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2022 Updates

Happy 2022!

I realized, just recently, that I haven’t updated my web site or my blog since…well, since a month before the pandemic really descended upon us.

I’d imagine that’s relatively common for most of us, as we’ve seen our lives demarcated into two specific eras: Before Pandemic, and In the Years of the Pandemic (wish I could write “After”). So many of my normal routines were disrupted, and I’ve found myself trying to reflect upon what I used to do in 2019, and who I used to be, and what I used to enjoy or value. (Even something as simple as going out to eat or going to see a movie…how often did I do that?)

In any case, I wanted to start the new year with a few links to show what I’ve been up to. Yes, I’ve been writing and drawing, though much of what I’ve produced is still in that frustrating stage of either “in progress, don’t look at me!” or “I’m ready, someone publish me NOW! what’s that? you want me to wait six months before you give me a response?…got it.”

Just recently, though, I’ve actually had three comics published in three different journals.

The first is called “Self-Away,” and it’s part of my series of Black Mirror-esque tales of technology destroying relationships. It’s ink and watercolor (very colorful), and it’s here at 805 Literary Arts.

I also just had a piece published at Booth, the literary journal of Butler University, and this has been one of my “bucket list” publications for a short comic for probably a decade. Super exciting to see it published online. It’s called “My Pandemic Garden,” and it’s part of another series of comics I’ve been playing with, all of which are horror/fantasy tales that stem from (you guessed it) the pandemic. Don’t worry. It’s not triggering. There’s a killer tomato. You’ll love. It’s black and white, just ink on paper.

I’ve also got a comic called “Melt” (pandemic horror, too) coming out in an anthology called Hindsight, so I’ll update you when that arrives.

Recently, I was also a guest on Orange County Commissioner Emily Bonilla’s talk show Emily Tells All. You can watch via YouTube, or even add her Roku channel and watch that way. Video below.

And you know what? It occurs to me, here in 2022, that I never shared my comics memoir from early 2020, which I wrote and drew during lockdown. It’s called “A Day in the Life of a Stay-at-Home Professor,” and it was published on the UCF web site. It’s interesting to relive that period of my/ our lives, though it’s also a time period that I am extremely happy to be distanced from.

Finally, this is also a little late…but for anyone who’s read my campus history of the University of Central Florida…you might be interested in this piece about the history of UCF Homecoming, and our Homecoming Court. There’s a little interview with me (you’ll find it close to the end) and it was a lot of fun to participate. Wait, didn’t you know that I was UCF Homecoming King back in 2001? Don’t I strike you as “royalty”?

Learn something new every day, don’t you?

Until next time, world wide web! Enjoy the comics!

Lit Hub

I’ve got a new comic essay out this week at Literary Hub. It’s a reading list of my favorite / most influential hybrid novels. There’s a watercolor of a book eating me. You should read it (screenshot below):

Book Release Round-Up

It’s the start of December here in Orlando, which means that I am stuck in the whirlwind of my book release. The book officially saw local release in early November, with my truly amazing book launch party at The Orange Studio in downtown Orlando. But the “street date” for my book release is actually December 11, which means that we’re still a week and a half away from Amazon shipping copies to my “national” fan base. (Do I have a national fan base? I’ll just say “yes” so that I can feel good about myself.)

It’s an exciting time to be Nathan Holic, let me tell you. And to prove it, here’s a quick round-up of some press and some Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City articles from the past month or so.

I had a great time chatting with the Townie Tourist, both about the book, and about a billion other things. You can read her “20 Questions” text interview with me right here, and you can watch a video of our much larger conversation here.

I was profiled in the monthly Orange County Library magazine, and while I can’t offer a direct link to the article, this will take you to the pdf for the issue!

I’ve also got a comics workshops called “Comics For Non-Artists” at the library on December 9th. Here’s the link to that one!

And I was fortunate to get a great review of the book at one of my favorite literary magazines, Saw Palm. Check out there review here!

And the Orlando Sentinel also gave a great write-up for the book here, though I wasn’t fast enough to run out and get a print copy…

Additionally, riding high on the fumes of my book release, I was inducted into UCF’s Scroll & Quill Society, which recognizes faculty with a strong record of publication over the course of a decade at the university. Read about it here!

I’m sure that I’m forgetting some other links, but that’s why I have a blog, right? I’ll write a round-up at the end of the month, and all omissions shall be forgotten!

Some Q’s and Some A’s

Greetings, Universe!

