Thursday, September 30, 2010

Countdown to APE: Promo Poster

Created by Rich Koslowski (The 3 Geeks, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs).
More APE info here.

Countdown to APE: Programming and Events Announced

The programming schedule for this year's APE has been released! Here's what to expect over the weekend:

Saturday, Oct 16th

12:00-1:00 Spotlight on Megan Kelso—A retrospective of the career so far of APE special guest Megan Kelso, beginning with her drawing minicomics in 1990 at the Evergreen State College during the early years of the DIY zine explosion. Kelso will talk about the phases she's gone through in her storytelling: college, sex, family, history, and homesickness, and how all these themes found their way into her acclaimed new graphic novel, Artichoke Tales. Marc Weidenbaum, whose career as a comics editor has paralleled her own, will ask questions along the way. Megan Kelso's appearance courtesy Fantagraphics Books.

1:00-2:00 The Bay Area Comics Scene Through the Years—The Bay area comics community has changed and progressed over the last 40 years, from the wild heyday of the '60s to the new generation of cartoonist doing comics today. This lively, freestyle discussion explores the Bay area's flourishing comics community. Panelists include Dylan Williams (Sparkplug comic publisher and founder of the seminal '90s comics collective Puppy Toss), Gene Yang (award winning cartoonist of American Born Chinese and part of the Art Night Collective), Susie Cagle (up-and-coming cartoonist and part of the new Vibrate Bay Area comic scene), and others. Moderated by Thien Pham.

2:00-3:00 Spotlight on Daniel Clowes—Critically acclaimed, award-winning, bestselling cartoonist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, and APE special guest Daniel Clowes will be in conversation with PictureBox publisher and Comics Comics editor Dan Nadel. They will discuss Clowes's most recent graphic novel, Wilson, published by Drawn & Quarterly. His current projects include both comics and film, and his backlist of titles include Ghost World, David Boring, and Ice Haven. The two will explore comics history, including Wally Wood, Peanuts, Will Elder, and others. Join one of the most preeminent cartoonists with one of the foremost comics scholars working today as they engage in a cerebral and fascinating discussion of Clowes's oeuvre.

3:00-4:00 Queer Cartoonists—LGBT cartoonists have always faced unique challenges and yet also offered unique perspectives. As queer stories move increasingly into the mainstream, what role do queer comics play, and are they helping the gay agenda take over the world? Join this dynamic panel -- in its seventh year at APE -- with a particularly diverse and fabulous line-up of cartoonists: APE special guest Tommy Kovac (Stitch), Jon Macy (Teleny and Camille), Desmond Miller (Hansel and Gretel: Agents of the Coven), Christine Smith (Eve's Apple), Rick Worley (A Waste of Time), Sean Z (Myth), and moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia).

4:00-5:00 Spotlight on Lynda Barry—One of the most influential cartoonists of the past 30 years, APE special guest Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and has found they are all very much alike. With her publisher, Drawn & Quarterly, she launches her brand new book, the how-to/memoir/graphic novel Picture This, at APE. This uncategorizable book is the "how-to-draw" companion to the bestselling and Eisner Award–winning "how-to-write" book What It Is. At this panel, Barry will explore Picture This in an engaging slide show that is sure to be standing room only, thanks to Barry's wildly enigmatic, popular, and hilarious stage presence, which not only commands the attention of every attendee but leaves them crying, laughing, and floored with inspiration. Seeing Barry in person is life changing!

5:00-6:00 Spotlight on Tony Millionaire—APE special guest Tony Millionaire, the mad genius behind Sock Monkey, Maakies, and Drinky Crow, talks with Fantagraphics's Eric Reynolds about his career in comics and his wild life. Here's a hint: Tony will be the one in the fancy tuxedo. The guy will really class up the joint.

