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MAY 17, 2018

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GUMBALLS RELEASE PARTY AND ART EXHIBIT WITH ERIN NATIONS

If you’re in Portland on June 7th, please stop by Floating World for the release of the Gumballs trade paperback. I’ll be signing books and there will be an exhibit featuring original art from the book. See ya there!

LINKS: FLOATING WORLD COMICS and FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


MAY 10, 2018

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THE NUCLEAR FAMILY GALLERY OPENING

The Nuclear Family is a group art show featuring work inspired by The Simpsons.

As someone who was artistically influenced by The Simpsons, I'm delighted to be apart of this show!

Stop by Art Market PDX (1125 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214) between 5 PM - 10 PM and check it out!

LINK: Art Market PDX


MAY 06, 2018

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VISION QUEST #11

Vision Quest #11 is out now! Pick one up at any comic book shop in Portland (I think they’re located at every shop) and outside Stumptown Coffee on Belmont.


MAY 05, 2018

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WE’RE STILL HERE: AN ALL TRANS COMICS ANTHOLOGY

Coming Soon! We’re Still Here: An All Trans Comics Anthology. 

The first anthology of its kind, We’re Still Here: An All-Trans Comics Anthology offers dozens of new stories that render trans experiences in comics form: some fiction, some nonfiction, some sad, some thoughtful, some funny, some bizarre, all authentic. Edited by Jeanne Thornton and Tara Avery. (Release Date: July 2018.)

Head over to Stacked Deck Press to pre-order your copy now!

 Preview page for the comic "Swim," featured in  We're Still Here .

Preview page for the comic "Swim," featured in We're Still Here.


MAY 03, 2018

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NEW GUMBALLS BOOKPLATES!

If you’re in Leeds, England during the release of Gumballs (Trade Paperback), make sure to stop in OK COMICS and get this free signed bookplate that comes with your purchase! Limited supply.

LINK: OK COMICS


APRIL 22, 2018

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ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL

I’ve been invited to speak on a panel at the Arkansas Literary Festival. If you’re in Little Rock on Saturday, April 28, stop by the Roberts Library at 4 PM. I’ll be joining Trina Robbins and MK Czerweic on the “Cartoonists” panel.

Event Details:

CARTOONISTS
Trina Robbins' Last Girl Standing "transports the reader from WWII-era New York, to the offices of EC and Marvel comics to the post-Summer of Love San Francisco counterculture, and beyond." Erin Nations' Gumballsfeatures a collection of illustrations, gag cartoons, observational drawings and reflections on the true-life journey of gender transition. MK Czerwiec's Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 known as Graphic Medicine, incorporates oral history and personal memoir to tell the story of one Chicago hospital unit.

LINK: ARKANSAS LITERARY FESTIVAL


APRIL 15, 2018

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2018 DINKY AWARDS

I'm pleased to announce that I won a DINKY last night at the DINKY Awards!

I received the award for Outstanding Work Showcasing Diversity.


APRIL 11, 2018

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DINK INDEPENDENT COMICS & ART EXPO 2018

Stop by TABLE 225 on the SECOND FLOOR to pick up some comics and zines by me!

Also, don't forget to check out the DINKY Awards on Saturday, April 14th, at 7:30 PM. I've been nominated in the Outstanding Work Showcasing Diversity category and Best Floppy Comic.

Check out my calendar of events  for more details.

LINKS: DINK DENVER and FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


FEBRUARY 14, 2018

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FULL BLEED MAGAZINE IN STORES TODAY!

Stop in your local comic book shop and pick up the premier issue of FULL BLEED magazine. 

FULL BLEED is a brand-new quarterly, hand-crafted PRINT-ONLY 200-page hardcover “magazine,” curated and edited by IDW Publishing’s Dirk Wood and Ted Adams. By merging the best in comics, fiction, non-fiction, deep dive interviews, opinion, history, think-pieces and more, FULL BLEED will be a reading experience like no other, and a beautiful artisan addition to any bookshelf. Looking through an international lens, but filtered through the unique perspective of the IDW:PDX satellite office in Portland Oregon, FULL BLEED will tackle all aspects of the creative culture, and beyond — comics, music, film, tv, fine art, photography, design, politics and more. 
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Be sure to check out the new five-page comic I contributed to FULL BLEED!

LINKS: FULL BLEED KICKSTARTER and FULL BLEED MAGAZINE


FEBRUARY 9, 2018 

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VISION QUEST # 10 RELEASE PARTY

The new issue of Vision Quest comes out today!

Vision Quest is a FREE quarterly printed comics newspaper distributed in Portland, Oregon. The paper features local Portland cartoonist (including me). 

