Archive for July, 2008

I’d like to thank…

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The big news at ClubAd this weekend was a winning of an Eisner Award at the San Diego Comicon.

(That’s Joel Priddy accepting his Ignatz for Best Debut, way back in 02!)

Ad was nominated in a total of 7 categories this year, which was a record we’ll probably never have again. Sadly, Johnny Hiro (Fred Chao) and Jamie Tanner (Aviary) did not win. And I say “sadly” because they were at the ceremony, and gosh, I love the comics they produce. They should still be proud, though. Getting nominated is such an honor. And with Fred receiving four nominations, and then a nod for the Russ Manning New Comer Award.. sheesh, he should be on cloud nine!

So, that leaves the other two categories… which could also be known as James Jean.

He took home one for cover artist, which is fab, since he is such a great cover artist. He helped us out last year by doing the cover to SUPERIOR SHOWCASE #2 and his own book, PROCESS RECESS 2. So, we were kind-sort associated with that one, but not as much as the other one.

The other one being publication design for PROCESS RECESS 2. Wow. Seriously, this makes me feel freakin’ fantastic… for obvious reasons. James is a very talented designer, and I enjoyed the back and forth we had in creating PR2.  Sadly, as many of you probably know, PR2 has gone out of print. We talked about doing a second printing, but like most AdThings, I thought I’d like to put those resources towards PR3, which we’ve been talking about in bits and pieces so far.

Since I wasn’t at the ceremony I wanted to take this blog post and pretend I was, and do a quick speech.

Firstly, I’d like to thank James. He has been a true professional and a true friend. I’ve enjoyed all the times we’ve had the opportunity to work, hang and talk. I wish him only the best in all his future endeavors.

Secondly, the wife. She’s been the AdSupport for many a year, and I’m glad she allowed me to build this sandbox.

Finally, all my friends and associates in the funnybook world. That would include those who helped us get this party started. People like Dean Mullaney, Ted Adams, Joel Priddy and Jeff Mason. And those that continue to help to this day…

And since I’m one for short ceremonies, I’ll cut it there. Thanks to everyone for all their support.

-C

And so it begins…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

I’ve always liked that line. For me, it rings of Babylon 5, but I’m sure it’s a reference from Tolkein.

But really, it only works for one thing within the funny biz, and that’s San Diego Comicon.

I called Joshua W. Cotter yesterday to see if he had any involuntary cold sweats or hot flashes, since yesterday marked one year from our dreaded move in. We talked a bit about stuff. How the year has flown. What he’s working on now (exciting!). And whether SDCC is a show for him or not.

Me? I miss it.

Yes, it drove me insane last year with exhibiting. But I miss it. Something about the energy/scope/bigness of it all is rather exciting. I also like seeing people I don’t get to see anywhere else. Like Ted Adams of IDW, Chris Hope (ex RVAer) and my brother and his family!

So, as the news/photos/blog postings start rolling out, let’s all take them in, smile a little smile, and hope we can possibly make it out there next year.

Some stuff that’s already caught my ear:

Darwyn Cooke and his new project with IDW. Very cool for them. I dig the press conference they had as well as the IDW booth design. Can you say bigger and better?

The Watchmen OwlShip. Nuff said, indeed.

Chris Butcher posting photos. As one of the most-connected people in the biz, you know he’s going to come up with some neat ones.

I guess that’s all I can think of at this time. I wish everyone at the show a good time. Here’s hoping you discover something cool, get a good deal, and eat a good meal.

PS. Forgot to mention… I thought I’d have my virtual con this week, by offering up on ebay some of the rare, hard-to-find, and in some cases, very last example of items that have been created over the years.

SDCC 2008 Plans

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

With everyone gearing up for the nerdprom that is SDCC, I thought I’d throw out a few things I’d check out if I were there.

• James Jean signing XOXO. Details: Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 2:00pm – 3:00pm, Chronicle Books Booth 1637

• Paul Pope signing Karimbah! Details: Date: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Kid Robot Booth 4529

• Fred Chao hanging with his homies: All the time? Table M14. Special deal: Buy all three issues of Johnny Hiro and receive a free limited edition S&N print!

• Scott Morse will have convention exclusives that I actually helped him prepare, and some that I didn’t. Booth 4800

• New AdFriend Rafael Grampa will be debuting his Mesmo Delivery at a booth he’ll be sharing with Becky, Fabio, Gabriel and Visilis. I’m guessing it might be near the Image booth? Booth 2729 (Also, if you’re into anything COOL, be sure to pick up their brand-spanking new Pixu comic.

Fall/Winter 2008 Catalog

Monday, July 14th, 2008

In like a lamb, out like a tiger!

This Fall/Winter for AdHouse has really ramped up, without my really planning it. Why? Probably because of the APE show, 3 of the 4 books appearing there, and a last minute distro-deal with Grampa. Heck, those with keen eyes will note that all of these books are self-published, with a little distro-help. On to the books!

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Notes Over Yonder by Scott Morse.

