Today's Unshelved Book Club comes from Box Brown, creator of the sublime Bellen. Box won the 2008 Xeric award for his book Love is a Peculiar Type of Thing. Please take the few minutes necessary to become a huge fan of his work.
This makes three guests in a row for our Sunday strip, which probably deserves some explanation. We are in the process of changing how we sell our books to libraries, book stores, and comic shops (announcement forthcoming). This will be a good thing in the long term, but in the short term Jana and I have been completely consumed by the logistics involved. Add to this a new book and our two biggest conferences of the year scheduled back-to-back, and I for one appreciated the respite provided by my fellow cartoonists.
Our thanks to this week's sponsor, Macmillan Library, hosting no fewer than eleven author signings at ALA. Drop by booth 1713 to say Hi. Mention how adorable Talia's newborn nephew is and she'll give you a free copy of The Birthing Place by Christopher Ransom, while supplies last.
Here in Chicago we're having a great time at ALA. We've talked with thousands of librarians, heard some great stories, and signed a lot of books. Only one problem - we're almost out of things to sell. So here's what we're going to do. Monday morning we'll continue to sell our remaining shirts, bags, hats (and even a few hoodies) while supplies last, and we'll take orders for Reader's Advisory, which we'll ship to you for free when we get home. Early afternoon we'll pack up the booth for good. And we'll skip Tuesday, a day that is widely known to be a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland in the exhibit hall anyway.
For those of you we disappointed by not bringing enough stuff, all I can say is that we're disappointed too. Predicting this stuff is notoriously difficult. We'll try to do better next conference.... that's Comic Con International, in just ten days!