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Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Peoples keep talking about the AdBooks:

Geekvs.Geek on the Hiro: “Sound silly? Or absurd? Sure. You bet. There’s plenty of absurdity and silliness going around in Johnny Hiro. But there’s also a lot of real things going on.”

The WP on Remake: “A good one, I think.”

Chris Mautner on the trifecta:  “The indie/alt-comix crowd can tend to dismiss the superhero genre, but it can be a solid jumping off point for exploring thematic alleys and byways that more traditional cape and tights publishers wouldn’t even consider. Three recent books from AdHouse — Remake, Ace-Face and Johnny Hiro — all use superheroes, or heroism at any rate, as their starting point but each end up with their own unique take on the subject matter.”

NPR on The Greatest American Hiro: “Chao revels in the mix of the larger-than-life and the precisely life-sized: that giant lizard wrecks the wall of Johnny’s apartment, leaving him with a whopping repair bill.”


Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Just some stuffs…

Due to some preplanned commitments that we couldn’t get out of… we missed exhibiting at last weekend’s Richmond Zine Fest. We were sad. However, we still made time to swing by for an hour and see some of the people we just saw the weekend before at SPX.. as well as the new people we’d never met before. It was a cool show. Lots of DIY vibe and lots of creativity. For instance, while perusing the FREEBIE table, some guy asked if I liked mopeds. I said… “sure, I guess.” And then the girl with him showed me a print she had done of a Vespa and an owl. Well, I LOVE owls, so I asked how much… $5. Sold! So, you see how it could be a cool show. I spent the most money with good ol’ Dylan from Sparkplug. He traveled the farthest in my mind, so I wanted to support his trip, as well as pick up some cool stuff that I hadn’t had a chance to get yet. Unfortunately, because of said earlier obligation, this was the only time I got to see Dylan all weekend. Dylan, I’m sorry. But… he said I could make it up if I talked up one of his new comics.. so here you go:

Jin & Jam #1 by Hellen Jo. Published by Sparkplug Comic Books.

I feel like I’ve seen Hellen’s work before, but I can’t recall where. This really is a good comic. Retailing for $5, you feel the heft of it once you pick it up. I dig the first/last page color on the interior pages, which reminds me of some imported manga. The basic story is about Jin and Jam, two young girls living in the otherworldly scene of San Jose? I’m guessing it’s San Jose, since the cop has a SJPD helmet at one point. The “normalcy” of their world is offset by fights with a conjoined twin and mirages of fishes. I’m sure there’s meanings and messages in some of these pages, but honestly, I love the ink. Hellen can draw like nobody’s biz. If you have a love of ink, you should do yourself a favor and search this comic out.


Comixology is a pretty cool site. I love their clean design and interesting takes on how to improve the bizz of comics. They were interested in talking to me at SPX, so we did that awkward dance. (Disclaimer: After the last interview I did a while back, I tend to not want to listen to myself.)

KidRobot took some neat pics of their signing with Mr. Double P. Go checkee to see how the lower CAs roll.

Wow. Just found this old post from some 6 years ago. Those were the days! Speaking of old posts… here’s an old site I built to promote some of my personal work. Heck, it’s even hosted on AOL! (Sorry for the obx-graphics that appear behind my content. Guess that ADDS to the age!)

We’re currently working out the details of what we hope will be one kickbutt November event. Stay tuned!

Did I miss the memo?

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

I noticed a lot of publishers having sales this week.

Last week McSweeneys ran a pretty nice sale. But since I have around 5 of their concerns that I haven’t even cracked, I didn’t pick anything up.

Now I hear PictureBox is having one.

And Top Shelf.

Oh well… If you subscribe to the AdLetter (via electronic means!) you’ll already be in the know to the SUPERSECRET sales we might have now and again.

And if you’re in the PArea, maybe you should swing by the Comic Geek Speak Show, as I plan to have around 4-5 titles reduced to tempt the uninitiated!

And in other news…

Here’s another Mesmo review. And if peeps might be scratching their heads… The book is solicited in the current Previews to be shipping in November. But yeah, we have a few copies now, because Rafael preprinted, and had a shipping accident.

Josh Cotter does the speaking thing with hatchers.

And that’s all I gots right now.


Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

This November finds Rafael Grampá releasing his full color debut sequential work… MESMO DELIVERY.

The story is one of mystery and action, as Rufo, an ex boxer, must deliver the goods while promising to NEVER open or inspect his cargo. Mayhem ensues as the precious cargo becomes the goal of others. Wizard calls it Convoy meets The Twilight Zone.