Stop by Floating World Comics tonight (6 PM - 8 PM) to pick up the new issue. 

LINK: VISION QUEST 10 RELEASE PARTY


FEBRUARY 8, 2018

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19 NEW TITLES TO LOOK FORWARD TO THIS YEAR FROM TOP SHELF

Entertainment Weekly provided previews of some of the new comic books and graphic novels (from Top Shelf Productions) slated for release this year. One of the 19 titles is the GUMBALLS trade paperback.

Gumballs, by Erin Nations
“We actually launched Gumballs as a comic book series (very unusual for Top Shelf), and it’s racked up glowing reviews and word-of-mouth love for its unpretentious, wide-ranging take on humanity. A lot of Erin’s comics are autobiographical — he’s not only transgender, he’s part of a set of triplets — so readers will love his firsthand take on issues like single-gender bathrooms and childhood birthday presents. But they’re also interspersed with whimsical character studies and workaday observations, forming a well-rounded portrait of a fascinating creative mind.”
— Chris Staros and Leigh Walton

LINK: ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


DECEMBER 29, 2017

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GUMBALLS: ONE OF THE BEST COMIC BOOK SERIES OF 2017

The staff at COMICOSITY listed The Best Series of 2017. GUMBALLS was one of the series to be selected!

No comic in 2017 spoke as deeply and personally while entertaining as Gumballs did. A mix of autobiographical comic strips about the author’s journey as a trans man and other socially awkward funnies, Gumballs consistently delivered warmth, optimism in the face of challenge, and one of the finest printed publications around. I don’t know if Top Shelf has any plans past the initial 4 issues, but I implore them to take continuing this series very seriously. A gem in a really tough year for being yourself. - Matt Santori

LINK:  COMICOSITY 


DECEMBER 27, 2017

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GUMBALLS TRADE PAPERBACK!

The first 4 issues in the series will be collected into a trade paperback. The book will also include 32 pages of new content!

Publishers Weekly listed Gumballs as one of the Top Ten Comics & Graphic Novels to be released in the Spring of 2018.

LINKS: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY and visit TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS to pre-order.


NOVEMBER 15, 2017

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Panels from GUMBALLS (ISSUE 4)

NEW INTERVIEWS!

Recently I spoke with Multiversity Comics and ComicCon[dot]com about Gumballs, my origins in creating comics, transgender representation in comics, and much more. Click the links below to read more!

LINKS: MULTIVERSITY COMICS and COMICCON[DOT]COM


OCTOBER 26, 2017

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SHORT RUN SEATTLE

Hey Everyone, I’m gonna be in Seattle on Saturday, November 4th for Short Run. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello and grab some cool comics and zines. I’ll have every issue of Gumballs, plus a new zine I made!

LINK: SHORT RUN


SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

PRE-ORDER GUMBALLS #4!

Issue 4 is scheduled to be released this December! To pre-order it now, click the link below!

LINK: TOP SHELF PRODUCTIONS


SEPTEMBER 11, 2017

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AUGUST 16, 2017

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GUMBALLS ISSUE NO. 3

Gumballs #3 is in stores today! Pick one up at your local comic book shop or order online at Top Shelf Productions!

LINK: TOP SHELF


AUGUST 11, 2017

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I'll be tabling at Short Run in Seattle on November 4th, at Fisher Pavilion and The Vera Project at Seattle Center. The show is from 11 AM - 6 PM. It's free and all-ages!

LINK: SHORT RUN


AUGUST 04, 2017

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INTERVIEW: ERIN NATIONS EXPLORES PHONE ANXIETY AND GENDER IDENTITY IN GUMBALLS

I spoke with Alex Dueben at Comics Beat about the conception of Gumballs, the comics/zine scene in Portland, my desire to make comics, and more!

LINK: COMICS BEAT


JULY 19, 2017

VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award Winners for 2016 Announced

The Diversity & Inclusion Forum of the Virginia Library Association announced the 2016 winners of the VLA Graphic Novel Diversity Award. I'm thrilled that GUMBALLS (Issue 1) was listed in the "Overfloweth Titles", which the committee assigns to work that meet the high standards of quality literature and that they would recommend reading.

Gumballs by Erin Nations. Top shelf Productions.
Erin rides his bike to work, deals with depression and anxiety, and just goes about his everyday life as a transgender man. Gumballs is a fantastic glimpse into Erin's life as well as getting to know Tobias, and meeting Phillip and Ezra. Gumballs is important because it is a rare autobiographical depiction of being transgender, which greatly impacts public perceptions and visibility.

