THIS SICKNESS 8 from Bottomless Studio, featuring John Linton Roberson, Emily Kaplan, Chad Parenteau, Charles Alverson, Gianna Ratto, Chris DeWildt and a cover by Molly Kiely. 100 pages! Available in print & Kindle at Amazon!
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11 February 2016
  Julian Darius Interviews Me Till You Choke @Sequart: Part 2 of 2

Here's the second part of Julian Darius' very long interview with me at Sequart.org. Part 1 from yesterday here too, if you missed it.
UNCLE CYRUS in THIS SICKNESS #8, now available at Amazon!

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10 February 2016
  Attention Must Be Paid: In-Depth Interview With Me @Sequart! + New Uncle Cyrus @MartianLit

The brave Julian Darius actually allowed me to talk at length, about my career and work, for Sequart. I don't think he realized how lengthy that can get when I'm involved. And because it's so big it had to be split over two days. Here's part 1, and the second part is to run tomorrow; I'll update this or post that link when it comes. Read it and know more than you ever wanted to about this obscure cartoonist with a career of 19 years. 

I talk about everything, including censorship, LULU, SUZY SPREADWELL, UNCLE CYRUS, VITRIOL, my plays, my history in smut comics and why I don't do them so much anymore, a few bits of personal dirt here and there, what it was that made me want to do this cartooning stuff in the first place, and THIS SICKNESS #8, of course!

Also, speaking of which: So exhausted from putting that together (now at Amazon in print & Kindle, and digital at Google Play Books; also direct from Createspace) I have done almost nothing the last couple of weeks. So of course I forgot to post UNCLE CYRUS. You can find the whole thing in print now in THIS SICKNESS #8, but the serialization still continues at Martian Lit, and here's the latest page (click image for full pg).
UNCLE CYRUS at Martian Lit and now in print in THIS SICKNESS #8!



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03 February 2016
  Jamie Delano on THIS SICKNESS #8

"Liked every damn thing in it - and that doesn't happen often. Lulu, Suzy Spreadwell (for which you will probably go to Hell), Emily Kaplan, and Parenteau's Alpha Jesus were stand-outs though. And the line that made me laugh out loud came from Uncle Cyrus: 'I don't know if Disney's tryin' to be funny, or what here, but I can tellya they ain't gettin' a ride outta this.'

Top Stuff. Fucking well done!"

THIS SICKNESS 8 now available at Amazon!
He means this
  

 To remind y'all, it's in print and kindle at Amazon (though for the print, we get more than twice as much royalty if you buy it at Createspace), and also now in digital at Google Books, who didn't decide to censor me this time. Even with Suzy in it. For now. Get it while you can; judging by past events, it could happen any time.


THIS SICKNESS 8 available now at Amazon, Createspace and Google Play!
You should also treat yourself to Jamie's excellent novel LEEPUS: DIZZY while you're at it. Also now available at Amazon.
 Jamie Delano: LEEPUS - DIZZY a novel



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31 January 2016
  UPDATED - NEW RELEASE: THIS SICKNESS #8 Available at Amazon RIGHT NOW!

A very special issue of THIS SICKNESS. Far more an anthology than ever before, bigger, bolder, deadlier and not just comics anymore! Here is me looking ever so dignified alongside it.

John L. Roberson with THIS SICKNESS #8 proof copy

THIS SICKNESS #8 NOW OUT ON AMAZON! 
In print and Kindle. (and at Createspace) Buy many now!
 

Two new things:
1) It's on the Matchbook program, which means if you buy the print version(and you really should, it's beautiful) you can get the Kindle for $2.99.
2) If you're a retailer, this is now offered wholesale through Createspace Direct, which means if you like it can be in YOUR STORE. Bother your local book or comic store owner to order it today!


And what's in it? Well, it's not just the vehicle for my work anymore. I didn't mean for issue 8 to have exactly 8 creators, but that's what happened. (I didn't notice till I was assembling it)

First, a gorgeous cover by Molly Kiely. It's a portrait of Stefania Casini, who was the basis for the design of my Lulu, as you've heard far too many times. This issue is dedicated to this great lady of international cinema.
THIS SICKNESS #8 from Bottomless Studio - cover by Molly Kiely

100 pages thick in black & white and, for the first time, quite a lot IN COLOR! And if I might say so, it printed quite beautifully and brilliantly. Createspace does a good job.

Insides include:

Almost 60 pages of comics by myself, including of course, the new LULU...


LULU by John Linton Roberson based on the plays of Frank Wedekind

...the return of UNCLE CYRUS to print--last seen in PLASTIC in 2001...
UNCLE CYRUS by John Linton Roberson

 The debut on paper, in full glowing color, of SUZY SPREADWELL...
Suzy Spreadwell: America's Sweetheart by John Linton Roberson


 And my wordless version of "Strange Fruit" from GRAPHIC CANON 3.

