Achewood Creator Chris Onstad coming to AADL 11/3!

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AADL, Dark Horse Comics, and Vault of Midnight are thrilled to announce a very special evening with the enigmatic but extremely affable Chris Onstad, creator of the epically vivid masterwork Achewood. Achewood is not for delicate sensibilities and definitely not for kids; it's a webcomic that's ostensibly about two cats in their thirties, one blessed by alternating showers of dumb luck and marketing savvy, and the other cripplingly neurotic but capable of genius. Plus, a cast of supporting characters wider and deeper than a Wes Anderson fever dream. Achewood was one of the first webcomics to push the boundaries of the form and raise the writing bar so high that few other strips even know that there's a bar up there. Can you tell I'm a fan? Onstad's new book, The Great Outdoor Fight, spanning one of the favorite story arcs of Achewood fans, is on order at AADL and available for request. As part of the GOF tour, AADL is bringing Chris to town on Monday night, November 3 at 7 PM, for a Q&A at the Downtown Library followed by a signing at the Vault. More details to come!

UPDATE: Check out our Comcast Spot (20mb .mov) for this event, featuring music, by the inimitable MC Frontalot, who we're also trying to book for a show at AADL. Stay tuned!

ANOTHER UPDATE: Video of this event has just been posted to Enjoy!


Ooh ooh ooh I'm super pumped! I'm a fan too! The comic is so strange at times that it is like the comic has a mind of its own, an alien mind that just wanders all day and we get to see the strange thoughts. Characters from this strip have their own blogs, for crying out loud. I think that somewhere there actually is an Achewood with real animals living their lives.

I can't believe I'm going to miss this. Curse you American Library Association and your conferences that are not colocated with Onstad appearances!

Also, it just happened that Onstad (and Ray) saw our comcast commercial in their hotel room. In Achewood Premium, Chris reported that Ray wrote a song to commemorate the occasion:

Aww yeah
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