Archive for April, 2011

Forming in July

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

by Jesse Moynihan.
Published by Nobrow Press
Distributed by AdHouse Books

Forming is a super-mystical epic in which Jesse Moynihan details the spawning of worlds, and the trajectory of consciousness on Earth. Volume 1 follows the trials and tribulations of primeval gods and demi-gods as they vie for control of primitive Earth’s resources.

4C cover
112 4C pages
9 ” x 12 “HC
$29.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-907704-13-0
Shipping July 2011
Diamond order code: MAY11 0784

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FLUKE Report!

Monday, April 25th, 2011

OK.. not sure how long this will be, but I wanted to poop out a report about the great show I just visited this past weekend… FLUKE!

A bit of history… this was their 10th show. This is my 9th year. The numbers aligned that said, I should make the trip. My understanding of FLUKE is that it was always a smallish show with a DIY feel that was held in bars around Athens, GA. So, with all that said, I had to wonder if the trip would be worth it.


Oh, my gawd, what a fantastic time was had. So, on with the report!

Another reason to attend? Friends. I knew a bunch of them were going, so that kind of makes the trip worthwhile. My main-man for this one would be Dustin Harbin, as he allowed me to pick-him up in Charlotte. Granted, he might not be the best “navigator”, but otherwise he is AOK in my book. 😉 (Y’see…. we missed our turn while driving to Athens. He was all about the talkie.)

A little more about Dustin… I’m sure you all know him. He’s gone from being a retailer to a convention guy to one helluva illustrator/designer/comicker. Heck, he has a HUGE amount of followers on the tweet. But… he’s also just great. We can talk pretty much about ANYTHING and I appreciate his feedback/opinion/humor. Anywaze… he really helped make this trip.

So.. chrono-wise, I pick him up. We miss our turn. We talk a LOT. I mean, HE talked a lot. We get to Athens. Check-in to the FORT (ie: weird Holiday Inn that was HUGE and thus, confusing). And go to the Bizzaro Wuxtry.

So, here’s another objective of the trip. Visit this FANTASTIC establishment. Part old school comic shop, but with great taste and awesome inventory. Man… you could spend days there. While there, we figure out that we’re going to hook up with Joey (CAVEMEN IN SPACE) Weiser and grab some grub. We need to wet our whistles too, so we hit the TransC pizza joint.

Oh.. before I forget, Athens was really cool. Great signage, architecture, vibe.

Anywaze…. it was great to catch up with Joey and partake in the local pizza joint. While there, Bak walked in, which was cool, since he’s a neat guy, great artist, and actually helped get the very first FLUKE underway 10 years ago.

I call it an early night because I’m old, had a few drinks and new the next day would woop my butt. Did I mention I was doing this trip as a drive-down on Friday, show on Saturday, drive back on Saturday to Charlotte, and get up WAY early on Sunday to be home for Easter? Yep. And it all worked out!

So, day of the show begins, and it’s a good sign when you start bumping into other friends like the Rob, Jason, Andy, Alex, Drew, Shawn, Adam, Chris, Eleanor, Chris, Tim, Seth, Heather, Derek, David, David, David and others. The show this year was at the 40 Watt, which is HISTORY in Athens.

Before we load in, Robert (one of the FLUKE organizers) asks both Top Shelf and myself where we want to exhibit… because we were sponsors. Later he would actually give us certificates of sponsorship. I thought I was special, but then I saw everyone had them… but y’know what? WE WERE ALL SPECIAL. That is what makes FLUKE great. We all are getting great treatment from Robert, Patrick, Devlin and other people associated with the show. Probably my favorite take away of the show is the pin that everyone gets.

So, not only does it act as proof of admission, but it was OUT OF THIS WORLD designed. While just being helluva-attractive, it says FLUKE X!!! Wha-huh? Yes.

So, add in a cool music set list, the fact it is in a bar with a great bloody mary, that friends like Rob (I’m going to give you a taste of one of the best ginger ales ever) Vendetti was right next to us, JCC shows up and explains what the little hooks on the top of my magazine rack are for, the show also creates a mini-comic anthology that they give you for FREE…

… and it goes on and on. So, yes, FLUKE I love you. Thanks for holding me in your arms this past Saturday. It was special.

I’d write more, but I need to “get back to it” and check emails, send invoices and Eisner ballots (VOTE AFRO!) and that type of stuff.

Take a look here for all the photos I took.

Again, thanks to EVERYONE who made the trip so great. I apologize if I didn’t mention you or your work in this fast report.

Read the entire Eisner-Nominated Afrodisiac online for FREE

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The creators and publisher of Afrodisiac were very excited to learn of their Eisner nomination for Best Humor Publication. Unfortunately, the book is currently between printings. To ensure that every possible Eisner Award voter has all of the necessary information to cast their ballot in a responsible and educated manner, we have decided to put the entire book online for FREE.

So, please take a moment or two to give Afrodisiac a read. We hope you will find the experience amusing, profound, and ultimately life-changing (link to vote coming soon!). Be sure to tell your friends and family about this experience so that they may share in your joy and good fortune. And look for a new printing this Fall. — Your pals in comics, Brian, Jim and Chris

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AdHouse Announces Immonen Centifolia Project

Thursday, April 7th, 2011


Centifolia 2 by Stuart Immonen.
Published by AdHouse Books

AdHouse Books is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of Centifolia V2 by Stuart Immonen.

Centifolia V2 marks Stuart Immonen’s return to his eclectic collection of work! Continuing where V1 left off, we find even more sketches, concept designs, illustrations and comics. Best known for his mainstream superhero work, Stuart is a multi-faceted creator and this publication proves it. Again, 32 of the 128 pages are full color, and Stuart’s attention to detail shows through in the publication’s design.

But wait! There’s more! AdHouse Books will also be bringing Centifolia V1 back in print! To help celebrate these two beautiful publications, there will even be a limited (100) slipcase edition created that includes a special S&N print and custom slipcase design.

Publisher Chris Pitzer responded, “I was very happy to be approached by Stuart to help make this happen. We’ve been con-buddies for a few years now, and I really love his work.”

Centifolia V1, V2 and the limited slipcase will make their con debut at the 2011 Toronto Comics Art Festival that takes place May 7th & 8th.

Centifolia Volume 1 & 2
96 1C pages & 32 4C pages
8″ x 10.75″ SC
$19.95 US funds
V1: ISBN 978-1-935233-13-8
V2: ISBN 978-1-935233-14-5
Shipping May 2011
AdHouse Books Exclusive

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AdHouse no MoCCA, RVA instead

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Just a quick post to let any who might be interested know that we will NOT be exhibiting at the MoCCA Art Fest this year.

I only make mention of it because I have received a number of enquiries thinking we were. We didn’t exhibit last year either.

I’m not going to get into the details of it here. Buy me a beer and I might give you the deats some time.

That said, we will be exhibiting at this Saturday’s VA Comicon. We had such a good time at the 2-day show back in November of 2010, that I thought I’d give the 1-day shows a try as well. From their site…

Virginia Comicon
Saturday April 9th from 10am-4pm!
We have returned our show to The Crown Plaza West Hotel at 6532 West Broad Street, RVA (This is NOT the same location as our show in November, 2010).  Doors open to the public at 10am sharp.

Hope you can make it out!