Well Come

these photos were taken at The Projects, an awesome portland comics festival.

photo 1: my kids, zander and stefano, inside an art cave created by wally cotton.

photo 2: graham kahler, me, daria tessler, asher craw, leif goldberg

photo 3: leif goldberg’s collaboratively made sculpture, with leif and me standing next to it.

there were many other amazing cartoonists there, too many to name, too many to photograph.

i had a great time! thanks to every one who made it happen!!!

lots of people have been telling me they enjoy my comics, and i can’t tell you how much that means to me, it’s basically the fulfillment of my life’s goal.

i really appreciate people taking the time to say something about my comics, whether as a review on a website, or as a post or comment on tumblr, or just telling me in person.

some cartoonists claim that they don’t read reviews or they don’t care about reviews, but i’m the opposite, i want to know what people think of my comics. i want to know if the things i’m trying to express are being felt by people who see my stuff. 

i think, inevitably, i’m going to get a bad review where some one hates my comics, and that’s ok, it’s probably a good thing for me to get that perspective, figure out why my comics may be appealing to some people and not to others. not that i want to please everybody, but…

no… actually… i DO want to please everybody!! i want every one to like my comics!!! i know that’s not going to happen, you can’t please everybody, but… i don’t know… maybe i just want everybody to be happy!! it might happen someday!!!!

collectiondepartment:

——comix:

Well Come by Erik Nebel is a wordless comic about language. It is also a comic that defies language, one that finds any verbal description lacking. It’s not that what’s depicted in Well Come is so complicated as to take paragraphs to describe, but that its imagery is so far from the everyday of picture making that just finding nouns to describe objects within the picture plane is it’s own linguistic challenge. Well, let’s try.

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(gentle forewarning: you don’t necessarily need to jive with my highly-personal, potentially overwrought take on this comic to appreciate it, but I for one enjoy deep subjective readings of goofy comic strips and would like to see more of them. so, read my over-long thing about Well Come if you want to, but absolutely do read Well Come.)

today’s comic is inspired by the wonderful art of kevin boehner.

http://kevinboehner.tumblr.com

today’s comic is inspired by the wonderful art of kevin boehner.

http://kevinboehner.tumblr.com

laurellynnleake:

lucfuller:

Alexander Calder

These remind me of eriknebel!

that’s an awesome compliment, thanks laurel lynn!

laurellynnleake:

lucfuller:

Alexander Calder

These remind me of eriknebel!

that’s an awesome compliment, thanks laurel lynn!

alexnall:

Yesterday in Comics Class, we discussed comics with no words. I brought along ‘Sshhh!’ By Jason, ‘The Sun’ by Fran’s Masereel, and ‘Well Come’ by Erik Nebel to provide examples. The students made some great comics!

thanks for sharing ‘Well Come’ with your class, alex!!

that photo of a little girl reading my book makes me happy beyond happy.

(Source: eriknebel)