Archive for August, 2008

PR: MESMO DELIVERY in November

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

details:
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

arrow Download a PDF preview

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.

PR: THE VENICE CHRONICLES in November

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

This November finds Enrico Casarosa releasing a a travelogue in pencil, watercolor and varying shades of silliness… THE VENICE CHRONICLES.

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.

details:
4C cover
144 4C pages
6.25″ x 8.25″ HC
$19.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9818455-0-0
Shipping November 2008
Diamond Order Code: SEP08 3685

arrow Download a PDF preview

Enrico’s Blog

“On a good day a gifted storyteller can dip his brush between moments and find that place where pathos, comedy, and charm all dissolve into a unique pigment. I’ve met few artists that can control that pigment quite like Enrico” – Scott Morse, author of “Magic Pickle and “Tiger!Tiger!Tiger!”

“Enrico is an inspiration. I am in awe of his ability to capture his experiences — and his energy to do so, even after an intense workday of drawing storyboards for a living. He is a drawing madman! If Enrico and Superman got into a Sketchcrawl battle, I’d put my money on Enrico, no question.” – Pete Docter, director of “Monsters Inc”

“Enrico’s book, like Venice herself, is made with personality, good humor and beautiful art.” – Steve Purcell, author of “Sam and Max”

“Enrico’s wonderful chronicle of his expedition to Venice is a chronicle of Enrico himself; gentle, silly, and warm-hearted. His hat is cool too. Where can I get one?” – Bob Peterson, director at Pixar Animation Studios

“As it happens Enrico had been standing right there when the rest of his life collided with him. And like most fateful events it all seemed to be in slow motion. You can tease out each element from each other and hold it in place to observe. That is what he’s done for us here in the Venice Chronicles. His skills of capturing the immediate and essential are etched in living drawings. Drawings of a life finding its way, unexpected or yearned for, all leading to bring him to stand just in the right spot and–finally–at the right time for forever to happen. We should all be so lucky.” – Ronnie del Carmen, author of “Paper Biscuit”

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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.

Things to Do: 8/22/08

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Things to do…

1. Scan and upload vintage photos (almost 20 years!) from stint at Eclipse. Check.

2. Listen to James Jean talk with Steven Heller. Check.

3. Contact a distributor about distribution. Check. (Actually, it’s someone else.)

Comicdom

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Things are a little slow around the House today, so I thought I’d devote some time to writing about comics and me.

What brought this on? Well, I guess my current “fix” that I feel I need in regards to comics. I guess it’s a want of community. But it’s a strange want. While I want the new, the news, the community, I haven’t been in a comic shop in around a month. Use to be I’d go every week. And those thoughts led me to think I should write about my total comic buying experiences… or at least the ones I can remember.

My earliest comic buying recollections are the spinner rack at the local Drug Fair in Martinsburg, WV. Drug Fair was pretty cool. While it acted as a typical pharmacy/one-stop-shop, it also had a restaurant/cafe attached to the side. I recall my brother ordering sunny-side up eggs, but only eating the yellow part by dipping his toast. The spinner rack provided some of my earliest purchases, but they also had a magazine rack, which carried those big treasuries and the National Lampoons and Pizzazzes. Lampoons were neat in that they were the softest of soft porn at times.

My other local comic haunts included the newstand downtown, which really was a weird place. Pretty barren and across the street from the Adult Bookstore. There was also Crawfords. A locally owned Pharmacy which had the distinction of their comics being defaced before even being purchased. Someone use to write BY HAND a 15-20 digit number across the tops of the covers. I don’t know if I even have any of these still in my collection. I’m sure it’s something to do with their distribution, but jeez…

There was also Nelsons. It was a special place. A pawn shop that had built around 5 shelves against the wall that displayed piles and piles of comics. All for 20 cents. I fondly recall the couple of times that you’d hit gold. Someone selling off their collection to Nelson, and the few of us who would come in and scoop them up. Things like Howard the Duck #1, or some of those early New X-men, or even a pretty good run of Avengers.. all the way back to #11. Nelsons was down the block from the newstand, and looking back, it was an interesting part of town. Near an railroad overpass, you had to go under the tracks to essentially get from one part of town to the next. As a kid, that woosh of traveling under the tracks was all types of exciting.

