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RIP Ernie Chan

(Gil Kane/Ernie Chan)
RIP Ernie Chan. Ernie worked on the one Conan comic issue that my brother had that I used to read over and over again when I was a little kid. This issue of Conan has been and will be locked in my brain forever. I remember the first time I tabled at the Alternative Press Expo, 2006: It was early in the day, Sunday, the place was still empty. I was bored out of my mind. An older gray-haired Filipino man came up to my table. He asked a lot of questions like why I wanted to be a cartoonist, what I wanted to do with my comics and what were they about. He seemed really concerned like your typical Filipino uncle. He was interested in my stories about being Filipino. It was weird for me because no one had asked that many questions to me that entire weekend. I asked what he did, and he said he was a penciller. He showed me what he was working on: a penciled drawing of a sci-fi superhero gal with big boobs. HA, yep, just like an uncle! It was cool to see that this &qu…

It's official!! Wish us luck!


Oakland, CA May 8, 2012
– The cold, stark winter months are now past, and with spring’s arrival we celebrate the bloom of Yam Books, Bay Area–based small-press publisher of art books and comics. Stemming from a deep-rooted desire to see more work by inspiring and visionary creators, Yam Books’ mission is to showcase a rich cornucopia of art and comics just waiting to burst forth.

Yam Books will be releasing two exciting projects this year.

Spring 2012, Debuting at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE):

What are the images that persist in your mind, forcing themselves onto paper again and again? Artist Lark Pien wrangles some of the most dynamic and inventive minds in art and comics to dish on this very subject inLollygag, a revealing anthology collecting the compulsive doodles from the sketchbooks of Nick Abadzis, Trevor Alixopulos, Rina Ayuyang, Nick Bertozzi, Lille CarrĂ©, Martin Cendreda, Capucine Delouis, Eleanor Davis, Vanessa Davis, R…
This Saturday is FREEEEEE Comic Book Day!

So go to your friendly neighborhood comics store, and get some free comics as well as BUY some comics to help our industry out!

As a part of this wonderful holiday, the ever amazing Tugboat Press, Mr. Greg Means, has published a free comic called Runner, Runner which includes drawings and stories from some of my favorite cartoonists. I also contributed a one-pager that was drawn entirely with a dip pen!!! For SF/Bay Area peeps, it will be available at Escapist Books in Berkeley! So, go comics and go Tugboat Press!

More info on the comic below!
For the last five years, Tugboat Press has produced a free comic to give out on Free Comic Book Day (unofficially) and at the various conventions we attend throughout the year. This year's FCBD book is called Runner Runner and is crammed full of over two dozen stories in just 32 pages. The idea was to make the densest, most satisfying read possible. Comics are notorious for being quick reads. W…