Feel bad I haven’t posted any art in a while, so here’s a lil’ Cleo drawing for you guys. Hard at work on further adventures!
Baltimore Comic-Con is this weekend (for the first time 3 days, Fri-Sun), and I’ll once again be sitting with all the awesome folks at the Kids Love Comics pavilion. Mark Mariano has put together this excellent guide to everything you need to know about where that is, what is going on there, and who else will be there. Definitely check it out. Here’s my part:
Drawing Heroic Females and Felines with Mike Maihack
Mike Maihack is the amazing author/artist of the graphic novel, Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, from Scholastic/Graphix. In this workshop, Mike will share his technique for drawing heroines like Cleopatra, Supergirl, and Batgirl. He’ll also be drawing cats, and who doesn’t love cats?!
Fun stuff! I’ll also have Cleo books on hand, prints (including my latest Batgirl/Supergirl comic), and I’ll be doing some watercolor sketching again. Can’t wait!
I know a lot of you have been waiting for this news: CLEOPATRA IN SPACE #1: TARGET PRACTICE is now available in eBook format! Below are links for all the available devices. Would be awesome to see Cleo be a bestseller for any one of them.
I wanted you all to know about a non Cleopatra in Space project I’m kickstarting with my pal David Sanheza. Some of you might even know me from or remember the Goblins Drool, Fairies Rule! all-ages card game I illustrated a couple years back. If not, here are all 40 illustrations I did for it.
Well now, Game-O-Gami and I have teamed up to Kickstart not only an affordable paperback edition of the full-color art book (which was previously only a hardcover exclusive to those who backed the card game), but we’ve hired awesome digital artist Josh Ulrich to ink my pencil sketches for a new coloring book! And he’s done an AMAZING job.
This is my first foray into Kickstarting, and I’d love to see it be a success. So, if you care to, please help share the news! Even better, please support it. Even $1 helps. Would love to see this happen! Link below.
I’ll be at Tampa Bay Comic Con Fri-Sun this weekend at the Tampa Convention Center! You’ll find me in Artist Alley table B24 and both prints and Cleo books will on hand. Will likely also be drawing watercolor sketches again for those interested in that sort of thing.
Despite actually living in Tampa, this’ll be my first time tabling at the show. Hope to meet a lot of local fans!
The epic craziness of San Diego Comic-Con starts tomorrow. This year I’m relieved to just be walking around the floor, without any need to lug a bunch of books and prints cross country. There will however be a couple places to find me on Sunday. Info below!
Sunday Noon – 1:00pm
Panels & Pictures (A Graphic Novel Panel — Kids/YA)
Learn about the latest in great graphic novels for kids, with Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Kazu Kibuishi (Comics Squad: Recess), Cecil Castellucci (Odd Duck), Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), and Raina Telgemeier (Sisters); moderated by Jenni Holm (Babymouse, Squish). In their discussion of what makes a graphic novel “for kids,” their creative processes, and their latest books, these fantastic cartoonists will show you that new young readers are the heart of the graphic novel industry.
And immediately after…
Book Signing – Sails Pavilion Autographing Area 09
Other than that, maybe you’ll find me wandering around? You’ll be able to recognize me by my dark green messenger bag, likely some sort of cat shirt, and bewildered expression.
About to head out to ALA Vegas in just under an hour. Librarians! I am excited to meet you! I’ll be located in Artist Alley table 2139 Fri-Mon and signing at the Scholastic booth (#0430) Sat from 2-3. I’ll also have this Moby Dick piece in the auction if it looks like something you’d like to bid on.
Cleo books will be on hand as well as prints and even a few sketchbooks I decided to throw in at the last minute. This is my first ALA so I’m really excited, if also a bit apprehensive. Hoping for a great time!
One of my most favoritest times of the year is this weekend: HeroesCon! You’ll find me in Artist Alley table 1113– pretty much smack dab in the middle of Indy Island, which itself happens to be a smack dab in the middle of the entire convention floor. See the useful map below. (click here for the full floor)
If visting my table is just not enough, I’ll also be on this rad panel Saturday morning:
ALL AGES PANEL- A HEROESCON TRADITION! KIDS READ COMICS TOO!
Moderator JIMMY AQUINO (COMIC NEWS INSIDER) is joined by MIKE MAIHACK (Cleopatra in Space), CHRIS SCHWEIZER (the Crogan series), ANDY RUNTON (Owly), JEREMY WHITELY (My Little Pony), STEPAHNIE GLADDEN (Peanuts) and THOM ZAHLER (My Little Pony) to talk about their amazing comics. They’ll discuss why they went into this genre and if there is a difference between “kid’s comics” and “all-ages comics”.
