I have been a silent blogger, but I have been working. I will post some updates of work on SHIRTLIFTER #5 later this weekend. I have been much better about posting updates to Facebook though, so if you like my page over there you can see some of the work I have been doing on #5 as I post them.
The reason for this post is to call your attention to the anthology QU33R, edited by the fabulous Robert Kirby and published by Zan at Northwest Press (paper copies and downloads available here. Nestled in among the selections by 33 great queer cartoonists is my short story “Vacant Lots”, which happens to be the first work I have completed and published since 2011. The long hiatus was due to my pondering whether or not I was going to continue doing comics. Managing to complete “Vacant Lots” should make clear which side of the question I have come down on.
Response to the anthology has been great, with a number of reviewers mentioning my piece specifically:
Consider Steve Macisaac’s “Vacant Lots,” which is a tour de force of storytelling. Everything about it is pitch perfect: the pointed dialogue, the spare and direct line work, the colors, the characters. As you flip through the book, this story hits you with one violent page facing one docile page. It’s these two beefy guys and you’re instantly curious to find out how they could be in a bloody death match on one page and, just one page over, be engaged in demure conversation in the produce aisle. Was it something he said about the bell peppers that set the other guy off? - Henry Chamberlain, Comics Grinder
Another strong autobiographical entry is ‘Vacant Lots’ by Steve MacIsaac, in which the artist returns to his home town and sees one of his former school bullies in the supermarket. After reliving the past and indulging momentarily in a fantasy of violent retribution, he concludes that living well is the best revenge.- Tom Murphy, Broken Frontier
I was also deeply moved by Steve MacIssac‘s [sic], “Vacant Lots,” a story of coming back to his hometown, a completely different guy than he left, and seeing how life had changed those who motivated him to become who he is. (Oddly, enough, my mother just brought up one of the two people who function the same way in my life. It’s always bizarre when Mom mentions her, because she remembers I didn’t like her, but not that she emotionally tortured me for years, or that I have long, long ago let it go. All that is left is Mom’s memory that I didn’t like her that she always has to remind me about it.) – Erica Friedman, Yuricon
Steve MacIsaac contributes a winner about the haunting memories of hometown, and how those can shape our adult personalities.- Justin Giampaoli, Thirteen Minutes
Steve MacIsaac’s “Vacant Lots” a story about a man who comes home and encounters a boy who bullied him in school, is one of my faves of the volume. The art’s good, and the story seems to go one way, but goes in another direction instead, one I rather appreciated. – Wolfen Moondaughter, Sequential Tart
There’s also an insightful story about the appeal and perils of exacting revenge on a high-school gay-bashing tormentor (Steve MacIsaac’s “Vacant Lots”) and a poetic meditation on past loves (Rick Worley’s “For Fletch and Ruski, Spooner, and Calico”).-Roberto Friedman, Bay Area Reporter
Last but not least among the top stories in “QU33R” is Steve MacIsaac’s “Vacant Lots,” which touches on going back to one’s hometown as an adult and encountering a face from the past. MacIsaac’s story infuses revenge fantasy with the understanding of how the world actually works, and that balance between desire and understanding what’s right hits a strong emotional resonance. It doesn’t hurt that MacIsaac’s always been an excellent artist; he understands how to draw large people both as strong and merely big, and he’s another comic creator from whom I’m always eager to see new contributions. -Greg McElhaton, Comics Book Resources
QU33R is available through enlightened comic book shops, bookstores, and Northwest Press.
I’m discontinuing most of my 8 x 11 prints and want to get rid of my inventory, so if you order this week you will get three prints for the price of 1 (regularly $20) = $2.50 shipping. Offer applies to United States only (International customers = extra $6 shipping fee). Prints are first come first serve, so please list several choices in order of preference. If I can send anything on your list, I will refund you the money.
