It’s been over a month since Jukebox released and my third pandemic book release. It’s not easy. I miss being on the road and meeting educators, librarians and of course, readers. I appreciate the emails and messages from folks who have read and enjoyed it – it keeps me going in this seemingly never ending pandemic. I’ve been on some amazing panels discussing comics, from the American Library Association panel with Jerry Craft, Varian Johnson and Nadia Shammas, to a Comicon panel with Judd Winick, Dana Simpson, B.C. Peterschmidt, and Jerry Craft. It’s always a joy to share the love of comics.
And on the one month release, I wanted to share some of my favorite interiors from Jukebox. I challenged myself with the research, story, design and of course the colors (aided by my co-colorist Elizabeth Kramer).
The first time Shahi and Naz turn on the Jukebox.
Harlem in the 30s.
Women’s march for Equality in Washington DC in the 70s.
Bud Billiken parade in Chicago in the 60s.
Break dancing in Venice Beach in the 80s.
I have many other favorites but I don’t want to give away any of the ending. You can still find signed copies here.
Now, I’m working on more books – picture books, early readers and another middle grade graphic novel. I am grateful, regularly, that I am able to do this work. And, also it’s hard to keep momentum up without the in person interaction. I long for it to return and will be overjoyed to see folks when it’s safe.
I hope you and yours are finding ways to keep your spirits up.
Thank you, always, for the support.