Zine Machine 2017

October 27th, 2017

Isn’t “Zine Machine” the coolest name?


We here by notify you that AdHouse Books is planning to attend Zine Machine 2017 in Raleigh-Durham on November 4, 2017.

Won’t you come by and visit with us and all the other wonderful exhibitors?

One special note: Craig Fischer will be interviewing AdHouse on a panel. I like Craig, so it should be good. I even worked up a… POWERPOINT! (gasp)

Seez ya if I seez ya!

Barbra in the Sky with Neil Diamonds 2017

October 19th, 2017

For those keen of AdHouse memory, you will recall we once released a book titled Barbra in the Sky with Neil Diamonds by Joshua Cotter.

It was one of our first forays into using print-on-demand (POD) and due to the nature of the beast (cost) we designed the publication as a limited S&N edition with a higher cost.

Well, just recently we sold the last of those limited editions, and Josh and I talked it over and decided to create a regular edition that is available at Blurb.

Barbra in the Sky with Neil Diamonds

by Joshua Cotter.
Published by AdHouse Books

A collection of newspaper strips that Joshua Cotter created for the Kansas City Star between the years of 2002 and 2007.

4C cover
48 4C pages
6″ x 9″ SC
$15 US funds

Available at Blurb.

MICE 2017

October 16th, 2017

Hey Y’all!


We’re pretty excited to be attending our VERY FIRST MICE this coming weekend (10/21-22/17)!

(That’s Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo for the acronymly-challenged!)

We’ve never been, but I’ve heard many great things… including it’s “like an early SPX”! (See photo above!)

While that comparison is wonderful on it’s own, I must admit I have been VERY impressed with the communication and ideas from the event organizers.

So, if you’re in the area (Cambridge/Boston) please swing on by. We’ll be there at Table A48 with Ethan Rilly. I hear Luke Howards should be somewhere in the “house” as well.

Looking forward to it!

CXC 2017

September 25th, 2017

Time Marches On!


I hope you might have the time to join our busy Fall Tour Schedule, and stop by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) this weekend Sept. 30 & Oct. 1st!

They have lots of cool things planned around the event. (WARE?!?)

Not sure where our table will be within the lovely Columbus Metropolitan Library, but I’m betting you should be able to find us.

15 Years of AdHouse SPX

September 8th, 2017

Yes. It was 15 years ago that AdHouse Books exhibited at their first SPX.

My how the time flies.

I hope you can make it to this year’s show which is on Sept. 16 & 17th in Bethesda, MD.

We’ll be debuting two new books with the creators on hand. As in year’s past, you can find the AdIsland at W53-55.


Malachi Ward will be there to sign EXPANSION.



Konstantin Steshenko will be there to sign SCREWED UP.



On top of that Ethan Rilly is a special guest this year, so please stop by and talk to him about the latest issue of POPE HATS!

Looking forward to it…


Don Marshall: An Appreciation

August 2nd, 2017

Earlier today Phil Hester tweeted: “Pro tip: Never look at Moebius.”

While I can understand his intent, I immediately thought of another artist who in my mind did look at Moebius, absorbed it, and created his own wonderful stories and images… Don Marshall.

Now if you google “Don Marshall” you will more than likely find the actor who appeared on Land of the Giants. This is the OTHER Don Marshall… little known Canadian comic creator who appeared in little known anthologies right around the BW Explosion. I’ve only see one other person on Tumblr spread the gospel of Marshall, so I thought I might help in the endeavor.

I knew some of his work appeared in Andromeda. So, I grabbed my copies and scanned them. To my knowledge, he WROTE and DREW his comics. The work is copyright the respective owners…



While I knew he was in Andromeda, I kept grasping for another series, and one cover in particular he had done. Well, after going through my spinner rack, I found it. Of COURSE it was VORTEX. Duh, right? This cover had to have appeared in house ads, because it is burned into my nostalgic memories.



Finally, just to show you I have been on the chase, I even emailed Peter at the Beguiling to see if he knew anything about Don. I can’t find his response, but I came way feeling like no one in Don’s circle has heard from him in ages. I even tried “friending” Dean Motter on FB, but he still hasn’t accepted my “friendship.”

Oh well. And while doing all this, I thought of another Moebius looker: Dennis Fujitake. Sooo Goood.


Update: Peter from the Beguiling resent the email from our previous conversation. He had asked someone else, and this is what they said: “Funny you should ask. I was with some Nelvana artists over the weekend, and I asked if anybody knew where he was, and nobody did. He also did work for Andromeda, another Canadian comic published in the late 70’s/early 80’s.”

Also, via FB, I was reminded that I had reached out to Paul Rivoche. Here’s Paul’s update: “I was there when Don delivered his original art for this cover. Very nice handling of acrylic paint. Don, Jim Craig, and I worked on background design at Nelvana Animation, on their feature “Rock ‘n’ Rule. I always admired his work and wonder where he is now….can’t locate any info about him... The last time I heard anything about him, someone said that he quit art to become a bus driver or postal worker in Hamilton, Ontario. If that is true, it’s a crying shame, because he was/is a very talented guy…”

Expansion in October from AdHouse Books

July 25th, 2017

by Matt Sheean & Malachi Ward.
Published by AdHouse Books

Ten thousand years ago, agents of an advanced civilization clash with a pacifist cult over control of prehistoric human society. This sci-fi epic from the creators of the critically acclaimed Ancestor also contains additional comics from Brandon Graham and Simon Roy.

