The Red’s Planet Blog
I’ll be at the annual American Library Association (ALA) conference and trade show this weekend. You can find me in Artist Alley, Booth 415 near the graphic novel and gaming stage.
I’ll also be on a panel FRIDAY from 1:30-2:30pm.
Panel from 1:30-2:30pm
Fandom: Training Ground for the Next Generation of Comics Creators Location: Convention Center, Room W414CD
Description: Many comics and graphic novel creators start out as fans and fandom today is providing young writers and artists more opportunities to explore and develop their work. Panelists will discuss why fandom is important in supporting new creators, what were their experiences in fandom and how did it help or hinder the development of their work and how they feel as mentors for the next generations of comics creators.
Authors: Ben Hatke, Joey Wieser, Mike Maihack, Eddie Pittman
Moderator: Scott Robins
Hope to see you there!
After 16 years (9 of development, 5 of a webcomic, and 2 on book production) the day has finally arrived and Red’s Planet: Book One: A World Away From Home is here. It’s been an incredible journey that has certainly had its ups and downs.
Over the years of my career, I’ve been lucky enough to eke out a living as a cartoonist. I’ve done a little illustration work, penciled a few comic books, worked on big animated feature films, written and drawn for a really popular TV show, and even sketched a few disgruntled tourists along the way. But Red’s Planet is the first time since my college years that I’ve created something of my own. And I’m humbled that Abrams published it and that people other than my family want to read it.
There are many people who helped along the way, and I would once again like to thank them here. So, thanks to:
Norm Fuetti, Joshua Pruett, Tom Richmond, Dan Povenmire, Swampy Marsh, Jeff Smith, Kim Roberson, Mike Maihack, Travis Hanson, Tom Dell’Aringa, Steve Ogden, and Broose Johnson for their support, encouragement, and help along the journey.
Travis Hanson, Jose Flores, Sean Balsano, Janelle Bell-Martin, and Ginny Pittman for color and production assistance.
The readers, commenters, and fans of the Red’s Planet webcomic. For many years, you guys kept me going. I hope you are all still out there.
Chad W. Beckerman for the amazing book design. This book wouldn’t be so beautiful if it weren’t for you!
Pam Notarantonio for jumping in to help figure out technical stuff.
Maya Bradford, Caitlin Miller, Orlando Dos Reis, and the whole team at Abrams.
Judy Hansen, my super-ninja agent. I feel better knowing you have my back.
Charlie Kochman, my amazing editor, who took a chance on this little story when so many people weren’t interested.
And to my beautiful wife, Beth, and my amazing kids, Ginny and Teagan— you guys will always be my first and most important audience.
Alien-A-Day #49—Humans. A carbon-based bipedal life form from the planet Earth (or Terra, or Sol-3, or “Not THERE Again”, depending on where you bought your map). Humans are relatively average in size—not the tallest beings in the galaxy and certainly not the smallest. The have a tendency to see themselves as more important than they actually are, and, despite having relatively large brains, most of their energy seems to be directed to their equally large mouths. They are a race of artists, poets, and great inventors. They also thrive on conflict, and when there is none, they seemingly manufacture it out of nothing and in large quantities. But in those rare times that they do set aside their selfishness, they have heart that is unequaled.
Alien-A-Day #48—Felinoids. Numerous species of these cat-like races are found throughout the galaxy, like Leodeans, Tigons, Saborans, Pantherians, and Fluffies. Though they are all very different in their social evolution and culture, they do share some similar characteristics, among which are sleeping through a large portion of the day, clawing furniture, freaking out for no apparent reason, and love for cardboard boxes.
Alien-A-Day #47—Cawaweeans. A small agrarian people who lead a very simple life farming the beautiful green hills and valleys of the tiny planet Cawawee. Though Cawaweeans are not technologically advanced themselves, they have managed to cobble together and adapt some tech left behind from past alien conquerors who eventually died off from sheer boredom.
Alien-A-Day #46—Bobalunx. This blue vermin is a relatively common headache throughout parts of the galaxy. Though harmless in small numbers, these little guys are nothing more than eating machines and are quick to frenzy at the possibility of food. But you knew that. I mean, everyone knows you never feed a bobalunx. Right?
Alien-A-Day #45—Anoleans. This saurian species are among the most promising of reptilians; they are intelligent, have a rich cultural heritage, and live in harmony. Though still below a Type 1 civilization, Anoleans are advancing quickly, exploring their own solar system, developing renewable energy, and rejecting reality television.
Alien-A-Day #44—Wombegoneans. These short-legged, hairy people are diverse in their beliefs and ideals and tend to be well-educated. They share the common traits of unpretentiousness, sturdiness, dependably, and modesty. Still, they are often criticized for being uncultured, boring, and obsessed with the hotdish.