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…if you’re hoping to find anything written by me in it.

Fractured Fables

A few months ago I posted this about the upcoming book “Fractured Fables” from Silverline Books. At the time I believed I would be one of the book’s contributors. I believed this because I was asked to write a short (which I did) and was assigned an artist to handle the artwork; Marla Campbell also did the coloring on the pages.

Unfortunately, I was informed today that the story didn’t make the cut.

So if you preordered the book or were thinking about picking it up next month with the hopes of finding a story written by me in it, you’re going to be disappointed. Jeremy Scott still has a piece in it (and it’s great), but I figured I’d give you folks a bit of a heads-up.



…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,


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,


NOTE: Before you read the post below, read this post.

Next summer, Silverline Books will release the hardcover, kid-friendly anthology “Fractured Fables” nationwide.

The anthology’s lineup is pretty fantastic, including all-new work from Bryan Talbot (“Alice in Sunderland”), Doug TenNapel (“Earthworm Jim”) and Ted McKeever (“Transit”), to name a few.

For some reason, they invited yours truly to take part in the anthology, too.

“Fractured Fables” is exactly that: Classic children’s stories and fairy tales taken apart, messed with, and put back together. I chose to do a twisted version of “Rub-A-Dub-Dub,” which artist Seth Damoose then illustrated. Longtime friend/collaborator Marla Campbell handled the coloring on the four-page story.

There isn’t a hard release date yet for the anthology, but an abbreviated preview will be available on Free Comic Book Day next year (Saturday, May 1st, 2010). “Rub-A-Dub-Dub” will not appear in the preview, but it’s still definitely worth picking up. Especially because it’s FREE!

It’s still a ways off, and I’ll be sure to promote the book more as we get closer to the release date, but they just sent out a press release so I thought I’d put the word out there now.

Oh, and did I mention that the cover was done by Mike and Laura Allred (“Madman Atomic Comics”)? Yeah, it was. Check it out below, and click on the image to see a larger version.

Fractured Fables

Messing with kids since I was one,


My sister and Josh Peters gave me permission to post a five-page preview of their upcoming children’s book, “Matilda Turnip’s Endless Belly Button,” here on “The Blarg.”

So… here you go! Click on each image to view a larger version.

Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button

Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button

Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button

Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button

Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button

Remember to join the book’s Facebook fan page here, and preorder your copy here on Amazon.

Fired up,


My sister’s upcoming children’s book, “Matilda Turnip’s Endless Belly Button,” is now available for preorder on Amazon.

The book won’t be released until next spring, but you can place your order now to have it sent to you as soon as it’s available. (Your card won’t be charged until the book actually ships.) So click here to order your copy today!

I’ve seen most of this book already and I really couldn’t be more excited/proud.

Also, remember to join the book’s Facebook fan page to get ongoing updates. Click here to join!

Reserve your copy today,


"Matilda Turnip's Endless Belly Button" by Bethany James Leigh Shady and Joshua Peters

Coming early next year (February 2010, to be exact) is the tale of a girl named Matilda and her endless belly button.

Written by my kid sister Bethany, and illustrated by my old friend Josh Peters, “Matilda Turnip’s Endless Belly Button” tells the story of… actually, I’ll let my sister pitch it to you:

Matilda Turnip lives a boring, unloved life with her mother Orla in a tiny Irish town whose population is made up mostly of grazing sheep. But one day, she finds that her belly button is a magical portal that exciting items have begun emerging from! Each item takes her on a new adventure where she meets new friends, eventually arriving on an island where she is pleasantly surprised by someone from her past.

I’ll be posting more about the book (including a five-page preview) as the release date gets closer, but for now, Bethany and Josh have started up a Facebook fan page for the book. Click here to join the club and get ongoing updates about “Matilda Turnip’s Endless Belly Button.”

Making a big brother proud,


But this time it wasn’t for our kids book–“The Lava is a Floor!”–but for his upcoming solo book, “P.T.A. Night.”

"P.T.A. Night"

His interview with the website ran in two parts. First, a straightforward interview that you can read here. And second, a step-by-step “making of”–full of character sketches and story outlines–that you can read here.

Be sure to pick up a copy of “P.T.A. Night” when it comes out later this year. You can even pre-order a copy from Amazon today by clicking here.

Also, be sure to check out Jeremy’s personal website here.

Waiting for my free copy,


My very good friend Jeremy R. Scott (yes, the very same Jeremy R. Scott who illustrated our upcoming children’s book “The Lava is a Floor!”) just launched the website for his new book, “P.T.A. Night.”

The book will be released by Silverline Books (under the Image Comics/Shadowline Comics banner) this fall.

“P.T.A. Night” is the story of a doomed P.T.A. meeting as it gets invaded by zombies, werewolves and ghosts! Jeremy wrote and illustrated the entire thing on his own, and handled all of the Flash animation on the book’s site.

Click here to check it out for yourself and learn how to order your very own copy. But mostly, check it out to see this picture of Jeremy when he was eleven years old:

Jeremy R. Scott, age 11

Looks like somebody left the car doors open!

Parents, Teachers, Alcoholics,



…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,


Old Poop!