Monday, December 20, 2010


This piece was a Christmas gift for my good friend and AMERICAN VAMPIRE creator Scott Snyder!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

COVER MANIA! Sweet Tooth 19 and Superboy 5

Above the cover for SWEET TOOTH #19 by Emi Lenox (Emi Town), Nate Powell(Swallow Me Whole) and Matt Kindt (Super Spy) as well as myself and Jose Villarubia. It will be a special issue with 3 short stories each focusing on the pasts of one of Sweet Tooth's female characters.

And below the cover to SUPERBOY #5 by Eddy Barrows. This issue will featuer the first ever Superboy/Kid Flash Race!

Sweet Tooth By Rafael Albuquerque and more!

Above is a drop dead gorgeous piece of SWEET TOOTH art by the great Rafael Albuquerque! Rafael is the genius behind AMERICAN VAMPIRE along with my good buddy Scott Snyder. He also did the stunning and iconic cover to SUPERBOY #1. On top of all that Rafael is a great guy. I've had the pleasure of meeting him and and lovely wife a couple of times and he's a genuinely great person! We both want to do a project together some day too! Thanks Rafael!

SWEET TOOTH has been named one of the TOP TEN GRAPHIC NOVELS OF 2010 by NEW YORK Magazine!

And there is a new interview with me up at PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

New Sweet Tooth Art, Superboy Reviewed and more!

A nice review of Superboy 2 over at Newsarama:

Superboy #2 (Published by DC Comics; Review by Teresa Jusino): I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: superhero titles that prominently feature teenagers are superhero titles at their best. The issues of identity and responsibility that come up in superhero comics are perfect metaphors for fumbling one’s way to adulthood. In the second issue of this wonderful new series, Superboy is forced to team up with Poison Ivy to solve the mysterious problem of overgrown plant life devouring Smallville. What makes this issue work is writer Jeff Lemire’s focus on Connor Kent’s relationship with his best friend, Simon, who has been begging Connor to allow him to be of help. When Simon rushes in to save the day by use of “Parasite frogs! Patent pending”, you know that these two boys are an excellent team. Lemire imbues this title with loads of humor, which is a change from his more serious-minded Sweet Tooth, and it’s interesting to watch Connor struggle with his new responsibilities and with wondering whether he should take his friend along for the ride, possibly endangering him. However, it’s clear that Simon’s intelligence is not to be underestimated, and I look forward to watching him and Superboy work together to fix an ailing Smallville.

And also, the first ever North American interview with Superboy artist Pier Gallo over at CBR!

And a brand new SWEET TOOTH interview at CBR as well.

And...A new Sweet Tooth blog with never before seen cover sketches over at GRAPHIC CONTENT.

And finally congrats to Lisa McCarty who won the new SWEET TOOTH drawing, featured above, off of my Twitter feed this morning!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Sweet tooth Vol.2 is out today along with Superboy #2. Here's few new interviews and blogs about Sweet Tooth!

An exclusive look at the origins of the hybrid children in Sweet Tooth with behind the scenes artwork at COMICS ALLIANCE

3 new Sweet Tooth Blogs at GRAPHIC CONTENT

A new interview at i09

And an exclusive look at Vol.2 at USA TODAY/POP CANDY

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Thanks to all the great comic shops who entered the Sweet Tooth display contest, above is the winning display by Jennifer Haines and THE DRAGON in Guelph, Ontario. They win the cover art from SWEET TOOTH 15 as well as an in store signing by myself sometime in the new year!

Below are some of the the other great entries!

Chapel Hill Comics
316 W Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Sweet Tooth Display by Erin Gumbel

Casablanca Comics
Rick Lowell and Laura O'Meara
Portland, ME
151 Middle Stree

4-Colour, 8-Bit Comics & Games
346 Princess Street
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 1B7

Monday, December 6, 2010


"Jeff Lemire's SWEET TOOTH is as heartbreakingly elegant as it is wholly original. One of the best comics I've ever read." -Damon Lindelof (creator of LOST)

Out this week Sweet Tooth Volume 2: In Captivity collecting issues 6-11 of the Eisner and Harvey nominated series from Vertigo/DC Comics! Also keep an eye on Vertigo's BLOG Graphic Content" for an exclusive blog post each day this week featuring never before seen behind the scenes artwork and info on the series.

Also out this week is the second issue of the new Superboy series!

