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Favorite Graphic Novels of 2012

Favorite Graphic Novels of 2012
Back in December I was delighted to contribute my list of the best graphic novels (perfect-bound book collections of comics) I read during 2012 to Paste Magazine.

Comic Relief: Paste’s Favorite Writers & Artists Pick their Favorite Comics of 2012

(Listed in no particular order!)

1. Legend of Bold Riley
Leia Weathington and Many Artists (Purchase)
Bold Riley is a princess who leaves behind her kingdom to have adventures and woo the ladies before she settles down to rule. Leia Weathington is the creator and writer of all the short stories in this collection though she only illustrates one chapter, recruiting an incredibly talented roster of artists to bring the rest of her stories to life. The variety of artwork is a feast for the eyes and the tales of Bold Riley are exciting and timeless.

2. Drama
Raina Telgemeier (Purchase)
Drama is a book that will speak to all the middle school students who are navigating their passion for theater with their erupting and extinguishing crushes and coping with bullies. Raina Telgemeier’s cartooning is powerful while looking effortless and she has written a story that is going to be a light in the dark room that is adolescence for many, many young people.

3. Tune: Vanishing Point
Derek Kirk Kim (Purchase)
Oh my gosh, this story is hilarious and exciting! This science-fiction story plucks loser Andy out of his dead-end life and throws him into an intergalactic zoo where he is a specimen on display for aliens (except now Andy is the alien). Derek Kirk Kim is as wonderful a writer as his drawings are gorgeous and engaging. This is the first book in a series and I absolutely cannot wait for volume two.

4. Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, & Me
Ellen Forney (Purchase)
Everything Ellen Forney touches is gold. Her striking, energetic artwork propels the reader into her tumultuous brain as she discovers that she is bipolar and the trials she will go through as she learns to cope with and treat it. This is a great read for anyone with a connection to (or just an interest in) creativity and mental chemical unbalance, whether the reader can relate to her work personally or if someone just wants to understand their creative/crazy loved one better.

5. Ellerbisms
Marc Ellerby (Purchase)
Marc Ellerby has created a beautiful, complete story that spans over several years, documenting falling in love, forming a relationship, and then breaking up with his girlfriend, Anna — Don’t be put off by my description, the primary thrust of the comic is the humor and reading about how funny these two people are together. Many autobio comics can feel disjointed and jagged in their day-to-day reportings, but Ellerbisms has a lovely flow and narrative arc that will make you laugh and tear up.

6. Between Gears
Natalie Nourigat (Purchase)
In her senior year of college, Natalie Nourigat decided to draw one journal comic page a day to chronicle her final days in school before plunging into the cold waters of Being An Adult. Her illustrations are lovely and she captures the magic in the nuance of every day living. You can’t help but root for her as she learns and grows as a person over the course of the book.

Multiversity Comics Reviews Bucko


Aw dang, Bucko got a great write up on Multiversity Comics! Thanks, guys!

Youuuuuu can get a coooooooopy!

Mo’Bucko


Oh dang! More great reviews of Bucko are rolling in!

Willamette Week: Jeff Parker and Erika Moen, Bucko
Portland Mercury: Hey Bucko!
Under the Radar: Bucko

TODAY
Thursday, October 4th, 7:30pm
Bucko’s BOOK RELEASE party will be hap-hap-HAPPENING at Powell’s on Hawthorne! Parker and I will be doing a reading and shooting the shit. Guaranteed to be a swell time.
Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

TOMORROW
Friday, October 5th, 6-9pm
The magnitude of celebrating Bucko in book form cannot be contained to one store on one day! So Parker and I are moving the party over to Bridge City Comics where we will be living it up with more readings and witty banter for you, our dear, beloved readers.
Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR.

EBOOK
The digital download of Bucko is available from our publisher Dark Horse Comics! It contains all the additional content and comics that Parker and I put together for the print version.

Bucko Updates


Got some Bucko-related news for you!

TOMORROW
Thursday, October 4th, 7:30pm
Bucko’s BOOK RELEASE party will be hap-hap-HAPPENING at Powell’s on Hawthorne! Parker and I will be doing a reading and shooting the shit. Guaranteed to be a swell time.
Powell’s, 3723 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR

DAY AFTER TOMORROW
Friday, October 5th, 6-9pm
The magnitude of celebrating Bucko in book form cannot be contained to one store on one day! So Parker and I are moving the party over to Bridge City Comics where we will be living it up with more readings and witty banter for you, our dear, beloved readers.
Bridge City Comics, 3725 N. Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR.

AND THAT’S NOT ALL
Today the digital download of Bucko is available from our publisher Dark Horse Comics! Why buy this when the comic is already online for free? Because Parker and I created a SHIT TON of brand new comics and content just for the book– all of which is included in this digital download. Learn the origin story of the Jugalette! Read essays from Parker between each chapter about why he wrote the things he did! Peek into our behind-the-scenes process of creating a finished comic page! Check out some of the amazing fan art we received from readers! Witness my personal stash of reference photos of my friends and myself that I used to draw poses! AND MORE. Including the world’s most gut-punching introduction ever written, by our friend and studiomate Steve Lieber.

MORE REVIEWS
Parker and I have been really delighted to be receiving so many positive reviews for Bucko! Here’s a handful:
Talking Comics: Bucko Review
Go Suck a Comic: Bucko Hard Cover
Comics Bulletin: That’s That Shit: Week of 9/12/2012
Media Decay: Book Review: Bucko
Paste Magazine: Comic Book & Graphic Novel Round-Up 9/19/12

Thanks for all the kind words, folks <:) Hope to see some’a you at our book signings!

The View


Oh hey, I guess I kinda forgot to mention that this anthology I’m in, The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Letters to their Younger Selves, was praised by (and held in) Whoopi Goldberg’s hands on the TV show The View. It’s airdate information is: The View: Season 15 Episode 187, 6/21/12.

I saw a video snippet at the time, but can’t find it now to share with you guys.

You’ll just have to beliiiiiieve meeeeeee!

I created a brand new comic just for this anthology which is not available online except for at the 17:30 minute mark in this video of me reading at Pacific University last year.

Erika Moen Speaks at Pacific University from Erika Moen on Vimeo.

You can get a copy through independent bookseller Powells or juggernaut Amazon. Half of all profits go to The Trevor Project! (All us contributors donated our work, we’re not profiting)


Comics Alliance: Erika Moen Draws Squishy, Satisfying Sex Comics


Comics Alliance: Erika Moen Draws Squishy, Satisfying Sex Comics

Oh my gosh, Lauren Davis wrote this really, really kind article on my various sex-related comics!

Hot damn, I’m so fucking flattered I don’t even know what to do with myself!

It makes my heart so, so happy when somebody completely “gets” what my comics are supposed to be about, what I’m trying to say with them. A hundred different people will take away a hundred different messages from my work, and I can’t fault them when they project a completely unintended message onto it (we’re all entitled to interpret art and stories however we see fit!), but when I do encounter the people who are completely on the same page as me and 100% take away the message I was HOPING would come across… well. It feels pretty good.


Erika Moen’s Posters, books, prints and original artwork

Comics Alliance: 17 Webcomic Diaries


Aw dang, I’m super honored to be included in Comics Alliance’s article 17 Webcomic Diaries That Let You Peek Inside Other People’s Lives! Lauren Davis has some super kind things to say about my completed comic, DAR!

Don’t Forget!

This Saturday the 21st I am doing a book signing at Comics Dungeon in Seattle!


Comics Dungeon
1 – 4 pm, January 21st (RSVP)
250 NE 45th St.
Seattle WA 98105


Erika Moen’s Posters, books, prints and original artwork