6:00-7:00 Spotlight on Renée French—A conversation between APE special guest RRenée French and publisher/comics historian Dan Nadel about Renée's new book, H Day. How does a cartoonist translate something as abstract as a migraine into the concrete form of a book? And why? Renée will talk about this challenge, her drawing process, and will briefly look back at her extraordinary career. Renée French appearance courtesy of PictureBox.

Sunday, Oct 17th

12:00-1:00 Writer's Old Fashioned—The Writer's Old Fashioned group is the latest in a long line of illustrious San Francisco–based comics movements and is proving to be one of the most dynamic. Originally a small group of comics writers who began meeting in 2006 to exchange ideas, provide feedback, and imbibe a few drinks, WOF has expanded to include some cartoonists, comics illustrators, and even teetotalers. Moderator Justin Hall (Glamazonia) will grill Kirsten Baldock (Smoke and Guns), Stephenny Godfrey (Panorama), Jason McNamara (Martian Confederacy), Matt Silady (The Homeless Channel), Emily Stackhouse (Brazilia Noir), and Storm (Princess Witch Boy) about their creative endeavors and drinking habits.

1:00-2:00 Spotlight on Tommy Kovac—Meet the writer of the acclaimed Wonderland miniseries (from SLG and Disney Press) and the current hit The Royal Historian of Oz. APE special guest Tommy Kovac talks about writing new stories based on classic literature without having to totally reinvent the source material. (You can also ask him where Skelebunnies fits into the whole thing.) Moderated by APE founder and SLG honcho Dan Vado. Tommy Kovac appearance courtesy of SLG.

2:00–3:00 The Art of Storytelling—What role does art play in telling a story in comics format? Enjoy this discussion of art and comics with APE special guests Lynda Barry (What It Is), Renée French (H Day), and Megan Kelso (Artichoke Tales), plus Tom Neely (The Blot) and Jen Wang (Koko Be Good). Moderated by Greg Means (Tugboat Press).

3:00-4:00 Spotlight on Rich Koslowski: The Trials, Tribulations and (Sometimes) Triumphs of the Indie Comics World—For one hour APE special guest Rich Koslowski (The 3 Geeks, Three Fingers, BB Wolf and the 3 LPs) will "tell all" about his experiences in the comic book biz: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly! No questions will be dodged! Moderated by Gary Sassaman, the director of print and publications for Comic-Con and Koslowski's publishing partner in the fondly remembered Geeksville.

4:00-4:45 Indie Comics Survival Guide—Join 2010 Comic-Con Inkpot Award winner Keith Knight (the K Chronicles, Knight Life, (th)ink), as he once again gives you the lowdown on how to not only survive, but thrive in this ever-evolving industry we call COMICS! With Stephen Notley (Bob the Angry Flower), Mat Bors (editorial cartoonist for United Media), and C. Spike Trotman (Templar, AZ).

4:45-5:30 CBLDF: The Fight For Intellectual Freedom—More than 50 years after Frederic Wertham's Seduction of the Innocent, comics and other media still come under the attack of censors. Charles Brownstein, executive director of the CBLDF, is joined by cartoonist Keith Knight and other panelists for a discussion of current trends in comics censorship and how we all can get involved in protecting intellectual freedom.


Saturday, Oct 16th

12:00 Creating Fantasy Characters, with Brian Kolm (Atomic Bear Press, Beyond the Great Chimney)

1:00 Smile! Drawing Facial Expressions, with Raina Telgemeier (Smile, The Babysitters Club)

2:00 Finding Your Voice: Character Dialogue, with Spike (Templar, Arizona)

3:00 Write Funny! with Andrew Farago (Cartoon Art Museum gallery manager and curator, Looney Tunes Treasury) and Shaenon K. Garrity (Skin Horse, Narbonic)

4:00 Creation Myths: Bringing Life to Your characters, with Jon "Bean" Hastings (Terrabella Smoot and the Unsung Monsters, Smith Brown Jones, Alien Accountant)