Written by JEFF LEMIRE; Art by PIER GALLO; Cover by phil noto; 1:10 Variant cover by GUILLEM MARCH
The vegetation of Smallville is out of control, and all evidence points to Poison Ivy as the cause! Superboy's friend Simon thinks there might be more to this than meets the eye, but he'll have a hard time convincing Superboy of that now that he's in the thrall of Ivy!

Friday, November 26, 2010


Sweet Tooth Vol.2: In Captivity ships to bookstores and comic book shops everywhere on DECEMBER 8th and to celebrate I'm offering a contest to ANY COMIC BOOK OR BOOK RETAILER:

The shop that creates the BEST IN STORE DISPLAY promoting Sweet Tooth and/or Sweet Tooth Vol.2 will win this piece of original artwork (the cover from Sweet Tooth #15), as well as a complete signed set of all of my books, and any other goodies I can dig up.

To enter the shop owner need to send me pictures of the display via email no later than MONDAY DECEMBER 6, along with an exterior shot of your shop and the address of the store. All entries will be featured on this blog on Dec. 8. My wife and I will determine the winner based on both the creativity and impact of the overall presentation.

-Contest open internationally to any comic book or book retailer
-This contest is being put on solely by me, and is in no way connected to DC Comics or Vertigo.
-The contest is completely subjective, and the winner my wife and I choose will be final, and not subject to debate.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Meet the Canada Reads 2011 contenders

Canada Reads Final Five

Canada Reads unveils 2011 panel, books

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 | 2:59 PM ET

Singer Sara Quin will defend graphic novel Essex County by Jeff Lemire. (CBC)Singer Sara Quin will defend graphic novel Essex County by Jeff Lemire. (CBC)

CBC's 2011 Canada Reads book panel will for the first time consider a graphic novel, after panellist Sara Quin chose Essex County by Jeff Lemire.

Quin, who is part of the music duo Tegan and Sara, is defending the graphic novel about the trials of a Canadian rural community.

Quin said she knows the graphic novel genre well and believes Essex County can be considered literature because of its "incredible characters and wonderful stories."

"The illustrations are so beautiful and so profound and tell a story all on their own," she said, speaking via video link at a press conference Wednesday.

Canada Reads announced its panellists and their choice of books for 2011 at the press conference.

The other panellists are:

  • Actor Lorne Cardinal, who will defend Unless by Carol Shields.
  • Former hockey pro Georges Laraque, who will defend The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou.
  • TV personality Debbie Travis, who will champion The Birth House by Ami McKay.
  • CNN journalist Ali Velshi, who will argue in favour of The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis.

Each of the 2011 panellists chose books from a list of 10 created after Canadians weighed in on the most significant Canadian books of the last 10 years.

Read more:

Monday, November 15, 2010


SWEET TOOTH #18 Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE After the explosive conclusion of “Animal Armies,” Jepperd and his new traveling companions begin a long trek north in search of answers in this stand-alone issue. But as the first snowfall of the year hits, mistrust and fear threaten to tear the group apart before they even get started! This story will be presented in a special, horizontal storytelling format. On sale FEBRUARY 2 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Sweet Tooth Cover Being Auctioned!

The Cover Art for Sweet Tooth #10 will be auctioned tomorrow night at The Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as part of a charity fund-raiser for JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH. Details below. Any non-Toronto residents who are serious about placing a bid on the art contact me via email and we can arrange to place a bid for you and have the work shipped. Bidding will start at 200, but covers generally sell for 1000, so this is a chance to get one for a good price!

JFCY is a non-profit, legal clinic that provides legal assistance, advice and information to low-income children and youth in Toronto and across the province. We pursue the rights of children and youth through outreach and education, community development, policy and law reform, and test case litigation. Since 1978, JFCY has been empowering children and youth to obtain fair and equal access to legal, educational, medical and social resources.

We also run a specialty program, Street Youth Legal Services (SYLS), the only organization in Toronto reaching out to street-involved and homeless youth on their own “turf” – at drop-ins, shelters and health clinics – to make legal information, advice and referrals readily available. SYLS also conducts regular training sessions at some 25 youth agencies to educate the frontline staff who interact with street-involved youth every day.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


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Meet your Canada Reads Top 10

Our Top 40 is now a Top 10. We asked you to vote for the books you most wanted to see on Canada Reads — the Essential Top 10 Canadian Novels of the Decade, if you will. What you gave us, from the original 40 (which was a fabulous list, by the way, and should keep book clubs across the country rich in options for years to come), is 10 titles that represent the richness and diversity this entire campaign has offered. There are former Canada Reads contenders, a formerly self-published novel, a graphic novel, some titles from big publishers and others from smaller presses. There's a humorous book and a heartbreaking one, and everything in between. We think this list represents what Canada is reading and what Canada wants to read. So without further ado, Canada, meet your Top 10!

