Hey everyone,

After a lot of consideration I've decided to put my graphic novel about forests and middle school, Eighth Grade, online for free. I've been working on it for over three years now; it was on the strength of this comic that I got into the Atlantic Center for the Arts graphic novel intensive last year, studying under Craig Thompson. The art looks a little rough to me now (it gets better as it goes on, I promise) and it's not perfect, but it's still probably the best comic I've ever drawn. Please, give it a shot, and send it around the internet if you like it.

The link is here:

I've put up the entire first chapter for you to read, and for the next few months I'll put up about ten new pages every week until I run out of material. If you're interested, please sign up for email updates here.

Thanks so much everyone. I'm handing you my baby here– you don't have to love it but at least support its head.


Collin said...

This is excellent! Read through it twice and can't wait for the next post. I have yet to meet a person for whom middle school wasn't the worst period of their life.

Sam said...

Thanks Collin!

dweeb said...

Words fail me-45 years (yipes!) after surviving it, every memory of that time came flooding back.

Your renderings are far more pleasing but the situations and the pain (and fear) that came with so many are similar.

Really enjoyed your characters, their relations to and with one another as well as the drawings themselves.

Really superlative work!
If I had friends, I'd share it with them. As it is, I'll return to this installment and anticipate the next one. Thanks for sharing!