5:00 Surrealist Comics: Bringing Fantasy into Your Slice-of-Life Stories, with Jamaica Dyer (Weird Fishes)

6:00 Pacing in Comics, with Members of the Writers Old-Fashioned Group

Sunday, Oct 17th

12:00 Marketing a Comic That's Easier to Read Than to Describe, with Larry Marder (Tales from the Beanworld)

1:00 Developing a Comic Strip, with Jonathan Lemon (Rabbits Against Magic)

2:00 Storytelling Craft and Creation, with Kraig Rasmussen (The Dragon Thief, San Francisco Cartoonist Conspiracy)

3:00 Character Design, with Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf)

4:00 Gag Cartooning and the Single-Panel Comic, with Shannon Wheeler (Two Much Coffee Man)


You're a writer with a great idea for a comic book series, but you can't draw; or maybe you're an artist looking for a great script to draw. Both of you are looking to jumpstart your career in comics. At APE 2010, you just might find each other!

The Alternative Press Expo introduces Comics Collaboration Connection, an event that puts writers and artists together to see whether they can find their creative counterparts. Here's how it works: in two 2-hour sessions, on Saturday and Sunday, writers and artists can sit down and meet each other in a neutral environment. In 15-minute sessions, you can talk one-on-one with individual prospective collaborators about their ideas and skills. At the end of each 15-minute period, you will get up and move on to the next person. If you're interested in furthering the conversation, you place your contact info (name and e-mail address) in an envelope supplied for each participant.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, writers will sit at large tables and artists will take turns visiting each one; on Sunday, Oct. 17, the roles will be reversed, with artists sitting at the tables and writers visiting them. Saturday's Comics Collaboration Connection is from 4:00PM to 6:00PM; Sunday's is from 3:00PM to 5:00PM. You can sign up in advance online by sending an e-mail to and typing "APE Comics Collaboration Connection" in the subject line. Please indicate whether you're a writer seeking an artist or an artist seeking a writer. You can also sign up onsite at APE.

For more info about APE, check out their website.

7th Dimension Wednesday

Earthsearch (8 of 10) Click here to listen.
"Marooned". The crew of Challenger has escaped - but their starship has vanished.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (8 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". As the Jet and the crew approach Mars, strange noises and dreams affect them. From 1954.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Free Comic: Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice

IGN brought forth an incredible pdf version of Valve's Left 4 Dead prequel comic that gets folks ready for the upcoming game. It's written and drawn by Mike Oeming (Thor, Powers) and completely free. Go read it here.

Amazon Deal of the Day: Smallville

Today only, you can get Smallville: The Complete Seasons 1-8 for only $144.99 (plus free shipping!) at Amazon. It's regularly priced at $479.98.
Hurry, it ends tonight!

Countdown to APE: Lovesick Robot Press

Coverless has a nice piece up about a promising looking indie comic group called Lovesick Robot Press. It's really good and so instead of doing my own post about them, I'm just gonna direct you over there.

Be sure to check out their website, too. I'll be watching for these guys when I go next month.

Countdown to APE: Rich Koslowski Interview

Rich Koslowski (artist of BB WOLF AND THE THREE LPs) got the interview treatment over at Comic Book Resources back in April. Read it here.

Rich is another one of the special guests at this year's APE.

7th Dimension Tuesday

Earthsearch (7 of 10) Click here to listen.
"New Blood". The Challenger has found its sister starship, but the crew are living in total isolation.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (7 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". The crew try to locate Freighter 6 and Captain Jet has a nightmare. From 1954.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

7th Dimension Monday

Earthsearch (6 of 10) Click here to listen.
"Across the Abyss". Searching for Earth, the starship Challenger heads towards star cluster Tersus 9.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (6 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". Captain Jet Morgan and his crew receive warnings to turn back - but who from?