Canada Reads Top 10

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Bone Cage by Angie Abdou

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whittall

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Unless by Carol Shields

It's out of your hands now, Canada. Five of these titles will be selected by our five celebrity panelists to defend during the Canada Reads debates in February. The books and panelists will be revealed on Wednesday, November 24!

In the meantime, we've got the biggest and best contest yet for you! Correctly guess the final five titles and you could win a chance to see the final round of debates and meet Jian Ghomeshi and the panelists! To enter, all you have to do is send in your prediction for the final five using this form. As with every contest, there are rules and regulations, so be sure to read those here! The deadline for the contest is Sunday, November 21, at midnight ET. Jian will randomly draw a name from all the correct entries on November 24. Good luck!

So, what do you think of your Top 10? Any surprises? Who do you think will move on to the final five? Share your thoughts onFacebook, Twitter or in the comments below!

Erin Balser is an associate producer with Canada Reads.

Superboy Fan Art!

Some awesome new Superboy art by my niece Abby and my nephew Cole!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010



So here I am. Superboy #1 is out today! It feels like a long time coming. Pier Gallo and I have already been working on the book for the better part of 2010. So let me tell you a bit about what I have planned for Conner Kent and Smallville…


As of typing this I have six full scripts done with a seventh in the outline stage. And, I have the first fifteen issues plotted out. So, this will be a BIG story. A Big story made up of a lot of smaller stories. Most of the run will be only 1 or 2 part arcs that add up to a bigger, badder story I’m weaving in that will culminate around Issue 12 or 13. I don’t want to say too much about it yet, but the first issue has some pretty good clues and teases. It also has THE PHANTOM STRANGER! one of my favorite comic book characters. Seems like an odd fit? Well Smallville really is the ideal American small town. But all small towns have a dark side. And Smallville’s dark side will be slowly creeping to the surface, making Kon-el’s attempts at a “normal life” harder and harder to achieve. What you see in the first two issues will only be the tip of the iceberg. (If you’re interested I suggest picking up THE PHANTOM STRANGER showcase editions…they too will hold clues to coming events!)


Astute readers of my past work will also notice an “homage’ of sorts to Essex County in the first issues opening sequence. It pretty much mirrors the opening pages of Tales From The Farm, with the young character of Lester dreaming of flying away and leaving his troubles behind.

(PS…One more thing. Just a side note…my past work is obviously very Canadian. I’m a proud Canuck, what can I say. But it’s kind of interesting how Canadians have played a big part in Superboy’s life so far. Tom Grummet a fellow Canuck was the Superboy artist through the 90’s. maybe we’ll have to team up for an all Canadian issue?)


One thing I love to do in all my comics is use visual motifs. Re-occurring imagery that slowly reveals a metaphor or draws attention to certain aspects of the plot. I did it a lot in Essex and I do it a lot in Sweet Tooth. But It’s also fun to use these motifs as a way of drawing links, thematic or otherwise between some of my different books. It’s why I made Jepperd a hockey player in Sweet Tooth and had him being followed by crows as he trekked across the post-apocalyptic world. And it’s why I used this opening sequence to Superboy. Kon-el and Lester have a lot in common, and at the same time, they’re very different. Lester used his imagination to escape the small town he was stuck in and the hard realities f his life. He dreamed of being a superhero and flying away to great adventure. Conner is trying to use the normalcy of small town life to escape being a superhero. But he can’t. Like Lester he is who he is, and he’ll have to accept it sooner or later.


Now all this talk about my past work and hoe Essex County led to Superboy is probably a bit misleading. Any of my readers expecting to pick up Superboy and read “Essex County with Capes” will be disappointed. EC was a indie book through and through, both aesthetically and in its pacing and execution. Superboy is not Essex County. It can never be that kind of book. It’s a superhero comic. A DC superhero comic, and it celebrates it. It’s big and fun and full of action. But if I do my job right, all of that action a will mean something. And it will be balanced with real characters…real people living in small town America trying to figure themselves, and their lives out. And finding the answers within each other.

