless, if their music is anything like Tom Neely’s artwork, then they’ve gotta be worth checking out. Neely’s comically macabre illustrations are amazing and the sporadic bubbles of Melvins lyrics are thrown in just the right places. My favorite part by far was the bazooka-joe-esque panel comic on the back where the Melvins defeat Satan himself with the help of some special pastries. Tom Neely is one sick puppy!"
Buy it directly from me here! Buy it from Hydra Head Records here! Order it for your store from Tony Shenton or e-mail me for more info.
Friday, September 04, 2009
"...Despite not being about anything concrete per se, I felt drawn to Neely’s “hero” to his ups and downs and to his seeming helplessness in the face of cruel and fickle circumstances. There seems so much pain and darkness in these cartoony figures that I found it disturbing and carthatic at the same time. It’s not often that our fiction gives us enough space to insert our own emotions and thoughts into the expression but that’s exactly what The Blot does. And for this reason, I would highly recommend The Blot – its simplicity belies the depth of soul that is plumbed. It will give you endless hours of contemplation…"Read the full review here.
Next is a round-up of mini-comics that includes a short review of my latest mini-comic Self Indulgence that I debuted at San Diego Comic Con.
"This little mini is a wordless bit of body comedy/horror from an artist who combination of bigfoot drawing and naturalism creates an unsettling atmosphere. The concept is simple: a pair of naked twins faces each other and one starts eating the other whole. As he's doing this, his twin is excreted out the other side, until the original image is duplicated as the book's final panel. With Neely, the fun is in the visceral, inky details and exaggerated body language. The way he elongates arms and legs while drawing pubic hair in exacting detail is the sort of thing that creates the old/new tension in his comics, a visual signature of sorts. I believe he customizes the cover for this comic when purchased at conventions (he did a drawing of the wolf from THE BLOT on mine), which is just a bonus for this beautiful comic."Read the full round-up here.
I will have the remaining copies of the limited edition of Self Indulgence available at SPX later this month.