ALSO, this Harley & Ivy watercolor piece will be on display at the annual art auction (Saturday night). Maybe you would like to bid on it or find someone to bid on it for you?
Plus, Cleo books, sketchbooks, gobs of prints, a restless two-year-old (not for sale), a gorgeous wife (also not for sale)…tons of great stuff. Might even try to do some watercolor sketching à la these. Hope to see some of you there!
It’s been Cleopatra in Space week on Flickering Myth– a great news site spotlighting the best in film, television, and comic entertainment. First, there was a bit of my insight on if CiS could ever be a movie. Next, a really nice review of Target Practice. And today it all culminates into a pretty extensive feature on CiS and my process working on the characters and books. As a bonus, the interview includes a few exclusive pages from Target Practice that give a look at how they transition from traditionally drawn to digitally colored. Definitely worth checking out! Links below.
I’ll be at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival (better known as TCAF) this weekend. You’ll be able to find me in Beeton Auditorium at table B1 (right by the exit door). Here’s a map to guide you there!
I’ll also have a couple programs going on at the show:
Saturday, in Beeton Auditorium, I’ll be doing a drawing demonstration for kids from 1:30 -2:00, likely showing how I draw Cleo and Khensu.
And Sunday at The Pilot (2nd Floor) I’ll be on this:
Sometimes the setting of a story becomes as important, as integral, as the characters themselves. Whether it’s a broken-down small town, a sprawling fantasy world, the farthest reaches of outer space, building a compelling and believable world is integral to a successful story. Moderator Robert Fones (Sheridan College) interviews four talented creators that are experts at building a compelling world. Featuring Mike Maihack (Cleopatra in Space), Noelle Stevenson (Nimona), Tara Tallan (Galaxion), and Seth (Palookaville).
(The Pilot is located half a block from Toronto Reference Library, at 22 Cumberland Street)
Cleopatra in Space books will be on hand! And I would love to sign any that someone has already bought. My table space is limited, but I hope to have room to bring a few prints with me as well.
This is my first time attending TCAF. Looking forward to that amazing Canadian hospitality I’ve heard so much about!
I’m excited to finally release the soundtrack for Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice: a somewhat lyrical, mostly musical companion to the graphic novel. All of the songs below helped inspire the creation of Target Practice, hopefully give a touch more emotional resonance to the story, and occasionally foreshadow events of things to come.
Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice Soundtrack
- “Chances” – Minipop*
- “Old Friend” – Sea Wolf
- “Mobile” – Avril Lavigne
- “G#” – Kitten
- “Suffocate” – Feeder
- “I’m Not Your Hero” – Tegan and Sara
- “Suddenly” – Ashley Tisdale
- “Human Nature” – Uh Huh Her
- “Mountain” – Great Northern**
- “Planes” – Yuna
- “Beautiful History” – Plumb
- “Strangeness And Charm” – Florence and The Machine
- “Whirring” – The Joy Formidable
- “Live Like There’s No Tomorrow” – Selena Gomez & The Scene
- “Tonight, Tonight” – Passion Pit
*Replaces the original 1st track to this album which was “Like I Do” – also by Minipop. Listen to the track free on Bandcamp or consider purchasing via iTunes. The music video for “Like I Do” replaces “Chances” on Apple Music.
**Not on Apple Music.
Cleopatra in Space: The Thief and the Sword Soundtrack
The wait is over! Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice is finally available in stores! At the most, I hope everyone buys a copy. At the very least, I hope everyone shares the book’s release with others! Target Practice is only the first part in a proposed series long epic, and I really want the chance to tell the whole story. That will only happen if this first book is successful.
As always, here are a few places Target Practice is available:
And here are a whole slew of positive reviews!
Good Comics for Kids
iCv2 (4 out of 5 stars)
The Roarbots (Roar Score: 5/5)
SciFi Pulse (A+)
Skipping Through the Stacks
And here are the first 13 pages!
And a trailer!
And here’s a downloadable wallpaper for you!
Alright everyone! I printed all your comments to this post, cut them up into strips (most of them three times), threw them all into a bucket, where they ended up on the floor, of which my 2.5 year old son playfully handed me five of (I forwent the crib idea once realizing that cleaning up a couple hundred slips of paper out of Oliver’s bedding was not going to be a fun thing to do).
Anyhow, HERE ARE THE FIVE LUCKY WINNERS!