152 1C pages
6″ x 7.75″SC
$14.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-41-1
Shipping October 2017
Diamond Order Code: AUG17 1119

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Pope Hats 5 in September from AdHouse Books

June 27th, 2017

Pope Hats #5
by Ethan Rilly.
Published by AdHouse Books

The long anticipated return to Frances Scarland’s story. Life now plays a different tune for our guileless insomniac. While Vickie flourishes in Los Angeles with startling ease, Frances must endure the ever-shifting terrain of her immense law firm. Can Frances become a grounded person in the face of impending, boundless doom? Can she not drink too much? What’s up with her love life? Find out in the biggest and most intensive issue of Pope Hats yet.

4C cover
64 4C pages
7 ” x 10 ” saddle stitched
$9.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-40-4
DM Shipping September 2017
Diamond Order Code: JUL17 1302

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HeroesCon 2017

June 9th, 2017

You all better “RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN, RUN and take a step or two” to HeroesCon’s 35th Anniversary Show!

(Show above: DMC meeting with our isthmus-bud Ed Piskor!)

June 16-18th in lovely Charlotte, NC!

It seems like they are bringing EVERYONE to the show this year.

We’ll be excited to have our US Debut of TARANTULA with both Alexis Ziritt & Fabian Rangel attending!

What else is new? Well, we’ll have POPE HATS #5, Silver Sprocket’s YOUR BLACK FRIEND & PLEASE DESTROY MY ENEMIES… as well as some excellent obscurities we have recently acquired!

Oh, and if you missed out on the LIMITED pressing of our 3905 AdHouse T, we’ll have a few extra on hand. Get there early for the best selection!

We really hope you can make it. It really is one of the best old school COMIC shows with a smattering of indy/alternative around…

AdHouse can be found on the tiny isthmus (within Indy Island) that is known as PITZERBURGHER (cause we got our pals Eddie P. and Jimmie Rugg from Pittsburgh…gettit?)  AA-1217 / AA-1218 / AA-1219!

Added bonus: We’ll get to visit the store’s new digs! Can’t wait!


June 6th, 2017



( We’re thrilled to have what might possibly be our first guest-blog-post at AdHouse! So, we’ll get out of the way and let Pope Hats’ creator Ethan Rilly take over… thanks Ethan!  But before we go, look for Pope Hats #5 to be solicited in the Diamond July Previews catalog in stores later this month. )


• I’m excited for people to see this book. It concludes the Frances and Vickie story, which has been on my mind for years and years.

• I’ve never found making comics to be a breezy process, but this issue proved to be a perverse challenge. It’s the only one that took me longer to write than to draw—and it still took eons to draw.



• I’m a single-tasker. It’s the only way I can keep my head straight. I focus on writing and nothing else, then page breakdowns and nothing else, then grids, then lettering, then pencils—onward until it’s done. The main drawback is intense disorientation whenever it’s time to switch gears. You look up and it’s like, “Oh—winter ended.” I have some friends who can kind of intuit an entire story panel by panel, but I think that’s absolutely insane.



• Enough people have asked me whether I’m a lawyer that it might be useful to answer here: No, and I never was. Never stepped foot in a law firm. This story might be autobiographical in all the regular faintly embarrassing ways but the lawyer stuff is a good distance outside of me. I did research and interviews.



• Whenever I’m pushing into the final stretch of a project I get oddly superstitious. Every day I need to wear the same shoes, same watch, eat the same shitty snacks. Weird random stuff. And then there’s a list of normal human tasks that I have to keep on the back burner. It’s an extreme, productivity-based version of “Let’s not jinx this.”

• After I put the final cap on #5 and handed it off to our Quebec printer, I was hit by a pretty raw psychic hangover. It went on for weeks. Maybe it’s the obsessive energy draining away.

• If you like the cover to #5, it’s solely because Maurice Vellekoop coloured it. He’s incredible, flawless. It would take me decades of painful practice to be able to paint a palette like that on a single sheet of paper. And to have the contours registering with the line art like magic… It makes me nervous just thinking about it.



• I keep returning to this notion: that the best feeling in the world is working really hard at creating something with no guarantee of a positive outcome. You don’t need to describe it to anyone. Just keep working, work until you’re dog-tired… The whole thing is mysterious and powerful.

• I genuinely appreciate the “letters” that come in!



• I’ll be appearing at these shows in the remainder of 2017. Please come and say hi. (And thanks if you dropped by recently at TCAF or FBDM):

CHICAGO   —   CAKE   —   June 10-11
BETHESDA   —   SPX   —   Sept 16-17
TORONTO   —   Word on the Street   —   Sept 24
CAMBRIDGE   —   MICE   —   Oct 21-22
BROOKLYN   —   Comic Arts Brooklyn   —   tbd

Ethan Rilly,
May 2017