Archive for June, 2009
The hits keep coming!
(cool fan art by Rico Renzi. checkee)
Marc @ the CWR: “JOHNNY HIRO is so full of pop that you worry it might explode… This gets my highest possible recommendation.”
Bart Croonenborghs talks with Fred Chao about stuff at Broken Frontier. via Journalista
(As a side, the decision to jump to a trade with HIRO wasn’t all brought upon Diamond’s new thresholds. It was also due to my wanting the series to make some money. The first issue turned a profit, but issues two and three did, and will not. So, I thought the trade would be a good idear.)
Joey Weiser gave me a near complete copy of CAVEMEN IN SPACE at Heroescon. It’s a pretty daggon fun read. I also think Joey has improved on certain aspects of his storytelling. Hopefully this will be available at some point in the future.
Also from Heroes… Ben Towle threw me an advance readers copy of AMELIA EARHART: THIS BROAD OCEAN. He actually gave it to me at the very final minutes of the show. I’m glad he did. It’s an accomplished work. His use of tones and type of illustrations fit the subject matter perfectly. This is a book from the CCS series, and I was happy to see Michel Vrana had a hand in book design along with Jason Lutes. Designer-details and all that.
MoCCA find: MINE by Jason Hoffman. Self-published, and a fun little diddy of a story. Actually more than a diddy, in regards to the amount of work put into this. Added points for fancy gold ink.
Only AdRelated if you count my interest in the historical aspect of comic production, but you should give Frank Santoro’s talk with colorist Steve Oliff a read. Fascinating stuff.
If I lived within an hour of this, I’d probably go. The Cartoonist’s Brunch. All three of these guys are funny. And you can bring your pooch. July 12.
For those so inclined, I decided to throw my last copy of PR2 up on ebay along with some of the production proofs for PR3.
AdHouse Books is proud to announce their latest publication to be released in September:
Driven by Lemons
by Joshua Cotter.
Published by AdHouse Books
“Up the stream of consciousness without a paddle.” — From the creator who brought you Skyscrapers of the Midwest comes a sketchbook replica of recent multimedia explorations in intuitive narrative. Won’t you be his neighbor?
104 4C pages
5″ x 8″ HC
$19.95 US funds
Shipping September 2009
Diamond order code: JUL09 0643
To order your copy of Driven by Lemons, stop by your local comic shop after June 24th to request your copy.
Things like reviews, vidjoes, and the odd thought keep rolling in, so here’s some links:
Andrew Wheeler @ComixMix: “Johnny Hiro is post-postmodern, set in a world that has utterly assimilated the fictionalized version of itself and turned into a thoroughly mixed stew of reality and exaggeration.”
The FCHS Gang captured some video at HeroesCon. I dig the idea and execution.
Henry Chamberlin @NewsaramaBlog: “Don’t let it ever be said that there isn’t room for another comic about whining aimless youth. Meet Franny and Vickie.”
Not that I have to point to it, but our bud Dharbin talks to Tom about the recent HeroesCon. Pretty informative.
The Indie Spinner Rack talks about MoCCA Art Fest 09 with guest Fred Van Lente.
And yes, I guess the jump has sharked. I’m twittering now.
Since I done uploaded some pics from good ol’ HeroesCon…
I thought I’d try and look back and throw some commentages. (I have to wonder at what point will my photos from a convention have more food shots than comics shots?)
This year was a good year. We started off by having out pal Lamar Abrams swing down and meet up with us so that the ride to and fro went a bit more easier. I like Lamar. He knows that you don’t HAVE to talk during the ride. You just talk when you have something to say.
A big highlight for me this year was hitting up Merts, the southern food place. I dig southern food, and they do it well. Heck, Lamar went back for seconds. I wish I could have fit some cake in my hole, since they looked rather marvelous. But I was full of ribs, collards and m&c. I STILL have to make it to BarbeQueKing one year…
I noticed Cliff Chang eating across from us during the meal, and later that evening we got to catch up big time at the bar. I like Cliff. He’s good people. And handsome!
Friday starts the show, and I got in early to do a little shopping at Marc Nathan’s booth. I noticed the selection was way better than the boxes he brought to the last Richmond show. Crogan was there and scooped up a book we both wanted!
