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!

QUICK OBSERVATIONS FROM THE HOME STRETCH OF A LONG COMIC (Pope Hats #5)

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,
Montreal
May 2017

 

Screwed Up in August from AdHouse Books

May 31st, 2017

Screwed Up
by Konstantin Steshenko.
Published by AdHouse Books

You ever watch one of those cringe inducing marriage proposals on Youtube, the ones where the unlucky girl runs off angry with embarrassment and the clueless guy has no idea how it could have possibly gone wrong? And everyone is just watching, mortified? This is one of those stories. Jeremy is a constantly down on his luck guy who has the brilliant idea to propose to his ex at the place where they first met, a very public and busy subway platform in New York. Things do not go according to plan. And then things get horribly, horrifically worse.

Details:
4C cover
32 1C pages
7″x 5″ saddle stitched
$6.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-39-8
Shipping August 2017
Diamond Order Code: JUN17 1129

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TCAF 2017

May 10th, 2017

For those who pay extra attention to the conventions we attend, I wanted to let you know that we’ll be back for TCAF 2017.  It’s May 13 & 14th this year.

We took last year off in regards to exhibiting, because we didn’t really have any debut books. Figured others could use the space, etc.

But this year, we got a some debuts.

If all goes as planned both TARANTULA and POPE HATS #5 will be debuting at the show.

You can  find us near our regular location… upstairs in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, table 272 & 271

Ethan Rilly will be at his table 151.

Alexis Ziritt and Rune Ryberg will be tabling with us (tables 272/271), and their schedule is:

Saturday Rune Rydberg 9-1 / Alexis Ziritt 1-5
Sunday Alexis Ziritt 11-2 / Rune Rydberg 2-5

Looks like AdAlum Jamie Tanner will be hanging with us too! Also, swing by to check out some cool pubs from our pals at Local Heroes Press!

Hope you can make it.

Tarantula in June from AdHouse Books

March 28th, 2017

Tarantula
by Alexis Ziritt & Fabian Rangel Jr. & Evelyn Rangel.
Published by AdHouse Books

Psychedelic pulp. Satanic noir. The story of three unusual agents of order trying to bring justice to a world on the brink of chaos. The pulp of yesterday retold through the lens of modern, over-the-top, psychedelic storytelling. The team that took the indie world by storm with SPACE RIDERS sets their sights on pulpy supernatural action/adventure!

details:
96 4C pages
6″ x 9″ HC
$14.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-38-1
Shipping Fall 2016
Diamond Order Code: APR17 1182

“Love every single panel of every single page! So powerful and sexy!” — David Rubin

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Silver Sprocket in May from AdHouse Books

February 28th, 2017

Did you know that AdHouse Books will help sub-distribute other publishers through Diamond? It’s true! We picked up the practice from Alternative Comics way back in the day. It’s a pretty good deal for all involved. The only real hurdle is it has to “feel” like an AdHouse Book. Previous publications have included Basewood, Bumperboy, The Venice Chronicles… you get the idea. Anyway, we’re proud to announce a new partnership with Silver Sprocket. We hope you’ll give them a try.

 

Your Black Friend
by Ben Passmore.
Published by Silver Sprocket.
Distributed by AdHouse Books.

Ben Passmore’s necessary contribution to the dialogue around race in the United States, Your Black Friend is an open letter from your black friend to you about race, racism, friendship and alienation.

“Required reading for white people, especially if we hope to be useful allies and decent friends.” – WomenWriteAboutComics.com

“It’s entertaining and comical and heartbreaking, everything an eye-opening experience should be.” –Comicsbulletin.com

Details:
4C cover
12 FC pages
5.5 ” x 8.5 ” saddle stitched
$5.00 US funds
ISBN 978-1-9455090-3-2
Shipping May 2017
Diamond Order Code: MAR17 1235

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Please Destroy My Enemies
by Michael Sweater.
Published by Silver Sprocket.
Distributed by AdHouse Books.

Witty and irreverent funny comics by Michael Sweater, a skater, tagger, tattoo artist, and punk rocker raised on Calvin and Hobbes, The Far Side and Foxtrot. Please Destroy My Enemies is Sweater’s latest collection of cute, fun, and disturbing comics, all too relatable and gut wrenchingly hilarious.

Details:
4C cover
64 1C pages
6″ x 6″ SC
$6.99 US funds
ISBN 978-1-9455090-1-8
Shipping May 2017
Diamond Order Code: MAR17 1234

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New Limited Edition AdHouse T-Shirt!

