Wednesday, May 08, 2019

TCAF, May 11th and 12th! See you there!

I'm putting the finishing touches on our presentation for the spotlight on our careers at TCAF. Besides that, Bá will be on a panel about adaptations from one media to another, talking more about his experiences with the Umbrella Academy comic becoming a Netflix live action series, but also about the latest books we adapted into Graphic Novels (like Two Brothers and How to Talk to Girls at Parties). This is the panel description, which will happen on Saturday at the Masonic Temple (888 Younge St.):

12:00-1:30 Page to Screen/Screen to Page – Comics is the perfect medium, sure, but there's definitely a thrill in seeing how our favourite stories move across formats. Between movies, television, poetry, and prose, these creators all have oodles of experience in the interplay between the original and the adaptation. Featuring Brian Selznick (Hugo), Gabriel Bá (Umbrella Academy), Renee Nault (Handmaid's Tale), and Jeff Lemire (Secret Path). Moderated by Dylan Magwood.​

Our spotlight panel in on Sunday, at the Forest Hill Ballroom inside the Marriott Bloor Yorkville, (90 Bloor St E.):

11:00 AM – Two Brothers: Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá Spotlight – Comics superstars Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá return to Toronto with tons of comics and stories in tow! More Umbrella Academy! More Casanova! More How to Talk to Girls at Parties! Come and join them for this very special presentation about their life and work!

I'll be a special guest of another special panel on Saturday. Try to find me!

Bá will have a special Umbrella Academy signing at the Random House table (they distribute Dark Horse comics in Canada) on Saturday afternoon at 2PM as well.

The rest of the time, we'll probably be at our table (315) on the third floor of the Library. The Beguiling table will have all our books available, and you're more than welcome to take them and bring them to our table for a signature and a quick doodle (we doodle on books, I know, we can't help it).

If you plan on going to TCAF, you should check out the entire programming, as it's full of wonderful gems. A David Rubin spotlight. A Craig Thompson spotlight. A panel with Jamie McKelvie, Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans. All the things happening at the Library and around the area. The PARTIES!

We love TCAF and are anxious to be back.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

TCAF pre-show commissions

Back at the end of July, I opened my first commission list for drawings to be delivered at NYCC. I calculated enough time so that I didn't have to hurry on any of the requests, and I think everybody (myself included) were satisfied with what I was able to do. You can check over at my instagram the pieces I did if you search for the #mooncommissions #comoonssions hashtags. They were posted here on the blog as well. I learned with the experience that I can do this, juggle a small commission list with a certain amount of my comics' work, so I'm interested in trying it again to see what else people will ask for, and what my interpretation will be.

I am opening a TCAF pre-show commission list for those interested in having an original drawing by me with the character (or characters) of their choice. I'll hand deliver these drawings in Toronto during TCAF, so you need to be there in May (you can have somebody be there on your behalf as well).

If you're interested in a private commission and want to know more, please write to for more information. Because of my own limits, this is not a very big list, so there's a chance that, by the time you read this, you'll get on the waiting list.

(TCAF is one of our favourite shows, so we're excited to go back)

Monday, October 01, 2018

NYCC schedule

I tried to put in here everything we have scheduled at the New York show. If we're not eating or on a meeting (most meetings happen during meals for us, so it's all basically always eating breaks), you'll be able to find us at our tables on Artists' Alley (L1 and L2).

Thursday, October 4th

11 AM-12PM signing at the DC booth
Do you know where the DC booth is? Can you tell us? Will you be there to hold our hands? We'll sign your comic and smile at you.

3:00 PM-3:50 PM: signing at the Dark Horse booth
This is the signing where we'll both be there. Bá will sign again at the Dark Horse booth, but this is your only chance to get me there, along with all the creative team of the Stranger Things comic (I made an convention exclusive cover for it).

Friday, October 5th

We'll be at our tables on Artists Alley most of the day. From 2PM til 6 PM for sure.

(Main Stage 1D)
Meet the cast of the highly anticipated Umbrella Academy Netflix series! Let's see how wonderful these actors are, specially how much bigger than everyone else Tom Hopper (the guy who's playing Spaceboy) is.

8:30 PM: the Harvey Awards
(Shop Studios, 528, West 39th Street, Third Floor)
It's our first time ever attending the Harvey Awards, and we're not even nominated to anything, so NO PRESSURE, JUST FUN! (also, it's the only chance to catch us outside the convention center in case you don't have a badge)

Saturday, October 6th

12:00 PM-12:50 PM: THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY signing at the Dark Horse booth
Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá

This is Bá's second signing at Dark Horse. It's tougher to get in because of the wristband.

