Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

My very first post on this blog was about winning the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic at the 2005 Comic-Con International in San Diego. So it seems somehow symmetrical and right that my very last post follows my report on the same event almost exactly three years later.

Today I'm closing up shop here and opening a new establishment right around the virtual corner at

It'll be the same old stuff from the same old guy, which raises the question: Why bother? Why force my six regular readers to change their bookmarks and links? Who do I think I am?

Well, I'll explain...

First: my site stats show me that a lot of people arrive here while searching for help and information about cancer. Mom died October 1, 2005, and the fact is that I left Cancer World that day and haven't tried too hard to keep up. I'm not an expert on anything except my family's experience. I know Mom's Cancer still helps readers facing the same dizzying, baffling, frustrating challenges we did--I hear all the time from readers who continue to discover it anew--but my blog hasn't had much to offer those folks in a long time and I feel bad about that.

Second, and the reason I made a last-minute trip to this year's Comic-Con after I hadn't planned to go at all: I'm writing a new book. It's a graphic novel titled Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? that I'm working on with my friend and Mom's Cancer editor Charlie Kochman to be published by Harry N. Abrams next spring. Charlie wanted me in San Diego to unveil it, along with other books being released under a new Abrams imprint named Abrams ComicArts, with Charlie as its newly promoted Executive Editor (Publishers Weekly ran a nice item about it here). There's some neat symmetry there as well: my first book was Charlie's first acquisition shortly after he arrived at Abrams; my next book will be his first original graphic novel under his new imprint.

Fact is, I've been working on this thing and keeping quiet about it for more than a year--maybe close to two--although I did let a few hints drop from time to time to time. Both Abrams and I had our reasons for playing our cards close to our vests, but 3 p.m. Saturday in San Diego we tipped our hand. Now that I can talk about my new book--just try to shut me up!--it makes no sense to do it on a blog named for my previous one. It makes even less sense to start a second blog for the new book and try to maintain two! So I decided to carry on with a new blog named after me, less out of ego than lack of imagination. Unless I change my name, I won't face this dilemma again.

This doesn't mean I'm moving past Mom's Cancer, or turning my back on it, or anything like that. I would have none of this without that book and my mother's great gift of allowing me to write it. As I said, I know new readers are still finding it all the time. In fact, Abrams has some new plans for Mom's Cancer I'm excited about. I'll continue to blog about it and Cancer World when I have reason to.

Same guy, same stuff--plus some new stuff.

I hope you'll follow me over to the new place to learn more about The World of Tomorrow but, if not, thanks for being here. I appreciate it.



ronnie said...

This makes absolutely perfect sense to me. I hope for more work from you in the future, and your home base should reflect the different facets of your work.

I'm sure the six of us will be smart enough to follow you to the new site to join those finding you through search engines. Well, four of us anyway, and I ain't sayin' who I don't think is gonna make it ;)

Congrats on the new project. I can't wait to see it in book form!!!

Sherwood Harrington said...

Oh, man... How do I do this, ronnie? This internets stuff is way too hard.

Jenny Jill said...

What a brilliant idea: to do a cartoon blog. I have tried Amazon to order this book, none are available in Canada. All I can find is a few US 2nd hand copied. I will be sure to order it, however.

My mother passed away from cancer; dad from a brain tumour. We laughed a lot in between our tears. It is healing. Congratulations.

evaberlinerin said...

Congratulation! I hope I could read the book very soon! Keep your Blog up!

Eva from Hauptstadtreisen

Prostate Cancer said...

Congratulations on being able to put your mind into it and create great works of art. I hope you would be able to do more and expose more of your Mom's Cancer work in the future!

Evette said...

Your post is great! I'll be looking forward on your future posts.