We are two weeks away from my book launch party (Saturday, November 9th, at Orange Studio in downtown Orlando), and it’s exciting to see that people (like, real people!) are indeed talking about the book.

To learn a little more about Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City, and the long journey toward publication, check out this front page article in Orlando’s Downtown Community Paper. There’s a photo below of the full page.

And then head over to Townie Tourist, who was gracious enough to conduct a twenty-question interview with me. (We’ll be doing a Facebook Live interview very soon, too. Like, video. Technology, ya’ll.) She also read the book and had some very awesome things to say about it. Totally worth your time to check out! See you in two weeks, when this novel officially becomes a physical object.

Downtown Comm Paper


Book Release, and Orlando Authors to Know

Greetings, world!

Two quick items, hot off the press (not sure what the new expression is for internet news, since there is no printing press involved with this stuff, but I’ll leave that to someone smarter than me to figure out).

Item #1: Details for my hotly anticipated book release party are now revealed! Check out the Facebook event page here! We’ll be holding the party at Orange Studio in the Mills/50 neighborhood of downtown Orlando, on Saturday, November 9. Pre-order the book, and it will be available for pick-up. The party’s gonna be off the chain, ya’ll. (Or…as “off the chain” as a literary event can be. I’ll work on finding a more appropriate expression here, too.)

Item #2: The Orlando Weekly recently put together a list of “10 Orlando authors you should know,” and I was excited to find my name on the list! I’m pretty sure I’ve never been featured in a listicle before. This calls for a drink. (As of the writing of this post, it is 9:30 AM. So I will postpone the drink. But you can drink, if you’d like. no judgment.)

Hopefully I’ll have more news to share soon! Reviews. Online excerpts. Interviews. More listicles? Oh, what a time to be alive.

Bright Lights, Medium-Sized City

Once again, I’ve neglected my poor web space for far too long.

But there’s big news to report!

My new novel, Bright Lights Medium-Sized City, will be published this Fall by Burrow Press. The official release date is in December, and you are of course free to wait those many months…But it would be far cooler if you slithered over to the Burrow Press web site to pre-order the book. Link here! You’ll get the book early, and all of your friends will be jealous.

I’ll share the synopsis and some blurbs and press in the weeks ahead. Why waste it all in one blog post?

For today, I’d also like to announce that I’ll be part of PechaKucha, an Orlando institution, at the Dr. Phillips Center, on Friday, November 8. Tickets are available here. My book release party will actually be the next day, Saturday, November 9. It’s going to be a huge weekend for me, and for the book. Book your travel and hotel now!

Bright Lights Cover 3D


Summer ’17 Updates

Hello there, world!

Look here: a blog post!

It’s been a wild few months since I’ve updated the blog, but I wanted to update my readers on a few writing endeavors that they can read, and/ or look forward to.

First, I’ll have an article in the Summer edition of Pegasus Magazine, the lush and colorful and over-sized publication of UCF Marketing. I’ve interviewed and profiled comic writer Robert Venditti (UCF ’01), and because the magazine is awesome (a real coffee table item) we wrote the piece as a four-page comic. It’ll be beautiful, and very different than most interviews and profiles you’re used to reading. If you’re a UCF alum, you’ll likely see it in your mail at the start of July.

Speaking of comics: this past Spring, my Rhetoric of Comics class was profiled in the Orlando Sentinel. Follow the link here for an article and video. The print version ran on the front page of the newspaper!

My comic “Mark’s Days” was also published at Knee-Jerk Magazine. And my comic adaptation of Lavinia Ludlow’s Single Stroke Seven is here. I’ve also got a few other comics circulating out in the submission nethersphere, so hopefully positive updates soon.

And if you’ve ever read/ enjoyed my empathetic fiction that takes on the POV of disposable victims in B-movies, here’s a new entry in that series: “A Zombie in Dawn of the Dead Transitions From an All-Juice Diet,”  in JMWW. I should also have another short fiction published in print, too, from The Meadow.

And I don’t think I shared it last summer, mostly because I was shell-shocked by the Pulse shooting here in Orlando, but I wrote a very long interview/ essay about writing Orlando/ Florida fiction, and writing about fraternities, and writing about fatherhood, at Prick of the Spindle. It feels a bit like a manifesto, and you can read it here.

Bye for now! I’m off to enjoy my air conditioning! #summerinflorida


Book Covers and Comics!

A couple quick updates, from Nathan Holic the artist (as opposed to Nathan Holic the fiction writer, or even Nathan Holic the editor or Nathan Holic the sometimes-blogger)!