One other purchase stands out at this time of my life. There was a collector who was selling off his collection from his home, but the stipulation was that you had to buy the whole run of a comic. I always thought that was an interesting sales technique. You had to go up into the attic to shop, where there were rows and rows of long boxes. I think the only real purchase I made was his Flash comics. They were always my favorite with the weird writing, solid art, and the rogues gallery! Not sure, but I think those comics were only 10 cents each.

I forget when I first heard about a comics convention. I must have been an ad within a comic itself. There were around 4 to 5 of us locally who read & collected comics. So, it became an interesting thing for each of us to talk our parents into taking us to the shows. One trip it would be my Dad. Another someone elses. I guess the shows we were hitting were the Creation ones that happened in DC. It was there that I got to meet my first pros! Walt Simonson and Chris Claremont. I recall my brother getting a Star Wars digest autographed by Chris Claremont, and yes, Claremont had NOTHING to do with it. I was pretty excited about the Simonson autograph, since he did that cool dinosaur thing.

After getting my driver license and my own set of wheels, I branched out even further for my comic fixes. Hitting places like Four Color Fantasies in Winchester, VA. Mike ran a good shop. He turned me on to Mage, Watchmen, and who knows how many other cool comics. He also had a trivia contest each week, and I don’t recall ever winning one. Four Color is still around. Heck, I think they’ve even expanded. An heard an interesting thing a few years ago. Seems Mike got tired of running the store, so he and his wife switched jobs. So now she runs the store, and I think Mike is in banking?

A little later, and we discovered the shops in Frederick, MD. There was Brainstorm in the basement of a downtown building. Pretty neat store, but I think my fave was Wonder Book & Video. Wonder was well stocked, and educated me even further into the small press movement that had been going on. The manager of the comic section was a guy named Ed who was a local artist, and very well educated in the ways of comics. Frederick was sort of a big city compared to our hometown, so making the trip over there was pretty fun.

So now we’re into our college years, and I forget who discovered Westfield, but for a time we were ordering our comics through the mail. The savings were really good, but you lost something in the process. The discovery or conversations that you’d find in a shop were part of the joy of the comic buying experience. So, while I dig what Westfield did, I only lasted a bit before dropping away.

College years were the years that Frank Miller’s Dark Knight was happening. I recalled hearing about it in an issue of Spin, so that tells you how often I was going into comic shops. So, I picked up a copy at a local store, and fell in love with it. Somehow (before this internet thing!) I had heard that issue three or four had come out, so I searched locally, and couldn’t find a copy. Being at that age of my life, I decided to drive to DC to get this one comic. I made the trip to Virginia, actually, ended up at a store I think was called Across the Universe? They had a copy, and I drove back to the burg. When I got there, I decided to stop in at my grandmothers, and when I went to leave, my car was dead! So, I had dodged the bullet with that one. Why? Well, this was before cell phones, and I hadn’t told anyone that I had left to go to DC. I could just see myself trying to explain that one. The car was an MG, which died every other day.

Towards the end of college, I wasn’t really sure where I was going to work. I mean, I went to school for design, but I wasn’t crazy about going into DC and trying to get a gig at one of those big studios. So, I created a portfolio that I mailed to Fantagraphics, Dark Horse and Eclipse Comics. The only one I heard back from was Eclipse. cat yronwood had written back on the postcard I provided saying that she loved the portfolio, but didn’t have a position open at the time. A week or two later, and Stan Woch, who was their lead designer, called me up to see if I was still interested in the job. Seemed he was burnt out and wanted to get back to penciling.

