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

Tuesday, 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

 

TCAF 2017

Wednesday, 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.

Pope Hats #4 in June from AdHouse Books

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

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Pope Hats #4 by Ethan Rilly.
Published by AdHouse Books

A special full-color issue of Rilly’s moody and meditative short stories. Follow the troubled parents of “The Nest,” the forceful artist of “Stained Glass,” and loneliness in a scorched-earth colony in “The Hollow”–plus an actual letters page and more! Rilly’s Frances-and-Vickie story will return in the next issue. For now, grab this bold new work in the series that received the Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic and Doug Wright Spotlight Award. Yah!

Details:
4C cover
32 4C pages
8 ” x 10.875 ” saddle stitched
$7.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-35-0
Shipping June 2015
Diamond Order Code: APR15 0977

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Pope Hats #3 in November from AdHouse Books

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Pope Hats #3 in November from AdHouse Books

Pope Hats #3 by Ethan Rilly.
Published by AdHouse Books

Working, working, working! Frances Scarland continues to search for a perfect balance in her career as a law clerk, where the only certainty seems to be flux. Yet she loses footing as her close friend Vickie rides an unrelated wave of opportunity. Pope Hats #3 offers the lengthiest installment yet in Rilly’s ongoing story about the give and take of professional success. With some extraneous strips and a new letters page. Ethan Rilly won the 2012 Doug Wright Spotlight Award for his work on Pope Hats. The series and second issue are also nominated for the 2012 SPX Ignatz award.

Details:
4C cover
40 1C pages
7 ” x 10 ” saddle stitched
$6.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-9352332-0-6
Shipping November 2012
Diamond Order Code: SEP12 0739

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Pope Hats #2 in October from AdHouse

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Pope Hats #2
by Ethan Rilly.
Published by AdHouse Books

Pope Hats #2 follows the rise of young law clerk Frances Scarland. Frances must survive an unwanted promotion at one of Toronto’s major Bay Street firms, while tending to the regular wake of destruction left behind by her best friend. This eagerly anticipated issue follows what Seth described as “the most impressive debut comic I’ve seen in years” with a surreal exploration of growth and failure in downtown Toronto. Also included is a short story about a long distance relationship.

Details:
4C cover
40 1C pages
7 ” x 10 ” saddle stitched
$6.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-9352331-6-9
Shipping October 2011
Diamond Order Code: AUG11 0750

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FCHS & Pope Hats in Nov. from AdHouse

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

AdHouse Books is proud to announce their latest publications to be released in November:

FCHS Vol. 1
by Vito Delsante & Rachel Freire.
Published by AdHouse Books

Do you remember high school?  All the fun and trouble you used to get into?  All of the sex, sports and alcohol that was your Senior year?  It’s time to go back! Join Hector, Kennedy, Jules and the whole gang at FCHS as they begin their last year of high school.  Will they be ready for “the real world” when it’s all over? Will they all make it? Archie meets 90210.

details:
4C cover
128 1C pages
5.5″ x 7.5 ” SC
$9.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-9352330-4-6
Shipping August 2009
Diamond Order Code: SEP09 0568
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And…

Pope Hats #1
by Ethan Rilly.
Distributed by AdHouse Books

Pope Hats follows the trials of a young woman named Frances Scarland, whose social circle mainly consists of an alcoholic actress and an inept ghost named Saarsgard. The comic is an engaging slice-of-life story about young people navigating their own daily shortcomings.

Pope Hats was the winner of a 2008 Xeric Foundation Grant. An earlier mini-comic version of the story was shortlisted for the 2008 Doug Wright Awards in the category of Best Emerging Talent. “Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly is the most impressive debut comic I’ve seen in years. The work has that deceptive quality of ease about it—the characters breeze across the page with sparkling dialogue and wonderfully observed gestures.”
–Seth (author of George Sprott and It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken)
details:
4C cover
32 1C pages
6 ” x 9 ” saddle stitched
$4.00 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9812013-0-6
Shipping October 2009
Diamond Order Code: SEP09 0569

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To order your copy of FCHS or Pope Hats #1, stop by your local comic shop after August 26th to request your copies.

PR: Pope Hats #1 in October

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

AdHouse Books is pleased to announce the distribution of

Pope Hats #1
by Ethan Rilly

Pope Hats follows the trials of a young woman named Frances Scarland, whose social circle mainly consists of an alcoholic actress and an inept ghost named Saarsgard. The comic is an engaging slice-of-life story about young people navigating their own daily shortcomings.

Pope Hats was the winner of a 2008 Xeric Foundation Grant. An earlier mini-comic version of the story was shortlisted for the 2008 Doug Wright Awards in the category of Best Emerging Talent.
“Pope Hats by Ethan Rilly is the most impressive debut comic I’ve seen in years. The work has that deceptive quality of ease about it—the characters breeze across the page with sparkling dialogue and wonderfully observed gestures.”
— Seth (author of George Sprott and It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken)

Details:
Pope Hats #1

4C cover
32 1C pages
6 ” x 9 ” saddle stitched
$4.00 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9812013-0-6
Shipping October 2009

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