Last Fall, I had the opportunity to teach a class called The Rhetoric of Comics. It was a blast, and I savored every second of it. I also created a course-specific blog for the class, which is one reason why I haven’t been updating this–my author site/ blog–very often in the last few months. It’s tough to keep so many portals constantly updated. Anyway, though, the class is now over, but the blog still exists. If you’re interested in seeing some of the assignments and the student work from the class, just click here.

I’m also excited to announce the publication of author-punker Lavinia Ludlow’s second novel, Single Stroke Seven, which will burst onto the scene in March. Lavinia asked me to draw the cover of the book, which you can see below. To order the book, click here.


You can also read some of Lavinia’s writing advice/ lessons here. She references some of our interactions as writer-editor team a few years back, so I get a name-drop or two.

And finally, because I was teaching a Rhetoric of Comics course last Fall, I spent a lot of time writing/ drawing comics. (That’s what happens. When I teach a particular genre, I wind up immersing myself in it, and really spending all of my creative time indulging in that genre.) So, in addition to creating the course syllabus and all of the assignment sheets as comics (see two example images below), I also wanted to draw at least one complete original comic.

At the end of the Fall semester, I received two different opportunities to do so.

The first was an invitation to participate in the ongoing Transit Interpretation Project (TrIP) here in Orlando, which asks local artists to use public transit in the city and then “interpret” the experience. Orlando is, quite simply, not a city known for its incredible public transit, and so many of the pieces of artwork offer commentary on the issues that riders face. My own contribution was a little more light-hearted, but (I think) also speaks to how/why public transit is used in the city (more as a lark than as a reliable method to get somewhere)…my wife and I took a “date day” on the SunRail, and you can read my comic here.

Finally, novelist Alex Kudera asked me to contribute a comic adaptation of one chapter of his novel Fight For Your Long Day for a brand-new classroom edition of the book. This was a pretty involved project, and one of the longest comics I’d created in awhile. Below is a single page, and I’ll offer updates when the edition is published. You can read Alex Kudera’s blog for more information.

Away From Therapy2 - jpg

What’s going on this Spring? Well, I’m teaching, and finishing final revisions on a novel I’ve been working on since 2010 or so. And then there’s AWP in Los Angeles at the start of April, where I’ll sit on a panel to talk about my Rhetoric of Comics course. So there are some things coming up for writer-teacher-editor-artist Nathan Holic. Maybe I’ll write another blog update to let you know about them? Maybe…maybe…That might be a productive use of time.

Cincinnati Review

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted, and I keep forgetting to post/update, but I figured: today is a good day for a blog post.

If you haven’t already seen/read, The Cincinnati Review (and author Don Peteroy) did a great write-up of my new novella, The Things I Don’t See.

Check it out here!

If you haven’t already picked up a copy of the book, you can order online from Main Street Rag (the publisher), or drop me an email for a signed copy, or (if you’re in Orlando) swing by Bookmark It in East End Market, or trudge to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the University of Central Florida campus.

We Creep Closer…

As we creep closer to the release date for The Things I Don’t See, my new novella, it’s exciting to see that other people are, like, actually talking about the book.

The first is the Orlando Weekly, our alternative newspaper here in town. They’ve been incredibly supportive of the work I’ve done with Burrow Press, and of my first novel (American Fraternity Man), and it was exciting to see The Things I Don’t See mentioned in an article today about books they’re looking forward to in 2015.

The second is The Drunken Odyssey, my favorite literature and culture-themed podcast, hosted by the brilliant and funny John King. John reads the first page(s) of my new book at the start of his latest podcast, then delves into the 15 Views of Miami collection (I was the series editor!) as he interviews editor Jaquira Diaz, who put together a truly amazing book. Listeners also get to hear Jaquira read a page or two from her novel, which is totally worth the price of admission. (It’s a free download, of course, for the uninitiated.)

And also pretty cool: there’s this, from the blog of bestselling author Jeff Vandermeer, who recently visited Orlando. He talks with Ryan Rivas at Burrow Press (with whom I’ve spent a lot of time and energy in constructing the “15 Views” series), and says some great things about the Orlando literary community. Ryan’s such a smart, caring, and hard-working editor and publisher…it’s awesome to see him getting the regional and national attention that he deserves for his efforts.

That’s all for today. Happy holidays to all of my loyal blog followers, and–if you’re looking for a way to spend that extra $6 in your paycheck–remember to hit up the Things I Don’t See pre-sale, which concludes very soon!