The busy hum of the big city envelopes a lonely jazz musician as he deals with loss on the night of a big gig… and a world away, a desolate beach bum pines for his lost lover as a call from beyond washes up at his feet. A mischievous cat and a haunted ukulele tie their worlds together as NOTES OVER YONDER presents a surreal, magical, visual sort of music. Award-winning author Scott Morse combines these two quiet short stories into a uniquely woven tapestry of painted sequential images.

4C cover
64 four-color pages
5.5″ x 7″ HC
$12.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9774715-2-2
Shipping October 2008

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The Venice Chronicles by Enrico Casarosa.

The Venice Chronicles – a travelogue in pencil, watercolor and varying shades of silliness. Hardcover,144 full-color pages, by Pixar artist Enrico Casarosa. Take a stroll through the side streets and canals of Venice in this colorful graphic novel, meeting at the intersection between Carnet De Voyage and Love Story.

4C cover
144 four-color pages
6.25″ x 8.25″ HC
$19.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9818455-0-0
Shipping November 2008

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Mesmo Delivery by Rafael Grampa.

Mesmo Delivery is the full color debut sequential work by Brazilian creator Rafael Grampa. 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.

4C cover
56 four-color pages
7″ x 10″ SC
$12.50 US funds
ISBN 978-8-5600180-3-1
Shipping November 2008

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Tiger!Tiger!Tiger! by Scott Morse.

Art… fatherhood… work… play. How do you reconcile one to the next? Award-winning author Scott Morse has decided it’s time to try within the pages of TIGER!TIGER!TIGER!, a series of band desinee-style graphic works that combine varied styles of painting and illustration with sequential stories of wonder and the magic of the day-to-day. Morse’s popular tiger from the pages of SOUTHPAW is reborn as a paper tiger through which Morse lives out moments of his life, attempting to harness an inner courage while tackling hard thoughts and new experiences, all the while doing his best to appreciate each moment as it comes. TIGER!TIGER!TIGER! is Morse’s most personal work to date, a leap in storytelling technique that self-analysis with stunning, vibrant imagery.

4C cover
48 four-color pages
9″ x 12″ HC
$14.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9774715-3-9
Shipping December 2008

Harvey Voting

Friday, July 11th, 2008

There’s around a month before your Harvey Award deadline happens.

Why not go download a TXT file and make your voice heard?

Since we didn’t have any nominations this year, I feel I can tell you how I voted.

If a category had anything to do with ALL STAR SUPERMAN, Matt Kindt, The Annotated NORTHWEST PASSAGE, Laika or Vasilis Lolos, then I more than likely voted for it. And yes, I voted for Chris Ware as best letterer. Because.

And, if you’re heading to the Baltimore Comicon, by golly, you should try and attend the event. Last year’s event was very cool.

Dos MoCCA Haul

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Still making my way through all the great comics that I came back with from MoCCA.

Thought I’d give a few shout outs. If I’m not shouting in your direction, it’s because either I haven’t read it yet, I wasn’t “wowed” by it, I don’t like you, or I suck.

Let’s Be Friends Again by Curt Franklin & Chris Haley. OK. I haven’t “actually” read this yet, but it’s on the shortlist pile. But Curt & Chris are friendly, know Joel Priddy, and I recalled meeting them at SDCC07. Oh.. and there’s that fun blog. I’m sure I’ll dig it.

• Paul by R. Barrett. This is the one I’m actually reading right now. I dig the art and characters. It has that funny/weird vibe, with that Amanda Vissell type of vibe going on. I wanted to link to him, but couldn’t get the url to work. Also, Paul looks familiar for some reason.

Tear-Stained Makeup #7 by Marcos Perez. If there’s a harder working mini-comic creator presently, I bet Marcos would at least give them a run for they’re money. TSM#7 was a wopping 41 pages. Great story telling. Had me hooked. And oh yeah, he had a new CARL mini as well.

Murder an anthology of Sean Collins comics with guest artists. A well executed mini anthology with the percentage of stories I like being on the higher side. Really chunky, too. Unh.. just realized something. I meant to buy some comics by Matt Wiegle at HeroesCon. Matt’s in Murder. See? This is why I suck.

And.. y’know what? I looked at my MoCCA box this AM and since there aren’t “that” many other minis I’d mention, I thought I’d go ahead and finish them off the shouts before actually reading them. (That way, my next mini-review blog post can be about what I got at Heroes… in about 2 months. The main reason I haven’t jumped into reading these and other comics is that I’m making my way through THE WIND-UP BIRDMAN CHRONICLES… and it’s a BIG book.)

And now back to our shouts!

Warum by Gregory Benton. Probably my favorite mini from the show. Why? It’s freakin’ Gregory Benton. Also, inside is one half of a dollar bill. While walking the show with G, I spotted the $, pointed it out, and before I could think, G had swooped down, picked it up, tore it in half and gave me half. THAT’s the way HE rolls. I love G. My half dollar will forever stay within this mini.

AAAA Action Team by Pat Lewis. The title alone is worth the price of admission. This comic has a nice feel to it too.. kinda like something a church might give you?

• Simple Routines #8&9 by JP at 1%Press. I feel like JP is one of those people who has a book deal, but hasn’t announced it yet. Y’know?

