Wishing you all the happiest of holidays, even to those of you who don't believe in Santa. Here's our page from the San Francisco Chronicle's Super Fun Christmas Activity Book. Solve the maze that is Santa's internal organs!
Chances are, the only person who will buy you a present this holiday season is you. And what better gift to give yourself than the art of Jon Adams? Here's a panel from Jon's short story in Mome Vol. 21, coming out in January, but available for pre-order right this very second.
Make this holiday season the best one ever with our extremely limited holiday cards. Each one is 8.5 x 5.5 inches of beautiful holiday cheer, silk screened with white ink on a metallic stock. The message reads:
Did you ever notice how when a snowflake falls on your glove, it lingers for a moment before it disappears? It's really a metaphor for life, where the glove is your life and the snowflake is your looks.
Each one is $4.50, less expensive than a mass-produced talking Transformers card from Hallmark!
Pumpkins: the only vegetable God created specifically for a holiday. But where do pumpkins go when Halloween has past? They might become pies, rotting piles of neglect upon one's stoop, or, for men named The Hobgoblin, little bombs he throws at people he hates.
For some people reading a book can take too long, what with all those introductions and pages that have too be turned. If you're one of those people, you'd probably settle for a review of a book. And what could be better than a review that's mostly a drawing? In today's San Francisco Chronicle we offer you an illustrated summation of The Man Who Invented the Computer, as reviewed by by world-class personality Jory John.
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It looks like Anubis, Jesus, Thor, Ganesh, and Buddha are pretty angry, probably because of something you did. Why not try to appease them by buying this Jon Adams-illustrated t-shirt? It comes free with a pair of "wrath" pants. (None of the proceeds will go to a religious institution.)
If a cartoon character can persuade a child to eat something as horrible as breakfast cereal, imagine the things you could make someone eat by combining the 16 most popular cereal characters into one! Imagine no more. We've created this silkscreened print of a creature that's part Cap'n Crunch, part Toucan Sam, part Lucky the Leprechaun and 13 parts others. Can you name them all?
This four-color, signed and numbered, 12" x 12" silkscreened print is $18 plus shipping. UPDATE: Sold out! You missed your chance, friend.
Some may complain he's a grotesque abomination of nature, while others may claim copyright infringement, but what no one can deny is that looking at him makes one more hungry and willing to ingest things than ever before.
In this Jon Adams recreation of Batman # 8, Batman and Robin become more intimate than ever expected. Take a look at it side by side with the original over at the Covered Blog.
Now you can have the art of Jon Adams closer to your crotch than you'd ever imagined! Cordarounds is offering this limited supply of gluttony-themed pants art directed by chef Chris Cosentino. No one will tell you you can't eat these pants, except for your esophagus.
Buy a pair and get a free napkin for wiping up the inevitable mess you'll make.
UPDATE: Since being featured on the Huffington Post, Urban Outfitters, LA Times and elsewhere, these pants have sold out. Don't think your dreams have been crushed, however, more pants are being made.
UPDATE AGAIN: Conan O'Brien made a joke about these pants. How dare he!
Airing this week on NPR (check your local listings or just sit in front of your radio indefinitely) is Snap Judgment's superheroes episode featuring a segment of comic artists discussing their childhood superhero creations with producer Stephanie Foo. Artists include Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Rob Goodin, David Mack, and the incredibly muscular Jon Adams.
If you no longer own a radio, or have never heard of such a device, this program is also available online. LISTEN
Watch a video showcasing grotesque and frightening early childhood art from some of the artists. WATCH IT
(Below: Jon Adams' early attempt at the female form.)
Most people think comic book readers are strange, but no one ever mentions comic shop owners. Until now! Jon Adams offers an exciting exposé on the men behind some of San Francisco's comic shops. Guest appearances by Batman and artist Dave Johnson!
Read it at The Bold Italic.
Looking for a path in life? Maybe you're intimidated by all the cool celebrities of Scientology, and the Mormon's magic underwear holds no appeal because you prefer going commando. Well welcome to the Church of Unitology. Sure, it may be a fictitious religion based in the world of Entertainment Art's Dead Space video game, but does that make it any less real than dozens of other cults religions?
Indoctrinate yourself with our Chick Tract-style comic, available for free to attendees of this week's E3 Expo, and also online to the rest of the world. Written by Nick Braccia and drawn by Jon Adams, it's sure to convince you someone cares.
Read the whole comic at the Dead Space website!
If you haven't been watching Felicia Day's The Guild, perhaps it's because you've been enjoying the company of a non-computer appliance. Or maybe you've got something against people with red hair, ever since fifth grade when that red-haired brat, Eddie, got you in trouble for something he did.
The point is, Dark Horse made a comic about The Guild. And out today is The Guild #3, featuring our fancy pin-up (below). Perfect for fans of drawings of women in short skirts/men in suits.
