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Hey kids,

As some of you may remember, I — along with the Amazing David Brame — used to run a webcomic, called Punch-Up, about a kid named Patrick, who gets beaten up for a living, and his slightly unbalanced stalker BFF, Kendra. So, with such a fantastically weird story concept like that, of course we had to do a special Christmas comic.

Santa, Baby ran during the Christmas of 2011 but, since then, the site has been taken down. It may have only been a five page story, but it was one of my favorite, more personal little comics I had ever written. It means quite a bit to me. I love this little bit of weirdness. Hope you enjoy it, too.

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Santa Baby
I hope you are all having a very merry happy, no matter how you may be spending it or who you’re spending it with. Love you guys.

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Hey kids,

So I bought and read the latest issue of AMELIA COLE AND THE UNKNOWN WORLD today, a comic I have recommended before, and found an awesome little Easter Egg at the bottom of page 16.

Yep, Officer Freeman is pickin’ up cold, refreshing six-pack of Patrick’s Punch-Up Brew! LOL!

Issue number four  of AMELIA COLE is out now and is written by Eisner and Harvey award winners Adam P. Knave & D.J. Kirkbride, drawn by Nick Brokenshire, and lettered by Rachel Deering. And, as if you needed another reason to be reading this book, all November proceeds of AMELIA COLE — and other MonkeyBrain titles — are being donated to the Hero Initiative! So read some awesome comics and help out a worthy cause!

Hello all,

I’m back from Columbus and S.P.A.C.E. was a ton of fun, as per usual. Con traffic was a bit slow across the board, but I still managed to sell my fair share. I also got to pick up a couple of really fun comics, including The Little Monsters EP: A 2 Headed Monster Comics Sampler from James Moore, Joel Jackson, and Katie Valeska and Blink: So It Goes – Wonka Wonka Kochalka by Max Ink. And, as always, it was just fantastic to get out to a con and see all my comic creator friends again. Thanks to everyone who came out to buy a book or a plushie or just stopped by to say hi! And a BIG thanks to my friends Emily and Jamil, who put me up — and put up with me! — for the weekend!

Anyway.

A quick announcement. I know I promised you this yesterday, but I forgot the rule that says “Thou shalt not get much of anything accomplished the day after an out-of-town convention weekend, no matter how hard thou tries.”

I have five or six of those awesome handcrafted Patrick Plushies, courtesy of the wonderful Ms. Abigail Kokai, leftover from S.P.A.C.E. They’re going for $20 (plus $3.00 S&H — PayPal only, at this time, please) AND I’ll throw in a copy of the 40-page Punch-Up comic, some stickers and postcards, and maybe some other goodies for FREE. If interested, let me know.

Hey kids,

OK, so good news/bad news time.

The bad news is that, unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cancel my appearances at both the Summit City Comic Con in Fort Wayne, IN and the Derby City Comic Con in Louisville, KY. Both are really great shows and I’m super bummed that I won’t be able to make it to either of them this year. But I shall return, with something that resembles a vengeance, next year.

The good news is that means my first and only show of the season is the Small Press & Alternative Comics Expo in beautiful Columbus, OH!

I’ll be located at Table 129 and will have copies of Punch-Up and Skottie Rocket for sale — both written by me and illustrated by the Amazing David Brame — as well as FREE Punch-Up postcards and stickers — AND, to sweeten the pot, I will have TEN Punch-Up Patrick Plushies for sale, courtesy of the wonderful Ms. Abigail Kokai.

And, in case you weren’t already sick of me, at 4:00 on Saturday April 21st, I will be talking about webcomics on a panel with fellow webcomics creators Doug Hufford & Todd Beistel (Yuri Gypsy Hunter), Eric Adams (Lackluster World), and Kevin Czapiewski (Spoilers). This will be my first ever panel, so make sure you come see just how much I can prattle on and sweat in one hour!

SPACE is held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, located at 4900 Sinclair Road Columbus, OH 43229, April 21st and 22nd, from 10:00 AM through 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM on Sunday. Admission is $5.00 a day or $8.00 for a weekend pass.

So come on down to S.P.A.C.E. and buy a book or two or just say hi! Either way, it should be a blast!

Punch-Up Plushies: Hell. Yes.

2011 was a weird year for me. Granted, most of my years on this planet have been “weird” for the most part; this one was just… different.

2011 was the first year I had lived in my hometown in a decade. Although, I did some freelancing and lived off of what I made, I was technically unemployed — for the first time since I was sixteen years old — the entire year. I knew very few people in town who I wasn’t related to. I lived mostly as a hermit, emerging from my secluded home only for sustenance, out-of-town comic conventions, and, occasionally, for short bursts of human contact.

That said, 2011 also held a lot of big moments for me, as well.

I made more art in the past year than I have in all the years since I dropped out of art school. Some of it got used, some of it didn’t. Some of it I even got paid for.

In 2011, the Amazing David Brame and I stepped into the world of webcomics, with the February debut of Punch-Up.net.

2011 also marked my first time as a paid comic book writer as well as a paid comic book letterer (that book was only just completed and I have not been able to share pages from it as of yet).

And I’ve received shout outs from both Warren Ellis, for a book cover I designed, and Joe Hill, who had start reading my webcomic. I may not be a famous comic book creator, but famous comic book creators are becoming aware that I — or, at least, my work — exists. Hopefully, in a good way.