Errand Service by Will Dinski. Yowzers! Yet ANOTHER great designer-mini from our pal in MINIapolis. Will rocks.

• Knives by James Hindle at 1%Press. This looks really good. I don’t know anything about James, but glad he made this mini.

• Brunhild by Alex Cox. I love what I saw of this online, so it’s fab to get a hardcopy.

PS Comics #4 by Minty Lewis. A dog with an umbrella on the cover? SOLD! I heard Minty has a forthcoming book by the Secret Acres peeps. That’s GREAT!

Here Lies the Natural World #1 by Damian Jay. Any comics by Damian Jay are GREAT comics. Everyone should buy them.

FCHS by Vito Delsante and Rachel Freire. Wow. Can’t wait to read this. Great looking comic and nice drawerings. Weird typography on the cover, though. It’s a Chemistry Set comic, so it can be read online, if you are so inclined.

Phase 7 #013. New Alec Longstreth. Snuff said.

Papercutter #7 & Nerd Buglar by Tugboat Press. OK. These aren’t minis, but they need a shout out because I’m sure they’ll be soooo good. And Greg Means rocks.

And last but not least….

MARCH HARE by Josh Cotter. I actually forgot I had this in the box. Boy, I can’t wait to dive into this baby. It’s a collection of Josh’s sketchbook drawings, one a day for the month of March. If you want one, by golly, you can get one online at Chicago Comics, or hit Josh up at SPX this year.

OK. That’s All Folks!

Designie.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Couple recent thoughts on designie stuff:

You see the new Charles and Ray Eames stamps? They’re wicked cool, and possibly my fave stamps of all time? (Not sure… I’m sure a vintage space stamp is my favorite stamp of all time.)

James Jean covers the new issue of Giant Robot (54) which hits your local comic shops this week. Nice cover, spread, interview, etc. James is designie.

Our pal J Chris Campbell has gone and designed a Colt 45 can. Heck, it’s a contest, so you should go vote for him!

Okeydoke.

And a last minute update: In celebration of 1 year anny of The Ride Home,  Joey Weiser is offering up some free sketches… “To celebrate The Ride Home‘s first birthday, I’m offering a gift to you! If you can send me some sort of proof that you’ve purchased a copy of The Ride Home between the dates of July 10th, 2008 and August 15th, 2008, I will send you an original TRH drawing, and charge you only enough to cover postage! That’s $2 for regular shipping, $5 for priority, and $10 international. If you are familiar with TRH, you may request specifics in the drawing, or I can make it a surprise! You can send copies of dated reciepts, shipping notices, photos of you at comic shops purchasing TRH, etc. to joey [at] tragic-planet [dot] com ! You have until August 15th, but why wait??”

JJ @ the GR

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Just stumbled upon these images of James Jean for an issue of Giant Robot magazine.

I guess I haven’t seen James since last Fall… almost a year. His hair is longer.

Ketchup.

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

As in catching up with peeps and missile annie stuff.

Have you seen the cool stuff that Mr. C. Scott Morse has planned for SDCC? It’s all types of awesome. T-shirts, Print-books, and I’m sure he’ll bang out some origs before the show is here.

Speaking of Mr. Morse, we’re just about to dive into helping him put his NOTES OVER YONDER together. I think this will be a nice lil’ book. Just like all of his creations. We’re also busy planning an update to the site with all the other goodies we have planned for the fall. Or at least all the ones we can talk about.

Speaking of SDCC, look for Mr. Fred (JOHNNY HIRO) Chao at table M14 with is bud’s Ryan and Fred. If you’ve been having trouble finding your west coast JHs, Fred will have a large amount there. Heck, he might even have some of those fancy prints we made, too.

I just trimmed my blog feed to about half of what it was. Why? People piss me off. Heh.

Read a nice interview the other day with Mr. Dylan Sparkplug Williams. I like Dylan. Did you hear Sparkplug has a blog now? I think it should have been called Sparkblog.

I had some time today, so I organized by outgoing bookcase. That’s the case that houses all the inventory for mail order and things like that. It looks good. I did find around 5 odd out of print things that I might put up on ebay this weekend. Along with a PR2 perhaps? Speaking of PR2, JJ is at the Icon this weekend.

Josh Cotter has plans to head back to his hometown to show his book at a festival of sorts. I think that is way cool. I’ve often thought about heading back to my hometown for a book festival, but haven’t found the energy yet. We did a book festival in our infancy, and it was dreadful.

I have LOADS of stuff to read after having visited the MoCCA Art Fest and then Heroes.  It is the golden age of sequential publishing.

I called local friend Kelly Alder the other day to see how his Heroes went. Five minutes into the conversation and we’re talking about how f’d up the current state of affairs is. I guess I had the fuel of just watching RECOUNT and then AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. I don’t like focusing on the negative all around us (the media does enough of that!) but it’s hard not to see things that should be fixed. Here’s hoping this November can make a difference.

I guess that’s it for now. Everyone have a safe 4th of July. We’ll be driving out lil’ dog around trying to NOT hear the fireworks.