After ten years, The Umbrella Academy is back in action! With the new comics series, The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion kicking off and a live action series arriving on Netflix in early 2019, Dark Horse Comics is thrilled to invite fans to a conversation with series creators Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá as we explore the weird, wonderful world of The Umbrella Academy.
(This is a big room. Don't be shy and come talk abou Umbrella with us.)

3 PM-4 PM: Signing at the CBLDF booth
The CBLDF has our various book, and you can get them, help the good cause and get an exclusive drawing on your book while we're all together.

Sunday, October 7th

3 PM-4 PM: Signing at the CBLDF booth
Not content in signing books and helping the CBLDF one day, we're doing it again on Sunday, so come along and let us be merry together!

NYCC 2018 prints... to you

I've made a new one-page story/poster for NYCC. I'm working on Casanova, and other projects, and none of them is coming out this year (well, the Hellboy Winter Special is, but still), and sometimes you just want to make something that you can put out in the World, to reflect the moment, your moment, your thoughts and feelings. And I chose a Walt Whitman little poem that I liked, that reflected these feeling I have, and I created this little story around it.

There are people I admire who, in their actions, reflect what I'm feeling. There are stories and characters who also inspired many people, myself among them. I'm channeling all of this in this little piece, hoping it reaches... well, you.

I made this to you.

I'll have this poster, along with other prints, at my table on Artists' Alley (L1 and L2).


I'll have my How to Talk to Girls at Parties poster at my table, too. It's more than twice the size of my other prints, and it's gorgeous.


Bá will have a new Umbrella Academy poster at the table as well a Daytripper poster. (I'll have a Daytripper print as well)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Itto Ogami

Itto Ogami, 2018, ink on paper
Private commission.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hellboy in the forest

Hellboy, 2018, ink on paper.
Private commission.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Josie and the pussycats

Josie, 2018, ink on paper.
Private commission.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018


Hellboy, 2018, ink on paper.
Private commission.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

NYCC pre-show commissions

I am opening a NYCC pre-show commission list for those interested in having an original drawing by me with the character (or characters) of their choice, and I did the drawing below on Sunday to give people an example of what to expect, and to see for myself how would it feel to draw well established pop culture characters. I have spent most of my career drawing my own characters, and I almost never do commissions, so this is an experiment on several levels, which I decided to test from here until October when I go to New York. Some mysterious part of my brain decided that I have time to do that on top of drawing the pages I have to do, so I guess we'll find out.

If you're interested in a private commission and want to know more, please write to for more information. Because of my own limits, this is not a very big list, so there's a chance that, by the time you read this, you'll get on the waiting list.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Imaginary San Diego Comic Con

On Monday, we go to the airport in the middle of the afternoon, as most international flights leave at night. So, it's rush hour traffic for close to an hour to get to the airport.
We get there three hours before the flight. We don't like to take chances. We already lost a flight at LAX back to Brazil (or Houston or Dallas or Panama, I don't remember where the first layover was). We almost lost our flight to Angola, and had to carry our baggage with us inside the plane because check-in was already closed for twenty minutes. We eat some crappy airport food, because it's going to be around midnight by the time the flight attendants bring dinner to the passengers, and by that time we'll be starving even if we did eat at the airport, and the airport food will be as crappy as the one we had close to the gate.
We always bring something to read on the plane, and we might read a little of it, but inevitably we'll choose a movie, preferably a movie both of us have not seen (usually a super hero movie), and watch it while we eat the plane dinner. After the movie, we'll try to get some sleep, but if we struggle to find our way to slumberland, we'll choose another movie. Sometimes we can finish this second movie after we wake up at the crack of dawn when the flight attendants serve breakfast.
And then we land on Houston. Usually Houston, anyway. There are no straight flights from Brazil to San Diego, and we usually get better deals on our tickets going through Houston. We usually meet other brazilians on the same flight, also going to Comic Con. Once we met all of Jeff Smith's Cartoon Books crew coming from Columbus, meeting up with Terry Moore's Abstract Studio's crew on the gate so they could all go to San Diego together (Jeff and Terry weren't there, it was just their entourages).
We arrive in San Diego before lunch, sometimes just after regular breakfast hours in California, and we go to our hotel. We could easily have a second breakfast, but we try to remind ourselves we're not Hobbits.
It's Tuesday on the A.M, and we check in at the hotel.

