For the first part of a new series we’re launching, we asked bestselling author Jimmy Gownley (The Dumbest Idea Ever) to answer two questions and and to share an image! Stay tuned for more installments featuring more talented Graphix authors and illustrators!
Question 1: Which comes first, the story or the pictures? Or are they simultaneous?
JG: I always try to work with the words and pictures simultaneously. A comic is much more than just illustrated text. The pictures are every bit as important at the words, so I try to make them work together from the very beginning.
Question 2: Do you have a specific or favorite pen, pencil, or paintbrush that you always use to work?
JG: The tools I like to work with are the Hunt 102 crow quill pen, the old fashioned kind that you dip in India ink; a Winsor & Newton #2 sable watercolor brush; and the Zebra fine brush pen. I use a bunch of different pencils because I don’t have one particular favorite.
Jimmy’s picture is a piece of original artwork, that we’re giving away! Click here to enter for a chance to win this signed print!
I can hardly believe it, but the book is in stores TODAY!!!!!
This weekend, I hit the road for three months of touring to promote the book. I don’t have final and complete details for October and November yet, but September tour dates are about 99% set in stone…so here they are! Will I see you at one or more of these? I hope so. And if not, remember that you can order signed copies of my books through my local indie bookstore, Astoria Bookshop!
a few images from my last month of travels…
Without further ado, my September tour dates are:
August 30: National Book Festival
Book signing 7-8pm
Saturday, September 6: Politics & Prose event with Dave Roman & Jimmy Gownley
5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Sunday, September 7: ***SISTERS Official Book Launch Party!!!***
Food, live readings, prizes!!!
Sept. 13-14: Small Press Expo (SPX)
Marriott Bethesda North, Bethesda, MD, Table H1-H2. Spotlight panel on Saturday!
Monday, September 15: One More Page Books Event & Signing with Dave Roman
Saturday, Sept. 20: Princeton Book Festival
Monday, Sept. 22: Oblong Books Event & Signing
Thursday, Sept. 25: University Bookstore Event & Signing with Kazu Kibuishi
Friday, Sept. 26: Third Place Books Event & Signing with Kazu Kibuishi
Sept. 29-30: Vancouver Events with Kazu Kibuishi
Please check my website soon for dates, times, and locations!!
***October & November Tour Dates Coming Soon!!**
That’s all for now, everyone. Thanks so much for all your support thus far…I couldn’t do what I do without you! You make this author very, very happy! In the meantime…I hope you enjoy Sisters! Happy reading!!
Raina is coming to a town near you this fall!!