Living the Line Publishing was formed in the fall of 2020 by writer/illustrator Sean Michael Robinson, debuting with the Dave Sim and Carson Grubaugh collaboration You Don't Know Jack. Now, Living the Line is proud to present their debut graphic novel publication, the long-awaited The Strange Death of Alex Raymond, in a 320-page oversized hardback format.

Living the Line publications are distributed by Diamond Comics in comic shops, and Diamond Book Distribution in book shops.

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For translation rights, Living the Line is represented by Jeff Webber of the Webber Agency.


David Victor SIM is the author, cartoonist, and publisher of Cerebus the Aardvark, a groundbreaking independent comic which ran from December 1977 to March 2004. In 2018 he was entered into The Guinness Book of World Records for “most consecutive issues of a comic book written and drawn”. The series, which largely followed the life of the titular character, was noted for its exquisitely-rendered art and stylistic flexibility, its novelistic character development and story arcs, and bold violations of audience expectations. During the run of the series, Sim was awarded an Eisner award for Best Graphic Album (Flight, 1994), a Harvey award for “Best Cartoonist” (1992), an Ignatz award for “Outstanding Artist” (1998), a Joe Shuster award for “Outstanding Comic Book Achievement” (2005), and two Kirby awards for “Best Black & White Series” (in both 1985 and 1987). Throughout his career Sim has advocated for self-publishing as a means of securing both creative and financial freedom for comic creators. His influence, mentoring and advocacy led to a wave of self-publishing throughout the 1980s and the1990s, prompting such notable (and distinct) self-published works as From Hell (Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell) A Distant Soil (Colleen Doran), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird).

Carson GRUBAUGH earned an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art as well as BFAs in Fine Art and Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley. He was named the Mercedes Benz Financial Services Emerging Artist of 2011, was a keynote speaker at the 2013 Difference That Makes a Difference Conference at the Open University, placed 3rd in the 15th Art Renewal Center Salon portraiture category, and has shown in the US, Germany, England at venues such as The Cranbrook Museum of Art, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, ABTART, Virginia Beach Museum of Contemporary Art, The Chrysler Museum, Museum of New Art, Sotheby’s NY and the European Museum of Modern Art among many others. Carson is currently a Full-Time Instructor of Art at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Sean Michael ROBINSON is a writer, illustrator, musician, and former high school art teacher, as well as a man-about-town. In his brief time as an adult human he's drawn hundreds of pages of comics, scribbled a gazillion portraits, sung two seasons as a mercenary Christmas caroler, performed on a hundred street corners, in a dozen plays, and written and recorded half a dozen albums. This is the very short list, leaving out as it does candy salesman, lifeguard, and other unsavory occupations.