Actually, I just remembered that before the show started I had breakfast with the FCHS gang. That reminds me that I owe them a revised PDF with some page changes. It was nice to sit down, talk, have some ideas, and move this project forward. I felt bad that I was having the meeting when V just got in at 4am. Sorry.
Weirdly, Friday was better for us than Saturday.
Fred Chao shows up, having driven down with Mr. Phil and Deemer. He chops every book he signs. Not like a karate chop. More like a little red doohicky chop. He even uses the stuff that is probably toxic. You should get your book chopped by him. I think he had fun at the show. He did a piece for the art auction, and one of the Dollar Bin guys ended up with it.
Keep an eye on their site as they are the home crew that covers this show the best.
Hot on their heels though is Chuck Moore over at Comic Related. He’s already got a ton of photos up there. Keep your eyes peeled for a special AdAnnouncement Giveaway to happen soon!
Due to a tornado coming through his backyard, J Chris didn’t make it in until half way through Friday. I’m glad he made it though, since a show without J Chris just seems a little sadder. We spent most of the day giving each other stuff that we’d been squirreling away the months before. Then he gives me the cherry on top with this baby.
Other people it was good to see again: Latour, Rico, Tom and his wife, Jeff, Greg, Alec, Joey, Drew, Joe, Chuck, Sean, Rob, Andy, Matt, Ed, Steve, Dwayne, Justin, Jamie, Adam, Shawn, Phil, Shelton, Marc, Shelly, Dean, Jason, Josh, Brad, Ben, Jason, Brett, Chuck… you get the idea. This show is about the love. Next year we’re not even bringing comics. Just love.
I wish I could have hung out with Dharbin more. But he’s a busy guy.
Saturday had the art auction, and that was fun. Having had no dinner and just a few horesdores, I was getting a little tipsy pretty fast with the buds. Lots of great pieces were to be had.
The show was a little slow at times, but that means I got to a chance to actually read some comics during the show. There was one mini that was pretty good. The new Awesome antho has a pretty strong start. (Not to say it gets weak, just that I’m only into the first few pages.)
Ooops. Forgot to mention Friday night’s premier of Mandar… Brad’s cinematic baby. Funny stuff. Sweaty room. It was neat since they projected it on the window screen, so you could actually see the show from the street. I went down to see it, and there people pointing up wondering what the heck it was.
Well, I guess I’ll close this with some of the “regulars”. Hope to do a post about some of the cool books I got a chance to pick up soon. Books like Rice Boy.
Big, BIG thanks to Shelton, Dustin, Shawn, all the volunteers, workers, friends, and fans who came out and made the show so great! Can’t wait for next year!
So, go forth and purchase!
If you don’t have a finer comic establishment, we’ll make those available to purchase direct from us as well on Wednesday. I only mention that since the first five REMAKE orders will get a swell sketched & autographed copy.
And speaking of the books, check out these swell links on the books:
boingboing: “Scott Morse sent me a copy THE ANCIENT BOOK OF SEX AND SCIENCE, but I’ve been too busy scooping my brain off the floor for the last 45 minutes to write about it.”
Blog@Newsarama: “it’s like Jeffrey Brown inking Brian Ralph drawing Astro Boy with Watchmen lay-outs, only not really like that at all.”
(And while there, read about the JOHNNY HIRO love as well!)
While I’m shooting some emails out to a few peeps, I thought I’d mention a few of the MoCCA minis that have been FLOORING me.
(Just like I was FLOORED by the tiffins!)
And I’m completely serious. The amount of talent that is out there is mind-blowing. If only I had some “turtle-money”.
Anyways, check out Connor Willumsen. THE MIDDLE was freakin’ fantastic.
I can’t remember if I have mentioned Jon Chad before or not. Maybe? Anyway, his Bobo comic is SUPERB. And Bikeman™ rulez.
Mike Shea. Wow. Furlough is a complete and instant classic. He’s an A+ ink-slinger, too!
I’ve known Matt Rota for what seems like ages. Well, he’s made some big strides since I last saw his work. Check out Monkey Island.
Matt’s friend Victor Kerlow thew a comic/illustrated goodie my way, and if he and Matt can keep on pressing each other forward, well, watch out.
And last, but not least, for now, is WORKER BE by John Balash. I keep seeing those two animated headbangers while reading it, but really, it works. I can’t really find a site for John’s stuff. Oh well. (John, send me a link, and I’ll edit to include!)