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Sunday, September 26, 2010

7th Dimension Sunday

The Devil in Amber (1 of 5) Click here to listen.
Dandy secret agent Lucifer Box investigates drug-related dealings in 1920s Manhattan.

Fear on Four Click here to listen.
"St Austin Friars". The Man in Black reveals how a new vicar takes on more than he bargained for.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Welcome to Driftwood, Page 4

(copyright 2010, Lee Stone)

Indie Comics for November 2010

Some good looking comics being released in November. Need to start working on my order.


(W/A) Jed McGowan.
A distraught man retreats to the woods with a simple question on his mind: why did his last relationship end? He's soon deep in a world of cryptic messages, shadowy figures, guns and philosophical crisis. A page-turning mystery told with exciting formal invention, Lone Pine is Jed McGowan's debut graphic novel and a 2010 Xeric winner.


(W/A) Jim Rugg, Joe Infumari, Sara Edward Corbett, Hans Rickheit, Various.
Featuring some of the brightest talents in alternative comics in a big, colorful broadsheet newspaper right out of the Golden Age of Sunday Comics - every page of pood #2, is loaded with imaginative cartooning, rich story-telling, and hilarious escapades! Every one of pood's 16 enormous pages is a big, beautiful work of art!


(W/A/C) Chris Ware.
The landmark 20th volume of the seminal comic book series! Jordan Wellington Lint, 51, is Chief Executive Officer of Lint Financial Products, a company he began serving in 1985 as assistant and advisor before working his way up its corporate ladder to record-setting innovation in the fields of finance and high-yield investment. In his seven years as the head of Lint, Jordan has grown the company from a business lender and real estate speculator to a leading provider of network financial infrastructure services, all the while positioning Lint as a model of corporate integrity and high-yield, low-risk product. Lint's vision has made him one of the most influential and widely sought-after leaders in the complex Omaha securities industry, and his fresh approach to an understanding of local problems, leadership and determination have enabled Lint to grow, outdistance and outpace its competitors. Lint graduated from UNL in 1981 with a BA in Business and briefly studied music and recording in Los Angeles before returning to his hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, where he has continued his life journey ever since. In his ongoing role as Chief Executive Officer and his dual roles as public servant and father, Lint continues to put his creative leadership and vision to work in a variety of challenging settings. He is married and is the father of two boys.

(W/A) Denys Wortman (E) James Sturm, Brandon Elston.
A rescued archive of vintage New York from a forgotten master! After cartoonist, educator and editor James Sturm discovered the vintage book, Mopey Dick and the Duke, he set off to find more about the author, the deceased and unknown cartoonist Denys Wortman. Sturm immediately took note of the masterful drawings - casual, confident, and brimming with personality - and wondered how this cartoonist escaped his radar. After some online sleuthing, Sturm connected with Wortman's son, Denys Wortman VIII, who relayed that an archive of over 5,000 illustrations was literally sitting in his shed in dire need of rescuing. For over 35 years, the illustrations had been fighting such elements as hungry rodents, rusty paperclips and even a blizzard. Wortman VIIII also had drawers full of his father's correspondences including letters and holiday cards from William Steig and Walt Disney. Original artwork by artists and personal friends including Peggy Bacon, Milt Gross, Isabel Bishop, and Reginald Marsh were also saved. Considering that Wortman's luminary peers held him in the highest regard coupled with his artistic prowess, makes his absence from both fine art and comics history puzzling. So, Sturm and Brandon Elston set out to create a beautiful tribute to the forgotten master. Denys Wortman's New York is not only a tribute to Wortman, but it is a tribute to New York, the city that sparked Wortman's voracious creative output. From coal cellars to rooftops; from opera houses to boarding houses; Wortman recorded the sailors, dish-washers, con artists, entertainers, pushcart peddlers, construction workers, musicians, hobos, society matrons, young mothers, secretaries, and students who collectively make New York the city it is.

