Cartoonist and Illustrator

NEWS 2017

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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

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

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


MAY 03, 2017

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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