At the time of this writing, we are nearly through the first day of 2012 and I honestly cannot predict what this new year will bring nor how it will change me. I’m another year older and, hopefully, a little wiser and, with any luck, I’ll be able to say the same this time next year.

Best to you and yours in the coming year. Cheers.

So, every year, I make the same Conan the Barbarian  New Year’s Resolution joke, along with a laundry list of goals for the year that I don’t really have a shot at completing. Y’know, like most people.

This year, however… I dunno. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older, but this year is different.

Yeah, I want to keep a sketch-a-day blog, get a copy of Jack Claymore, Agent of V.I.O.L.E.N.C.E. drawn and printed by SPACE, get a few more comics and secret projects completed, and possibly finish up Punch-Up by year’s end or at least find a publisher to collect and print it.

But as far as resolutions go? I think I’m going to keep it simple this year.

This year, I just want to be a better person. I want to be a better person at the end of the year than I was at the beginning. Simple as that.

Little more somber of a resolution than years past, but there ya go.

How do you guys and gals want to change and grow in the coming year?

Hey kids!

So today is a pretty big milestone for the Amazing David Brame and myself.

After several years of conception and writing and editing and rewriting and drawing and everything that goes into making a comic, and, then, everything that goes into pitching that comic to publishers, waiting, waiting some more, getting rejection letters, crying, drinking, then manning up and throwing the whole book on the web for free, one page at a time, we have finally reached the one hundredth (!!!) page of Punch-Up!

We’re nearing the halfway mark of the story but, looking forward at what’s to come, man, it feels like we’re still just getting started.

For the moment, though, we’re going to pause here and celebrate our achievement. And, what better way to celebrate than to give away free shit to the people who got us this far?

(That would be you, by the way. Our readers.)

But we’re not just gonna give you awesome prizes. No, you’re gonna have to work for it! Which is why, here today, we’re starting…

THE FIRST EVER (and probably only) GREAT PUNCH-UP SCAVENGER HUNT GIVEAWAY EXTRAVAGANZA!!!

THE RULES

The rules are pretty simple. I’m going to give you five riddles/clues and you tell me which person, place, or thing I’m talking about. And this is very much an open book contest and our entire archive is at you disposal.

DO NOT list your answers in the comments section. Instead, send your answers, along with your first and last name and where you’re from (city/state – or city/providence/country, if not from the US – is fine enough), to: patrick@punch-up.net, with “Punch-Up Contest” in the subject line.

Those who answer correctly, will have their names added to a hat and three winners will be drawn at random.

The scavenger hunt starts today – Friday, December 9th – and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 17th. Winners will be notified and announced on Monday, December 19th.

THE CLUES

1. Though I may already be a comic book character, I assure you that I do not have super powers nor do I run a school. Who am I?

2. I’ve been in music for 40 years and now I’m in pictures. (Don’t mention me to Jessie. It’s a sore point.) Who am I?

3. We are two who are one. We can speed things up, or we can slow things down… for the ladies. Who are we?

4. Some say that I am a mythical beast. But I’m always hanging around… at least on paper. What am I?

5. I was originally written by the Italians, but made famous by felt. And I’m always just a phone call away. What am I?

THE SWAG

Well, this is what you’ve all been waiting for, huh? What do we wiiiiin???

Well, I’ve thought about this a lot and I think we’ve got some pretty cool prizes to throw your way.

The Third Place Winner will receive a copy of the 40-page Punch-Up minicomic, which covers the complete first act up to the first appearance of Kendra, and some Punch-Up postcards and stickers.


The Second Place Winner will receive a copy of the Punch-Up minicomic, Punch-Up postcards and stickers, AND an awesome Patrick Punch-Buddy ™ made by my good friend, Abigail Kokai.


AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive a copy of the Punch-Up minicomic, Punch-Up postcards and stickers, the Patrick Punch-Buddy ™, AND will be DRAWN INTO A PAGE OF THE BOOK, BY THE AMAZING DAVID BRAME, AS ONE OF PATRICK’S CLIENTS!!!


The Grand Prize Winner gets to BEAT THE SNOT OUT OF PATRICK!!! How AWESOME is THAT?!

Once again, the scavenger hunt starts today – Friday, December 9th – and ends at midnight on Saturday, December 17th.

GOOD LUCK! And thanks again for reading!

No purchase necessary. One entry per reader. Void where prohibited. Other small text that makes this look official.

As I mentioned on the Punch-Up blog, the Amazing David Brame is taking a few days off of drawing, after completing pencils on a monstrous 88-page graphic novel on top of his normal Punch-Up duties and a full-time teaching gig.

So what’s he doing on his “vacation”? Drawing, of course.

He’s decided to draw 20 pin ups in 20 days. Yesterday, he posted an amazing drawing of perhaps my favorite superhero, Daredevil. (I’m hoping he decides to sell prints. I’d buy the hell outta this one.)

You can follow Dave’s work here.

I will not be be able to make it to the New York Comic Con this year.

However,  if you bring your computer, laptop, or tablet over to my house, with your browser set to your favorite Punch-Up.net comic page, I will be signing computer screens all weekend.

(And, for those who do make it out to NYCC this weekend, one of you kick Ryan Stegman and call him a punk for me, OK?)