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In Captain Easy Vol. 2: The Complete Sunday Newspaper Strips, Roy Crane's Soldier of Fortune, Captain Easy, fights for gold in the frozen north, is mistaken for a bandit, protects a formula for artificial diamonds, is stranded on a desert island, visits the tiny Balkan country of Kleptomania, and faces a firing squad. Captain Easy hobnobs with millionaires and bums and beautiful girls (of course), and winds up in the middle of a full-scale war. In short, it's another rousing series of adventure and humor encapsulating the gallantry, derring-do, and rough-and-tumble innocence of a bygone era and a bygone genre, written and drawn with panache, and practically painted in a vibrant spectrum of colors that you have to see to believe.

With its second volume, Linda Medley's witty and sublimely drawn fantasy eases into a relaxed comedy of manners as Lady Jain settles into her new life in Castle Waiting. Unexpected visitors result in the discovery and exploration of a secret passageway, not to mention an epic bowling tournament. A quest for ladies' underpants, the identity of Pindar's father, the education of Simon, Rackham and Chess arguing about the 'manly arts,' and an escape-prone goat are just a few of the elements in this delightful new volume. The book also includes many flashbacks that deepen the stories behind the characters, including Jain's earliest romantic entanglements and conflicts with her bratty older sisters, the horrific past of the enigmatic Dr. Fell, and more.

Readers have had to wait nine months for the second chapter in Mezzo and Pirus's creepily sexy suburban soap opera - but here at last is the second installment. (The concluding third volume will appear in 2011.) Eric the fly-head-wearing teenager is back (as well as his hapless mother and her 'fiance'), as are not-quite-ingenue Marie, the worldly Sal, Denis the drug dealer and his now one-handed father, and of course the loopy retro bowling thug Ringo... plus several new cast members, including one who died at the very beginning of the first volume and has now returned to roam the earth. Once again, the story is told through a series of seemingly unrelated short stories which eventually become intricately braided into one sprawling tale of a community haunted by obsession,rage, regret and despair - in sum, a graphic novel for the 21st century.

As comic strip scholars well know, George Herriman's Krazy Kat strip made its debut as a pint-sized supplementary strip running below the Family Upstairs strip before emancipating itself to its own, long-running strip. What scholars are not aware of, however, is that as part of his work process, Herriman used to draw a complete, essentially finished version of each installment of the 'Family Upstairs' Krazy Kat in a sketchbook before carefully redrawing it as part of the daily Family Upstairs. Which means that there exist 'original' versions of hundred upon hundreds of Krazy Kat strips that have literally never been published anywhere... until now. This will also include a supplementary booklet containing an essay on Herriman, and a large sampling of the final, published Krazy Kat strips, allowing readers to compare and contrast with the original sketchbook version.

Mascots is a collection of vignettes and brief impressionistic scenes that concentrate on moments, characters, settings and ideas. Many of these vignettes are independent; a cast of characters who wander throughout the book intrude upon others. Despite seemingly disparate parts, themes recur over and over in Mascots, and when taken together as a whole form a world that is strange, sad, funny and familiar. Formally, the book is made up of small, brightly colored drawings and paintings done on found book covers. Mascots is driven by lettering and type, part art and part comics. Mascots are exaggerated, ridiculous representatives, giving form to the abstract. They don't give this form in a subtle way; they're surreal magnifications, explosions of the thing they represent. The recurring characters in Mascots are like this, but so are the vignettes themselves. Each scene pushes past normal, exaggerating in order to highlight. In the world of Mascots, failure is everywhere. There is failure to connect, failure to communicate and failure to find meaning, but despite that, there are moments of hope, transcendence and even happy endings.

