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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

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Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

With VA Comicon behind us (boy that was a fun show!), now’s the time to let you know that we’ll be exhibiting at the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival on Dec. 4, 2010.

We’ve only been to Brooklyn a couple times. It always seemed like a far away place when visiting NYC. That said, earlier this year when I had a chance to crash there, I simply loved it!

Anywayze… So, yeah, we’ll be at the show. Only sending a few of most everything. So, if there’s something you know you want, be sure to get there early. Also, if the shipping gods shine upon us, we might even have some brand spanking new Nobrow stuffage.

That said,  JOSHUA COTTER is attending, and we’ll be debuting his uber-limited Barbra in the Sky with Neil Diamonds book there. Those keen of eye will notice the book is an even better bargain than previously announced… color us Santas.

Jim Rugg should be beside us, so if you’ve been waiting for that perfect holiday gift… Paul Pope is a guest, and we’ll have some of the new THB:CfM.2s as well.

What else are we excited about for the show? The new Edie Fake book should be cool. We have some of those minis… somewhere.  I’ve always loved Leanne Shapton‘s stuff. Also, I’m looking forward to swinging by the Desert Island to check out the new Lisa Hanawalt window display. A lil’ birdie said there might be a new Michael DeForge book by our pals at Koyama Press!

So, come on out and see me!

Afrodisiac Wins AIGA Honor

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

AIGA Afrodisiac

AdHouse Books is pleased to announce that the book Afrodisiac by Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg was selected by AIGA as one of the outstanding books designed in 2009.

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers that have been designed, produced and used in the marketplace between January 1 and December 31, 2009, as chosen by distinguished jurors.

Afrodisiac will become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design. The book will also be exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York and offered as a traveling exhibition for display across the country. The physical artifacts comprise the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. A second set of the awarded books and covers becomes part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York.

Publisher Chris Pitzer said, “I was very happy to hear the news. As a fan of Jim’s design work, it’s nice to see others appreciate it just as much.”

About the competition.

The recent winners.

A Quick One…

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

… I always think of The Who.

So, as True AdBelievers know, I was on the road to Atlanta and then a day at MoCCA. I would LOVE to do one of those blog posts about the show, but with my getting ready to jet off to the C2E2, I’m thinking it may have to wait. But, for those that lean more towards the visual, by golly, go check out our pics.

In other news, the judges have voted! (And Simon was soooo catty!)
The Afrodisiac Art Object winners have been announced!
Many thanks to all who entered! I actually got to see one of the winners at MoCCA!

Oh… and I finally got my motherbox. About freakin’ time.

Busy Busy Busy

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Just wanted to post a quick one while catching out breath… 😉

Many thanks to all for their support of the Afro. First printing is pretty much gone. Second one is on the way.

The judges have been fighting over the winners to the Afro art contest.

We’re not exhibiting at MoCCA this year. Long story. But I’ll hopefully be there Sunday strolling the aisles. I’ll also be doing an interview with Mr. Phil and Charlito about non-AdHouse. Or pre-AdHouse. Stay tuned!

We’re also not exhibiting at C2E2, but I do dig Chicago, and I want to check the show out for possible future exhibition, so we’ll be there a few days as well.

Got a new book on the site, and to be announced in a few.

Also planning/quoting/etc. for a heckuva book for this fall.

What else? Oh.. we’re the OOP, yeah, you know me. Just that a few of our books are nearing OOP, which is weird. But we’re small press!

We’re off to Atlanta for a few days this week. Get to see the Jet Age and the Wedding Present Wednesday night.

TCAF is on the horizon and should be all types of fun!

I guess that’s all I can think of right now. More soonish! Take care y’all!

Objet d’Afro

Friday, February 12th, 2010

You are invited to the online Player’s Ball of art shows, “Objet d’Afro” on Flickr.

Objet d’Afro highlights the obvious awesomeness of everyone’s favorite superhero, the Afrodisiac.

Here’s what we want – post a picture on our Flickr group of an Afrodisiac art thing…you pick the medium…you pick the everything. All mediums of art; whether it be painting, graphic art, sculpting, drawing, sketching, fake ads, short strips, or gluing an afro on a Ken doll. All categories are welcome, as are entrants from all countries….whatever…go nuts. If you don’t have a Flickr account, send us the picture…or the art thing…and we’ll post it for you.

We’ll have some awesome prizes for the king of the long shoe (art) game.

King Daddy: a piece of original art featuring Afrodisiac vs Dragonfly
Poppa-stoppa: a deluxe edition of the Afrodisiac and a signed copy of the Street Angel trade paperback
Cigarette Pimp: a signed copy of Afrodisiac

Honorable mention(s) will recieve a signed Afrodisiac print.

The contest will run from now (get going) through the end of March. Winners will be named by April 15, 2010.

[bottom line: this is an art contest based on the Afrodisiac character created by Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca and published by Adhouse Books. Creative content will be displayed on Flickr – Objet d’Afro – An Afrodisiac Art Appreciation Group. Jim, Brian, and Chris (Adhouse) will moderate the forum and determine a winner. Anyone who bitches and complains can stop being a jerk right now…we’re trying to have a neat little thing, don’t ruin it for everyone else.]

Afrodisiac Southern Tour Reportage

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

With the “reportage” said all French-like!

For those who may not have been following the bizarre weather the Mid-Atlantic has been receiving, well, let’s just say that the timing worked out about as best as it could have, without the tour getting killed. Jim came down South as a major storm was headed North. I think he said Pittsburgh got 18 inches after he left! Once he arrived in town, we took care of some biz (like signing books) and got organized and then headed down to Velocity Comics!

