The new print collection of my comics is now available to order online directly through Northwest Press !
You can also have your local comic shop order the book through Diamond, or if you’d like to get it through a local bookstore or if you are a bookstore and would like information on distributors, you can find that information at the same link above.
This collection, my first full-size printed book, collects comics mostly done in the last year or so including some of the largest storylines I’ve done so far. The dating storyline, Boy From Santa Cruz , and the story about Rickets the robot, Marching to “The City” are both included in full, along with a lot of comics that aren’t available on the website yet. It’s a really beautiful collection, and I think if you like my comics you’ll enjoy it a lot. You can also order a digital version of the book from iTunes, and order the book at Amazon through the links below:
The book’s been getting a great reception so far, and I’m really flattered by some of the reviews I’ve received, so I’m going to start collecting links to them here. In addition to being flattered, I’ve been really excited that these reviews have zeroed in on a lot of the things I was trying to do with the book, and they seem to really get it. I’m excited that the book seems to be connecting with people!
Review in the Bay Area Reporter by Roberto Friedman — It’s rare to see the sometimes kinky sides of gay sexuality portrayed with such tenderness and knowing candor. If the habitues of Worley’s world are footloose and sorta depraved—but in a good way—his cartoons are solid keepers.”
Review at cxPulp by Andrea Speed — “I found this book riveting and hard to put down. It’s very relatable whether you’re gay, straight, or an anthropomorphized rabbit. It’s a little ironic that a comic with so many animal proxies is so very human.”
Review at GayLeague.com by Joe Palmer — “…while he cites the auto bio comics work of R. Crumb and Jeffrey Brown for thematic inspiration, Worley has his own voice. Oh dear, the die hard spandex crowd just had a collective wide-eyed stare at those names. Don’t you worry! You can enjoy this book without danger of your superhero-lover card being revoked.”
Review at Pink Kryptonite — “Take the authenticity of Pekar’s American Splendor, and blend it with classicist artcomix values, and you get an idea of the beauty behind Rick’s book. He even goes so far as to invite all his readers so moved by his work to contact him and be his groupies. Literally fucking with your audience. It’s genius.”
Review at Starving for Ink — “Ultimately, A Waste of Time is just the opposite. Worley has given us a refreshing dose of reality that I believe people will relate to, whether they’re gay, straight, or in between.”
I’ll keep linking to more reviews as they come in. In addition to those reviews, I had two amazing cartoonists, Howard Cruse and Robert Kirby, who were kind enough to provide really great pull quotes for the cover, and StevieD and EvilJeff from the Comic Book Queers podcast provided a great forward where they said shockingly nice things about the book!
“There’s a brutal frankness and honesty coming from these foxes and teddy bears that you rarely see anywhere else. Comics are the one of the last havens to be truly offensive and beautifully unapologetic.” — from the Foreword by StevieD and EvilJeff from the Comic Book Queers podcast.
“Beautifully drawn, hilarious, wistful, profane and very human. Rick Worley’s A Waste of Time knocked me out.” — Robert Kirby, creator of Curbside, Boy Trouble and THREE.
“Rick Worley’s insightful A Waste of Time comic strips are simultaneously tender and perverse—like his bunny.” — Howard Cruse, author of Stuck Rubber Baby and Wendel.
I mean, Robert Kirby and Howard Cruse, how cool is that?
Thanks to everybody that’s been following my comics on this website during the time that I’ve been posting them, and if you’ve read the book or are a fan of my comics, it would be greatly appreciated if you took a minute to review them at either the iTunes page or the Amazon page! I’m going to be posting more information about the book soon, and I’m going to keep doing updates to the website on a Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday schedule for the foreseeable, future, so check back, a ton more stuff coming up! If you want to get updates about these things as they happen, follow the Facebook page for my comics, or you can also follow me at twitter.com/bloodoftheland . Thanks again to everybody, the book is beautiful and I’m extremely proud and excited about it, and so the reaction it’s received so far is incredibly gratifying.
Right now, the store page on this website is going to be going through a transition. The old single issues I used to link to on here are not going to be in print any longer. I’m probably going to reprint the older comics from those first two issues in some other format in the future. The book published by Northwest Press is new material, not in those previous printed issues. Soon this store is going to be expanded to include several other items, including T-shirts and some collectible things, and possibly original art by me, so check back soon!
A comics anthology I contributed a four-page story to. Mostly all local San Francisco cartoonists. Click on the image above to order the book from Amazon, or click here to read more about the book .