What else can I tell you about the book? Let’s see…There is a great first issue cover by Rafael Albequerque (American Vampire) and great covers to issues 2-5 by the awesome Phil Noto. There are a few new characters like Psionic Lad and The Spawn of Smallville. And of course there’s always KRYPTO! So that’s about it for now. That’s all I got. I hope you like the first issue. If you do, stick around and come back for more. If not, that’s cool too. Thanks for trying it out.

I can’t wait for #2 and #3 and beyond to come out, to share the stories I’ve been cooking up with Pier Gallo and the rest of Superman team up at DC! Thanks for reading.

Monday, November 1, 2010


This Wednesday, Nov.3, my first issue of DC Comic's new SUPERBOY series launches. In a way the release of Superboy marks a sort of milestone in my career, one I never saw coming. But, when I look back at how I got here, the path seems clear and natural.

It's been quite a journey for me both creatively and personally over the last 3 or 4 years. Four years ago...2006. I was still working full-time as a line cook at La Hacienda restaurant on Queen Street West in Toronto. I'd work night shifts and then get up early to draw all day before I had to go back in for my next shift.

I'd finished my first long-form comics work, the self-published LOST DOGS about a year and a half earlier and I'd been struggling with what to do next. There were a few aborted projects in there, but none of them really seemed to stick. I can't remember exactly how the idea for Tales From The Farm came about. But I do recall the original idea for that book was much more sci-fi heavy. It was a full-on genre book about a little kid living on a farm who dressed up as a superhero, and a big ex-hockey player. The two were the sole survivors in a small town after a plague wiped everyone else out (Sweet Tooth fans might find this concept eerily familiar).

But as I worked on that idea, I ended up dropping the overt genre elements and simplified it. It became a love letter to the small town where I grew up and to my own childhood on the farm. Tales From The Farm was meant as a stand-alone work. But it took off and the idea expanded into a series of books that would eventually be the Essex County Trilogy. It became a sweeping multi-generational epic about small town life and family, all filtered through the central metaphor of hockey.

The success of Essex County led to work at Vertigo, thanks to then editor Bob Schreck and the great Karen Berger. I did a book called The Nobody, another rumination on small town life, and then launched my current monthly book SWEET TOOTH, which oddly enough re-purposed some of my original ideas for Tales From The Farm and mashed them up with a bunch of other fun sci-fi and horror ideas I had floating around in my sketchbooks. I finally got to quit my kitchen job and work at comics full time. Life was good. But then it got better...

I never thought I'd ever write mainstream superhero comics. I just thought my style was a bit to personal and idiosyncratic to translate. And I never thought editors at DC or Marvel would be interested. I was wrong. Within a few months of Sweet Tooth's release I had offers to write superhero books for both Marvel and DC. It's no secret that I grew up reading superhero comics. Anyone who read Tales From The Farm can pretty clearly see young Lester's love of comics as a nod to my own childhood obsession. I loved them as a kid and still do now. So the opportunity to take on a superhero book of my own was really exciting, if not a bit unexpected.

DC offered me a chance to write an ATOM story in Adventure comics. I took it, and it was going pretty well. I admit, in hindsight that there was a pretty steep learning curve going from writing and drawing everything myself to trying to filter my "voice" through another artist. But Mahmud Asrar, the Atom art-phenom made the transition in those early chapters go a lot smoother, and eventually I started to get the hang of it.

Then came the chance to write Superboy. At first I wasn't really interested. I actually didn't think the character or the book would be a good fit for me. Sometimes the most obvious things are the hardest to see. But then I took a step back and saw how perfect I was for the book after all. I saw how all of the themes that I loved exploring in Essex County and The Nobody could also be present in Superboy...small town life, community , was all there. Only this time instead of filtering it through the metaphor of hockey, I could filter it through the metaphor of the super hero.

And that's how I began working on Superboy. Where it would lead me was even more unexpected, but I'll pick that up tomorrow. I'll also explain a few homages to Essex County "hidden" within the first couple of issues, and tease some upcoming storylines. See you then!

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Sweet Tooth current editor Pornsak Pichetshote, incoming editor Mark Doyle and a DC intern as Gus!
Sweet Tooth Fan Jeff Hendrickson as Gus!

Amazing pumpkin carved by a couple of great fans and their costume to go along with it.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Essex County has made the shortlist of 40 Books for the best Canadian fiction of the last decade!

You can vote by clicking on the link above.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Just one week until SUPERBOY #1 hits stores. Here's a pin-up of that character I did, colored by my Sweet Tooth art partner Jose Villarubia!