Why do I tell you all this? Because it resulted in my purging close to 90% of my collected comics. I didn’t think it was right to leave them with either of my parents (I was already leaving my VW bug with my Dad!). So, I let the “community” know that I was getting rid of the collection, and did the ol’ bidding thing. I think I sold roughly 10-13 long boxes for $300 or so. No worries, though.. they were comics I wasn’t going to miss too much… and I had more comics just around the corner…

Comp comics. Eclipse had the hook-up when it came to comps. We were getting mostly Marvel and DC stuff that I think Beau Smith had negotiated for us. Essentially every comic they published would show up every week. And yes, there were a LOT of comics. So much so that Ted Adams even had a side business of buying up the comics you didn’t want and going to local shows under the banner of Motley Comics. And when I say banner, I mean Banner. I was the guy who painted it! I’ll have to dig around and see if I can find a photo.

But my stint at Eclipse would only last around a year. Heading back East, we decided on Richmond as our next place to live. When picking Richmond, I don’t think comic shops was part of the criteria, but I do recall cracking a yellow pages at one point to find the local shops. And boy howdy. Do we have a lot of them here. I’ve shopped them all, and here’s a few memories…

Richmond Comix. It’s all about location, location, location. I say that because RC has moved three times since I’ve began shopping there. Chris Hope use to work there. He was the one who turned me on to THB. The other Frank Miller runs the shop. He does a good job, though it’s a tough business, and I think it wears on him at times. Frank has always been a strong supporter of Ad, and we loves him for it.

Nostalgia Plus. Possibly my first Richmond subscription box? Sort of in/near a mall. Nothing really jumps out at me there, though. They have a TON of stuff in the store. I was pretty surprised to see they moved one store down recently. Moving a comic shop? That’s insane. I’ll stop by there sometimes just to see if they have any AdStuff when it comes out, and more times than not, they don’t.

Stories. The American comic shop… just like the store on the Simpsons. Porn in the back, backissues everywhere. Stories had an interesting business model in that at one time, they went from one store to taking over their neighbor’s book business to purchasing three other locations. So, at one point, they had four or five shops. I think they do an OK business. Lots of ebay stuff now days.

Dave’s. Weird store. I’ve stopped in there now and again, but I don’t like the vibe. New comics are put in bags before they go on the racks? OK…

Velocity. The newest store in town? And a very welcome addition. Patrick Godfrey & Jesse Bausche (of OddGod fame) took over Grace Street Comics a few years back and have turned into one of the best stocked and happening of stores. Frequent readers might recall how I bemoaned not getting any of Matt Wiegle comics at HeroesCon. Well, Patrick had some the next time I went in there. They’ve also had some killer events like the Local thing with Brian Wood. And yes, they support us big time. Muchos gracias!

(RIP… Places in Richmond that are no longer around… Fantastix. Weird shop, mostly gaming? But near one of my old jobs, so I’d hit it every now and again. I think it might have been there were I discovered The Authority. Eugene’s. Weird mechanicsville shop. Had a lot of gundam models. I picked up a bunch of stuff when they went out of biz.)

And now days? I tend to get a lot of stuff at conventions. I have so much stuff from MoCCA and Heroes that I’m STILL  reading. I’ll still drop into Velocity and Richmond Comix to see the guys, and pick up an All Star Superman or something, but I don’t have the urge like I use to in the past. Does that make me a bad comic reader? Probably.

Anyways, hope you enjoyed this nostalgic trip for me. The longest blog entry EVER (I think).

HouseShouts

Thursday, August 14th, 2008

Thanks to good ol’ Kevin Church for taking the time to offer up his thoughts on the new site.

Heck, he even took the time to take a screen shot.

I apologize that it took so long. One of the reasons is that web-development is part of that “great unknown”. So, I wanted to take the time to learn some new processes, and stuff. Thanks to JCC for offering up suggestions, etc.

Just a reminder that you can sign up for that spiffy newsletter that Kevin mentions, too.

What else? Why not make yourself Manga?

