Wednesday, May 20, 2020

I Will Judge You By Your Book Tour

The I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF virtual tour continues on Thursday, May 21! I'll be talking with Jeff Kinney, author of the DIARY OF A WIMPY KID series and owner of An Unlikely Story about comics, bookshelves, and the genius of our mutual editor, Charles Kochman. Who knows, we may even have a drawing duel... The event is free and you can register here:

Monday, May 18, 2020


This Thursday I will be speaking with Jeff Kinney (author of the renowned Diary of a Wimpy Kid series) about my new book, I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF. Register here!

Friday, May 15, 2020

What Sound Is Morning? Storytime

Join me on Saturday, May 16 for a virtual storytime and Q&A with my local bookstore, Watermark Books! I'll read my picture books, answer questions, and do a drawing demo. It's at 10:30 AM CDT, and you can tune in via Zoom or Facebook Live on the Incidental Comics page. My crazy children may even make an appearance... Details here:

Friday, May 8, 2020

What Sound Is Morning?

This beautiful book comes out next week! You can order signed, personalized copies from my local bookstore, Watermark Books. It's available internationally wherever books are sold. I'll be hosting a virtual storytime for What Sound Is Morning? on Saturday, May 16. 

Monday, May 4, 2020

Minimalist Bookshelves

This comic appears The New Yorker Daily Shouts. For more comics on reading, writing, and book hoarding, check out my new book!

The next stop on my virtual book tour is Mystery To Me Books in Madison, Wisconsin. The event will be livestreamed this Wednesday, and you can sign up here.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Morning Skies

"You are the sky. Everything else is just the weather." -Pema Chödrön

Here are some morning skies from my new picture book, WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? You can pre-order it now, and signed copies are available from Watermark Books! It will be published on May 12 by Chronicle Books.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Virtual Book Launch

Tomorrow evening I’ll be launching my new book with a Facebook Live event hosted by Watermark Books. You can watch from the Watermark Books or Incidental Comics Facebook page. Hope you can tune in!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

What Sound Is Morning?

My next picture book is out soon from Chronicle Books! It's a brightly illustrated poem of morning sounds and a reminder to slow down and LISTEN. One sound I've noticed lately is birds singing at sunrise. They seem louder without the usual commuter traffic. It's a small joy in a difficult time.

WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? will be published on May 12. You can pre-order it now wherever you get your books, and signed copies are available from my local bookstore, Watermark. It's a perfect companion to my first children's book, WHAT COLOR IS NIGHT?

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Virtual Book Tour

Join me and The Believer Magazine this Friday for a virtual event for my new book, I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF! I'll read comics from the book, give a tour of my own bookshelf, and let some lucky viewers show off their shelves. I promise I won't judge you too harshly...

The event is free and you can register here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf

I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF is out today! It's strange to be sharing a new book in these difficult and uncertain times. My hope is that everyone who is able to is staying safe at home and reading lots of books. And my heart goes out to those who are on the front lines of the pandemic, making it possible for everyone else to stay inside.

My new book collects a decade's worth of comics about the love of reading and writing. When I started drawing my weekly comic for the Kansas City Star in 2009, I had no idea it would eventually bring me here. In 2012, I started contributing to the New York Times Book Review. Editor Pamela Paul and all the other wonderful people I've worked with there have been hugely supportive of my work, and a dozen or more comics from their pages are collected in this book. I'm so glad the Book Review responded to my unsolicited email pitch, sent as I sat in a dark classroom during an orthodontic lecture.

In 2017, my first book THE SHAPE OF IDEAS was published by Abrams Books. I'm thrilled that I got to work again with my editor Charlie Kochman and the fantastic team at Abrams. They've been a joy to work with this time around as well. Charlie is a notable book-hoarder (as am I), so this project was a perfect fit. Thanks also to my literary agent, Judy Hansen, who has spent so much time and energy sharing my work and helping bring my book ideas to reality.

This month was scheduled to be packed full of travel: book conferences in New York and Dubai, and a book tour across the Midwest. Instead, I'm at home, drawing and going on neighborhood walks with the family. It's a simpler (and much louder) existence, but I'm grateful that I can still share my enthusiasm about books and reading in two upcoming Zoom events. Tune in on Friday, April 17 at 8 PM ET for my event with The Believer Magazine, or on Thursday, April 23 at 8 PM ET for my event with Watermark Books. A huge thank you to Kristen Radtke at The Believer and Sarah Bagby at Watermark for hosting these events!

And thank you to my family for always supporting my reading, writing, and drawing. To my parents, for always letting me "borrow" the best books from their bookshelf. To Gavin, for his editing expertise and creative guidance. To Jacob and Jonah, for letting me give them already-read books as Christmas and birthday presents. To my children, for their love of sitting on the couch and reading book after book. And to Kayla, for her constant, unwavering support of everything I do. She helps edit my comics, makes sure I don't go crazy with too much coffee and comics work, and tolerates a home with books stacked in every corner.

My hope for this book is it reveals some of the wonder of the simple act of turning the pages of a book and letting the words on paper transform into worlds of imagination.

Friday, April 10, 2020

Stay-at-Home Reading

May your quarantine days be filled with lots and lots of books! This comic appears in the Sunday NY Times Book Review. For more comics on the love of books and reading, check out my new book I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF. It will be published next week by Abrams ComicArts and features all my past comics from the NY Times Book Review.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Good News

Art director Kristen Radtke is collecting artist responses to the COVID-19 pandemic for The Believer magazine. I've been glued to the news and twitter over the last few weeks, which sends me into a spiral of negativity. Thankfully, I've found good news outside my window.

Saturday, March 21, 2020


I drew this comic in 2017. Reposting as a reminder to myself to stay hopeful.

Monday, March 2, 2020


Inspired by DELIGHT by J.B. Priestley and THE BOOK OF DELIGHTS by Ross Gay, I'm starting a new series on things that bring me joy. I plan to draw these until I reach 365 panels, or until my delight runs out.

Monday, February 24, 2020

What Color is Night?

Here are some of my favorite spreads from my new picture book, WHAT COLOR IS NIGHT? It's available for purchase internationally wherever you get your books. Kudos to my editor at Chronicle Books, Ariel Richardson, for helping me land the ending with the "colors unseen" line! It's been so much fun to visit schools and share this story, and I've read it so many times to my own kids that my three-year-old has it memorized. I'm looking forward to the publication of the follow-up book WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? this Spring!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020


I'm going on a book tour (!) and doing a bunch of events this Spring for my upcoming books, I WILL JUDGE YOU BY YOUR BOOKSHELF and WHAT SOUND IS MORNING? My event calendar is here:
Want signed copies of either book? You can get them from my wonderful local bookstore, Watermark.