Rafael Grampá is the Eisner award-winning (5 Anthology) illustrator and comic creator from Brazil. Here are a few things people are saying about MESMO:

“ANNNND Grampa’s MESMO DELIVERY is maybe the best single comic I’ve read since McCarthy’s SOLO” – Matt Fraction

” Rafael Grampa’s MESMO DELIVERY is a tone poem of violence and horror, beautifully drawn. Buy it.” – Kevin Church

“Exquisitely written and drawn in a highly detailed unique style with a sophisticated but appropriately simplistic color approach. I loved this. Track it down. You won’t be disappointed.” – JH Williams III

“Bloody, violent, filthy and beautiful, this is the kind of story Quentin Tarantino wants to tell you when he’s not feeling sheepish.” – Patrick Godfrey, Brick Weekly

“Visually he may be the most accomplished new cartoonist of the past two or three years. Best of all, he’s no slouch as a storyteller, either.” – Sean Collins, All Too Flat

2C cover
56 4C pages
7″ x 10″ SC
$12.50 US funds
ISBN 978-8-5600180-3-1
Shipping November 2008
Diamond Order Code: SEP08 3684

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Rafael’s blog

You can preorder this project through Diamond’s September Previews catalog, which can be found in your local comic shop on 8/27/08. AdHouse items may also be available via Last Gasp. We suggest you support your local comic shop or Last Gasp, but if you go the Amazon route, here’s a link.

Skyscrapers Reviews Too.

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

Since the book has recently hit the shelves of your local bibliovendor, the reviews are starting to pop up. I’ll try and capture what I can find, and post here.

“This is one of the most accurate visions of childhood that I have ever seen, in any medium.”
– Timothy Callahan @ CBR via The Comics ReporterR via The Comics Reporter

“Cotter’s book is utterly gracious to all. It abandons reality in favor of truth, and the effect is cosmic.”
– Laurel Maury, LA Times

“Thankfully, while there’s enough pathos in these pages to give Chris Ware a run for the trauma crown, Cotter aims for balance by also depicting moments of joy — sometimes in fantastical passages that recall Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes.”
– Web Behrens, Playboy

“Joshua Cotter’s personalized tale of life in the American Heartland is an insightful look into the bleak trappings of a once fabled existence. For me, Cotter’s commentary takes the stand that this piece of Western civilization is a collapsing paradigm.”
– Thirteen Minutes

There’s a lot going on here, most of which defies conventional description… sometimes it’s dark comedy, sometimes it’s intensely uncomfortable tales of adolescence, and sometimes it’s just really, really odd. It wasn’t unusual to laugh out loud one page, nearly cry the next, and be intensely creeped out on the third.”
– Bill at Good Reads

Skyscrapers of the Midwest is that rare critical mass of dynamic art and storytelling. In the synthesis of these elements, Cotter manages to capture the wonders and horrors of childhood, which are perhaps far more entwined than we’d wish to remember. And like our own youth, each re-opening of the book uncovers new layers and connections just below the surface.”
– Brian Heater at the Daily Cross Hatch

“It’s a really, really excellent book.” – Chris Mautner at the P&P

 “Skyscrapers of the Midwest is a hidden gem of modern comics, and Cotter has the strength and subtlety to an artist with twice his experience. This may be, as Warren Ellis blurbed it, “one odd fucking book,” but it’s also one smart, touching and exciting fucking book, too. “ – Andrew Wheeler at the ComicMix


Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

Wakey wakey puddin’ cakey!

The first two real reviews of the big ol’ book have hit the interweb, and by golly, they kinda like it.

First off is ol’ Mr. Comics Reporter himself, Mr. Tom Spurgeon: “Cotter’s story about how fantasy can both ameliorate and add to the misery of adolescence proves to be poignant because the fantasies he shows are such hilariously fundamental wish-fulfillments of longing and self-value that it breaks your heart to think anyone thinks that way.

Then we have Lee Newman at the Broken Frontier: “Skyscrapers of the Midwest is a powerful and insightful piece of literature. It belongs next to works by John Irving and Tom Robbins.

Oh.. and color me forgetful. In the last Paul Pope blog post I forgot to mention the nomination of PULPHOPE to the Eagle Awards. Congrats, Mr. Pope. And yep, y’all can go vote!

This & That

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Sean Collins provides a pretty nice review of Skyscrapers of the Midwest #4.

