Archive for October, 2010

This just in: Duncan Best of 2010

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Just got the word that Duncan is one of TEN (!) graphic novels that made the Publisher’s Weekly best of 2010 list.

Here’s a bit of what Calvin Reid said: “…Duncan the Wonder Dog, a 400 page graphic novel of such eye-popping visual intricacy and invention, narrative complexity and deep, persuasive characterization that it’s hard to believe it’s the young author’s first published work.”

Thanks Calvin and Publishers Weekly!

3×4 Cancelled.

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

In a tragedy of errors, we have decided to cancel the previously solicited 3×4 book that was slated to be released July of this year.

We could go into all the details that made this decision happen, but suffice it to say, it just never came together.

So, we apologize to all the customers who advanced ordered this publication. We can only promise to work harder to make sure this doesn’t happen again in the future.

Thank you.

Duncan in Stores 10/27 +

Monday, October 25th, 2010

It looks like Duncan the Wonder Dog will be in your better comic shops this Wednesday October 27th, 2010.

Adam is happy, I think?  If you get a chance, go out there and check it out. Granted, the books is DOUBLE protected.

It’s got shrinkwrap and then a bellyband around the entire outside. What WERE we thinking? It will be worth the effort, though. A nice solid, long read.

Remember, this is what @PWComicsWeek had to say:  “…finished reading Adam Hines’ Duncan the Wonder Dog and it’s already my best book of the year. It’s effin’ amazing. Imaginative and gripping…”

If your LCS can’t, or won’t help you get a copy, there’s always Last Gasp, or even US!

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The Alternative Press Expo happened a few weekends ago. I know I typically bang out a report of sorts, but to be honest, things are pretty hectic around here. So, instead, I’ll just point you in the direction of some of the photos we took. A picture is worth a thousand words, right? ;)

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We just placed some orders for AdDistro stuff, so we should have new stuff and re-stock stuff available in the coming weeks.

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I owe you all a blog post about 3×4 and Babs, so they will be forthcoming.

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I guess that’s it for now. I’m sure I’ll think of something once I hit that publish button. Sigh…

Ook Ook Ook.

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Yep, it’s a coming. APE!

I was trying to do the math, and I think the last APE I attended was back in 2007. So, here we come to fill your hearts and minds with all types of AdHouse Goodness. Some deats about APE 2010 and AdHouse…

Official Site of the show. Dates are October 16 & 17 at the Concourse in SF, CA.
(Note: The entrance this year is on the OTHER side of the concourse.)

We’ll be tabling with our good bud Scott Morse. So, look for us in the 33o area. Also, Adam Hines will be making his first APE appearance. Swing by and see why PWComicsWeek has said Duncan the Wonder Dog is their pick for book of the year.

We’ll have exactly ONE advance copy of the new Josh Cotter book Babs in the Sky with Neil Diamonds for people to peruse.

We’ll have just a few of the NoBrow editions with us. Our good bud’s at Last Gasp are also a distributor, so I’m sure they’ll have lots as well.

Other tables you should visit while at APE: Koyama Press. Dustin HarbinBumperboy. And all types of other great things that you might stumble upon.

Here’s hoping the Giants are still in it so we can do some celebrating in the city!

Hope all you leftcoasters can make it out to the show. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

And, as a reminder, any orders placed in the AdStore will be fulfilled the following weekend. Just sayin.

Perspective

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Anyone who knows me, knows that I’m sort of a bibliophile. A lover of books. Granted, most of them are dedicated to the sequential arts (I’m looking at YOU Dharbin!) but sometimes a book comes along that just wows me for being itself. I give you…

Perspective

I found this at a yard sale a few weeks back. Given the years and storage, it’s got that nice “patina” of mustyness that any old book not properly stored will have. I haven’t really done any “hard” research into the origins of this book. From what I can tell, it was a sales tool used to exclaim the wonders of steel and a design program that a steel company created.

At some point Roland Stock must have owned this book. His handwriting makes me wonder if he was a draftsman? He wasn’t subtle about his ownership was he?

But like anything, what really caught my eye was the illustrations:

Update: After a tweet-suggestion as to who the illustrator was, I put a fine eye to the illustrations. It’s none other than Syd Mead. While I originally thought it might have been a copy cat, it’s cool to find out it’s the actual Mead.

Those keen of eye will also notice a pretty cool design trick used with the die-cut:

And further tricks used later in the book include another die-cut and fold out drawing:

So, thanks Perspective! You made my day when I found you. You probably only cost a buck, given we also bought some stinky magazines and some weird candy logo sheets for a grand total of $6. I need to write my name big and bold within your pages!