I wrote and illustrated my very first comic zine/chapbook. It’s called You Are Someone Who Exists. It’s about boys becoming men, and men becoming legendary. It’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve ever done. I’m really, really proud of it.
You Are Someone Who Exists took me about a week to make. I worked on it every night between midnight and three in the morning, while listening to Howard Stern and eating too much popcorn. Occasionally Jess (roommate/publisher/old lady) would walk by, and take a look at whatever page I was on, and offer feedback. I wrote down some of her best comments:
‘No one entertains Mark Jordan Manner quite like Mark Jordan Manner.’
‘I keep expecting there to be a punchline, and then there’s not. It’s just unsettling.’
‘This is so fucking stupid.’
The comic is published by Grow & Grow. This means it looks way better than it probably should, designed and hand-bound by Jess. It’s 48 pages, and includes 52 individual little comic strips inside. Loose Ends is doing a run of 50 copies, so if you’re interested in buying one, or learning more about it, click HERE.
In other news, I have stories forthcoming in Echolocation’s The Chase, Paper Darts Volume 5, Ricepaper, Riddle Fence, The Antigonish Review and Prairie Fire. I think the first two will be out this month. I’ll post again if this turns out to be true.