The Zoo Box, my new children’s book (a collaboration with my wife, Ariel Cohn) is out early! This is exciting. You can buy it now.
My next zine, coming this fall, is a little anthology called PRATFALL. Yes, from the BRILLIANT MIND (i.e. me) that brought you Tablegeddon last year, comes this collection of stories by cartoonists recalling true painful and/or humiliating accidents. In this new collection of excerpts (from up top) there’s a teenage Jason Viola fooling around on a class trip to Russia, only to take his fateful PRATFALL in “Student Ambassador,” Gabrielle Gamboa has an unfortunate encounter with a cat’s sharp claws (haven’t we all?) in “Unibrow Summer,” and Aron Nels Steinke suffers a nasty poke in the eye (one of my totally least favorite type of accidents). Other PRATFALL cartoonists include Cara Bean, Tony Breed, Neil Brideau, Max Clotfelter, Kelly Froh, Becky Hawkins, Rob Kirby (that’s me), Carrie McNinch, MariNaomi, John Porcellino, Kenan Rubenstein, and Noah Van Sciver. Stay tuned for more of the exquisite pain! (Ordering info coming soon!)
Every once in a while I get invited to do an anthology and I’ve been experimenting with using this rabbit character as my fictionalized stand-in for non Mr. Wolf stuff. This story is about when I took some rebar in my eyeball.
mousygirlscreamsviolence said: Hi there! Is Mr. Wolf #3 available at any local PDX comic shops or just online?
Just online so far. My goal is to get them to Floating World, Cosmic Monkey, Reading Frenzy, Bridge City, and Powell’s sometime next week. Land on Mississippi street should have them by next week, or maybe just at the buyolympia.com site. Thanks for reminding me to get off my butt.
New in the Birdcage Bottom Books shop:
Aron Nels Steinke’s “Mr. Wolf #3”
Mr. Wolf enters his third year of teaching.
“His observations about the kids are warm and knowing without descending into saccharine sweetness or sentimentality. Indeed, there’s something raw and real about his observations and how in many ways he’s more like one of them than he is like many of the adults, even if he is an authority figure whom many of the children respect and admire. It also helps that this strip is very funny, with Steinke no doubt curating the funniest things he’s experienced or heard other teachers relate to him. His drawing is simple, cute and powerfully expressive, getting across the emotions and mental states of the kids with greater facility than if he had used a more realistic approach. Comics about teaching are still fairly rare, and I hope Steinke continues to develop his observations and witty, humane approach to discussing the children under his tutelage.”
- Rob Clough – High-Low
4.25″ x 5.5″, 44 pages. $5
Full-color cover with b&w interior.
Mr. Wolf #3 is available!!!!!!!!! It’s my best issue yet.
danpsho said: Congrats on the job! I only just discovered your comics today but I'm already in love with them. Looking forward to more.