Tim Kreider's first cartoon collection, The Pain-When Will It End? was one of the few bastions of sanity throughout the awful aberration in American history known as the Bush Administration. The end of his second volume of political cartoons, Why Do They Kill Me?, saw its author in despair over the 2004 election. In this new volume, Twilight of the Assholes, as reality gets ever bleaker, Kreider's humor becomes increasingly apocalyptic, deranged, and hilarious. He juxtaposes the Biblical Christ with His blonde, flag-draped, machine-gun-toting American incarnation in 'Jesus vs. Jeezus,' proposes a third political party that represents Americans' real values in 'The Sex Party,' draws the dead Saddam Hussein as a mischievous invisible imp still causing trouble, and envisions the officials of the Bush administration getting their comeuppance in the grisly fashion of Dick Tracy villains. And he finds two cartoons' worth of 'Reasons to Look Forward to the Next Terrorist Attack.' Also included is his infamous entry into Iran's Holocaust cartoon contest, 'Silver Linings of the Holocaust.' Kreider mocks not only the evil and hapless Bush, but the fecklessness of progressives, the imbecile bigotry of radical Islam, and, most of all, the dumb bovine complacency of the American voter. Twilight of the Assholes is an hysterical chronicle of the end of the Era of Darkness, and, believe it or not, a heartening document of one man's loss and tentative restoration of faith in democracy.

by Stan Sakai 7 x 10.25, HC, 1200 pages, Partial Color, $100.00.
Created in 1984, Stan Sakai's USAGI YOJIMBO (2008 Eisner Nominee for Best Continuing Series) has vaulted to the forefront of iconic modern comics characters and is a perennial, favorite. Stuffed with engaging supporting characters, villains, and even a romantic interest or two, USAGI YOJIMBO chronicles the action-packed wanderings of a masterless samurai in feudal Japan. For the first ten years of his career, the battling bunny was published by Fantagraphics. In honor of his 25th anniversary, Fantagraphics is releasing a deluxe slipcase set collecting the first seven USAGI YOJIMBO books! With over 1000 pages of story and brimming with extra's (full color cover gallery! behind the scenes art! career-spanning interview! and more!), this is the complete! definitive! early USAGI YOJIMBO!

(DCBS has a special deal on this one. Half off!)

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(W/A) Renee French.
In H Day, Renee French explores, through metaphor and in pictures, her struggles with migraine headaches, marshaling troops of insects, beasts and humanoids to envision the processes that result in such hideous sensations. A sweeping, often tense narrative of invasion, repulsion and liberation, H Day can be read both as an oblique autobiography and as a suspenseful fantasy story.

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(W/A) Gerry Alanguilan Elmer opens a window into a world where chickens have suddenly acquired the intelligence and consciousness of humans, where they can now consider themselves a race no different than browns, black, or whites. Recognizing themselves to be sentient, the inexplicably evolved chickens push to attain rights for themselves as the newest members of the human race.

(W) Serena Valentino (A) FSc.
Nightmares & Fairy Tales returns for a four issue series featuring the original creative team of Serena Valentino and FSc. Gwen and Annabelle venture off to find Morgan, a young woman who has been locked away in an asylum for many years for murders she did not commit. Soon, they find themselves in an abandoned town haunted by its own bloody past!

(DCBS has a special deal on this one. Half off!)

(W/A) Jamie Smart Part adventurer, part explorer, part space captain, and all-around chap, Raoul is the upholder of all that is good in the universe! Serialized in the pages of The Dandy, Space Raoul is the reddest space hero of all time. With his trusty green lump of a sidekick, Quibble, Space Raoulinevitably makes matters far worse before they get better. And if they don't get better, he can always run away!

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(W/A) James Kochalka.
Johnny Boo is the best little ghost in the whole world because he's got Boo Power. This means that he can go 'Boo!' really loudly. His pet ghost, named Squiggle, has Squiggle Power, which means that he can fly and do really fast loop-the-loops. Together they have the world's greatest ghost adventures!

(W/A) Lars Martinson.
As the months go by, Dan Wells settles into his life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu. Isolated from those around him by language and cultural barriers, he leads a solitary existence, until the day an unrequited crush extends him a dinner invitation. Dan's quiet life will expand in unexpected directions. But will this be beneficial - or detrimental?

