Red’s Planet: Book One
October 1st, 2015

Red’s Planet: Book One

Red’s Planet: Book One is being published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams Books. The full color, 192 page book will be in your favorite bookstore spring of 2016!

The Red’s Planet webcomic will no longer update, but the story will continue in the new series of books.

Red’s Planet in Abrams Spring Catalog !

Hey Red-Heads! I know it’s been a while since the last update, but I’ve been busy wrapping production on Red’s Planet Book One soon to head to the printer! I wanted to share a link with all of you to Abrams Books Spring 2016 catalogue, where Red’s Planet was given a two-page spread as well as the back cover! That’s really awesome considering it’s book one from a first time author! Check out pages 42-43!

Book one will contain most of the webcomic plus another 40 plus pages of story! Abrams seems to be very excited about it and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Many of you have continued to ask if the comic will be updating and the answer to that is no. Abrams now has the publishing rights to Red’s Planet and the webcomic is considered as publishing. The comic will stay up for the foreseeable future, although I will most likely revamp the site for the launch of book one.

So, be sure to share the news and link with all your friends—it’s never too early to start getting the word out. And follow Red’s Planet on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

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Join me at ToonFest!

Hi Red-heads! Just a quick note to let you know I’ll be a guest artist this weekend (September 20) at ToonFest in in Marceline, Missouri.


Celebrating its 16th year! ToonFest takes place in Walt Disney’s childhood home, Marceline, Missouri and  the 2014 headliners are cartoonists Steven Artley, Hilary Price, Bill Hinds, Guy Gilchrist, and yours truly! The day kicks off with a parade that features bands, floats, Princesses, Pirates, Grand Marshalls, and more! The day continues with activities, food and fun for the whole family, including a symposium by myself and other cartoonists and an international cartoon art show.

If you’re in the area, please come by and say “hello!”

For more info visit


I also have some artwork in the Kenosha Festival of Cartooning’s charity auction. It’s a watercolor sketch of Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars, and, though it isn’t Red’s Planet related, i though I’d mention it since it’s rare that I have any original art available for purchase.

You can check it out here: and learn more about the festival here:

And, finally, for those who continue to ask why I haven’t updated the comic, please refer to June 29th, 2014 post “Reubens, Star Wars, and the Future of Red”. I should be able to say about that in the next week.

Reubens, Star Wars, and the Future of Red

Hi, Red-Heads! I’m sorry for the long absence from the comic and blog.  I’ve found myself swamped trying to catch up on work-related deadlines since my last post.  To briefly catch everyone up, let me start with the Reuben Awards in May.

Photo by Tom Richmond

2014 Reuben talk — Photo by Tom Richmond

My talk, “Why I Do A Webcomic” went well for the most part, despite my losing much of my voice in the days leading up to the event. But I received many compliments from the cartoonists who attended as well as regrets from those who missed it because they couldn’t make it away from the bar. I may possibly upload a movie or video of the talk in the future. The great thing about doing a talk like this is being able to showcase your work to people who may never have seen it before.  I’m happy to say it’s led to some great connections and new relationships. I was fortunate enough to be the first up on the opening day of the weekend, which allowed me to kick back, relax, and enjoy all the fun the rest of the weekend.

Photo by Keith Robinson

Formal wear. Photo by Keith Robinson

Saturday night’s award ceremony was a great time as well, emceed once again by the hilarious Tom Gammill. This was my first time being nominated, so it was quite the honor.  And though I knew I wouldn’t win this time around  (being up against Jeff Smith is like being up against Meryl Streep at the Oscars), it was a great feeling to hear my name called out as a nominee!

The weekend closed with an amazing party on the aircraft carrier Midway, where many of us had a chance to draw for soldiers and their families in support of the Wounded Warriors project.

There are also a couple of things that have happened just over the past week — both of which are very exciting — that I’m not at liberty to completely share yet. Still, let me at least tease you with what I can.

Phineas and Ferb Star Wars

While I was in LA, several of my colleagues, having heard many of my impressions and voice characterizations, encouraged me to pursue voice acting. I did a little bit of temporary dialogue (“scratch”, as it is called) in Phineas and Ferb and was preparing to put together a voice reel when we made the decision to move back to Florida. Last week I found out that Dan Povenmire and Swampy Marsh, the creators of Phineas and Ferb, have decided to use my voice for a small ( but important) part in the upcoming Phineas and Ferb Star Wars Special. I don’t think I can tell you the part I’m playing yet, but be sure to watch on the Disney Channel July 26 and stay for the credits! It’s really cool.

And lastly, on the Red’s Planet front, there are some things happening behind the scenes. Really cool things; jumping up and down, kissing strangers, calling-the-neighbors kind of things. And, though I can’t really tell you anything at this time, it will mean discontinuing updates for a while; and for that I am truly sorry.

Red_readsTelling this story as a webcomic has been one of the best experiences in my life. Many of you have been here from the beginning and have stuck with me, waiting patiently as I’ve put the comic on hold — when my daughter was born, or when I moved my family across the country, or when there were looming deadlines for actual paying work. You continue to be the best audience I could have ever imagined. You have embraced my characters, cheered me on with your comments, and, for the most part, never complained when your free comic hasn’t arrived on time.

But now, I have a chance to expand the audience for Red’s Planet — an opportunity that I have been working toward for some time —and it’s my sincerest hope that you will stick around and be a part of that story. For now, this site will stay up and will continue to post news about the next step for Red’s Planet, hopefully sharing some sketches along the way. You can trust that I’ll let you know whatever I can, when I can.

I do promise…Red’s Planet will be back and in a very big way!

Ready for the Reubens!


I’ve got my new dress shoes and the tuxedo is back from the cleaners—I’m ready for the Reubens!

Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone

If you haven’t seen the work of Travis Hanson, you are missing out!

Travis is the creator of the webcomic “The Bean”, which has been collected in three volumes of graphic novels. He a wonderful illustrator with an amazing sense of color. His art prints are among some of the most inspiring cartoon fantasy work I’ve seen.

Travis has had 5 very successful Kickstarters (I’ve jumped in to support several of them myself) and his newest book, Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone, looks like it will be as equally successful! An adventurous kid, teddy bear pirates, a ship named the “Scrawny Duck” (love that), and treasure hunt — I’m not going to miss out on this one!

If you love all-ages stories, wonderfully and imaginatively illustrated, then don’ t miss out on Trav’s new project! The clock is ticking on this project!

Check out the kickstarter here: Tanner Jones and the Quest for the Monkey Stone And check out the rest of his work at