Cover Art: SIP KIDS #2, Rachel Rising #28 and TPB5

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.

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Here is the final cover for Rachel Rising 28. It is at the printer now and I think you can find it on shelfs and ComiXology on Sept 17. I’ll let you know if that date changes.RR28 Final Cover

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.)

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TV props alert!

We’ve sent posters and books to a couple of TV shows lately as props for comic shop scenes. If you see anything of ours, give a shout out. Look for Hawaii Five-O episode #506 (airs Oct 31); The Millers episode #202 (airs?)

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News Update: Makin’ Books!

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.

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Italian TV Shout Out–Doreciakgulp!

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!!

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I Swear, My Books Are Always In Print!

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:

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Harvey Awards 2014 Nominations

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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

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What’s NEW for SDCC. Oh man, 17 days and counting!

We’re gearing up for the Big Kahuna of comic cons in just a scant 17 days. That means I’ve been gathering art and finishing projects one right after another in order to have cool new things for the booth. Here’s what to expect so far:

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The big surprise for 2014 is the new comic, SIP KIDS! This is a full-color, 24 page All Ages comic featuring the entire cast of Strangers In Paradise… as six year olds. Oh, the drama! You haven’t seen pathos until you’ve seen Freddie and Katchoo play soccer. This book is funny!, yet still manages to capture the dynamics of the group and reveal the seeds of who they will grow up to become (and for that, you must read the 2400 page SIP series). This book makes me laugh, it makes colorist Steve Hamaker laugh, and the sneak preview pages on the web make readers laugh, so I think we have a winner here, folks. The book hits store shelves in August, but you can get an advance, signed copy at my SDCC booth!

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The 2014 SIP KIDS T shirt. Okay, this is a mock-up, but you get the idea. Our 3 favorite kids in the whole world (besides your own, of course) recreate the iconic It’s A Good Life pose from their older counterparts to commemorate the release of their own comic book. Shirt will be Heather Gray, with simple black line art. Sort of retro looking, I love the classic feel. Made by Graphitti Designs in S, M, L, XL, XXL. After the con, you may buy from either of us online.

 

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The 2014 Rachel Rising print.

SPOILERS….

This 11 X 17 monster reproduces the splash page from issue 26 illustrating the History Of Jack. Jack is the knife, of course, which once belonged to Lucifer and fell to earth with him. Since then, the blade has had quite an impact on human history before falling into the hands of our beloved 10-year old serial killer, Zoe. In issue 26, Rachel holds Jack and feels his entire history course through her veins. This powerful moment is captured in this one page. Fan response was so wonderful, I decided to make this the official print for 2014 SDCC. Price is $10, and it will be available in my web store after the con.

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The 2014 Rachel Rising T-shirt. This beauty embraces the Zoeness of life, with the cover image to issue 20 against a navy blue background. Made through our good friends Graphitti Designs, these shirts are extremely durable Beefy-T’s and will last for hundreds of years. Okay, that last part was a guess on my part, but I’m still wearing my Graphitti made SIP shirts and they are 20 years old, and looking good! Available in S, M, L, XL, XXL. $18 each. You can buy at the show from me and my Abstract Studio booth, or directly from Graphitti Design. Their booth is across the aisle from us. After the show, you may purchase from either of our web stores and we would both be delighted.

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The 2014 Sketchbook, of course, with the sexy pic of a certain young wife helping her husband off to work. This guy is 24 pages of beautiful sketches for just $10. If you can’t make it to the con, this will be made available in my webstore after the show.

 

In addition to these new goodies, we will have copies of The Complete Echo, in both $40 softcover and $65 hardcover.

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the Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Box Set for $100

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The Strangers In Paradise Pocket Editions—a six book series containing the entire published works at a very affordable price of $18 per book.

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I will also have a portfolio of original art from SiP, ECHO, and Rachel Rising. These pages are 11 X 17, pen and ink on 2-ply Strathmore Smooth archival quality art paper. And, with any luck, I should have a smaller portfolio of original pencil sketches available. These are miscellaneous subjects, usually preliminary pieces or pinups, and prices are substantially less than the larger comic pages.

There’s more, but that’s should give you and idea of what expect. 17 Days and counting!!!

 

 

 

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