Grand prize goes to…
Kahla C! She receives a signed hardcover edition of Target Practice, five signed CiS prints, and this original Cleo watercolor which I painted yesterday:
2nd place goes to…
J Kevin Carrier! He receives a signed paperback edition of Target Practice and five signed CiS prints!
and lastly, 3rd-5th place go to…
Brent Hill, ToonLegion, and Eric J Ehlers! They all win five signed CiS prints!
If any of those names belong to you
COME ON DOWN! email me with your home addresses so I can mail you your prizes! Also, let me know if you want me to personalize any of the stuff you won.
I loved reading your comments and thank you so much for all the shares. Sorry to those who didn’t win, but hey, we all still had fun right? And you can still preorder the book (which I really hope you do if you’ve haven’t already). Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice is on sale this Tuesday (4/29) and I’ve actually heard/seen from a few people that the book is already available at a few places!
I wanted to remind everyone the contest to win copies of Cleopatra in Space #1 plus original art ends tomorrow night. Don’t forget to comment on THIS POST HERE if you want a chance to win. I’ll be annoucing winners this Friday.
Also, in case you’ve been wondering what the insides of Cleo #1 look like, ComicsAlliance posted the first 13 pages! Make sure to click over and read. And MarySue has an additional page for those who might have missed it.
Lastly, Cleo #1 has been getting some excellent early praise! Here are a few recent reviews I’m aware of:
So a couple of days ago I received a bunch of author copies of Target Practice and I thought to myself (working from home, I tend to do this a lot), I thought to myself, “Mike, what should you do with all these books?” Immediately after building a small fortress from them for my two Siamese cats, I recalled this much better idea my pal Ben Hatke had. A CONTEST! Reward my readers and fans with a chance to get their hands on a copy of the book without having to pay for it. Also I love stealing peoples’ wonderful ideas so win win.
HERE ARE THE DETAILS!
GRAND PRIZE (1 winner):
ONE winner will receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition of Target Practice, five signed CiS prints (shown in the pic above), and an original Cleopatra in Space watercolor (which I have yet to draw).
NOT GRAND PRIZE BUT STILL AWESOME (1 winner):
2nd place winner will receive a signed paperback edition of Target Practice plus the five signed prints (still shown in the pic above; they haven’t moved).
CONSOLATION PRIZES (because I love you- well three of you)
3rd, 4th, and 5th place winners will each get five signed CiS prints (they are pictured above if you haven’t seen them).
HOW TO ENTER!
Simply leave a comment to this post (don’t forget your name). It’s that easy! Of course that’ll only get you ONE entry. Spreading the word about Cleopatra in Space, linking to where to buy it, this contest, etc. across the infinite spectrum of SOCIAL MEDIA will get you TWO MORE ENTRIES (max 3)! Just be sure to notify me in your comment where you did this so I can keep track of everything. Likewise you can hit me up on twitter (@mikemaihack) and/or Facebook and/or use the hashtag #CleopatraInSpace.
Contest ends on Wednesday April 23rd at 11:59PM EST. After that I’ll throw all the entries into Oliver’s crib and have him toss me five names which I will announce that Friday. This will hopefully give me enough time to ship your prizes before Target Practice goes on sale (4/29!) as well as allow winners to cancel possible preorders.
Speaking of preordering, I still hope you still do just that! Here are a bunch of places it is available:
GOOD LUCK! I’ll end with the book trailer again because why not.
The Mary Sue has an exclusive first look at two pages from Target Practice! Click HERE to check them out.
And don’t forget, if you haven’t already, to preorder Cleopatra in Space #1 (available from any of these fine book sellers below).
I’ve been so busy with Cleo 2 that I’ve failed to mention I’ll be at this year’s MegaCon in Orlando, FL. You’ll be able to find in the same spot I’ve been at in the however many years I’ve been attending this show: Artist Alley, table white 7. Here’s a map:
CiS: Target Practice unfortunately won’t be out for another month, but if you stop by I may be able to give you a sneak preview of it. I did find a stack of Operation Space Cat sketchbooks last night though I thought I sold out of so I’ll have those on hand. Plus a ton of new prints including all seven Batgirl/Supergirl comics.
Always enjoy going to this show since, besides being only an hour away, I get to see so many familiar faces and hang out with good friends. Hope to see some of you there!
The first book trailer for Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice launched yesterday on The Mary Sue! It was created by Darren Rawlings of Thinkmore Studios and features the music of Uh Huh Her. So thankful to them for making it what it is. Watch it below!