Recent Leons

(after Robert McCloskey)

Our third collection is at the printers.


Poetry News

I'm just now catching up on poetry news – congratulations to Mr. Merwin.  

Whitman quotes Merwin in The Wild Kingdom:

The line is taken from:
For a Coming Extinction

  Gray whale
Now that we are sending you to The End
That great god
Tell him
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing

I write as though you could understand
And I could say it
One must always pretend something
Among the dying
When you have left the seas nodding on their stalks
Empty of you
Tell him that we were made
On another day

The bewilderment will diminish like an echo
Winding along your inner mountains
Unheard by us
And find its way out
Leaving behind it the future
And ours

When you will not see again
The whale calves trying the light
Consider what you will find in the black garden
And its court
The sea cows the Great Auks the gorillas
The irreplaceable hosts ranged countless
And fore-ordaining as stars
Our sacrifices
Join your work to theirs
Tell him
That it is we who are important




I will be at Bergen Street Comics in Brooklyn, NY on SATURDAY, NOV. 13, signing books and "in conversation" with the Internet's Tucker Stone. It will be like Jim Fowler on Johnny Carson mixed with Pekar on Letterman. I should also have some new zines finished by then, I hope? Please stop by and say hello. Present your business card.




A Long Weekend

Over the weekend I lost all of my Ganges 4 notes, which I had been scribbling in this small booklet over the course of many months. It suddenly was nowhere to be found, and just as I'm finally ready to begin drawing it. I got very upset and very sad, then philosophical about it, then upset again, unable to sleep, etc.  Turns out it had slid in-between some DVDs and had travelled with them into library’s return slot (Bruno, Terminator: Salvation, In the Company of Wolves, a documentary on Ray Bradbury – all un-watched except Terminator (!)). So now it's back, and I'm grateful.

Wild Kingdom Deleted Scene

Here is one of the DELETED SCENES from our new book of old comics, The Wild Kingdom. Because of some recent new fossil discoveries the accuracy of this chronicle was uncertified and called into question. After many meetings our scientific advisory board decided to leave it on the cutting room floor. The book contains only strictly accurate and up-to-date scientific information.