Monday, October 18, 2010


SWEET TOOTH #17 Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art and cover by JEFF LEMIRE The war between the cult army and the militia erupts as Jepperd finally encounters Abbot in his insane attempt to rescue Gus. Not everyone’s making it out of this one, and those that do survive will never be the same. The next stage of the SWEET TOOTH saga begins here! On sale JANUARY 5 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US MATURE READERS

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Written by JEFF LEMIRE Art by PIER GALLO Cover by PHIL NOTO 1:10 Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN It's just another day at Smallville High - girl trouble psychic attacks, gym class, lunch with Kid Flash, study hall and alien terrorists from the future! Retailers please note: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the Previews Order Form for more information. On sale JANUARY 5 * 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US

Sunday, October 10, 2010


I have a revised schedule for the NYCC on Sunday, I'll be signing at Top Shelf for most of the morning and they have great deals on both The Complete Essex County and The Nobody so come by and get one signed!


Top Shelf Booth - 10am-12pm

Signing at DC Booth 12:30-1:30

Indie Spinner Rack Booth- 3:00

Top Shelf Booth -5-Close

Friday, October 1, 2010

New York Comicon Schedule

This will be my signing schedule for the New York Comicon next week.


3:30-4:30-SIGNING @DC Comics Booth


12:15-1:15 - PANEL - DC UNIVERSE (Room 1A08-7)
2-3: SIGNING @ DC Comics Booth
3:45-4:45- PANEL- VERTIGO: On The Edge (1A06-7)


12:30-1:30 SIGNING @ DC Comics Booth

And, inbetween these signings and panels I'll be signing and sketching at the Top Shelf Booth periodically.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010


I can't recommend Emi Lenox's new Graphic Novel collection EMITOWN enough! This is your chance to show your support for a wonderful new cartoonist. Get out to your local comic store and pre-order a copy!!

"EMITOWN is a sketch diary in which I have drawn one page for every single day. I use a broad range of styles and it's really not the average diary comic. Originally a web comic, a full years worth of strips will be collected in the trade paperback from Image. It's going to be a little over 400 pages of strips featuring an introduction by Jamie S. Rich (Spell Checkers, You Have Killed Me) and a guest page from Brandon Graham (King City, Multiple Warheads). It has received praises from notorious comic folk such as Jeffrey Brown, Mike Allred, Jeff Lemire, and Jeff Parker."

ISBN: 1607063190

Check out the website the comic stemmed from!

Here is some early praise!

"EMITOWN is one of my favorite places to visit...I simply love the fresh energized pop that comes from Emi's work" - Mike Allred (Madman, IZombie)

"Some of the nicest cartooning I've discovered in a long time" - Jeff Lemire (Sweet Tooth, Essex County)

Monday, September 20, 2010


SUPERBOY #2 by new series cover artist Phil Noto! And the cover for SWEET TOOTH #17 by myself and colorist Jose Villarubia!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

Complete Essex County for 50 % off!

Top Shelf is having a big sale!

You can pick up the complete ESSEX COUNTY GN for 50% off for a limited time!

Monday, August 30, 2010


There is a preview of Sweet Tooth #13, out this Wednesday, over at the Vertigo blog...

It's the first part of the next storyline "ANIMAL ARMIES" in which Jepperd and Gus finally head towards a reunion, but at what cost?

Tuesday, August 24, 2010



Fan Expo 2010 is coming up this weekend and I will be in attendance, sketching signing and doing a few panels with DC.

I will be doing a few 9x12 Back and white commissions for $50. It will be a first come first serve basis, so come see me early to get on my sketch list!

I will also be bringing some Sweet tooth original art for sale. If there are any pages you are really interested in make sure to email me in advance so I'm sure to bring those with me.

Also I will have free copies of SWEET TOOTH #1 and a few limited edition Essex County Book Plates for anybody who wants one!

My Signing and Panel schedule:


5-6 pm: SIGNING @ DC Booth
7-8 pm: PANEL- DC NATION (Room 104A)


11-12 pm: PANEL- DC UNIVERSE (Room 104A)
1-2 pm: SIGNING @ DC Booth


2:30-3:30 pm: SIGNING @ DC Booth

Hope to see you there...if you come to the DC Panels make sure to ask Sweet Tooth and Superboy questions!

Also don't forget that my first SUPERBOY story is out this week in ACTION COMICS #892!