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The Shutterbug Follies book is now available!
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Bee's first yarn has been collected into Shutterbug Follies, a full-color hardcover book published by Doubleday, arriving in bookstores and comics shops on October 8, 2002. Order here.

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Does your local weekly carry Bee?

Bee is available weekly to newspapers in a variety of formats, sizes, and color schemes, including black and white. Price is negotiable according to your paper's circulation! Email us, or obtain more information.

Jack's Luck Runs Out

Hard drinking gambler Jack goes for one last big score in this gripping pastiche of Jim Thompson and the U.S. Playing Card Company.

24 pp full color comic book,
US$3.50 + $1 p&h from Top Shelf Productions at:

www.topshelfcomix.com

 

July 11, 2009: JASON LITTLE at CONVERSATIONAL COMICS

The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund presents Conversational Comics, a new summer speaker series taking place at Union Pool in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Join us for lively panel discussions with artists currently changing the face of comics. Then stick around to get a book signed, hit the taco truck, and sip a summer drink with our featured cartoonists.

On July 11 at 2:00 pm: "Telling Stories: Fiction in Comics". Jessica Abel (Artbabe, La Perdida), Jason Little (Shutterbug Follies) and Matthew Thurber (1-800-Mice, Kramer's Ergot) will talk about the nature of narrative and fiction in comics. We'll consider forms of storytelling that comics can adapt, and others that comics can generate. Moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (The New School, Print Magazine). Proceeds benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense fund.

Union Pool is at 484 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, one block from the Lorimer-Metropolitan G and L station.

June 29, 2009: CENSORED IN CHANDLER, AZ

Ryon, in Chandler, Arizona writes: "Every time I find Shutterbug Follies in a library . . . I sit and read it, and I love it every time. Unfortunately, the most recent time I've read it . . . someone, either in the library or at home, has physically cut out significant sections of it to the point of completely removing pages . . . I find it hilarious and sad, since the panels and page are, I suppose, prurient in nature and all the panels with violence and blood have been left in.

Thanks to the Chandler Public Library for including my book in its collection. Library patrons may read the excised panels and pages here.

May 2, 2009: ACT-I-VATE at BERGEN STREET COMICS

Bergen Street Comics celebrates Free Comic Book Day with an exhibit of original art from members of the Act-i-vate comics collective (including myself). The opening party is Saturday May 2, 2009 at 6 p.m. We will perform a deluxe multimedia presentation, and will undertake a live "Narrative Exquisite Corpse" performance. Refreshments will be served gratis. Come meet us at Bergen Street Comics, 470 Bergen Street, Brooklyn.

June 7, 2009: JASON LITTLE at MOCCA ART FESTIVAL

Ken Wong will host "Comics Come in All Shapes and Sizes", a panel featuring Fay Ryu, myself, and Jim Salicrup (who will reminisce about Spider-Man toilet paper comics). Come meet us at the Mocca Art Festival on Sunday June 7, from 1:20 to 2:20 p.m. at the 69th Regiment Armory on Lexington Avenue at 25th Street in New York City.

March 9, 2009: New Illustration blog.

I've set up an illustration blog at beecomix.blogspot.com. Visit for illustrations, experiments, works-in-progress, and the like.

Apr. 26, 2009: JASON LITTLE at BUFFALO PUBLIC LIBRARY

I will be journeying to Buffalo to participate in one of the Public Library's "Get Graphic! The World in Words and Pictures" series of events. I'm on a panel with eminent cartoonist Jessica Abel and First Second editor Callista Brill. Come hear us talk on April 26th, 1 to 3 p.m. at the Buffalo Central Library, 1 Lafayette Square, Buffalo, New York. Directions here.

Feb. 8, 2009: JASON LITTLE at NEW YORK COMIC CON

I will be on the New York Comic Con's "Coming of Age in Comics" panel along with Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Parker, and Mariko Tamaki. Douglas Wolk, author of Reading Comics, (and also WFMU DJ emeritus!) will moderate. Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m. to noon, at the Jacob Javitz Center, 655 West 34th Street, room 1A18, in New York City. Panel details here, and directions here.

