Wednesday, December 12, 2012

New Pssst! Review

Nice new review of Pssst! by Sid Allie.  Contains spoilers.

His dad's the Editor-In-Chief of Dark Horse Comics, so you know he knows what he's talking about.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Chu's Day Trailer

Fun fact–Gaiman wasn't available to make this video, so I played him wearing a Neilsuit a la the British "pantomime" tradition.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


We had a great response to our Hallowtweet Poety Contest (just made that name up).  I think it was exactly fifty entries.  Which makes this next part hard, but...

The winner of the 2012 Hallowtweet Poetry Contest is...

Zack Rock (@zackrock)

Frankenstein dons Calvin Klein/Dracula wears Crocs/Wolfman shaves & behaves/Bigfoot's in big socks/Tonite it's thus: we're them, they're us.

Isn't that nice?

Zack, if indeed that is his real name, will receive an original drawing by me, suitable for framing, if you think framing something like that is suitable.

We also have five runners up, in no particular order:

Brian Rafter (@WerewolfBathtub)

2 spatulas, a wooden spoon/The choices make him wince./The Slasher's stuck; the dishwasher/Is locked on normal rinse.
Talky Tina Kugler (@tinatheatre)
No child fears the Jubbalo/Sharp horns on top and claws below/No child fears his eyes a-glitter/His favorite food is babysitter.
Amanda C. Davis (@davisac1)
Ghoulsie dies and ghostsie dies and little vampsy dorgans. (A wolfully dorgans too, wouldn't you?)
Carter Higgins (@CarterHiggins)
Sugar coated canines and rotting roots in heaps. On Hallow's Eve, Tooth Fairy shakes her piggy bank and weeps.
Julie Falatko (@JulieFalatko)
The wind is howling/ The candlelight flickers/ To the wee goblins I say:/ Keep your hands off my Snickers.
Thanks again to everyone–this was even more fun than I'd expected.  Winners should get in touch via the email in my blog profile.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Hey, does anyone want to win a sketch by me? Head over to twitter and tweet a 140 character Halloween poem to @stevenmalk before midnight tonight!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Art Show

Hey, if you're in or around Tucson tomorrow (Friday), maybe come by the opening of this art show. Features me, Mike Nolan, cartoonist Max Cannon (Red Meat), and my teacher, David Christiana. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


Oh! Well, apparently Dramworks has officially announced their Smekday movie, starring Jim Parsons and Rihanna:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Our Cat is Missing

I realize this blog is kind of a blunt instrument, but if you live in Tucson, please keep an eye out.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I Did a Podcast!

On which I make semi-coherent points about censorship!  Also I think I use the word "ass" twice.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Holy Cats.

This 14-year-old Japanese kid Konan (named for Arthur Conan Doyle!) took it upon himself to translate the entirety of Brixton Brothers #1: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity.  Apparently he's well into translating the second book, too.  He did it all for an annual event called Rōsaku-ten, or "Painstaking Words Exhibition."  He won an award!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sequel to the Best Fan Letter of All Time

Dear Abraham Superlincoln (again),

My two through four favorite books are these: Wonderstruck (Brian Selznick), The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Brian Selznick), and The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien). Although, I do very much like Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich and Other Stories You’re Sure to Like Because They’re All About Monsters and Some of Them are Also About Food. You Like Food Don’t You? Well All Right Then.
We love the Dracula with spinach between his teeth and the Phantom of the Opera.

In fact, my two friends Adam and Ian K. are writing a book of short stories inspired by your Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich and Other Stories You’re Sure to Like Because They’re All About Monsters and Some of Them are Also About Food. You Like Food Don’t You? Well All Right Then.. They’re short stories not poems, mind you. Sorry. So far, I’ve written one called When the Man in the Moon Had to Blink. It was written by guub in co-op with Equivalent Fractions. Ian K. wrote a sequel to Godzilla Pooped on my Honda. It was written by Ian K. in co-op with Miss Prime Minister. Adam wrote a story about why Medusa cut her hair.
I’ll try and send the stories once we finish them.

Your most likely #1 fan (I don’t think anybody is more fanly then me),
Gargantuan Space Scum

Fan Letter Fan

Everybody can stop writing fan letters now.  We've summited:

Hello Abraham Superlincoln,

My name is Gargantuan Space Scum. No. Actually, it’s Ian. Ian O. You can’t forget the O. Because I’m Ian O. and my friend is Ian K.. So we don’t get called Ian. We get called either Ian O. or Ian K.. Anyway. I am a 4th grader and I live in Seattle, Washington.                             After I read your book Cold Cereal, my friends Adam and Kate read it. Then we started talking about Gorn, Weet, Noats, and Gorn-free, the Gornless Gorn substitute. Then we came up with a new type of Weet. Hole Weet. We thought it could be a new, healthier, type of ingredient that Goodco puts in their cereal. That’s my suggestion for a new ingredient called Hole Weet. If you like it or don’t like it or whatever, please write back.
Then also, one day I was eating cereal. I was thinking about your book because I was eating cereal. I thought of some new book titles for your next two books (if you make the Cold Cereal Saga a trilogy).