SkyAgain

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Forgot to mention this…

Congrats to Joshua Cotter for having his lovely SKYSCRAPERS be the first sequential work from AdHouse to go to a second printing. And so soon, too. Don’t worry, though. Diamond has some copies, and I have a few for the remaining shows coming up in the fall. Heck, we even sent some out to a hometown festival that Josh is attending. (Go Longhorns!) I hope somone takes pics of Josh in the Midwest with his MIDWEST.

Anyways…

Me so Talky.

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

A couple weeks ago, some locals asked if I was interested in meeting to discuss the Ad for their web magazine.

(photo of me, myself & i in Joel Priddy’s hat, while he was away.)

I usually shy away from the local press, but since I hadn’t done any in a long time, I said sure.

Here’s the results.

It was an interesting interview. Old school, not via e. So, I tended to get off on tangents, and use industry speak. We met at Avalon, which use to be way cooler. Or, I should say less smokey. And also, our old neighbor, Q. Derks, use to be the chef, and thus, it rocked. Not sure where Q is these days…

Anyways, it was nice meeting Kelly & Richard. And yes, it is a small world. We all knew some of each other’s people.

Post SDCC

Friday, August 8th, 2008

Thought I’d blog about a few thingies that have happened since SDCC.

Fred (JOHNNY HIRO) Chao wrote in to tell us what a great time he had at the show. Our highlight was the image above, which features his parents! Fred also showed us some other keen photos of his parents at the Con, so we should all stay tuned to his blog for the posting.

Just found James’ neighbor Ken documenting James winning his Eisner.

Speaking of the Con, Tom Spurgeon sat down to talk with Ted Adams about whether or not IDW would be exhibiting at future shows. It’s a really good piece. Ted is a very savvy businessman. Also, I responded.

What did I do while not at SDCC? Well, I redesigned the site. Part of the redesign is incorporating a more “professional” email system. If you’re interested, go ahead and sign up.

IMPORTANT INFO: Upcoming Shows!!!

Thought I’d go ahead and plug the upcoming shows that we’ll be attending. In chronological order:

The CGS Supershow. 9/6 & 9/7, Reading, PA. Fred Chao will be hanging with me, so it should be all types of fun.

The Baltimore Comicon. 9/27 & 9/28, Baltimore. I got super excited when Paul Conrad told me he’d fly into be my boothbuddy. Also, we may or may not have a pretty cool announcement to make about this show. Stay tuned.

SPX. 10/4 & 10/5, Bethesda, MD. Let’s see… People at the AdTables: Joshua Cotter, Dustin Harbin, maybe Jim Rugg?

And that’s all I got for this year… I think. (Shows that is… more info to come!)

PR: NOTES OVER YONDER in October

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

This October finds Scott Morse releasing a short story collection told in lush pin-up illustrations… NOTES OVER YONDER.

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.

Scott Morse is the author of multiple critically acclaimed and award winning graphic novels including SOULWIND, THE BAREFOOT SERPENT, SOUTHPAW, PLASTIC MAN, and the new launch of the all-ages MAGIC PICKLE series from Scholastic.  Morse is currently working in story and design at Pixar Animation Studios.

details:
4C cover
64 four-color pages
5.5″ x 7″ HC
$12.95 US funds
ISBN 978-0-9774715-2-2
Shipping October 2008
Diamond Order Code: AUG08 3671
PDF preview

Scott’s Blog

You can preorder this project through Diamond’s August Previews catalog, which can be found in your local comic shop on 7/30/08. 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.

Under Construction + emails

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

I don’t know if any of you all noticed the image below last week on the old site or not…

But yesterday we revealed an updated site. We came up with a design that was not based in frames, so that each book/comic will have it’s own page, and thus, hopefully, stand out on the web a bit better.

Part of this new look is to switch over to html emails, too. So, if you’re interested in receiving the latest news in regards to Previews solicitations, sales, or just plain info, you should head over to this link and sign up.

If you are a retailer who is interested, email me for your link.