Greetings from Down Under

I’ve been traveling for two months, and hugely expensive internet costs keep me from blogging. Hop over to the A Distant Soil website for the webcomic and regular adventure updates.

Some quick notes:

My new graphic novel with writer Barry Lyga, Mangaman, is a hit and getting great reviews from prestigious sources. Getting a starred review in Kirkus is like achieving the Holy Grail. I’ll try to do a round up later, but in addition to all the other goodies, The New York Book Show gave Mangaman honors for best book design and production! Congratulations to our design team and all the folks at our terrific publisher Houghton Mifflin.

Margaret Raymo, Editor
Scott Magoon and Christopher Moisan, Designers
Diane Varone, Production Manager

The Winston Salem Journal tagged it as one of the books to get this holiday for teens. MTV recc’d  it in their holiday round up as well. A round up of our great reviews can be found at Barry Lyga’s website.

We’re so happy with the fan support, and delighted to get so many kind words from such prestigious sources! Thank you all!

I’ve also finished my new graphic novel Gone to Amerikay, written by Derek McCulloch, coming in March from DC Comics/Vertigo. I finished page 140 somewhere in the Tasman Sea. I started work on the book about 100 miles off the coast of Morocco about 3 years ago, and turned in the final pages via FTP upload in Wellington, New Zealand. This book nearly sailed all the seven seas!

We’re getting superlative advance buzz on it. I am very nervous and hopeful it will live up to everyone’s expectations. I have never been prouder of any project, and I am truly grateful to our editorial team and to DC Comics/Vertigo for sticking with us through this arduous creative process. No one can say we didn’t work for this one, that’s for sure.

Ciara O’Dwyer is a young woman raising a daughter alone in the Five Points slums of 1870; Johnny McCormack is a struggling actor drawn to the nascent folk music movement in Greenwich Village 1960; and Lewis Healy is a successful Irishman who’s come to present-day Manhattan on his wife’s anniversary-present promise to reveal the connection between him and them. The mystery originates with Ciara’s runaway husband, who disappeared after promising to join her in America, and carries into midcentury when Johnny, devastated by an unexpected romance and a lost shot at musical fame, gets a supernatural visitor.


You can listen to a podcast interview with me and writer Derek McCulloch here.

Unfortunately, some stories aren’t  happy ones. And this story, which aired on Discovery: ID channel, was pretty miserable. I had a long term problem with a stalker some years ago. The episode of Stalked: Someone’s Watching will be rebroadcast for those as missed the first go ’round. Details are here.

I hope you all have a great holiday! Remember I normally blog at the A Distant Soil website, and you can read the book at this advertiser supported site. Thanks for stopping by!