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Vote Harvey…

Monday, March 18th, 2013

…Kurtzman, that is!

(photo credit: Dustin Harbin at one of the previous Harvey Awards ceremonies.)

I’ve talked about awards here and there before. They are somewhat of a double-edged sword. Do they help? Sometimes? I mean, honestly, I can’t point to sale of a book and say “SEE! It was because it won XYZ award!” But I digress…

I am VERY proud of the work we produce. Last year we trudged along and put out some of the best work of any of our years. Some people took note and others did not. So, here’s your chance to help make your opinion heard (AdRock THE VOTE!).

If you “work” in the “industry” (and come on, who doesn’t?) You can go to the Harvey Awards website and nominate any of the work we produced last year if you feel it deserves it. I feel it does, and I have voted as such.

Deadline to vote is May 6th.

To help you remember what we produced, I’ve posted the work below, with what I consider the category it should be considered. Note that the links I’ve included will take you to the works webpage where you can review the work if you are not familiar with it.

Best Cartoonist:
Cartoonist: Ethan Rilly / Title: Pope Hats

Best Graphic Album – Original:
Title: American Barbarian / Publisher: AdHouse Books

Best Single Issue or Story:
Title: White Clay / Publisher: AdHouse Books

Special Award for Humor in Comics:
Writer/Artist: Lamar Abrams / Title: Remake 3xtra

Special Award for Excellence in Presentation:
Title: Notebook / Publisher: AdHouse Books

OK. That’s all I got. Thanks for thinking of us and the work we create. Excelsior…

For your consideration, Harvey…

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I was told that the Harvey Awards are open for the nominating process.

(None other than Ted (IDW) Adams and myself at last year’s Harvey Awards.)

If you are a professional within the industry and was curious what we published during 2011, here is the AdHouse list. Please feel free to click on the covers to be taken to their individual pages. Ballots are due April 16, 2012… so don’t dillydally.

Blue Collar / White Collar by Sterling Hundley
Centifolia II by Stuart Immonen
Even the Giants by Jesse Jacobs
The Downsized by Matt Howarth
Pope Hats #2 by Ethan Rilly
Remake Special by Lamar Abrams
Welcome to Oddville! by Jay Stephens

Congratulations to Adam Duncan Hines

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

I just wanted to post a good ol’ congratulatory message to Adam DUNCAN THE WONDER DOG Hines for his LA Festival of the Book Graphic Novel Prize Win from last Friday.

Also, I just wanted a reason to use that picture.

Adam is one of the most interesting people I’ve had a chance to meet in this “biz”. It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with you in bringing Duncan to the people.

In regards to the other nominees, I salute you and your work. We DO live in a golden age of comic making.

Read the entire Eisner-Nominated Afrodisiac online for FREE

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The creators and publisher of Afrodisiac were very excited to learn of their Eisner nomination for Best Humor Publication. Unfortunately, the book is currently between printings. To ensure that every possible Eisner Award voter has all of the necessary information to cast their ballot in a responsible and educated manner, we have decided to put the entire book online for FREE.

So, please take a moment or two to give Afrodisiac a read. We hope you will find the experience amusing, profound, and ultimately life-changing (link to vote coming soon!). Be sure to tell your friends and family about this experience so that they may share in your joy and good fortune. And look for a new printing this Fall. — Your pals in comics, Brian, Jim and Chris

Open publication – Free publishingMore adhouse books

Duncan Wins Inaugural Lynd Ward Prize

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

AdHouse Books is very excited to announce that Duncan the Wonder Dog has won the Inaugural Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize.

About the award: Sponsored by Penn State University Libraries and administered by the Pennsylvania Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize will be presented annually to the best graphic novel, fiction or non-fiction, published in the previous calendar year by a living U.S. citizen or resident.

Publisher Chris Pitzer was almost speechless when told of the news. He then realized that he should say something, so… “I am VERY excited for Adam Hines. The amount of work that he has put into Duncan shows and is admirable. The second printings of the book should be hitting shops this month. I’m sure that with this announcement they will be soon be gone as well.”

When asked for comment, the creator Adam Hines said, “I’m pleased and flattered that the jurors liked the book as much as they did. And I think it’s a nice bit of continuity that the first Lynd Ward Prize is going to the work of another native Chicagoan.”

Here is the Pennsylvania Center for the Book Press Release

This blog post will be updated with additional links when available.

Duncan Finalist in LA Fest Book Prize

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

We are honored to announce that Duncan the Wonder Dog has been selected as a Graphic Novel finalist for the 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

On Friday evening, April 29, 2011, the winners of the 2010 Book Prizes will be awarded at an invitation-only ceremony at the Times building downtown. This occasion will mark the 31st annual presentation of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes and will inaugurate the 16th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, which will be held over the weekend of April 30th/May 1st.

Congratulations to all the nominees.

The second printing of Duncan should be arriving late March 2011.

Harvey Nominations due Friday!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

For some reason, this Harvey nominating thing snuck up on me.

(Photo by Dharbin.)

