After much time and many requests, I finally put THE COFFEE ACHIEVERS back online. Oh, nostalgia.
The Coffee Achievers was a Nothing Nice to Say spinoff miniseries written by me and illustrated by the great Joe Dunn. A comedic urban-fantasy with wizards, witches, punk bands, and tons of coffee.
Some people insist it's the best thing I've written. Those people are very wrong, but it's definitely got its moments. Enjoy!
We made some cool screen-printed Nothing Nice to Say slipmats! Protect your records in style!
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Little piece of history here, folks. Some of you who have read the, like, two interviews I’ve ever done may recall hearing that Nothing Nice to Say was actually inspired by a flyer I did for a house show I booked once a million years ago. That I’d drawn these two random characters making a stupid joke, and something in my brain clicked, A HA!, and the idea to do an ongoing series of gag strips about punk rock came to me, and I used the characters from the flyer as the main characters.
WELL. I wrote a My Stupid Life comic about this very subject for the upcoming new punk comix anthology zine I’m putting together called AS YOU WERE on this very subject, so I asked my friend Pat (who saves shit and who I knew would probably still have a copy somewhere) if he had it, and he did, and he scanned it and send it to me.
AND HERE IT IS! The very first drawing of Blake and Fletcher EVER. Blake’s shirt, by the way, in this drawing, is a work shirt with a name patch that says “Moe” in reference to the song “Hipster Boyfriend” by Sicko (“He has a gas station jacket that says his name is Moe and he hangs out at all the punk punk punk punk punk rock shows”). I think the patch appears in a couple very early NN2S strips, but was dropped quickly.
As for AS YOU WERE, I’m actually just waiting to hear back from a couple printers with some rates and then we’re ready to get it printed up and shipped out to that disgusting hovel you call a home!
But, just to tease it a little in advance, the series is going to be an anthology of never-before-seen comics written by cartoonists with a foot in the punk scene, each issue focusing on a centralized theme. The first issue is all about house shows. It’s fucking incredible, I’ve read it!
Besides myself there’s new comics in it by Andra Passen, Anthony Sorge (Crust Dog), Ashley Rowe Palafox (Barefoot and in the Kitchen), Ben Snakepit (Snakepit), Bill Pinkel (Frowning Bill), Brad Dwyer (Record Heat), Brian Connolly (Nothing Mattress), Emilja Frances (Ship of Fools), Josh PM Frees, Kim Funk (Shady Hawkins, The Homewreckers), Liz Prince (Will You Still Love Me if I Wet the Bed, Alone Forever), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart, Hey Suburbia!), Ramsey Everydaypants (Year One, Everyday Pants), Rick V, plus GORGEOUS cover art by Steve Larder.
We’re about to take over the whole goddamn world! More info to come, but expect this by the end of the year!
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I made this one four years ago when my first book came out. It was for a feature Dark Horse Comics was running on MySpace called MySpace Dark Horse Presents. Or something like that. Remember MySpace? And remember when Dark Horse was still paying me to lose money for them? Good times. This comic never went up in the NN2S archives so I don’t know how many of you ever saw it. Enjoy!
Well, kids, I've finally done it. My desire to keep busy with a new webcomic paired with my inability to come up with anything better than that which I've already done before has led to the return of your favorite thing the internet's had to offer since the advent of the cat video. BEHOLD:
NOTHING NICE TO SAY
Click that panel to be taken to the first strip in the return. My friend Joe is helping me come up with ideas and scripts and such, so he deserves much praise and credit. Otherwise, you know, I hope you enjoy it, and I hope I cope well with keeping busier than normal!
Well, at long last, it'd appear Turnstile Comix #1 (starring the Slow Death) is finally on its way back from the presses, and all preorders will be shipping out in a week or two. What that means is, if you already preordered your copy, you won't have much longer to wait, BUT, if you HAVEN'T preordered yet, THERE'S STILL TIME.
