#c2e2 Artist Alley table U18. That’s where you will find the Terryverse. If you want to talk to Katchoo or Rachel, you have to go thru me.
The holidays are here at last, so time for our Annual Art Sale! Robyn and I selected 48 of the best pages of original art from Strangers In Paradise, Echo, and Rachel Rising. We searched for pages featuring the main characters in great moments and I think you’ll find we came up with some very cool pages.
Browse the listings for yourself or for that someone special in your life. Or, if you’re a starving artist, feel free to look at the original art in its pure form, before the printer reduction and plunged black levels.
Here’s a sampling of what we have posted in the sale.
When atomic alloy gets stuck onto Julie’s body, the first thing she does is go to the ER. Logical, right? But it doesn’t turn out so well. This key scene from issue 2 is up in the art sale.
Because she now carries Annie’s enhanced DNA, Julie experiences Annie’s memory of falling in love one romantic night. This is that moment, from Echo 20.
When Dillon finally learns Annie is virtually standing in front of him, albeit in another woman’s much larger body, he has only one question. This is that moment from Echo 27. One of my favorite pages in the series.
How does a 10 year old little girl clean a crime scene and get rid of a body? Zoe does it like this. From Rachel Rising 3. I’m so impressed with her resourcefulness.
Lilith uses sawdust from The Tree Of Knowledge Of Good And Evil to look into Zoe’s soul. A pivotal moment in the series that introduces Malus. From Rachel Rising 9.
I can’t believe we still have any pages from the first 3 issues, but look, from the 2nd issue, Katchoo literally catches Freddie with his pants down. And he’d just broken up with Francine that afternoon in the park. The cad. This issue was titled “Katchoo’s Revenge”. Do I need to tell you what she did to him? This page from the 2nd issue of Strangers In Paradise can be yours. In the art sale.
Francine meets the rebound girlfriend and we meet Casey for the first time! This is her first appearance, rodeo bangs and all. Again, I can’t believe this page is still in my possession. It shouldn’t be. I can’t be trusted with it. It should be in your home, safe and sound. From issue 2 of the series. Art Sale.
Reaction to SIP KIDS #1 was very good, so I’m going to make a #2 issue. Here is the cover with my rough color job done for retail solicitation. This book is scheduled for December.
While we’re at it, here is the cover for the next trade, titled Night Cometh. This will be the fifth TPB of the series, collecting issues 25-30. Look for this in December. (No, you’re not seeing double. I always choose a TPB cover from the covers of the contents. Issue #28 is the best art representing the story for this collection.)
I’ve been in my cave, working. The update for this week:
1. Rachel Rising #28 is finished and at the printer! Turn around from that point to your hands is usually 3 weeks. This book is a bit late due to SDCC and all the hoopla that goes with it in the weeks before and week after aka chaos and panic.
2. Due to popular demand, yesterday I drew the cover and retailer solicitation for SIP KIDS #2!
3. …and solicited Rachel Rising: Night Cometh, the next new TPB collecting issues 25-30.
The solicitations are for December. So naturally you’ll want to plan your entire holiday shopping around that. I’ll post the covers today.
More news, in the next post.
I love my Italian publisher, BAO. Their books are beautiful and their company is deftly managed by people who are devoted to comics and smart business. Their promotions are fantastic. For example, they held a pop-up store in Milan this summer, to great success. Even Giorgio Armani walked by and peeked in. So this week, BAO and I got a nice shout out on Italy’s BIGGEST public TV channel, on Vincenzo’s very popular program Doreciakgulp. That’s like getting a shout out from Stephen Colbert or Diane Sawyer (those are your choices, :)) Here’s the link, I’m at 2:46, with scenes from the booth at last week’s SDCC. News travels fast, eh? And to top it off, Volume 3 of Rachel Rising went on sale this week in Italy. Volare!!
FYI, Rachel Rising, Echo and Strangers In Paradise are ALWAYS IN PRINT! If somebody tells you different, don’t despair, they are tragically misguided. Let me give you some crucial info that will help you track down anything you need:
Rachel Rising issues 1-24 are available in 4 trade paperbacks. Here is that list with their Diamond Distributors order codes. Your retailer needs these to reorder books.
1. Rachel Rising: The Shadow Of Death JAN120780
2. Rachel Rising: Fear No Malus SEP120729
3. Rachel Rising: Cemetery Songs JUN130709
4. Rachel Rising: Winter Graves FEB140872
These books are 140 pages each (6 issues per trade) and $16.99 each.
The 1.5 monthly (every 6 weeks) single issue periodicals of Rachel Rising are single printing only and we have some to none of those left in the warehouse. If you don’t see the issue you want in our web store, email Robyn to ask if she has just one more left. I’m currently working on issue #28. The next TPB comes out in December, collecting issues 25-30. The title is Night Cometh. You heard it here first!
ECHO was a 30 issue series and it’s currently available in one nice book titled The Complete Edition. We’ve had a soft cover available for some time and now a hard cover with the same contents will hit the shelves later this year. The book is 632 pages. The soft cover is $39.99 and the Diamond sku is MAY110780
The hard cover edition is $65 and available now at our website. I don’t know the Diamond sku yet.
Strangers In Paradise was a 107 issue monster series. Finding those single issues is a real quest. When 19 TPBs became too much to keep in print, we switched to a manga-style book, with the entire series in six affordable 5 ½ x 8 inch books. The books range from 350 to 400+ pages each and they’re only $17.95 apiece. Like all paperback books, these are meant to be read on the run then loaned out or given to friends.
For the lover of SIP, we have the Omnibus. This is a full size format box set containing two 1100 page softcover books. Absolutely every page of SiP related story is in there and this is the uncensored version I edited myself, so all the mistakes and typoooos that drove me nuts over the years are corrected. The Omnibus is $100 and should be available in every comic store. The Diamond sku is APR130755
If you can’t find any of these books in the cruel, cruel city, you can always get them shipped direct to your door from my web store:www.StrangersInParadise.com/store
There. Now don’t take no for an answer. You have the powaaah.
Here is an ad for the Echo hardcover, with pictures and sku numbers for the books on our list:
As you may know, the Harvey Awards nominations have been announced and I’m surprised to find I’ve been nominated for Best Lettering. My lettering has always been an essential part of my cartooning, but it’s never been particularly precise, or pretty. I suspect my shot at the podium has more to do with the fact that only a Tibetan monk and myself still write letters on paper by hand. The rest of the world fingers their keys. So in the category of writing letters on paper with a pen, it’s likely I’m finally near the front because the rest of the competitors left the track. It’s like the old sports joke (insert your fave and least fave teams): Team A left the playing field for rain and 20 minutes later Team B scored. If I win, I’ll run the bases.
The other surprise is, I’m nominated for Best Cartoonist. I love that category. When people ask me what I do, I tell them I’m a cartoonist. Then they ask a few questions in an attempt to determine if I’m any good. It would be nice to have something official to produce from my pocket and speed up the process. I don’t know how large a Harvey Award is, but if I win one, especially Best Cartoonist, I plan to keep it with me at all times, day and night. If a special holster is required, so be it. I’ll be ready to whip it out at the slightest identity crisis.
So, vote and vote often for me if you want to see a picture of me smiling with a Harvey Kurtzman award. It would make my day.
For full information on the 2014 Harvey Awards, visit www.harveyawards.org