Now what?

Tuesday is our free-pre-con-day, so we can take it easy and recover from the jet lag. With the four hour difference from São Paulo time, it's very easy to get up early in the morning while in San Diego, even with little sleep the night before, but we need this first day to be low key because our trip is long and before 10 pm on Tuesday we're already dead tired. We usually meet some friends for an early dinner (we're not the only international artists that arrive one day early to recover from jet lag, so there's always someone about, and our friends who work at many of the publishers arrive earlier to set up the publisher's booth on Mondays and Tuesdays), have some drinks at the hotel bar and crash at the room early.
Wednesday is when our job begins.
Before Comic Con became this crazy giant thing, we did all sorts of different things on Tuesdays. For some years, staying at the Hostel, we would hang around with foreigners from all over the world who came to San Diego because of the beaches and the weather. We would have to explain to them that we were there for this comic book convention that happened around the corner (the Hostel is right there on Fifth Avenue at the Gaslamp District), and the ones we managed to leave curious would say over the course of that week that one day they decided to try out that Comic Con thing, went there and bought tickets right then and there and got in. They had fun.
We, too, went to the beach some years on Tuesdays. When we started going, Shane (Amaya, who wrote Roland and lived in Santa Barbara at the time and would drive down to San Diego) would drive us to the nice beaches and we would admire giant American biquinis and think about Brazilian biquinis instead. Back then, we would go back to that part of town even at night, after our Comic Con days, to try our luck on Pacific Beach bars, karaoke and pool included. Once, I don't know how, we ended up on a rooftop party of some local indy cartoonists.

All that, and it was only Tuesday.


You can read here the announcement of the Hellboy Winter Special 2018. We're back at Mike Mignola's backyard for a little while, writing and drawing a short story revisiting the B.P.R.D Vampire world (don't know B.P.R.D Vampire? It well be reprinted soon). Mignola did a knock-out cover for this issue, and we both did variant covers. With two other stories in this comic (one by the uber-talented Tonci Zonjic), it should be a fun read. Maybe a little scary, but fun.

We don't want to wake up too early on Wednesday, but the jet lag is still on full swing so we can't help it. Bá will probably hit the gym, and I'll try to join him (at least this early in the week). We have a quiet breakfast, probably our only meal for the rest of the week which isn't also some sort of meeting. I'm probably finishing a drawing I'm going to hide later as part of my Moon Art Hunt game. I'll consider going to the hotel pool for a swim (I prefer the Hyatt when it comes to a suitable pool for swimming). At lunch, we'll probably have our first meet-up, usually with our brazilians friends. This year, we would go meet Rafael Albuquerque, who's a guest of the convention and has just released a beautiful adaptation of Neil Gaiman's A Study in Emerald (with Rafael Scavone and Dave Stewart). A talented Brazilian artist going to San Diego for the first time this year is Eduardo Medeiros. It will be good for him (and for the comics' world) to widen his horizons and experience a little bit of the craziness of SDCC.
This will be a long lunch, with drinks, that will last as long as it takes for the line of people waiting to get their badges to get smaller (the Brazilian posse won't mind spending an afternoon drinking). Then we'll go get our badges so we can get in for a light, commitment-free preview night. If there's some book I really want and made a mental note to track down during SDCC, I try to find it on Wednesday, because I might forget during the week, and if I don't, by the time I go back there it might have already be sold out . Last year, I stopped at the beginning of the con at the Fantagraphics booth and got some books they had published, and forgot to get the new Jason book. I went back on Sunday, and it was all gone.

Saying hi to Terry Moore and Jeff Smith is usually part of our preview night.

Wednesday is still preview night, so it isn't so crazy to find places to have dinner. We usually choose as we walk around the Gaslamp, depending on who we're meeting for dinner. Still, it's a relaxing dinner with friends. The calm before the storm.


From Thursday on, the con game is on. After a breakfast meeting with one of our publishers, we usually have a signing. If we don't, it's my first chance to hide a drawing and start posting pictures online and giving people clues so they can find it.
Lunch is also a meeting, probably with a foreign publisher. Our foreigner publishers from France (Urban Comics) and Italy (Bao) usually go to San Diego. In fact, we met both of them in San Diego years ago, before they were our publishers, and now, besides being our publishers, I think of them as friends.
Signings await in the afternoon, and we also usually stop at the Comic Book Legal Defence Fund (CBLDF) booth to leave the original art we brought for the art auction on Saturday. Their booth is near the DC comics booth, on the way to the Drawn & Quarterly booth. Alex Cox will probably have a lot to say about their relocation to Portland, and if he doesn't, I'll simply ask. I'm curious.