Jan. 14, 2009: JASON LITTLE profiled in SVENSKA DAGBLADET

I was interviewed by journalist Erik Augustin Palm for Sweden's second-largest newspaper, Svenska Dagbladet. Read it in Swedish. I really should've shaved for that picture.

Nov. 19, 2008: JASON LITTLE at NEW YORK STEREOSCOPIC SOCIETY

I will be presenting my full-color stereoscopic slide show comic, "The Abduction Announcement", as part of 3d Comics night at the New York Stereoscopic Society. I'm in stellar company with cartoonists Kim Deitch, Michael Kupperman, and R. Sikoryak; as well as stereographers and scholars Jerry Marks, Joe Pedoto, and Mick Andreano. Come see it all on Wednesday, November 19th at 7 p.m. at Haft Auditorium, on the F.I.T. campus, building C, 27th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues.

Sept. 8, 2008: BEE is last webcomic on earth to get RSS feed

Finally I have installed RSS functionality for "Motel Art Improvement Service". See the RSS link next to the current installment link, above left. Profound thanks to Will Carlough of The Red-Headed League for looking after my best interests.

April 16, 2008: JASON LITTLE at the BROOKLYN CENTRAL LIBRARY

I will give a visual presentation for teens & tweens on the topic of what it's like to be a cartoonist followed by a cartooning workshop in the youth wing of the Brooklyn Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, on April 16, 2008, at 4 p.m. And as if that wasn't enough...

April 17, 2008: JASON LITTLE at the NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

...I will give essentially the same presentation and workshop but geared more toward teens and adults the next day at the Hamilton Fish Park Branch Library on Manhattan's Lower East Side at 415 East Houston Street near Avenue D, on April 17, 2008, at 6 p.m. See, learn, draw.

Mar. 23, 2008: TOM HART'S annual KGB BAR slide show

I will join Tom Hart, Sam Henderson, Liz Baillie, and Julia Wertz in an evening of cartoon slide shows at KGB Bar, 85 East 4th Street, Manhattan, New York City, on March 23, 2008, at 7 p.m. 3-d glasses will be provided.

Feb. 1, 2008: INAPPROPRIATE TOUCHING at Washington St. Art Center

I have contributed four episodes of original art to Inappropriate Touching, a group show of dirty comics at the Washington Street Art Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. The show also features work by Jeffrey Brown, Ariel Schrag, and Johnny Ryan, among others. Sarah Schoemann is the curator. Opening Reception Feb. 1, 6 - 10 pm
Gallery Hours Feb. 2 - 24, Sat/Sun. 12 - 4.

June 23, 2007: Grants and Scholarships panel at MOCCA ART FESTIVAL

I will be participating in a panel on the topic of Grants and Scholarships Available to Cartoonists at the Mocca Art Festival on Saturday, June 23, 2007, at 12:20 pm, in New York City. Note that all festival programming will be at the Mocca museum location, not in the Puck building. Also featured on the panel will be Center for Cartoon Studies director James Sturm, and recent CCS grad and Xeric winner Alexis Frederick Frost. Directions here.

May 21, 2007: HERGÉ TURNS 100 at
The Phantastic Invisible Tentacle

In honor of the late Tintin cartoonist's 100th birthday, The Phantastic Invisible Tentacle is hosting an evening of tributes to Hergé, featuring slide shows from Nick Bertozzi, Bob Sikoryak, Josh Neufeld, Bill Kartalopoulos and myself. We're also screening the documentary Tintin and I. DJ Emily Ryan Lerner will spin Belgian girl-pop, followed by The Phantastic Invisible Tentacle (DJs Stephin Merritt, Shermy, and Go-Karff) spinning bubblegum, psych-pop, and other antiques with hooks). On Monday, May 21st, 8 p.m. at Beauty Bar: 231 E. 14th St. in Manhattan, New York City. Directions here.

April 30, 2007: Interstitial Arts at MOCCA

I will be speaking on a panel at New York's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art on Monday, April 30th at 6:30 pm. The topic will be "Interstitiality." We'll be discussing how to best promote and cultivate works of art that are inherently unclassifiable. Like comics. Directions here.

