Monday, September 26, 2011



First things first, the Massachusetts Independent Comic Exposition was this weekend and it was fantastic. Everyone involved in putting it together should get a medal of some sort for all their hard work. I'd like to specifically mention Dan Mazur, Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb, Cherry Ogata, Jerel Dye, and Carl Tsui who seemed to always be there.

And I would personally like to thank Erik Heumiller for hooking me up with the buttons, Lauren and Roho for helping me put my books together, and Jen Vaughn, Rachel Foss and Rachel Dukes for making the weekend awesome!

Totally a great show!

And second things second, the dailies:

Okay, and normally I don't like to interrupt the flow of this nonsense, but this following page suffers from my lack of abstinence on Saturday night. Hence, the ink blot and my forgetting of what century it was.

And third things third, this is sweet.

Fourth things fourth, I know it may be a little early, but if you've been wondering what to get me for Christmas (and I know it's hard because I'm so remarkably picky) this is it!

And fifth things fifth, this is the real geektronic.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Yeah, BUDDY! MICE! The Massachusetts Independent Comics Exposition is this Saturday! I'm so excited! And I just can't hide it! I'm about to lose control and I think I like it!

And why am I as excited as the Pointer Sisters?

1. Cause it's a comic book show packed with awesome people in my own backyard!

2. I got a brand spanking new hot off the presses comic making its debut. It's a debutante! It's also the first book I have done in full color! It's a full colortante! It's an awesometante! Dan Mazur wrote it! I drew it! It's got ice castles and assassinations and rooftop jumps!

3. And I'm going to finally get on top of the ball and have me some postcards! Every single convention I say to myself, "Damn, Jessup, why you so stupid and always forgetting to make some free postcards to give out to the people!" But not this time! This time I'll be saying, "Damn, Jessup, those are some wicked sick postcards you're giving out!" Provided of course that I remember to bring them!

4. And I'm gonna have some little buttons! Which I haven't made, but I swear I'm going to make 'em tomorrow and these are the sheets that I'll be making 'em from! There birds! It'll be a bird buttontante!

4. New tag team comic called Hot Mess put together by the remarkable Jen Vaughn and myself! Which I don't have a picture of, but it is going to be as awesome as awesome gets! Trust me! Would I lie to you? (Yeah, I know I said that this thing was going to be at SPX and then it wasn't, but you know, things happen, and this time I swear to god it's going to be there)(if it isn't, I'll let you punch me). And she (Jen Vaughn) is also gonna have the awesomer than awesome anthology Lies Grown-Ups Told Me for sale! An anthology that features me (so buy it, dad!).

5. Still got a few limited edition silk screen Battle Royale prints down by Joel Christian Gill for you to drool over!

6. DIM SUM the day after!

I will feel most sorry for you if I do not see you there!

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Dailies

I hadn't missed a daily until SPX! Then Saturday and Sunday, lots of drinks, no drawings. Anyway, here's some absurdity to brighten up a Monday. It may make more sense if you check part 1 and part 2 first. Then again, it may not.

And I think that may be the end of Devil Man, at least for now.

A little more SPX.

So, at the last few conventions I've done hourly comics as a way of recording the event. Basically, every hour I sit down and draw whatever it is that happens to be going on at that moment. This is an awesome way to draw a comic and I highly recommend it to anyone (even if you don't draw comics)(seriously, just get some paper and stuff it in your pocket)(and stuff a pen in there, t00)(and every hour do a little doodle)(DO IT!). It's totally satisfying and at the end almost without even trying you have a comic. It's way better than those brutal 24 hour comics. As far as I know John Campbell is the guy who thought it up.

Anyway, I planned to do this at SPX, and I was pretty good all through Friday, though this consisted mostly of drawings of riding in the car from Boston to SPX. Not the most exciting stuff, and then on Friday, once the free drink tickets came out, the hourly comic crashed and died. This was the last one I managed to draw, after having completely forgotten about it for four hours.

The only other drawing from it worth posting was from earlier in the day. It's about beards and glasses.

Oh and on Friday I won a Nerdlinger! I got the Grammar Sex God Award. How cool is that?

Some people said I wasn't supposed to drink it, but who can resist?

And I got a whole bunch of comics! I haven't even begun to try and get through my pile.

But one that I have read and think is fantastic is Seamus Heffernan's Freedom. It's awesome and you should check it out (and by check it out I mean buy it). He won a Xeric! And he's from the North Shore! Not that I have a New England prejudice or anything.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The SPXes

Man, oh man, oh man. SPX! I love you, SPX.