We leave the artwork  personally on the first day because we are not mailing it from Brazil in advance, and because we know they'll display all the artwork they got on Thursday night at the party so people can get a good look of what is available and get excited about the auction.

Thursday night, the rooftop CBLDF Welcome Party at the Westgate Hotel is the party to go. It's traditional, and in this modern day of Entertainment World takeover, it's your better chance to hang out with the cartoonists you know and/or admire. And to meet new ones. It was at a CBLDF party that Bá and I saw Neil Gaiman for the first time, relaxing in a hallway before he had to go back inside to read something for everyone to enjoy. It was at a CBLDF party that we hung out next to Frank Miller in an outside balcony while he smoked a cigarette and talked passionately about comics, standing tall in his red Converse sneakers. This party has always been about the shared love for comics, and about the people who love them: the fans and the creators, interacting together and having a good time.

Maybe we'll have energy to go to a second party, probably with Sierra, and probably at the Bayfront. The Boom Studios crew have good parties at the Bayfront bar. If all goes right, the night might end in pizza in the lobby.

(the Bayfront bar has a brazilian bartender who makes some great caipirinhas)

Friday begins with another breakfast meeting. Maybe with someone from Vertigo/DC to talk about the Absolute edition of Daytripper and decide what sort of extra material would be fun to put in this oversided deluxe edition. Maybe to talk about something else.

(See, the same way I forgot to mention that every morning before breakfast, we'll try to go to the hotel gym, in real life we'll also probably forget to go to the hotel gym before breakfast)

After the Hall-H celebration of Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Reunion (which I'm not going, as I have never been to Hall-H in my life), I would probably stop at the Dark Horse booth at 12pm to get some of the posters they'll give away, because I think they turned out pretty nice (hint: I did the artwork).

During the week, we usually have a signing at the Dark Horse booth, next to a panel or announcement we're involved. After the panel, Dark Horse normally sets up interviews from media outlets.

Lunch meeting, but all day on Friday we're thinking about the Eisner Awards later that night at the Bayfront Ballroom. I hide another drawing across town, and we're thinking about the Eisners. I meet some friends for drinks around six and I try not to think about the Eisners. If these friends happen to be Skottie Young or Jason Latour, their jokes alone will keep me busy laughing and I'll forget everything. I'm still going to the Eisners afterwards.

Mainly because of the Umbrella Academy Netflix show, Bá got an invitation for the Universal party. The Umbrella crew is still shooting in Toronto, so I don't think we'll be able to make it this year.

We arrive at the Bayfront, where they're presenting the Eisners. Every awards ceremony is boring, I know. Still, we like the Eisners. We like to see people get happy about how other people love what they do enough to vote for them. We like the celebratory aspect of it. We miss that the ceremony doesn't have a keynote speech anymore, or a keynote speaker. We heard some earth-shattering-life-changing speeches at previous Eisner awards that motivated us, and still do, to try harder, and do more, and to do it better.

There's some drinking after the awards are all delivered at the Bayfront, and then we'll probably head back to the Hyatt bar and catch up with our gang of idiots. The convention night scene is definitely more spread out nowadays, to all sorts of places and hotels and bars, but there are a bunch of us comics' folk who still hang out the the Hyatt bar.

There's a panel on Saturday I can't help but think we would be in if we were there. We're usually invited to those kind of Dark Horse panels. Here's the description:

3:00-4:00 PM:  Artists Who Write: The Craft and Creation of Comics (Room: 7AB)
Whether it's a superhero adventure, a colorful fantasy world, an ultra-violent crime noir, or a new take on an old classic, creators put a lot of thought into the sequential art that drives stories told in comics. Join an all-star lineup of Dark Horse creators including Frank Miller (Xerxes: The Fall of the House of Darius and the Rise of Alexander, Sin City), Dave Gibbons (The Originals, The Life and Times of Martha Washington in the Twenty-First Century), Joëlle Jones (Lady Killer), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and Rafael Albuquerque (EI8HT) as they discuss turning an idea into a full-fledged story and how they continue to keep their writing fresh.
I would be interested to be there just to listen to Frank Miller and Dave Gibbons talk, but Albuquerque and Joëlle are so talented that it's no surprise they've reached the success they have, and I also want to hear they talk about how they got there.