LINK: VIRGINIA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION


JULY 18, 2017

SAN DIEGO COMIC CON 2017

If you're attending SDCC this year, make sure to stop at the Top Shelf corner of the IDW Booth (#2743) and say hello and get your comics signed! I'll be chilling there all week!

I'm also scheduled to sign on Friday, July 21st from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM and on Sunday, July 23rd from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM.

Also, GUMBALLS #3 will be debuting this weekend so pick up your copy before the release date!

LINKS: TOP SHELF'S LINEUP @ SDCC 2017 and IDW & TOP SHELF'S SIGNING SCHEDULE and COMIC - CON INTERNATIONAL: SAN DIEGO


 

MAY 21, 2017

SOU'WESTER ARTIST RESIDENCY

The Sou'Wester Lodge is located in Seaview, Washington on the Long Beach Peninsula. It's about 15 miles north of Astoria, Oregon. While guests can book a room in the main lodge or dwell in a cabin, the most alluring place to stay is in one of the vintage trailers and airstreams.

Last week I had the pleasure of staying at the Sou'Wester. During my residency, I resided in a vintage trailer for five days and worked on issue four of my comic book series, Gumballs.

Calm and quiet are the best words to describe my time there. It was very peaceful. For the most part, the only sounds I heard came from the podcasts I listened to, the birds chirping outside my window, vinyl records spinning, and two days of solid rain. Overall, it gave me a distraction-free place to work. 

Every day I woke up at 5 AM, made coffee, and began working. By 10 PM, I'd put my pen down, and go to bed.

To break up the monotony and avoid cabin fever, I made a couple trips into Long Beach and walked on the beach.

By the end of my visit, I felt a sense of achievement. I was pleased with my output.

You can read more about my time at the Sou'wester in Gumballs, Issue 4 (Release Date TBA)


MAY 03, 2017

GUMBALLS #2 - IN STORES TODAY!

Head over to your local comic book shop (or order online) and pick up the issue that ComicsVerse is calling “Refreshingly Authentic!”


MAY 02, 2017

VISION QUEST # 8 RELEASE PARTY

Vision Quest #8 just came out in time for FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. The dudes that put this thing together are throwing a party at Floating World Comics for the release of Issue #8. 

If you live in Portland (Oregon), stop by and grab a free issue, browse and buy some cool comics at FWC, and chill with chill cartoonists and comic book fans. It’s the perfect way to spend your Tuesday night!

P.S. I have a new comic in this thing so check it out!


APRIL 18, 2017

QUEERER THAN EVER: 30 MORE INDIE TITLES DOING RIGHT BY LGBTA FANS

For the past 3 years, COMICOSITY has put together a list of 35 indie comic titles that include queer characters or themes. Each title offers significant queer representation that the folks at COMICOSITY recommend you check out. This year, they included 30 more indie comics to wrap up an even 100, and Gumballs was one of the titles listed!

"Transforming his comic strip style to a brand new anthology, cartoonist Erin Nations tells a semi-autobiographical tale of his gender transition, depression, and just general awkward life."

LINK: COMICOSITY


March 21, 2017

GUMBALLS #1 - DINKY NOMINATION

Gumballs (Issue #1) has been nominated for a Dinky Award in the category for Outstanding Work - Diversity. Other nominations in this category include: What is Obscenity by Rokudenashiko (Koyama Press), A City Inside by Tillie Walden (Avery Hill Publishing), and Your Black Friend by Ben Passmore (Silver Sprocket).

The winners for the 2017 Dinky Awards will be announced at 7:30 PM, Saturday April 8th at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, Colorado. 

LINKS: DINK COMIC & ART EXPO and DINK FACEBOOK PAGE and @DINKDENVER


February 21, 2017

VISION QUEST 7 RELEASE PARTY

The 7th issue of Vision Quest, Portland Oregon’s FREE comic newspaper, arrives this March! Vision Quest is a collaborative effort, published and distributed by local comix writers and artists. We are excited to host a release party and art exhibit to celebrate the latest issue. Featuring artwork by Sophie Franz, Josh Simmons, Lark Pien, Alex Chiu, Jason Sturgill, Erin Nations and many many more!

Tim Goodyear (Teenage Dinosaur / Video Tonfa), one of the publishers and contributors elaborated on the inspiration behind it saying “Vision Quest is a boiler plate we got from The Intruder up in Seattle. I have been bummed on the commercial structure of comics for a long time and have tried many times to get comics to folks with out all the barriers that are in place. Ian Sundahl asked me how The Intruder paper was structured and I told him what Max Clotfelter had told me. He asked if I’d want to do that here, I said I wasn’t sure. 6 or 8 months later he asked me again and I said yes. It’s been great. I love it.”

