Dash Shaw


NEW BOOKS: Cosplayers and Doctors,

New School, 3 New Stories, and New Jobs.

BodyWorld and Bottomless Belly Button.

Recent Animations: New School, Seraph, and Wheel of Fortune.

dash (dot) austin (dot) shaw (at) gmail (dot) com

Once a month something like this pops up in my email —

From: Joe Blow, Comix Sexpert

To: your inbox.

Dear Artist,

I deeply apologize for this mass email.  You are my favorite cartoonist ever.  I am starting an exciting new comics anthology/magazine.  It will include my own work craftily placed amongst the top contemporary comic book artists.  Yes, this will be the true comix “mix tape!”  The genesis of the project was this: I wanted to have a book out, but I only felt like drawing 9 pages, so by padding my work with your works, I get to have a book out and feel like the successful (and influential) cartoonist that I know I am.

Studies have shown that a strong unifying theme is the best way for a comics anthology to reach the most readers.  My 9-page story is auto-bio, so the theme of the first volume will be “me.”  Each story must have something to do with me. 

I’m hoping you will contribute a 10 to 12-page original story about me in 8.5 X 11” B&W 1200 DPI TIFFs .25” ROOM FOR FULL BLEED.  Unfortunately, I cannot pay you anything at this time (this is a labor of love for everyone involved.)  The deadline for your pencils is the 1st of next month.  Then I may pair you with an inker. 


Joe Blow,

Comix Sexpert

P.S. Is Fantagraphics interested in publishing this?

  1. laurellynnleake reblogged this from earnestattempts
  2. earnestattempts reblogged this from dashshaw and added:
    So I completely understand the annoyance at this stuff, and I think people should be aware that it’s not exactly...
  3. dashshaw reblogged this from lizzhickey and added:
    Lizz is more level-headed than me too… I’m gonna stop reblogging this now…