Frozen Oatmeal (or Frozen Porridge)
Sub-Zero Museli (or Sub-Zero Granola)

Those are my suggestions for book titles. If you like them or don’t like them or whatever, please write back.

               This letter has been written in crude handwriting by Gargantuan Space Scum.

P.S. Your book, The True Meaning of Smekday, has been officially proclaimed by me as my number one, all-time favorite book ever.

P.S.S. Your book, Cold Cereal, has been officially proclaimed by me as my number five, all-time favorite book ever.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Happy Beltane

So for May Day, here's something appropriately pagan-ish from Cold Cereal:

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Free Comic Book Day


Contact: Eric M. Esquivel
Phone: 520-321-4376

Local comic book store gives away free comics to promote the art form

Heroes and Villains plans to give away thousands of comic books on Saturday, May 5th from 10am-7pm, as part of their annualFree Comic Book Day celebration.

Titles include:  
The Avengers, DC Comics: The New 52, Spider-Man, Star Wars, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Transformers, Donald Duck, Sonic The Hedgehog, Yo Gabba Gabba, Peanuts and many more!

Popular fine artist/children’s book author Adam Rex will be in-store from 10am-3pm, signing (FREE!) copies of The Guild--The Dark Horse comic based on the popular web show of the same name, created by writer/actress Felicia Day (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog)--which he painted the cover for.

Philanthropic costuming clubs The Justice League of ArizonaThe Arizona Ghostbusters, The 501st Legion, and The Arizona Avengers will be on-hand to pose for photos and welcome kids to the world of comic books.

To date, Heroes and Villains has given away over 50,000 free comics as part of their annual Free Comic Book Day Initiative.

If you’d like more information about Heroes and Villains’ Free Comic Book Day or to schedule an interview, please call Eric M. Esquivel at  (520)-321-4376, or email Eric at

Visit Heroes and Villains  online at,

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chloe and the Lion

Actual documentary footage of one of my therapy sessions with author Mac Barnett.

Chloe and the Lion is on sale starting April 3rd.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tucson Festival of Books

It's that time again.  Here's my schedule:

i-Illustrate: Art, Technology and Picture Books
Panel / Sat 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Building - Kiva Auditorium

Chloe and the Lion: Our Author/Illustrator Relationship
Children/Youth Workshop
Workshop / Sun 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Education Building - Room 333

Three Very Funny Guys: Humor in Books
Multi Genre: Current Events/Pop Culture/Children's
Panel / Sat 1:00 PM - 02:00 PM
UA Mall Tent

SciFi/Fantasy Workshop
Workshop / Sun 4:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Integrated Learning Center - Room 119

I believe I'll be signing books after the Three Funny Guys panel on Saturday, and probably after both panels on Sunday.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tempe Event

By the way, I'll be at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe, AZ this Saturday (the 3rd) at 2pm, talking about COLD CEREAL. The book, not the cereal.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Head Games

“You!” he barked as he dismounted.  “Stay there!  Keep those hands where I can see them!”

 The normal-sized man with the tiny wrinkled head raised his arms.  “These hands?” he asked.

 The rider was all in black, with some thick and undoubtedly bullet-proof vest and an oily black gun slung over his shoulders.  He reached back to touch this gun as if drawing some shallow sense of strength and security from it, which of course he was.  He also had a small stone around his neck on a tether, a coldstone, and this was busily giving off purple sparks.  But in the glare of his headlamp the rider hadn’t noticed.

This old man was strangely built, like he hadn’t enough head but had entirely too much neck.  “The park isn’t safe tonight,” the rider told him.  “You should return to your home.”

“Mind turnin’ that off, lad?” the old man asked.

“Sorry,” said the rider, and he reached up to switch off the pink light of the helmet.

“Yeh have somethin’ in your eye,” the old man added.


The rider pulled the goggles up and over his helmet.  And then he winced when he saw that, while the old man was still standing before him, his head had just now disappeared.

(From Cold Cereal)

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Cold Cereal Available In Stores

I mean, obviously.  But my new book, Cold Cereal, is also now available.  I'm visiting schools in the midwest at the moment and couldn't make the time to really mark the occasion of its official on sale date earlier today, as I was too busy teaching children about the concept of the Uncanny Valley vis á vis pictures like the one to the right.

But Cold Cereal is available!  Now!  I was super flattered today to see that its audiobook performer, Oliver Wyman, called it the best kid's book he's ever read.  So.