Anyway.. that’s it for now. Heroes in a few days! Can’t freakin’ wait!
As most, I’m still trying to catch up after the show, so I thought I’d get “some type of report” up before too many days go by…
Surprise #1: James Jean was in town. That’s him above, holding his new favorite book of all time REMAKE. Granted, it may not be his new favorite book of all time, but he seems to be smiling.
So, it was good to see James. He didn’t know the show was this weekend. I reminded him that oh-so-long ago, I had actually hoped we could have PR3 out by the show, and he would have been a guest. We would have slayed.
But we still kinda slayed. The onslaught of the HIRO-ACEFACE-REMAKE juggernaut was pretty fine. Kept us busy, and I’m glad we didn’t have to ship any books back. I did leave a sample box for the hotel staff, though.
Speaking of ACEFACE, it’s always fun to have Mike Dawson around. Team him up with ARob, and it’s insane. Check it out.
Back to the show.
It was great seeing Hope Larson again. It had been a while (a year!) and she seemed to really dig Rachel’s FCHS stuff. In fact, I think Hope was one of the very first people I saw at the show. Big thanks to her for having a map too… I’m lame. I thought I printed one, and then didn’t!
As MANY have already stated, it was HOT. Combine that with the logistic problems of early Saturday, and a few other issues, and boy, a show can really change from one year to the next. I think I understand why, and we can converse on the matter over drinks any time you want, but for now I’ll just say… I DON’T LIKE THE HOT.
Which make me wish I had packed my HankyPanky.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the booth to chat and look over AdProduct. I know of at least two people who couldn’t find us. Not sure what that says. Also, thanks to everyone who gave me stuff. I’ll try and get back to you in a timely manner.
Thanks to Jamie/GB for one of the best sandwich experiences I’ve ever had.
I picked up the Asterios Polyp from Pantheon early Saturday morning with Matt Kindt. We promised to get each other when he was signing, but I lied and went and stood in line for 20 minutes by myself. (Just a warning to all of you who I have made promises to.) I told David M. who I was via the two anecdotes I thought he might remember me by.
I also got that great new Scott Campbell Nerdcore book. As a fanboy, I asked if he wouldn’t mind sketching his love for me within, and after he did, there was an awkward moment. Sorry Scott. Other purchases I tried to remember to get, and did succeed were the new Papercutter and the new Alec Longstreth mini, which might not have been new, but I figured I didn’t have the latest. I also got the new NURSE!NURSE!s, but I hadn’t really planned on it, since I didn’t know they existed.
Now that I’m back, I see the new Morningstar was actually being sold there. I thought they had one copy to show people. I would have gotten that if I had known better, and I might have made more sense when I was talking with Kaz. Oh well. I do applaud the “surprise them at the last moment” strategy. I was going to try that with a HEAVY project at TCAF, but it didn’t work out.
Yeah, the Armory is neat. I’d LOVE it if it was cooler.
Because of our early flight up, we didn’t do much Saturday night. Went over to Tiffin Wallah for some Indian, and then called it a night. Yes, I AM old. I even asked Lamar if his feet were sore Saturday night, because mine sure were. The same pretty much for Sunday night.
I keep seeing updates from other reports, which jogs my memory about other things. So yeah, the cost of a table goes up next year, but ALSO, they couldn’t give us exact dates, but I did notice the application said SPRING 2010. Thoughts? I guess June is technically still Spring… although it SURE DIDN’T FEEL LIKE IT.
One guy dropped off stuff that my wife actually liked, which is pretty rare. He was an Activator.
My second to last copy of PR2 didn’t sell, so it’s off to Heroes with it. We did have LOTS of people peruse the dummy of PR3… including my printer rep! I’m glad she stopped by since we had never met before.
What did EVERYONE want to buy from me that I couldn’t sell? A soon to be announced project! Yes, I had a dummy book there, but the contracts haven’t been signed. Oh well…
And edited in: We had an application for 2010 filled out to submit, but with too many questions still in my head, we did NOT turn one in. I had talked to one other exhibitor about such an action, and it appears many more also took the same stance.
Well, for a lil’ report, this is probably enough. More photos here. Heroes in two weeks!
For those making the trip to either MoCCA or HeroesCon, you can stop by the AdHouse to check out a 98% complete dummy of PR3.
And because table space IS limited, be sure to ask me about some of the special production items I might be willing to part with from the book!