This is what you think it is. A Petrified Girlfriend T-shirt. I haven’t seen the finished product yet, but it’s available on a website that launched today, Comic Strip Tees. An excerpt from Petrified Girlfriend Chapter 2: The Forest Primeval is on the site, as are comics and shirts by no less than Mike Allred and Roger Langridge, two cartoonists I’ve admired since some very formative days for me.
Go check it out now, please, the Forest Primeval shirt is only available for the next seven days! I’ll get a cut, and every little bit helps me move out of my parents’ attic and back into the outer boroughs.
She did not move. “Tell me the truth, tell me the truth” he kept saying. He felt as if his forehead would burst. She seemed contracted, petrified. She did not move[...]“Tell me the truth,” he repeated. He felt that he was grinding against something physically hard; she was unyielding. She was like iron, like flint, rigid up the backbone. And when she said, “It’s no use. It’s no use. This is the end”–after he had spoken for hours, it seemed, with the tears running down his cheeks–it was as if she had him in the face. She turned, she left him, went away.
Friends, I put out a new comic. It has a flap. Fancy, right? Appropriately enough, I’m showing you this Mr Met-themed cover on the Mets’ opening day. They won, which actually affects my mood, dear reader. I’m feeling so good, in fact, that I don’t mind flipping over to full-on retailer mode.
So! Oak & Linden issue # 5 [PG34] is available from my shoppe right now, at comics stores soon, and furthermore at Portland’s Stumptown Comics Fest April 28th & 29th. More information is at the afore mentioned shop. If you’re wondering where else you can find comics I’ve made, look no further. Here’s a listing:
Baltimore, MD: Atomic Books Berkeley, CA: Escapist Comic Bookstore Chicago, IL: Chicago Comics, Quimby’s Hoboken, NJ: Traders of Babylon New York, NY: Forbidden Planet, Jim Hanley’s Universe Portland, OR: Cosmic Monkey
If you’ve been keeping score at home, the second chapter of Petrified Girlfriend ended a couple of weeks ago. And if you don’t like baseball metaphors, then go read another blog! Excuse me. I mean to say the full Forest Primeval is now up (in order!) in my comics section.
Chapters 3 & 4 dropped in a new issue of Oak & Linden at the end of February. That’s the launch party invitation above. And so, just as I released my 5th issue of Oak & Linden, Vermont released me from her slushy womb. This metaphor is about to fall apart, since Caitlin, our cat and I moved into my parents’ attic while we look for a place back in New York. I suppose I actually climbed higher into the proverbial uterus.
So that’s my life. More to come, my darlings, including ordering info once I print some more copies of O&L#5. I just know you can’t wait!