Why would I get up early on Friday and drive forever to see you? Love.

Why would I let you kick me out like you do every year? Why would I spend all Sunday night driving back to Boston? Why would I get home at 6:30 in the morning and then go to work at nine o'clock all bombed out and stupid? Cause I loves you, SPX.

Why would I take all the money I made on my comics and spend it on other comics? Cause I just can't get enough.

Why would I put up with people coming up to my table, reading all my comics, laughing at the funny bits that I always hoped people would laugh at, taking their time looking at every drawing on every page and walking away without even a comment let alone a purchase? Cause I love you (and because those people are the annoying exception to the rule)(and I love you).

Why would I stay up way way way way later than I should drink drink drinking drinks with the other drinky cartoonists? Cause I love you, SPX (and you gave me free drink tickets).

Why would I go up to Scott C. and tell him how awesome he is, which he, like, totally already knew, and then totally forget to give him the comic that my friend and I did solely because we were inspired by the sheer awesomeness of his comics? Cause I'm fucking stupid, SPX (and you'd given me free drink tickets the night before).

Why would I choose to stand behind a table for eight hours in a room with no windows on a truly beautiful Saturday? Cause I loves you, SPX?

Why would I ever eat at a Chili's? Because just like me, Chili's is wanting to be close to you, SPX.

Yeah, SPX is awesome.

If you haven't gone, you definitely should.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wait! More SPX stuff!

So I won't have this at my table, but it will be available from Jen Vaughn, Nomi Kane, and Caitlin McGurk... the Lies My Parents Told Me anthology! Which I have a story in! It's about broccoli!
And I saw a proof the book when I was up in White River Jct. last weekend, and it looks awesome! I was laughing out loud at the lies that the parents were telling their children! Kids say the darnedest things? I don't think so. It's the parents! I can't wait to get my copy (and I hope I'm correctly remembering that I get a free one for contributing a story)(but maybe that's a lie I was telling to myself).

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

So What'cha Gonna Have at SPX?

Well, I'm gonna have ten big old prints of this fight scene that I cranked out. These are full on silkscreened original pieces of art done by my main man Joel Gill (who'll also be at SPX selling the awesomest thing in the world: black conservative trading cards!). Each one will come with a little guide to all one hundred and sixty two characters (you know in case you forgot who the green Voltron guy was)(God! I can't believe you don't remember!)(Who could forget Pidge!)

If that don't plug you in just like you was Eddie Harris, I don't know what will.

Then again maybe a comic called Bounce Pass will.

This was done by me and my other main man Kevin Cline, and in many ways I think it's the one that I'm the most excited about. Kevin and I were cracking up making it and this is one of those awesome collaborations where it's all such a blur you can't even say who did what. Whose idea was it? His? Mine? No ways, Ours!

Yeah, you're eating cheese like you'd think I was from Paris!

Oh and then there's this piece of awesomeness (which will be in a whole book of awesomeness).
A tag team between me and Jen Vaughn! Super sweet. Jen Vaughn = Awesome. Jesse Lonergan = Awesome. Together = Wicked Awesome!

And of course, I'll have some grammar comics. One of which was so obnoxious that one of the kind readers on Reddit said that reading it made them want to punch me in the face!

How can a little grammar inspire such feelings of rage?

You better check it out, and hopefully, if you read it, it'll make you want to give me a fist bump and not a punch in the face.

And I'll have Dancing with the Star Wars, naturally.

And a whole mess of other comics and stuff. Minis, my graphic novels, a few experiments, and my always charming demeanor will be on hand.

See you theres!

Monday, September 5, 2011

The Dailies (Stop Making Sense)

Let the nonsense commence! This might make more sense if you read last weeks post, but I can't guarantee anything.

All vestiges of journal comics have disappeared, but if I were to do a journal comic it would be all about how awesome the Center for Cartoon Studies is. At the encouragement of Jen Vaughn I finally made my first trip up there and I can't believe I've been so close for so long and never visited before. White River Junction is a small little Vermont town that is just packed with cartoonists. How cool is that? Thanks to Jen, Molly, Sam and Ryan for an awesome weekend and for the place to sleep. Thanks to Bill, Donna, Jen again, Rachel, Sam, and Sara for an awesome night of drawing (and my fingers are crossed in hope that they will not post any of the dirty things that came out of my pen). AND thanks to Andy, Dave, and Joyanna for the longest game of Uno I have ever played and which will guarantee that I think twice before ever saying yes to a game again. And thanks to everybody else at the Center for Cartoon Studies. Awesome. I can't wait to go back.