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My latest comic book
My latest comic is the second edition of my graphic memoir A Life Half-forgotten. It‘s all about growing up in Central Ohio suburbia during the 60s and 70s, with all the high points and low points. This second edition contains twice the pages of the first version, and more than twice the angst.
I started out by remembering my idyllic middle-class white suburban upbringing, and then, all of a sudden, all the forgotten traumas rose to the surface. Childhood happiness, freedom, and privilege were replaced by murder, divorce, and that true horror; junior high.
You can pick up your copy at Amazon, or at one of the many comic book shows I’ll be attending around the Atlanta/Athens area. I'm very proud of this book.
How did I start making comics?
I've always enjoyed comics as a medium, from childhood to the present day. There's something about storytelling with words and pictures that I find very compelling, and I always wanted to do it myself. But I never had a story I wanted to tell.
Then in 2002, I was diagnosed with a detached retina, which threatened my eyesight. After recovering, and at age 45, I wrote and drew my first comic book, Detached, about that experience and since then I've started doing commercial illustration, as well as creating the weekly comic strip Grumbles.