Our good friend Ted Wilson recently attempted to make his debut literary performance at the May Rumpus Event. Ted had planned to read excerpts from his new book, but unfortunately ended up in the hospital. Reading in Ted's place is Isaac Fitzgerald. In a Ted Wilson mask
Out now is Mome #18 from Fantagraphics, featuring our 10-page story, The Jerk Machine. If you think you can live without it, go ahead and try. Here's a collection of thumbnails, one from each page.
And now that you're done with that, here's a video flip-through of the book. Be sure to crank your volume up to hear the book's flipper breathing heavily, as if a subtle cry for help by a man suffering from respiratory problems.
If you suspect you might enjoy a new weekly comic, test that theory with Friendship Town, our new weekly comic appearing each and every Thursday in the San Francisco Chronicle's weekend entertainment supplement, 96 Hours.
96 Hours is essentially an alternative weekly stuck inside the Chronicle, and features all the Bay Area activities for the Thursday to Sunday weekend. And for people who don't want to leave their homes, there's the brand new 96 Hours Fun Page, a regular feature of indy comics artists Keith Knight, Sacha Eckes, Michael Capozzola and of course Jon Adams. You won't find any Family Circus or Marmaduke in here. This page of full-color comics will also include several fun activities for people who hate comics.
Announcing this brand new feature is our cover for 96 Hours seen here.
Guess who's getting married! If you guessed you, you're wrong. (You can't be tied down like that.) Instead, it will be Truth Serum's Don Sequitur and Beatrice. To celebrate the two year anniversary of our Truth Serum webcomic, we'll be giving you extra big comics in a four-part story of Don And Beatrice's engagement, wedding, and even wedding night. It all starts April 1st!
There are many theories as to how Casper the Friendly Ghost died at such a young age. Being burned alive or cancer seem like strong contenders given his lack of hair. Another school of thought (seen in our Ghosts Who Love One Another t-shirt) considers that he may have been born a ghost. We may never know the truth, but here's a recreation of one of his comic covers. See it side by side with the original at the Covered Blog.
In our continuing coverage of the diary entries of Charlito, co-host of Indie Spinner Rack, we learn how desperate he is for companiionship.
If you spent this past Valentine's Day alone, it's probably because you didn't have our Love Picker. Created for the San Francisco Chronicle, the Love Picker is a Venn diagram that combines your life-status and attractiveness to determine which Bay Area single would possibly be willing to spend some time with you. Here are the lovers you missed out on.
Did you see that Avatar film about the blue cat people? Well we hope you saved your 3D glasses for the real prize at the end – a drawing of the California Raisins in 3D! (The larger version has more 3Dness.) See this side by side with the original (yes, this is an actual comic) at the Covered Blog.
Some shocking news has rocked the comics industry. Charlito, co-host of Indie Spinner Rack, has been reading excerpts from his diary. The most recent revelation is that he is the bastard child of our very own Jon Adams. To anyone who knows Charlito, it's not too surprising that he had been put up for adoption at least once in his life. But judging by his every-day looks and personality, who knew he'd be the son of such an embarrassingly handsome and gregarious man?
Charlito, co-host of the popular comics podcast Indie Spinner Rack, has begun reading excerpts from his personal diary. It's a fascinating look into the secret life of a fascinating man. Frankly, we can't help but be a bit flattered by this first entry in which he reveals how much this very website means to his sense of worth. Give it a listen if you're comfortable with uncomfrtableness.
Just before the holidays, Bay Area residents were treated to the San Francisco Chronicle's Fourth Annual Super Fun Christmas Activity Book, which included the following full-page spread by City Cyclops President Jon Adams. It's an unfortunately accurate boardgame called Now Hiring, depicting the desperation of those looking for work. Anyone can play. Even people with jobs (and without fingers)!
If you'd like to play, go ahead and download the Now Hiring PDF.
Attentive readers will a similar contribution one year earlier. Inattentive readers will recall no such contribution.
For all of you out there who enjoy looking at drawings, here's a drawing for you to look at. But in this uncertain world of cancer deaths and surprise parties, we offer no guarantee that you will like the drawing, but simply that it is capable of being viewed. (Clicking on it will increase the possibility of enjoyableness.)
So, how was that for you?
Here's a save-the-date card we made for Wayne and Tabitha's wedding. If you didn't receive one, please don't get all upset because you weren't invited. That's really something you should bring up with Wayne and Tabitha. We're not getting in the middle of this.
Over at The Rumpus, our good friend Ted Wilson has been reviewing everything in the entire world, one item per week. It's a daunting project, but if anyone can do it, it's Ted. So far he's reviewed everything from time travelers to the Bible to his own body. See what else Ted has reviewed.
If there's something you'd like reviewed, he'll get to it eventually.