“Money is gross,” Goodyear says. “Money is a terrible obstacle for the growth of comics. People think they like comics but most don’t really know—finding, choosing and paying for them is not something I see much. Mini comics have such small quantities that few people ever get to see them. How can an artist get seen and find the audience who will love them?” The solution? Vision Quest. “It’s free so we don’t need to be present and their curiosity is the only cost,” Goodyear says, speaking of the paper’s various drop-off locations, scouted by the artists and publishers. 

LINKS: FLOATING WORLD COMCS and FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Image by Sophie Franz and Text by Floating World Comics


JANUARY 23, 2017

RADIO INTERVIEW WITH XRAY IN THE MORNING

Tune in at 8:45 AM on Tuesday, JAN 31, at 8:45 AM to XRAY.FM. I'll be in studio for a guest interview.

LINK: XRAY - IN THE MORNING


JANUARY 12, 2017

THIS COMIC BY AN OPENLY TRANS PORTLANDER BELONGS ON YOUR READING LIST

I recently spoke with Jason Buehrer from Portland Monthly about Gumballs, identity, and being a trans cartoonist.

LINK: PORTLAND MONTHLY - ON THE TOWN


DECEMBER 31, 2016

GUMBALLS (NUMBER ONE) RELEASE PARTY and SIGNING!

Stop by Floating World Comics on January 18th and pick up a signed copy of Gumballs. Drinks and refreshments provided!

LINKS: FLOATING WORLD COMICS  and FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE


DECEMBER 26, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH ERIN NATIONS: AN IMPORTANT NEW VOICE

In this new interview, I spoke with Liam Nolan at ComicsVerse about working for Top Shelf, why I chose to make comics, and the importance of trans/non-CIS voices in comics.

LINK: COMICSVERSE 


DECEMBER 21, 2016

GUMBALLS (NUMBER 1) RELEASED TODAY!

Head over to your local comic book shop and pick up GUMBALLS (Number 1) or order now at Top Shelf Productions!


DECEMBER 19, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH ERIN NATIONS, THE COMICS CONFECTIONER BEHIND GUMBALLS

New interview at Geeks OUT! I spoke with Aria Baci about comics, art, binders, and other things.

LINK: GEEKS OUT


NOVEMBER 02, 2016

EUZINE FEST INTERVIEW

Head over to the Official EUZINE Fest website to read an interview I did with them.

LINK: EUZINE FEST - INTERVIEW: ERIN NATIONS


NOVEMBER 01, 2016

PRE-ORDER O.P. (ISSUE #18): THE BATHROOM ISSUE

Pick up the latest issue of Original Plumbing: Beyond Bathrooms, which features a comic by me about an experience I had in the men's restroom.

LINK: ORIGINAL PLUMBING STORE


OCTOBER 28, 2016

PRE-ORDER GUMBALLS (ISSUE #2)!

GUMBALLS #2 is now available to Pre-Order at Top Shelf Productions! Pick one up HERE!


MAY 20, 2016

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SEE HOW ERIN NATIONS USES CARTOONS TO DOCUMENT HIS TRANSITION

New interview up at FTM Magazine!

LINK: FTM MAGAZINE


OCTOBER 27, 2016

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ERIN NATIONS POPS OUT WITH GUMBALLS

Recently, Matt Santori-Griffith at COMICOSITY interviewed me about Gumballs. You can read the interview HERE.

LINK: COMICOSITY


OCTOBER 22, 2016

EUZINE COMICS & ZINE FEST

I will be tabling at the First Annual EUZINE Comics & Zine Fest on Saturday 11.12.16 from 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM at the Broadway Commerce Center in Eugene, Oregon.

Learn more at EUZINEFEST.COM and check out the FACEBOOK PAGE!  


OCTOBER 14, 2016

VISION QUEST 6 RELEASE PARTY

Stop by Stumptown Coffee (Belmont) TONIGHT @ 8 PM for the release ofVision Quest 6!

Vision Quest is a free comix paper organized by Tim Goodyear and Ian Sundahl. The paper is printed quarterly and features underground comic artists from Portland, Oregon.

Stop in an grab a warm beverage, chill with the cartoonist who have contributed to Vision Quest (including me), and enjoy the latest issue. How can you say no to coffee and free comics?

DETAILS: 


OCTOBER 03, 2016

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INTRODUCING GUMBALLS!

Exciting news today! Top Shelf announced the launch of my new comic book Gumballs (#1). It’ll be released in December, but you can pre-order it now!

Check out the NEWS at Top Shelf and pick up a copy!