Strange Fruit by John Linton Roberson


27 pages of artwork by Emily Kaplan (in the first extensive collection of her magnificent and numerous paintings);
Emily Kaplan - Upward

Poetry by Chad Parenteau;

A new short story by Chris Dewildt(with an illo by me);

Illustrations by newcomer Gianna Ratto...

THIS SICKNESS #8: Gianna Ratto

As well as a new cartoon written by Charles Alverson (Jabberwocky, Brazil, Story of OH!) and drawn by me--our first work together since 2008.

 And a back cover (and a painting inside as well) by painter Duong Thi Phuong Hang.

This book is gorgeous and years in the making. Get your copy today!




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25 January 2016
  New UNCLE CYRUS @MartianLit: Too Late

New UNCLE CYRUS at Martian Lit. Click image for full page!
UNCLE CYRUS by John L. Roberson

Also news on the cover and personnel of THIS SICKNESS #8, which is coming very soon, and will be big, colorful and gorgeous.
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23 January 2016
  THIS SICKNESS #8: Completed Front Cover With Logo (Artwork by Molly Kiely)
Finished front cover with the new logo. Other updates on the new issue from yesterday here. Art by Molly Kiely. Keep watching for announcement of release.
THIS SICKNESS #8 Cover art by Molly Kiely. Published by Bottomless Studio Spring 2016


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  Obligatory Kitten Post


Three cats though one is invisible
(clockwise-Roscoe, Marnie, Chester)
Posted by John L. Roberson on Saturday, January 23, 2016

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  LULU Chapter 4 Final Page + THIS SICKNESS #8 News

This week's LULU. And the last page of this chapter. A day late, but yesterday was my birthday, so eh. Click image for full page.


LULU by John Linton Roberson based on the sex tragedy by Frank Wedekind

And how did I spend the last two or so weeks? Assembling THIS SICKNESS #8, which will be 100 pages and very diverse stuff, with, aptly, 8 contributors, though that was accidental. 

Here's the cover minus text, except on the spine. Art by Molly Kiely(front) & Duong T.P.Hang(back)
THIS SICKNESS #8 cover art by Molly Kiely & Duong Thi Phuong Hang

Other contributions include lots and lots of comics by myself(including for the first time some in color--my stuff includes LULU, UNCLE CYRUS, SUZY SPREADWELL, my version of "Strange Fruit" from GRAPHIC CANON and a few other items), artwork by Emily Kaplan (in the first extensive collection of her magnificent and numerous paintings), poetry by Chad Parenteau, a new short story by Chris Dewildt(with illo by me), and more illustrations, by newcomer Gianna Ratto. As well as a new cartoon written by Charles Alverson and drawn by me.

If you're wondering about the "hex21" thing on the spine--just an informal numbering system like Craig Russell's "Opus" or Trent Reznor's "Halo" systems. This will be the 22nd thing I've published. This is including the books TRADE and VLADRUSHKA 1, which did have a small amount of printing till Createspace "suppressed" them. (literally, that's how it was put on my dashboard) The "hex" is an I Ching reference.*

Oh, and don't go looking for this at your dealer--though inquire, because if they deal with Ingrams they may be able to order it once it's released, as I now have the channels open to sell direct to bookstores and libraries. THIS SICKNESS #8 will be available only at Amazon, but may also be at Comixology soon after(as LULU Book 1 is now). And maybe through the new Shop feature at Facebook as well. (where I already have a couple of items for sale) I will post updates as we get closer to the launch.

Gianna Ratto

Emily Kaplan

Emily Kaplan


*For those that might be interested, here's the full list:

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18 January 2016
  New UNCLE CYRUS @MartianLit: 3:11 - Architecture

New UNCLE CYRUS for today at Martian Lit. Click image for full page.
UNCLE CYRUS by John L.Roberson


And Friday's LULU if you missed it...
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15 January 2016
  LULU Chapter 4: p.81 - ACTION!

http://www.jlroberson.org/comix/lulu/index.html

AT LAST
VIOLENCE
Click image to see full page.

LULU by John Linton Roberson (c)2016
Also, UNCLE CYRUS here from Monday.

And assembly of THIS SICKNESS #8 is fast underway. Here's the full list of other contributors this issue, about 60 pages(it's fairly big) of which is me. This one will have comics, paintings, drawings, prose, and poetry. In no particular order:

Emily Kaplan
Chad Parenteau
Gianna Ratto (her debut in print)
Charles Alverson 
Duong Thi Phuong Hang
...and just added, a new short story by Chris DeWildt, whom you may recall I illustrated at Martian Lit once.
 
