Archive for January, 2008

1.30.08 – SkyEnd.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

The date when Skyscraper’s creation has ended.

And by that, I mean Josh has sent the last of his creations. And what WAS the last thing he sent? Why.. the image above. an empty page. Somehow, it seems quite right.

So… just a clink of a glass, a hand held high, and a pat on a back.

Josh… to you, my friend.

(Now get to work proofing those PDFs!)

And then we’ll be off to the printer! Yikes!

Press release to come…

Hello… Harvey.

Monday, January 28th, 2008

For any and ALL comic creators who might be interested in nominating works for the Harvey Awards, you can point your browser here. The Harvey awards take place at the Baltimore Comicon. It really is a fantastic event that Marc Nathan has built over the years.

And in case you were wondering how AdHouse might figure into your possible nominations, here’s how we feel our books and comics shake out*:

BEST CARTOONIST
1. Joshua Cotter – Skyscrapers of the Midwest
2. Jamie Tanner – The Aviary
3. Fred Chao – Johnny Hiro
4. Joey Weiser – The Ride Home
5. J Chris Campbell – ZigZag

BEST COVER ARTIST
1. James Jean – Superior Showcase #2, Process Recess 2

BEST NEW TALENT
1. Joshua Cotter – Skyscrapers of the Midwest
2. Jamie Tanner – The Aviary
3. Fred Chao – Johnny Hiro
4. Joey Weiser – The Ride Home
5. J Chris Campbell – ZigZag

BEST NEW SERIES
1. Johnny Hiro – AdHouse Books

BEST ANTHOLOGY
1. Superior Showcase – AdHouse Books

BEST GRAPHIC ALBUM – ORIGINAL
1. The Aviary – AdHouse Books

SPECIAL AWARD FOR HUMOR IN COMICS
1. J Chris Campbell – ZigZag #2

SPECIAL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN PRESENTATION
1. Pulphope – AdHouse Boooks
2. Process Recess 2 – AdHouse Books

BEST BIOGRAPHICAL, HISTORICAL, OR JOURNALISTIC
PRESENTATION
1. Pulphope – AdHouse Books
2. Process Recess 2 – AdHouse Books

*And if you think it might be “smarmy” of me to post this, well, then color me smarmy. I just figured you probably don’t remember what we published, and if you do, well, then you’re a better fan than me. I had to look up what we did.

Anyways…

While I’m here, I thought I’d give some quick JOHNNY HIRO #3 shoutouts:

– Section 241 has been diggin’ JH since it came out. He gives all the non-readers a snippet of what happens in #tres.

– Matthew Smith over at XTREME gives ol’ JH.3 5 out of 5! Don’t get much better than that!

– And because three is the magic number.. I just found this podcast with Fred Chao. Haven’t listened to it yet…

Here’s… JOHNNY.3

Monday, January 21st, 2008

I’ve been told by two lil’ interbirds that JOHNNY HIRO #3 should be hitting shops this Wednesday, January 23rd.

And by “interbirds” I reference some comic store shipping lists that have popped up on the ol’ radar. When I checked last week, it wasn’t on the official Diamond list. So go forth and checkee-checkee if you are so inclined.

And may the historical scholars who look back on the release of this sequential pamphlet make reference to our not selling this publication at a convention or festival before the direct market had their chance.

I’m not really saying anything… just trying to be funny… which more times than not, I’m not.

And in case you’re not sure what the heck we’re talking about, you can click here, here, here and here.

If you don’t have a local comic shop that orders our fine publications, we should have it listed in our virtual shop by next week at the latest. Updated: You can now purchase copies from the AdHouse store.

The Jet Age

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

I received an email from the Jet Age this morning.

It showed off a spiffy new e-card for their new album WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE WAR, DADDY?

I had been helping TJA with their design needs for the CD packaging, an ad and a poster. They’re good guys and I dig their music, too. They use to be THE HURRICAN LAMPS, and they rocked as well under that name.

My all time favorite song? Perfect Taco #1. How can you NOT like a song named THAT?!?

Anyways, check out the e-card and you get to hear some of their new tunage. The CD is in stores 2/5/08!

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.

okeydoke.

SkyishAddenda

Friday, January 11th, 2008

This week saw another great batch of pages coming in from Mr. Joshua Cotter.

So… we’re plugging along in regards to getting SKYSCRAPERS done and off to the printer. Oh yeah.. we even have the book on the site now.

What else has Mr. Cotter been up to? Looks like he left the big city for some rural visitations.

Nanook indeed.

Society Love.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

A big congratulatory shout out to Mr. Jim Rugg on the inclusion of his Afrodisiac covers being accepted into this year’s annual Society of Illustrator show. (To celebrate, we’re going to discount the limited edition PROJECT: ROMANTIC for a while. Go forth purchase if you wish!)

Mr. Rugg is one of the good guys in this business. He does fantastic work, meets deadlines, and will drive my butt all over Toronto. I wish him the best of the best in his future endeavors.

And if you’ve never met Mr. Rugg, by golly, make plans to visit him at HeroesCon this year. That show is going to be uberindygood.

Speaking of interspeaks…

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

As Mr. Spurgeon rebuilds his lovely empire from the ground up again…

(Liefeld, Austin English & Whit Spurgeon all in the same photo!)

…you can now read what the hell I think about stuff. (Actually… the interview seems to be lost again… so we’ll just wait and update this post when the site seems to be a bit more stable.) OK. Looks like it’s back up.

My most favorite part of the interview?

The fact that he could find this comic cover I was talking about…

Jazzy JJ

Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

One of the coolest interviews I’ve seen of late.

2007… A look back.

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008