Here are some Mick paper dolls for your amusement.  If there's enough interest I'll put high-res versions up somewhere and people can use 'em for bookmarks.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Appearance at Anderson's

ILLINOIS PEOPLE: I'll be reading and signing at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville this Wednesday from 7-8 PM. If you'd rather I not come to your state, now's the time to say something.

Friday, February 3, 2012


With the publication of Chloe and the Lion approaching, I thought I'd share a video of author Mac Barnett I made for the trailer but which the publisher did not eventually use.  Waste not, want not.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Monday, January 16, 2012


Finally they reached Manhattan, and then the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and then a spot outside some Port Authority restrooms, where Ms. Egami asked if anyone had to go and Scott raised his hand so energetically he heard his back crack.

He rushed into a narrow stall and was punched in the nose by the smell. The toilet showed signs of having been visited by either a very large man or a very small horse, but Scott didn’t feel he had the time to be picky. He spun out enough toilet paper to vandalize a house and carefully cleaned the seat.

Dizzy, he nearly dropped his backpack to the floor, then got a closer look at the floor. Instead he looped it over a hook on the stall door and then a great vinegar wave crashed over him and his knees gave and he gripped the seat and sputtered his breakfast into the bowl.

 A minute later he flushed and turned.

Afterward, he’d realize he didn’t think about it at all—when he saw the hand appear over the top of the door and reach for his bag, Scott lunged forward and seized it at the wrist. The tiny wrist, attached to the tiny hand on an arm like a doll’s. A real ugly doll made from dried fruit and old footballs.

The hand squirmed. Scott looked down beneath the stall door for the thief’s feet. There were no feet. Scott considered his options, and so did the thief.

“Well now, son,” said the thief in a voice that was both high and coarse, like a kazoo. There was something a little foreign about it too. Australian, maybe, or Irish? “It seems you’ve got me. So wha’ d’yeh suppose you’ll do with me?”

 Still holding the tiny wrist, Scott unlatched the door and opened it just enough to poke his head around. It was a tiny man, this man who was trying to take Scott’s bag. He couldn’t have been more than two feet tall, with a miniature red tracksuit and his arm hooked over the top of the stall door. His tiny old-man face was pug nosed and underbitten like some overbred kind of dog, and it seemed puckered with sadness. Not to mention oddly familiar. If it wasn’t for this familiarity, and for the feel of the man’s arm in his hand, Scott would have mistaken him for another aura. 

“Yeh don’ happen to have somethin’ to eat, do yeh, lad?” the little man asked. “I’d be in your debt. ’Tis always a blessing to have one o’ the Good Folk in your debt.”

Scott glanced around the restroom. Men and boys were coming and going, but none were paying any attention to what he considered to be a fairly unusual tiny-man-hanging-on-a-toilet-door situation. That’s New Yorkers for you, he supposed.

“Except when it’s not a blessing, yeh know,” the thief continued. “Speakin’ fair, the blessings o’ the Good Folk can be worse than the curses.”

“You could have just asked in the first place,” Scott muttered. “You didn’t have to try and steal my bag.”

“Asking is begging. Pitiful. Want to punch myself in the eye for even tryin’ it. Stealin’ is good, honest work,” said the thief, puffing out his chest.

“Well, not honest, strictly speaking,” he admitted, after a moment. “Or actually good.”

They were interrupted by Denton Peters, who barged through the men’s room door, shouting Scott’s name like it was a swear word.

“I’m right here,” said Scott.

“Ms. Egami wants to know what’s taking so long,” said Denton. “You got the squirts? Should I tell her you have a bad case of the squirts?”

“No! I’m just . . . this guy was trying to steal my backpack.”

“Yeah? And you’re scared he’s gonna come back?”

Scott gaped at Denton.

“Need yeh to let me go now, son,” the thief said to Scott.

“Are you telling me you can’t see the . . . little . . . guy hanging here?” Scott asked Denton.

Denton frowned in the little man’s general direction, and then Scott thought he saw a flash of recognition on the boy’s face. He’d seen something. Denton Peters squinted, titled his head, crossed his eyes like he was trying to cope with an optical illusion.

“I can . . . sorta see,” he whispered.

“Just sorta?”

“He’s like a mirage.”

What Denton Peters saw next was a sort of prismatic blur, and then Scott jerked back his arm, yelping with pain. Scott pushed past him and scowled into the distance.

Denton followed his gaze to the men’s room door.

“Uh . . . what just happened?”

Scott unhooked his backpack. “Your mirage bit my hand.”

Oh Huck! seemed like kind of a lousy musical, but Scott supposed he might have been in the wrong mood. 

His migraine vanished shortly after leaving the bus terminal, but on the way to the theater Denton staunchly denied having seen anything unusual in the men’s room apart from the new kid hiding from imaginary elves. Denton had by this time already forgotten Scott’s name, however, and most of the other kids didn’t know who he was talking about, and Scott had hidden behind Carla Owens until it all blew over.