And we also have a lovely cover from the amazing Molly Kiely. More on all that as soon as I can tell you.

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14 January 2016
  RIP Alan Rickman: "PLAY" by Samuel Beckett

With the late, great Alan Rickman, Juliet Stephenson, and Kirstin Scott-Thomas.

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11 January 2016
  New UNCLE CYRUS @MartianLit 3:10 - An Oddly Late Call

As THIS SICKNESS #8 (with me, Emily Kaplan, Chad Parenteau, a cover by Molly Kiely, and a couple of others I'm not announcing yet) is being assembled for print sometime soon, here's the continuing taste of Uncle Cyrus at Martian Lit. Click image for full page.

UNCLE CYRUS (c)2016 John E. Williams & John Linton Roberson.

Also! Friday's LULU if you missed it.
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  Cartoon: Robert Smith's Waitress (Updated; Inked & Colored)
Robert Smith's Waitress (c)2016 John Linton Roberson. All rights reserved.



The final version of a silly little thing I showed you in pencil once before, just finished. Click image to expand.


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  That Time Bowie Did Brecht: "Baal" (1982, BBC)



Complete. Video after the jump.
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  David Bowie 1947-2016

David Bowie was proof that you should always just make your own genre. 

It's hard to even measure how much the loss of him means, because this man's impact was seismic.


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09 January 2016
  More Teasing THIS SICKNESS #8: New Cartoon with Charles Alverson


First thing we've done together since 2008's THE STORY OF OH! from the now-out-of-print THIS SICKNESS #1. Just finished last night. Click image to enlarge.
Heaven & Hell (c)2016 Charles Alverson & John Linton Roberson. All rights reserved


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  Toto: Arrogant Imperialist Monsters

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08 January 2016
  LULU Chapter 4: p.80 - Biting at Satin

http://www.jlroberson.org/comix/lulu/index.html

With Friday comes new LULU. Click image for full page.

LULU by John Linton Roberson

And here's this week's UNCLE CYRUS at Martian Lit. And a bunch of LULU and UNCLE CYRUS pages (and more) are still up for sale at Ebay. Bid now! I could really use the dough.

Oh, and I drew the last penciled page for that Uncle Cyrus story yesterday, and I'm finishing it now. 
 
2016 John Linton Roberson finishes last page of UNCLE CYRUS 3


 That's the last of my contribution to the new issue apart from putting it together, So THIS SICKNESS #8 shouldn't be long now before it's in print. Which besides over 52 pages of comics from me including LULU, UNCLE CYRUS and SUZY SPREADWELL, will also feature Emily Kaplan, Chad Parenteau and a special guest cover by my pal Molly Kiely. Keep watching for announcements. You can, of course, find the previous issues here via Amazon, along with the rest of what I have in print.

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04 January 2016
  New UNCLE CYRUS @MartianLit: 3:9 - The Raboy Seethe

Click image for full page. (previous installments here)

UNCLE CYRUS by John L. Roberson

And a reminder: there's about 25 pages of original UNCLE CYRUS and LULU art for sale at Ebay this week, so buy some and help me clear some space. 

And if you missed Friday's LULU because you were drunk, here it is. 

Nearly done with the UNCLE CYRUS story, by the way, so THIS SICKNESS #8 should be coming in the very near future...

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02 January 2016
  THIS SICKNESS 8- A Taste: "Strange Fruit" (2013, from GRAPHIC CANON Vol. 3)

The new issue of THIS SICKNESS, too long delayed because of, well, various personal crap, should be coming along at the beginning of 2016, in print and hopefully later at Comixology. So far the roster includes the new chapters of LULU, SUZY SPREADWELL (censors permitting), and UNCLE CYRUS, as well as paintings by the great Emily Kaplan--the first time we've done anything together in any way since 1991--and poetry by WORKING FOR THE MAN alumnus Chad Parenteau. And a cover by Molly Kiely...this will be a damn good issue, I think, and thick. Though I'm not sure exactly how thick yet.

And also this, which I have Molly to thank for getting published in the first place, from the Graphic Canon vol. 3 in 2013. More after the jump...

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01 January 2016
  LULU Chapter 4: p.79 - What a Beast
http://www.jlroberson.org/comix/lulu/index.html

Happy new year! And what did Lulu think of 2015?


LULU by John Linton Roberson


Fair enough. Click here for entire page!

And if you missed this week's UNCLE CYRUS, check it out here.

And be sure to buy yourself some of the 23 pages of UNCLE CYRUS & LULU original art I've put up for sale here at Ebay!

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