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:
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!
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.
The 2014 Rachel Rising print.
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.
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.
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.
the Strangers In Paradise Omnibus Box Set for $100
The Strangers In Paradise Pocket Editions—a six book series containing the entire published works at a very affordable price of $18 per book.
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!!!