Given the torrential downpour and freezing temperatures, we were VERY happy with the turn out at the shop. Thanks to Patrick, his employees and all his customers who came out to talk shop. Rick Spears was also signing for the event, so Jim, Patrick, Rick and myself had a nice after dinner after at Ipanema… probably my favorite spot in Richmond. Congrats to Julia for winning the “Afrodisiac vs. Xxxxxx” art contest! (Stay tuned for more details on another art event that should be announced later this week!)

We got up the next day and got an early start, since it was Saturday that was suppose to get all the snow in Richmond. I figure if we could get “out” of Richmond, we should be able to make the rest of the trip, since the lower regions weren’t getting it as bad.

One of the things I was most looking forward to this trip was the talks Jim and I would have in the car. And this did not disappoint. We talked about EVERYTHING. Also, as I told Jim, this trip sort of fulfilled a dream of mine in regards to the old tours I would read about in the 1980 comic books. Things like Matt Wagner out promoting Mage. Well, this was my Mage trip.

By the time we hit Chapel Hill, most of the precip had stopped. This was my first time to the CH, and it did NOT disappoint. Loved the Med Deli place. Also, a GREAT CD shop is right across the street from Chapel Hill Comics. The retailer was playing a way cool CD that I didn’t recognize, so I asked her what it was. “Death. A Detroit punch band re-issue.” So, I shopped around, listening to the rest of the CD while Jim headed to the head shop (wahuh?). When the CD was over, I asked if I could buy it, and she let me. I like doing that. Finding a new band via the store playing their music, and then buying it. I digress…

We actually took a nap before the signing. I’m old. I guess Jim is too.

The turn out for the Chapel Hill Comics signing was probably the best on the tour. But they kinda had that advantage of no weather issues and it being Saturday. Anyway, they did it up right with a big screen TV showing the Street Angel short film, and then great finger food offered up by local chef Ben. During the signing, I had plenty of chances to joke with Andrew Neal. We like cracking industry jokes. It was good to see the other Ben stop by and get his limited AFRO Deluxe. After the signing Neal, his wife Vanessa, Ben, Jim and I went to Pepper’s Pizza. It was a fantastic time. People in CH are some fun-having folk. Just don’t talk worm-holes around some of them. Thanks to Alicia for helping during the event, too.

The next day we got up and headed to the Queen City herself, Charlotte. We actually ended up at Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find fifteen minutes before they opened, which was pretty good timing. We shopped around in the shop, (Have you seen Orc Stains?) and then realized we should grab a quick bite before the signing starts. Actually, this one was more than a signing, as Andy Mansell had been “boning” up on the AFRO and was going to pummel Jim with all types of questions. He pummeled him so much that I had to step in and take one as well! Of course, I jest. Actually, you’ll be able to see that action by heading over to the Dollar Bin site, as Adam was kind enough to make the trip and record it. Big thanks to Shawn and the other Heroes employees for coming in on her day off to wrangle us and field our questions. And thanks to Jason Latour for stopping by to shoot the poop.

After the signing we headed over to Dustin Harbin’s house to chill for a bit and then make our way out for great conversation, food, and drinks! Dustin is in the KNOW when it comes to his town.

More photos. And, again, thanks to everyone who braved the weather and made it out. YOU are loved!

Afrodisiac in stores 1/27/10

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

The title pretty much says it all.

Afrodisiac: The Southern Tour

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

It is with great excitement that I announce the AFRODISIAC Southern Tour!

Here’s the details:

Jim Rugg and Chris Pitzer hit the road to talk about their latest creation: AFRODISIAC. Each stop will include a signing, talking and LOVE! Plan your Valentine gift giving and pick up an autographed copy of the book!

Feb. 5th
6pm – 9pm
Velocity Comics
Richmond, VA

Feb. 6th
6pm – 9pm
Chapel Hill Comics
Chapel Hill, NC

Feb. 7th
3pm – 6pm
Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find
Charlotte, NC

Keep your fingers crossed that the books arrive in time!

Best UVs

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Howdy Folks!

Well, hope your holidays were swell. Ours was pretty good. We haven’t really blogged all that much since we don’t have that much going on at present. The next big thing for us is AFRODISIAC which is making it’s way to your better local comic shop very soon! (I’ll be sure to post when we have a concrete date.) We also have some other things in the work, so we’ll be sure to mention those when the deats are a bit more concrete.

I thought I’d link to a few of the Best Of lists that have been happening of late that are associated with the Ad.

• Patrick Godfrey of Velocity Comics gave REMAKE a nod on his best of 2009.

•  Johanna Draper Carlson gives JOHNNY HIRO a VERY BEST OF 2009, which is quite stunning.

• NY Magazine gives AFRODISIAC a best of 2009 nod. We’re on the cusp, people!

• Joe at Flashlight Worthy says DRIVEN BY LEMONS deserves a Best of 09 nod.

• Douglas Wolk gives LEMONS an honorable mention on his Best of 09 BN list!

• Matt at Drawn give PR3 a nod on his 09 Best of list.

• Publishers Weekly gave LEMONS a Best of 09 Nod, too.

• Jeff at JHU just gave JOHNNY HIRO a Best of Nod as well.

Well, that’s all the ones I can think of at this point. What else? If you’re in the mood for a new TeeShirt, I’d suggest checking out the swell design Joshua Cotter did for The Comix Revolution.