Scott was quiet as they returned to the bus terminal through the toy store dazzle of Times Square.

“I just don’t think they should have made the raft a separate character,” said Emily.

“Riff-Raft?” said Erno. “But she’s the narrator. She told you what was going on.”

“Mark Twain didn’t need a talking raft in the book. Or a rapping scarecrow.”

“Scott, tell my sister that everything doesn’t have to be exactly like the precious book.”

Scott started. “What?”

“You’re still upset,” Emily told him. “About Denton teasing you.”

“No. No, I’m fine.”

“Forget about it,” said Erno. “Everyone else has.”

The thing is, they probably had. Scott was nothing if not forgettable.

Back at the Port Authority there was some sort of situation. Two flashing police cruisers were up on the sidewalk in front of the entrance, grille to grille. A crowd had formed, and three uniformed officers attempted to push back these people with outstretched arms and patently false claims that there was nothing to see. Another officer, on horseback, paced the street. And in the center of it all, two more policemen squared off against each other like big dogs.

“Let’s not do this here, man,” one of these officers was saying in soothing tones. “We can talk about it at the station.”

The other man took a step back, took a step forward, his boyish face tangled with fear and anger. “We’ll go back to the station when you admit I’ve apprehended a suspect!” he said, pointing to the backseat of one of the cop cars. “This is not cool, guys! I know I’m the rookie and all, but—”

“Not in front of the juveniles,” said the first officer, glancing at Scott’s class.

“We’re not juveniles,” Erno muttered.

“It just means kids,” said Emily. “Nothing bad.”

An electronic red news crawl on an adjoining building declared the dow down and reggie dwight punches queen and then police disruption at port authority bus terminal. It flashed like a marquee for the weird bit of drama playing out in front of them.

Scott craned his neck to look at the rookie’s car. There was someone in the backseat, but the suspect was very small. Smaller than a toddler. He wondered. . . . 

If Scott Doe had a talent, it was his ability to walk about unnoticed. When not actually calling attention to himself in bus station bathrooms or by defending his indefensible given name, he was one of those kids who could practically disappear in a crowded room. Inconspicuous. Unremarkable. It had always been that way.

So now when Scott shuffled away from his class and approached the police car, Ms. Egami did not notice. Even Erno and Emily didn’t notice, transfixed as they were by the police and the strobing lights. Scott stepped up to the cruiser on the street side, away from the cops, and looked in the rear window.

It was the little man again. He was slumped in the backseat, his round fists ringed by silver handcuffs like tiny planets. He could have just slipped them free if he wanted to. Apparently he didn’t want to.

“Look, Pete . . . ,” the cop was telling the rookie. “We need to get you some help. There is no one in back of your squad car. There is nothing but a pair of empty cuffs.”

“Fight!” Denton Peters suggested from the sideline, and Ms. Egami tried to shush him. “Shoot something!”

The window was open a crack. The little man sniffed and looked up at Scott.

“Oh. ’S you. Come to gloat?”

“I can see you,” Scott said quietly into the gap, “and that policeman can see you, but nobody else can.”

“You’re a regular Sherlock Holmes, yeh are. Quick now an’ offer your services to those coppers! They could use a brilliant mind like yours.”

“Why can I see you? Am I crazy?” Scott asked, worried suddenly that his headaches were the sign of something else, something festering in his brain.

The little man studied him for a second. “Set me free, and I’ll explain everythin’.”

Scott looked again at the handcuffs, so large against the man’s wrists that they looked like a practical joke. “Why can’t you—”

“It’s complicated.”

“Were you stealing again? Is that what happened?”

“What else am I to do? Work for a livin’? Make shoes?”

Scott breathed, and tested the door. He expected a police car to be locked, but it wasn’t.

“Hey,” one of the police officers said just then. “Hey, your door is open.”

Scott ducked down, and the little man scootched to the edge of the car seat, rattling his handcuffs.


Scott pulled them off, easy as anything. And that’s when the little man leaped up onto his shoulder, ran down the length of his back, and was away.

“Hey!” said Scott. “Come back!”

The small red tracksuit slipped into the street, dodging traffic. Then the clop of hooves, and the mounted policeman was towering over Scott, her horse snorting thick, furious clouds.

 The officer was shouting. Scott cowered. It might have gone badly for him had the horse not chosen just then to turn into a unicorn, and throw its rider, and turn back into a horse again.

The policewoman landed on the pavement, hard. Scott ducked and dashed back to meet his class as the other officers rushed to her aid.

“There you are,” said Erno when Scott turned up beside him, panting. “Did you see that horse rear back like that?”

Scott goggled—at the flashing squad cars, the Keystone cops, the plain brown horse mincing about. Just a horse.

“I’m having kind of a weird day,” said Scott.