April 20, 2007: BEE nominated for EISNER AWARD

Bee has been nominated for an Eisner award in the "Best Digital Comic" Category. Notable other nominees include my Act-i-vate compatriate Dan Goldman, and Sam and Max's Steve Purcell.

February 24, 2007 CAROUSEL at the NEW YORK COMIC-CON

The Carousel group and I will be presenting a cartoon slide show at the New York Comic-Con on February 24th, at 7:00 pm at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. My shows will feature 3D comics and a full soundtrack. 3D glasses will be provided. Also on the bill are James Sturm, Lauren R. Weinstein, Michael Kupperman, and R. Sikoryak, our master of ceremonies. Directions here.

November 17, 2006 The Newark Museum: EAST COAST ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS MEET THE MASTERS

It will be my great pleasure to be speaking on a panel at the Newark Museum along with Michael Kupperman, James Sturm, Lauren R. Weinstein, and R. Sikoryak. We've been asked to respond to the work presently on view in the must-see Masters of American Comics show. I'll be reading an excerpt from Motel Art Improvement Service and then will go on at great length about exactly how Winsor McCay has shaped my life and work. At the Newark Museum, Friday, November 17, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Directions here.

September 10, 2006 "BEE" AT
ACT-I-VATE

I have accepted an invitation to join the "Act-i-vate" group, a community of cartoonists who post their comics at Livejournal.com. I'll be running Motel Art Improvement Service over there, out of sync with this site at least for the time being. Act-i-vate also features the comics of our tribal chieftan Dean Haspiel, as well as other luminaries like Nick Bertozzi and Mike Dawson.

June 24, 2006 "OPOLIS" AT THE FLUX FACTORY

Come see my third curatorial undertaking at Flux Factory, and the third annual "Comix Fluxture" exhibit of comics-as-art-installation. This year we've built a giant-scale miniature city. Feel like King Kong as you stride through the streets of Opolis, peeking in the windows and reading the comics narratives hidden therein. Learn more at Flux Factory's Opolis page.

June 20, 2005 "TINTIN" PUBLISHER SIGNS UP "BEE".

I have just signed a contract with Little, Brown & Company, the American publisher of Hergé's "Tintin" books, for Motel Art Improvement Service, the second "Bee" book. The format will be identical to the Doubleday edition of Shutterbug Follies. The book will, by my estimation, be released in the fall of 2007.

June 20, 2005 "BEE" MERELY SLEEPING.

Dear readers, despite the fact that I have finished work on Comix Ex Machina (see below), a couple more short projects have come up that I cannot forestall. Therefore Bee's hiatus will continue for a little while longer. Readers who compulsively check the site every day for her return will find their mental health much soothed by subscribing to the Bee mailing list (see left), so that they may stop said compulsive checking and relax knowing that I will contact them the minute there is more Bee for their reading enjoyment. I am grateful for your continued patience.

June 6, 2005 "BEE" NOT DEAD.

For those readers who wish to know when I will stop fiddling about with this curatorial foolishness (see "Comix Ex Machina" below) and start posting "Bee" episodes again, I advise you to subscribe to the mailing list (see left). You can bet that I will announce Bee's return the minute it occurs. In the meantime you will receive links to interesting comics related material I find on the web that you may have missed.

March 22 , 2005: COMIX EX MACHINA PRESS-PACK MINICOMIC

Bee will go on a brief hiatus while I finish curatorial work on COMIX EX MACHINA, this year's "Comix Fluxture". In the meantime, you can read a minicomic that I made to send out to press people in order to promote the show.

February 6 , 2005: BEE RETURNS TO THE WEB WITH "MOTEL ART IMPROVMENT SERVICE"

After years of development, Bee's adventures resume in "Motel Art Improvement Service". Read the current installment. New episodes will manifest every Sunday.

June 18 - July 23, 2005: COMIX EX MACHINA AT THE FLUX FACTORY

I am curating another comics-related show at the Flux Factory. Comix Ex Machina will feature machines built by cartoonists that present a series of narrative images to the viewer, either automatically or interactively. Eventually I will build a few dedicated pages for the site, but in the meantime you can learn more about Flux Factory Industries at www.FluxFactory.org. The Cartünnel website is also still up at www.FluxFactory.org/cartunnel/cartunnel.html .

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