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…I wrote this post about Comic Book Resources naming “Missing the Boat” one of the top 100 comics of 2009.

This week, CBR columnist Augie De Blieck, Jr. (who contributed the book’s entry on their top 100 list) went one step further and named “Missing the Boat” one of his top ten favorite comics of the year. You can check out his full list here. (The list starts about two-thirds of the way down the page.)

While checking that article out, I stumbled upon another article Augie wrote back in March 2009 about switching from comic buying to trade paperback/graphic novel buying. In the article, he wrote about book spoilers, and how “Missing the Boat” was still enjoyable even though the end of the book is given away in the title itself. You can check out that article here.

Man… I think I might owe Augie some money or something.

Thanks, Augie! I really appreciate your continued support, and am flattered by your love for the book. Now, can you do me a favor and write a quick letter to all of my ex-girlfriends and let ’em know what they’re missing out on?

Actually still friends with most of my ex-girlfriends,


…right here:

Hi. My girlfriend and I just finished “Missing the Boat.” It was great, but so sad. It was nice to read about animals that we have so much in common with.

They are very similar to the possibly extinct species the Paramon, which met their demise during the snowstorm of 2008 in Vancouver. They love salt, but once they started eating all the road salt, they died from either car accidents or carbon monoxide poisoning.

I was just wondering if they exist elsewhere in the world, as I can’t find any info on them. Do you know?

-Andrew Harris

I do not know, Andrew Harris, but your email makes me love you.

Fan male,


Comic Book Resources just named “Missing the Boat” as one of the top 100 comics of last year!

The book came in at #68, right between Marvel Comics’ “Strange Tales” (#69) and Wildstorm’s “Mysterius the Unfathomable” (#67).

Click here to check out the Top 100 lineup, or read the short blurb about “Missing the Boat” here:

I’m afraid this small hardcover book at Shadowline got overlooked when it was released earlier this year. At first, it seems silly and over-the-top, but by the end develops into a touching, heartfelt, and often laugh-out-loud funny story of the two creatures who missed Noah’s Ark through their own laziness, thus dooming their species.

– CBR Columnist & Reviewer Augie DeBlieck

Getting better in 2010,


…you may have seen this photo of Dwellephant and me at the back of the book:

"Missing the Boat" creators

It’s our “about the author and illustrator” image. It was taken by our good friend (and also great photographer) Kat Berger. You can visit her website here.

I recently came across the disc of images from that photo shoot, and as I was flipping through the photos I remembered how hard it was for us to pick a favorite. So rather than let these images get buried in a CD booklet for the next fifty years or so (if I’m lucky), I’ve decided to share a few of them with you.

Neither Dwellephant nor I had any specific goal going into this shoot, other than the idea that we wanted my dog, Mr. Fabulous, in the photo with us. Out of the fifty-plus images that Kat shot, only three of them were “jumping” shots; of those three, I was fully in the air in only one of them.

The image above is the Dwellephant-doctored photo we used for the book. The following photo is the original before Dwellephant got his hands on it:

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

And here are a few of the more interesting shots from the shoot. Click on each image to view a larger version.

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Justin Shady, Dwellephant and Mr. Fabulous

Thanks again to Kat for doing the shoot! I can’t believe that was over a year ago.

New photos of Shady and Dwellephant unearthed,


this one with yours truly.

For me, the coolest thing about this interview is that it brings my friendship with Mark full circle. We first met back in early 2005, when I interviewed him (along with Erik and Marla) for “Tastes Like Chicken.” You can check out that interview here.

Ah… those were the days.

Anyway, I want to thank Mark, Amy, Ryan, ThirdCoast Digest and WMSE for the opportunity of having all of us take part in this round of interviews.

And just in case you missed them, be sure to check out Mark’s earlier interviews with Jeremy, Dwellephant, and Erik and Marla.

TLC isn’t dead… just different,


…starting with Dwellephant right here.

This podcast marks the second in a series of interviews Mark is doing with artist friends of mine. He started off the series by interviewing Jeremy R. Scott of “The Lava is a Floor!” fame. You can check out that interview right here.

Mark has a few more of these lined up, so stay tuned to his blog–“Backstage with Mark Metcalf”–on ThirdCoast Digest. Who knows, someday I might even make an appearance.

What do I want to do with my life,


right here!


Warping young minds since 1976,



…I will be at the San Diego Comic Con on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday, July 26th.

I’ll be signing books (or anything else you care to have my name scribbled on) at the Shadowline/Silverline booth on Saturday from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM, and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to noon.

There’s also a chance that my sister Bethany, who I collaborated with on an upcoming children’s book, might also be at the table during those same times. So if you’re Con bound that weekend, stop by the booth and meet some Shadys.

These times could change, but if they do I’ll be sure to post updated information as the date gets closer.

Whale’s vagina,


…were interviewed on a local morning show in Milwaukee last month for “Missing the Boat.”

It’s not the most thrilling interview we’ve ever given, but there are a couple funny moments in there.



Check it here.

Dwell’s a (PR) monster,


Old Poop!