Introducing "Not Invented Here"

This week's strips feature a visit to the library by Owen and Desmond from my new comic strip Not Invented Here, which launches Monday.

Since Gene Ambaum and I first created Unshelved, a comic strip drawn from Gene's experiences as a librarian, people have asked me why I didn't start a comic strip based on my two decades in the software business. After several false starts it's finally ready.

This time around I wanted to write, not draw. It would be pleasantly symmetric if Gene could draw, but how-shall-I-say-this he can't. I was lucky enough to snag one of my favorite cartoonists, Paul Southworth. Paul is one of the most talented and respected artists in the business, and also a really funny and sweet guy. Paul wrote and drew Ugly Hill for four years and currently makes a weekly panel about videogames called You Are Dead. Earlier this year he contributed this book club of The Road. And yes, that's him guest-drawing this week's Unshelved.

Not Invented Here by Bill Barnes and Paul Southworth runs Monday through Thursday every week. I hope you enjoy it as much as you enjoy Unshelved, and I also hope you'll tell your friends about both strips.

(Speaking of which, don't worry: Gene and I will continue to make Unshelved untli the heat-death of the Universe or until it stops supporting us, whichever comes first.)

Our next appearances

2018

Apr 2 - 6, 2018 Dallas, TX
TXLA 2018 (Library COMIC booth 2632) (Gene)

May 11, 2018 Oceanside, CA
Oceanside Public Library Staff Day (Gene)

June 22 - 25, 2018 New Orleans, LA
ALA Annual (Library COMIC booth 450) (Gene)

October 8, 2018 Walla Walla, WA
Walla Walla Rural Library District Staff Day (Gene)

2019

Jan 25 - 28, 2019 Seattle, WA ALA Midwinter (Library COMIC booth) (Gene)

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