Saturday is the big hollywood day. It's crazy. It's fuller. We usually hide in the green room for lunch.  If I haven't run into Joss Whedon up until this point at a hotel bar (I like that he started going to Comic Con again after two giant Avenger movies), then on Saturday he's easier to bump into, relaxing and having a good time. We stop by Mike Mignola's booth to make sure we say goodbye to him, as he doesn't do Sundays anymore. Close by, we might try to walk around artists' alley for a bit, but nothing sticks out. A lot of crazy talented creators with original art, prints and commission lists. People who sells books usually have booths on the other side of the convention floor, where we used to have our booth, and we have always been book people. We make comics so people can read them.

For the past few years, we have tried to have at least one signing at the CBLDF booth as well, where they have a great selection of our work from all publishers we work with. You'll find there (signed) copies of Daytripper, Casanova, Umbrella Academy, Two Brothers, How to Talk To Girls at Parties (with a special signed bookplate) and much more.

At the end of the day, the CBLDF live art auction will take place at the Bayfront, on the Sapphire AB room, starting at 8 PM, where you'll be able to bid for some amazing original art from your favourite creator. There are some pretty neat Frank Miller, Jeff Smith and Howard Chaikin originals being offered, among many other incredible pieces of art.

The night is full of wonders. We have a much better time at dinner, usually catching up with old friends. For the past few years, this has been editor's dinner for us, so to speak. Bob Schreck, Diana Schutz, Karen Berger, Sierra Hahn, Pornsak Pichetshote, all great editors, dear friends, and during the craziness of Comic Con, we catch up with them, and they catch up with us, and we start our night just right. We met some great cartoonists while on those dinners, which always involved big tables and lots of people. I'm pretty sure I met Scott Morse and Jim Mahfood in one of those dinners with Bob. I met Eduardo Barreto in a dinner with Diana (actually, Eduardo Barreto comes from Uruguay, and was the very first "international" comic book artist I met when he went to São Paulo for a book fair to promote his Batman book, and I was around 13). I met Jeff Lemire in a dinner with Karen. I met John Cassaday in a dinner with Sierra.
Saturday is the night that never ends, no matter if California law says otherwise, and we all meet up at some point after the Hyatt bar closes. The backsteps crew doesn't disappoint. (Will Dennis always has our backs, fellas). One of the recent topics I ask my friends is when are they coming to Brazil, as the Brazilian convention, Comic Con Experience (CCXP), as well as the Brazilian audience, would welcome them with open arms (I'm trying to convince myself the reason I didn't get Skottie Young to come last year was because, on a very energetic Saturday night, I didn't agree to go have matching tattoos made the following Sunday – he got an amazing Alfred Newman).

The spotlight panel on Rafael Albuquerque is at 10 AM (room 24 ABC) on Sunday morning. We'll need breakfast before going to the panel. I'm not sure Albuquerque will wake up in time to get anything to eat, but at least he's a special guest of the convention and there will be people who will go to his hotel room and make sure he attends his own panel. (the convention organisers have a volunteer who speaks Portuguese, who took care of me when I was a guest in 2009. He was taking care of Eduardo Risso last year. I bet he'll take care of Albuquerque).
​Our last stop of the Con is the Dead Dog Party, organised by Bob Chapman and the Grapphitti Design crew. Every friend we didn't have a chance to talk to during the convention will stop by, have a few drinks, have a few laughs.

Things start to die out earlier on Sunday, like the magic pixie dust starting to wear off. The Hyatt bar is still open, and some other friends are there. It might close soon, tho, and so we'll cross the street and stop by the Lion's Share.

When will we ever go to sleep?

Probably on the flight back home, the next day, and for the entire following week.

Maybe now it's a good time to say Bá and I didn’t go to San Diego this year. We have been going since 1997 every year. We didn't go in 2013 to focus on work (making Two Brothers, specifically), and I went alone in 2014 (Bá was still drawing Two Brothers) to negotiate which publisher would publish the book in the US. Aside from that, we've been there every year. It's our safe port in the american market, where we know our way around, where we see our friends.
This is one of those years where we decided to focus on work. And, like those years, we did miss San Diego greatly throughout the week.

I recommend the experience. I still think it's a special show. You don't have to go 20 times.
But do it at least once.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The first read through

One of the most incredible moments of our time in Toronto was sitting through the table reading of the first episode with the entire cast. Seeing all the actors there, together, and hearing the entire script out loud, was amazing. Right there we started to see how much the actors were going to bring to these characters, and how exciting it was to see this story coming to life beyond the pages of the comics.