(Shameless plugs, yes, but with some art mixed in, so it's cool.)
If you wanna preorder the book (or check out the Slow Death's upcoming U.S. tour dates), click the panel below. The panel which, by the way, belongs to another preview page from the book:
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ALSO, if you preorder the book (which you can only do in the next week or so), you get a free, silkscreened bookmark. It looks like this:
Anyway, There ya go. I'm not really in a blogging frame of mind right now, I suppose, so I'm sorry this one came out so mediocre. Had to listen to Ke$ha all day at my soul-crushing job and I'm afraid it's made it so I'll never be happy again.
Until next time!
Sara, one of the more wonderful fans I've ever had the pleasure to meet, came to say hi to Amanda and I at STAPLE in Austin this year, and brought us this awesome cake:
We ate the whole thing and it ruled. Thanks, Sara! And thanks to all your friends.
Check out Sara's cooking blog for all manner of fun recipes (including one for this very cake), as well as perhaps the least flattering photo of me ever taken! Hooray!
In other news, finished TONS of art this weekend, and will be posting it soon. But, for now: Sleep!
Hey there! So I had been hosting my art blog on LiveJournal for the past forever, but that place has become a bit of a ghost town of late, so I decided to just move everything onto my own site from here on out.
It's doubtful you're even reading this post, but if you HAVE managed to backtrack through the archives all the way to this first post and wish to continue on into the misty past, you may read the rest of my archives where they live to this day, at http://rainofbastards.livejournal.com/.
Nothing Nice to Say by Mitch Clem. How about that. This book collects all the NN2S comics from 2006 through 2007 (the first two years that the comic was in black and white). There is also tons of bonus material, including the month's worth of Joe and Monkey I did at the end of 2005 that led to me resurrecting NN2S from the dead in the first place, several guest strips, some crossovers, an intro featuring several redrawn strips from the REALLY old stuff, and a bunch of original art. Also candy.
black and white, 128 pages, 7"x7", $9.95
TITLE: Nothing Nice to Say
AUTHOR: Mitch Clem
PUBLISHER: Dark Horse
There are several ways to get your hands on a copy of this book:
1) Ask your local book store or comic shop if they have it, or if they can order it for you. It's distributed by Diamond, who distro pretty much every comic book that gets made, so anyone should be able to get it for you, be they an independent comic book store or a Barnes & Noble.
Odds are you'll probably have to call ahead and order it, though. I've heard from lots of people that they went into whatever book store and the one copy the store had ordered sold right away, if they ever had one in the first place. The fact is, no one knows who I am, no one's ever heard of my comic, bookstores seem unwilling to take a risk on my book, and so not a lot of people are keeping it in stock at this time. That said, CALL AHEAD, ask if they have it, if they don't, ask them to order it for you. That never takes longer than a couple days. I'm really sorry that you should have to put in any extra effort to buy this book, but I very much appreciate you doing so. Maybe if we sell enough copies, stores will start carrying it without being told.
2) You can order it online from the Official Mitch Clem Store (along with all kinds of shirts and paraphernalia, the proceeds of which go to feed starving cartoonists).
3) You can order it online from any number of other stores:
- Amazon UK
I have a copy here, and, I have to say, it's really exciting to see this thing in actual print. These comics look considerably nicer on paper, the way they should be seen, rather than on a computer monitor. Plus now you have something to leave on your coffee table and, when you bring a date home, they'll see it and know you're cultured and you'll get some action GUARANTEED.
NOTE: Some stores are listing this book as hardcover. There is no hardcover edition of this book, it is available in softcover only. There should be no pricing difference, I think this is just an oversight on part of some stores and shouldn't be anything to warrant concern.
And, on a personal note, thanks for all your support over the years helping me get this comic to where it is today, in glorious print. This has been my dream since I was a kid. My comics are everything to me, and your support is what makes this all possible. So thank you.
Now get orderin'!