I just opened up my last box of SHIRTLIFTER #2. At its current rate of sales, that means it will be out of stock by the end of the year. It will NOT be reprinted in it’s current form: the digital edition will still be available, and the content will likely get collected with other materials into a book at some point in the future. But if you want a print copy of this issue, in its current form, I’d suggest acting fast. You can purchase either through Amazon or my website.
I have updated the comics section to provide easy links to the ebook versions of SHIRTLIFTER and STICKY, as well as the newly available hardcover edition of STICKY. Click here to see the updated listings. Also note that since the website that I used to serialize my work, Modern Tales, is no longer operational, downloadable .PDF previews of my comics are available through iTunes. The previews for issue number 2 remain available on this site, as well as in an easily downloaded form.
I’m hoping to update the illustrations and cards section in the next month or so, and hopefully streamline the site design so that it is less cumbersome to maintain sometime in the next six months. Any web design students who need a final project lurking out there? I just don’t have the time to deal with it that I used to….
Before SHIRTLIFTER I did a book called STICKY, done in collaboration with Dale Lazarov. 3 issues were published by Eros Comics in 2004- 2005, and a hardcover collection with some additional material was issued by Bruno Gmuender in 2006.
STICKY has been out of print in North America for a few years now, and difficult to find in Europe. The publisher delisted the book a few years ago, and contacted Dale and me about liquidating the remaining stock. So I’m happy to announced that I’ve purchased the few remaining copies, and will be offering them through my website.
I’m offering the book at the original list price: 19.95, plus $4.05 shipping and handling ($24.00). Hoever, I’m also offering the book with a signed head sketch on the blank page 2 for $30.00 (shipping included).
Several people have contacted me over the past few years asking about availability. I probably have enough stock to get through the next year, and then it will be out of print again (this time for good, at least in this iteration). So strike while the opportunity is here.
Retailers interested in carrying the book, pleas contact me about wholesale prices.
To order, click on one of the options below;
UNSIGNED EDITION ($19.95 + $4.05 shipping)
SIGNED w/ SKETCH EDITION ($25.95 + $4.05 shipping)
International Customers, email me at email@example.com to discuss shipping costs.
Next Thursday, March 21st I will be talking about and reading from my comics in London at Gay’s The Word bookstore, 66 Marchmont Street, London. Reading starts at 7:00 PM; if you are in London that day please come on by. More information and RSVP at the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/348100748641977/
This is the first page of an autobiographical short story I’m working on for Robert Kirby’s QU33R anthology, coming out later this year from Northwest Press! Likely to change a bit before the final version, because I’m like that, but I eel the need to tell people that I AM working on things and you should see more work from me this year than last…
Available from Northwest Press through iTunes/iBooks:
Available in PDF for Kindle and Android via Gumroad:
Recipient of the first annual Prism Comics Queer Press Grant, Shirtlifter is a series of queer-themed short fiction comics from STICKY artist Steve MacIsaac.
The fourth issue of Steve MacIsaac’s Shirtlifter contains another standalone episode of “Unpacking”, MacIsaac’s graphic novel in progress, which he began in issue three.
Matt is a Vancouver graphic designer who has begun spending time with a visiting businessman. The catch? The businessman is straight. And married. And their no strings relationship begins to get tangled.
This issue also features an excerpt from “The Liar” byJustin Hall (Glamazonia: The Uncanny Super-Tranny, Hard to Swallow) and selection of “Dick” strips from Ilya (End of the Century Club).
The digital edition contains 12 pages of bonus materials giving readers a look behind the scenes in the creation of “Unpacking”.
For those of you who have been asking, Northwest Press has made its entire digital catalogue available through gumroad.com. This means that Kindle/Android/Nook users have a non-Apple way of purchasing electronic versions of SHIRTLIFTER.
The e-versions are all expanded and enhanced versions with extra material and, in the case of #3, expanded art and layout. Here are the links to the individual issues:
For iPad ready versions of all three books, click here.
We’re working on 4 and it should be available for download shortly.SHIRTLIFTER 4 ebook is now available too.