(This is Barney the donut delivering owl.)

Slay brings up a good point. Most of the time, AdHouse comics have no ads. What the hell! I’m off to fire someone in our marketing department! While I do that, you can check out the sweet things he says about our pal Johnny. (oh.. and speaking of Johnny… it is at the printer and should have been bound yesterday 1/15/08… so it’sacomin.)

Our pal Marc Mason tells us that his Waiting Room has morphed into an online magazine. We like Marc. He reviews the comics we send him in a pretty punctual way. The reason for the move to a magzine? He says.. “The reality of comics-related websites is simple: if your name isn’t Tom, Dirk, or Heidi, there isn’t a pressing need to visit every day. So rather than continue butting my head against the wall, trying to figure out how to change that, the CWR writers and I came up with a better idea: become more of a special destination.” Which kind of hits home with AdHouse. We’re constantly thinking about how we stack up against other publishers and how we could possibly brand ourselves differently. Kudos to Marc for actually doing it.

In other news… I believe Paul Pope is heading to Angolueme. It looks like Dargaud will be having him as a guest. That’s cool. I’ve always wanted to attend that festival, but can never seem to make it work. I think I’m just going to give up on the idea of ever going. One less thing to worry about.

Books.. I finished my Anthony Bourdain A COOK’S TOUR book. It was OK. Used and cheap ($5), I enjoyed the travels. I then read EXIT WOUNDS. It was good, but I mostly purchased it since I met Rotu at SPX in the bar with Nick Abadzis, and then saw that she was doing some pretty nice sketches/paintings within copies. Now I’m reading INTO THE WILD which is a pretty good page-turner.


EoY: Shout it outs loud!

Wednesday, December 26th, 2007

End of year!

And with that, here’s a few good ol’ shout outs from peeps who have dug the Ad.

Matt @ Drawn picks PR2 as one of his favorite art books and then remembers PulpHope in the comments. Trivialfactoid: The Laura Park mini image was borrowed from one of my reviews!

Kevin at the Beau says nice things about JOHNNY HIRO (his top 10 of the year) (#38) & SKYSCRAPERS (#64) in one of his posts and then remembers the AVIARY in another.

If you come across any mentions, by golly, let us know!

Our off the top-of-our-head/looking-at-other-lists end of year list is…

favorite new blog: Book By Its Cover

favorite mainstream book: Laika

favorite non-mainstream book: Powr Mastrs

favorite collection: the Fletcher Hanks book. 

favorite mini (tough call): But this was one of them.

favorite creator on the verge of breakout: Dharbin

I guess that’ll do… Happynewsyears to y’all.

It’s the ZZ2 Review…

Thursday, December 13th, 2007

… coming right at you!

“A turtle to a bear to a man waiting for a bus. A man waiting for a bus to a butterfly to attic bugs being chased by angry ants. Angry ants in a mechanical octopus to a battle robot to a fireman telling their story. The fireman back to the butterfly to a man dressed for a costume party. A man in a costume to a robot playing hide-n-seek to a germophobe back to the turtle. That’s ZIG ZAG in a nutshell.”

Marc Mason… waiting in his room. (Every time I click on that site, I hear Fugazi’s Waiting Room)

Yo: Therefore Repent!

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I can’t recall if I’ve talked about other books on ye’ blog or not, but after a reading marathon of one title I particularly liked, I thought I should give it what little press I can…

Therefore Repent!

Therefore Repent! by Jim Munro & Salgood Sam.

Given the magic of the internet, I’ve heard about this book for a while. I’m not excactly sure when it came out, but I know the two of them have been burning up the web with announcements, events and samples. And, yes, it’s all worth it.

The book deals with the world after the Rapture. Now, I know next to nothing about the Bible. But I find the myths, symbols, parables, always fascinating. I’m sure THE CRUSADERS left a good impression on my young mind. (Where have all the babys gone!) Now, just dealing with the rapture might be enough of a hook, but Jim and Salgood do a great job of characterization from the very beginning. The two protagonists are so interesting that I had to keep turning page after page to see what and who they were. And yes, Salgood can draw like nobody’s business. There’s some “meat” to his drawings, if you will. They feel solid.

Anyway, throw in a talking dog (spoiler?) and how he can talk, and I give this book two thumbs up.

I can’t say for sure, but this might be a series. If you’re interested in possibly checking this book out, my pals at IDW are publishing it in the states, and Jim and Salgood have published it in Canada via No Media Kings.