Archive for February, 2013

SUPERMAG in May from AdHouse Books

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

SUPERMAG in May from AdHouse Books

by Jim Rugg & Various.
Published by AdHouse Books

SUPERMAG is Jim Rugg’s latest print project… a glossy, magazine-format collection of “narrative collapse.” It showcases his interests in genre, irreverent humor, graphic design, drawing, and typography. SUPERMAG features new work as well as collecting the best of his recent anthology contributions.

56 4C pages
8.5 ” x 11 “SC
$9.95 US funds
ISBN 978-1-935233-22-0
Shipping May 2013
Diamond Order Code: MAR13 0766

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Darkness part Deux. aka Noirness.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A funny thing happened on the way to the printers…

Someone suggested we might not want to call our Darkness comic Darkness.

And hey… I get it. I usually do a search to make sure we’re not to close to a previously published comic property. I guess life has been too busy, or this project was moving too fast… or I just forgot.

Anyway… even though the files were at the printer, nothing was printed yet.

So, ladies and gentlemen… may I reintroduce Noirness.

Asbury Park + MoCCA + TCAF + Phoenix = :)

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Or… SHOW me the way. (cue Peter Frampton) (gettit?)

Color me crazy, but AdHouse Books will be hitting the road to attend both the Asbury Park Comicon, Society of Illustrator’s MoCCA Art Fest, Toronto’s awesome TCAF and the Phoenix Comicon this spring!

I guess the crazy part is that the first two are back-to-back weekend shows, the third is in another country… and the fourth is almost clear across the good ol’ US.

We decided to do the Asbury show because it seemed like it had the right vibe. Having previously been held in a bowling alley, we heard nothing but good things from prior guests. So, why not?

Now, the MoCCA Art Fest was a tougher decision. Having been spurned by the previous promoters, we had to give it some hard thought as to whether or not we would return. Slowly, but surely, we kept hearing good things. First they had formed a steering committee including like-minded publishers Secret Acres. Second, it was now being run by the Society of Illustrators… who we have always loved. So, after talking it over with a few friends, we decided it was time to make our return. It also helped that Boulet was coming over and wanted to publish a comic with us.

TCAF? If they’ll have us, we will try and make the trip. It’s that good of a show. Last year AdHouse central was moving, so we sent good ol’ American Barbarian in our place. This year, we’re happy to return!

The Phoenix Comicon? Well, we were on the fence for a little while… but then they went and announced the 20th anniversary of Babylon 5. Heh. We are HUGE B5 fans at AdCentral. On top of that, our pal Matt Wagner was going to be there. And then AdBuds Jim Rugg and Tom Scioli are making the trip. So… if you are a left coaster, try and swing by for this show. It looks awesome!

So, look for us at Asbury Park Comicon on March 30, the MoCCA Art Fest on April 6 & 7, TCAF on May 11 & 12 and the Phoenix Comicon from May 23-26.

(Of course we’ll be hitting HeroesCon in June, but we’ll be back for a Summer blog post before then.)

State of the Art

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be asked by Sterling Hundley if I’d like to accompany him to the State of the Art show at the Delaware Art Museum.

Spending time with Sterling at an illustration event? Color me yes.

I guess the first thing that really hit me was how gracious everyone was. I guess the years and years of being “low brow” (or what have you) made me not think a state run museum would be interested in illustration or the publisher’s who publish them. But that was far from the case. So, a big, BIG thank you to everyone involved. I had a fantastic time. Here’s a few snippets of the trip…

Curated by David Apatoff, I thought the show did a wonderful job of linking the threads of Howard Pyle to the current generation of image makers. I was lucky enough to take in David’s talk about the show, which gave even more details into his thinking on the curation. I especially liked with David asked me which online comic maker could be associated with Howard Pyle. I gave it some thought, and eventually came up with Kate Beaton, as she is the queen of the internets…

I’ve never known all that much about Howard Pyle… so to suddenly be thrust into his collection of originals, sketches and history was quite amazing. I need to learn more about the man.

Another joy was meeting John Cuneo for the first time. Having barely known his work prior to the show (my fault), I enjoyed his WoodyAllenEsque personality and the ties we had via comic books. It was a pleasure for him to ask for my card, only for my to reply I didn’t have one. You see, having just moved, I haven’t created new ones, and I don’t know if I could put my hands on my old ones if I had to… but this only fired his flames. I promise to mail John a new card once I have them.

Yet another nice surprise was the Hotel Dupont. Frequent readers of my blog will know I cherish traveling and the staying within hotels. At least the good ones. Celebrating their 100 year birthday this year, the place was a feast for the eyes… in more ways than you can imagine. They had original Pyles and Wyeths throughout the building. Hell, they even had some drawings for sale. When we opened the hotel room door the scent of whisky beckoned us to enter…

Bernie Fuchs originals? O.M.G… And I got to meet his daughter!

Since most everyone involved was/is an illustration nut, we also made time to run over to Wyeth Museum in Chadds Ford, PA. We honestly were the last ones to leave, with them shutting the doors pretty much right after us. Man… A Wyeth can feed the soul.

The State of the Art show is up until June 1st… so if you are in driving distance, please make the trip. You will be glad you did.

More photos…

Darkness in April from AdHouse Books

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Darkness in April from AdHouse Books

Darkness by Boulet.
Published by AdHouse Books

Representing Boulet’s first solo US-published material, The Darkness is a 24-hour comic tour-de-force. This comic was produced in conjunction with the artist’s 2013 US tour, and as such, is produced in a limited quantity.

4C cover
32 1C pages
7″ x 10″ saddle stitched
$6.95 US funds
Shipping in April 2013
An AdHouse Books Limited Edition Exclusive

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USPS Shipping Rates

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Good ol’ Tom Spurgeon’s Comics Reporter reminded me that I should address the increase in USPS international shipping rates…

First off, we’re not the most advance of website developers over here. I basically try and “ballpark” the cost of shipping within the US (and other countries) and then add that cost to the Paypal shopping cart. 90% of the time it works. The other 10% of the time I will refund the purchaser or I lose money.

I’ve seen questions and comments on Twitter about what we would charge to ship to other countries. It’s not like we’re trying to rip you off. That’s pretty much what the USPS charges. We can really only send things via Priority Mail. So, that one comic really does cost us from $14-$20 to ship to your country.

We received an order lately for one comic to Canada. Because of the rise in international shipping costs, that one comic was given away.

So, I doubt things are going to get cheaper. I guess “digital” is looking better and better all the time…