Not sure if you are into nominating our work, but if you are, here are my suggestions as to where the work would fit:

1.    Lamar Abrams – Remake
2.    Fred Chao – Johnny Hiro
3.    Joshua Cotter – Driven By Lemons
4.    Ethan Rilley – Pope Hats

1.    Driven by Lemons – AdHouse Books
2.    Remake – AdHouse Books

1.    Afrodisiac – AdHouse Books
2.    Johnny Hiro – AdHouse Books

1.    Lamar Abrams – Remake
2.    Fred Chao – Johnny Hiro

1.    The Ancient Book of Sex and Science – AdHouse Books / Red Window
2.    Process Recess 3 – AdHouse Books
3.    Driven by Lemons – AdHouse Books
4.    Afrodisiac – AdHouse Books


Here are the details if you are interested in nominating:

Please edit this file and email the ballot to
Voters may nominate 1-5 works in each category, and may choose any works
that were published and distributed in the 2009 calendar year.

You may include this text in the body of the email, or attach it.

Ballots are due by April 23, 2010.

All ballots must include requested professional verification information.
The Harvey Awards may be voted on exclusively by Comic-Book creators, those
who write, draw, ink, color, letter, design, and are involved in the
creative aspect of comics.  Fans, retailers, distributors, and accounting
personnel votes will not be counted.

Please include your information below :

Name :
Address :
City :
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Email :
Brief List of Work in Comics :

For more information about the Harvey Awards, please visit us at  You may also contact
with any questions.


And is it crass to campaign for books I’m proud of? Possibly. I just thought these books deserve some recognition…


Friday, October 9th, 2009

Instead of a SPX report, like I’ve done in the past, I thought I’d create my first ever AdNatz Competition.

And by that, I’m basically just having fun with my creating a list of some of my favorite things I received at SPX. By winning your category below, you really don’t “win” anything, other than my appreciation that you’ve created such a fine piece of work. So, thanks.

Like the Ignatz Awards, I’ll keep the AdNatz brief. No more than nine items… and kind of random.

AdFave: UNSETTLED by James Hindle. Best packaging. Best minis. Best overall greatness. If I could have only received one mini at SPX, this would have been the one I wanted. Three great minis in one envelope for only $5.

AdMiniWithTheMost: CYCLOPS by Evan Dahm. From the creator of Rice Boy, a mini comic that is minute in scale, but big in content. If you don’t know Rice Boy, you will.

AdHard: 3 STORY by Matt Kindt. Not the only hardback I got, but the first one I read, and really enjoyed.

AdNewness: MANS WALKIN’ by Jose-Luis Olivares. I never heard of JLO before this SPX, but he gave me a bunch of his comics during the show. I like his stuff. My fave is MANS.

AdGirth: A COLLECTION OF MORNING EMAILS by GB Tran. If this “mini” was anything thicker, I don’t know if it could be stapled! Acting as a collection of 8-bittish dootles of his first emails in the morning, I found most chuckle-worthy.

AdMail: MILKY WAY SHUFFLE! by Elio. If Elio had been at SPX, I had planned to seek this out. Since he wasn’t, he dropped me one in the mail, and now I am happy. Great little mini with a distinct voice and a nice doodle in the back!

AdContinuation: BIKEMAN by Jon Chad. Man… I love this comic. Thanks for making these Jon. This is sample book three.

Ad#1: LEGENDS OF SUPER WRESTLE by Andy Kettler & Kevin Panetta. Like a European Los Brothers, this mini is building a universe one page at a time. While not the best it can be yet, I do enjoy reading these, and hope Andy and Kevin keep making them.

AdFun: REMATCH by JP Coovert. A fantastic mini about the Intergalactic Ping Pong Championship. Great production, great fun. JP make some great comics, and this one makes me smile.

AdAlmostNotAMini: COVERED IN CONFUSION by Will Dinski. Does Will make some of the most elaborate minis in this day and age? Yes. This new one follows his previous efforts in creating a great comic that almost feels like a book.

Well, I guess I’ll end it there. Thanks to all that “entered”. You’re all winners in that you’re following your love of making comics, and that’s pretty cool.

Congrats to Joshua Cotter

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

For his Harvey nomination of SKYSCRAPERS OF THE MIDWEST.

I love you bro, and wish only the best for you! Harvey info here.

Go Vote09! (Eisners, that is!)

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

While cruising THE interwebs the other day for SDCC info, I saw that the Eisners are now available for online voting:

Go Vote!

I think online voting is WAY cool. The only thing cooler is if someone, at some point, decides to broadcast the awards event online.

As a reminder to what AdRelated titles are up for consideration, we remind you thusly…

Best Short Story:  “Freaks,” by Laura Park, in Superior Showcase #3
Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Skyscrapers of the Midwest, by Joshua W. Cotter
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Enrico Casarosa, The Venice Chronicles (Ateliér Fio/AdHouse)
Best Painter/Multimedia Artist: Scott Morse, Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! (Red Window)
Best Lettering: Scott Morse, Tiger! Tiger! Tiger! (Red Window)

And because I don’t like posting without pictures, enjoy…