October 21st, 2016

I’ve been thinking about a new AdHouse T for a while. Those keen of following recall I had a “baseball script” design I was sharing at the beginning of the year. Hell, it might have been last year. Anyway… after talking with Dustin Harbin at CXC, I came to conclusion that a new House shirt would probably be better received.

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Update: I can’t imagine I’m going to see a HUGE amount of orders at the end of the month, so I’m going to adjust the cut off date from November 25th to November 11th at 11am. Let’s get this party started! There is the quick, and the hungry! What, me worry?!?

So, what we’re doing is offering a window for pre-orders. From now until November 25th, 2016, you can order your very own Next Level Tri-Blend (Sooo Softtt…) Vintage Navy T with our new House imprinted using Sky Blue ink.

Why the pre-order? The last time I did T designs I ended up with a helluva lot of weird sizes that I carted around forever… and eventually donated to Goodwill!

Also, I really don’t like those T designs that cost an arm & a leg. So, I’m trying to keep these as low as possible. $15 plus shipping. (Heck, to make it an even better deal, if you want me to hold your shirt until I see you in person, we can make that happen, and I’ll refund your shipping costs. Just tell me so in the comments section of your paypal transaction. Also, when placing your order, please confirm your paypal shipping address is correct, or will be in December, and that your correct size is chosen. Thanks!)

I had originally thought about doing these next year to help celebrate our 15th anniversary. But with Spring possibly being busy with Tarantula, I thought it best to get these out there now. As such, the plan is to place the order at the end of November… 10 days for production… and mail in time for X-mas. Ho.Ho.Ho.

You can pre-order your 2016 AdHouse T-Shirt right here.

Cue the cropped models…

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Who put the X in the CXC?

October 12th, 2016

Yo! Yo! Yo!

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October is hitting us hard and heavy with all types of activities! This week/end is the beauty/beast known as CXC, or Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

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We got to “beta” last year, and it was a HOOT. So, if you are anywhere near the Columbus area this week/end, please check out some of the great events/markets. This year the marketplace is in the more permanent home of the Columbus Metropolitan Library downtown branch, 96 S Grant Ave, Columbus, OH 43215.

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Like last year, there will be a whole gang of AdRelated creators on hand … so please, check them OUT!

RVA Zine Show 2016

September 26th, 2016

Can you smell it in the air? Fall is here. You can tell by the amount of comic-related shows that be happening.

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So, we’re excited for our hometown Richmond Zine Fest to happen again this weekend. Hell, we even have a new zine that celebrates our twenty-five years of Richmond comic-related memories.

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The fest part takes place Saturday from 11-4 at the Richmond Public Library on main. (Also be sure to check out the programming on Friday and the after party if you are so inclined.)

I hope you can make it.

SPX 2016

September 9th, 2016

Small Press Expo – September 17 & 18, 2016

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I get to start SPX a week early this year. As luck, or demographics, would have it, the Richmond Public Library system has been selected as the recipient of the wonderful SPX graphic novel gift program. One of the local librarians figured out that AdHouse is indeed located in Richmond, so she asked if we might stop by for a bit. As I told her, I love comics, SPX and libraries… so I’ll be there! (I think they’re having a comic book festival of sorts, with the donation happening the same weekend as Wizard World Richmond. Huh.) Update: Here’s some pics!

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The following weekend we’ll be driving north to partake in our regular SPX festivities. It’s an odd year this year. Almost anyone who might have been sitting with us at the show has either procured their own table, or can’t make it to the show*. Our one returning regular was going to be the Great Dane… Rune Ryberg (of Gigant fame). But Rune JUST broke his leg via a bike accident, so even he won’t be able to make it to the show. It kind of sucks, because I know Rune was REALLY looking forward to it. If you’ve seen all those great sketches he’s been creating for the show, you know what I mean. If you have a mini or zine (think THIN) that you’d like me to send him after the show, just drop it off.

But it won’t just be me at our AdHouse Island (W53-W55)… joining me this year are our somewhat local pals Greg Steele and Matt Harrison. I’ve been hanging with these dudes for a couple of years now, and I really like what they are doing. And this will be their first year exhibiting at SPX, so please come by and give them a big ol’ WELCOME.

*Because we will have a tad  fewer artists at our table this year, I thought it might be a chance to have a big ol’ SALE. At present glance, we’ll have at least 1/3 of our offerings at discount. Most at half off. We must be crazy.

Oh, and Eric Haven, who can’t make it to the show asked that I take a lot of pics. I hope I remember.

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