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These can all be ordered through DCBS or your local comic shop.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

7th Dimension Saturday

Nathaniel Hawthorne - Rappaccini's Daughter Click here to listen.
A man gets obsessed with the mysterious girl next door. Stars Joseph Cohen-Cole.

Franza Kafka - Metamorphosis (4 of 4) Click here to listen.
Living with his monstrous insect form, Gregor faces the ultimate rejection by his family.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Driftwood Preview

After much delay... I'm hard at work on the last three pages of "Welcome to Driftwood".

Picked This Up Today

BATMAN: BRAVE AND THE BOLD, Season 1 Part 1. Found it at Walmart for $15.

Loved this show and I had all the episodes DVR'd but lost them when I switched from satellite to cable.

Episodes in this set-
1. Rise of the Blue Beetle!
2. Terror on Dinosaur Island!
3. Evil Under the Sea!
4. Invasion of the Secret Santas!
5. Day of the Dark Knight!
6. Enter the Outsiders!
7. Dawn of the Dead Man!
8. Fall of the Blue Beetle!
9. Journey to the Center of the Bat!
10. The Eyes of Despero!
11. Return of the Five Fearsome Fangs!
12. Deep Cover the Batman! (Part 1)
13. Game Over for Owlman! (Part 2)

I especially liked the references to the '60s Batman series.

Here's the jazzy intro theme:

Hmmm... I may have to see if there's a Secret Saturdays DVD...

Comic Shop Webcam

This is pretty neat.

If you're like me and don't have access to a regular brick n mortar comic shop, you probably do most of your comics shopping online.

And if you do... here's something to make it feel more human.

Star Clipper is a comics shop in St. Louis that has a live webcam feed. So now you can pretend you went to a real store when you make your next order online.

Go here to check out the live video.

Best Comic Shops of the Country

Flavorwire did a survey of who their readers thought were the best indie comic shops across America.
Here's the Top 10.

Chicago's Quimby's made the list and Brooklyn's Desert Island got an honerable mention.

As for the rest, here are some clues: You can find them in Baltimore, New York, Berkeley, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Seattle, Austin, Portland and Columbus.

They also provide links for all the shops.

Plus, check out their Top 10 American Indie Record Stores and Top 10 American Indie Bookstores lists.

Friday, September 24, 2010

7th Dimension Friday

Earthsearch (5 of 10) Click here to listen.
"The Pools of Time". The starship closes in on Zelda 5, where Darv and Astra face death as captives.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (5 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". With communications to Earth lost, Jet Morgan's courage is tested during a meteor swarm.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Countdown to APE: Megan Kelso Interview

Counting down the days to APE...
Here's an interview that Comic Book Resources did with Megan Kelso back in June.

Megan, creator of ARTICHOKE TALES, is another one of the special guests this year.

Free Comic: Strongman

Read the first 22 pages of STRONGMAN Vol 2 by Charles Soule and Allen Gladfelter. Mexican wrestlers take on criminals! Download your copy here.

New Fantagraphics Sale

From now until the 30th enjoy 20% off comics and graphic novels by international creators.
Go here to scope out the deals.

Also check out the free comic book day edition of I.G.N.A.T.Z. from 2008 that serves as a great sampler for many of the books on sale.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Mini-Comic Mayhem

Is there still a future in mini-comics? I think so.

However, here's a couple of interesting thoughts on the subject. One from Comics Comics and one from The Beat (that was inspired by the other).

The comments in the first one are particularly of note.

(The image above was found on Chapel Hill Comics, who apparently support mini-comics.)

So Many Choices

Sean Michael Robinson shines a spotlight on the Choose Your Own Adventure books. He gives a great history of the series and gives his recommendations on which ones he thinks are the best.

I remember reading these when I was a kid. The CYOA books were probably one of the reasons that I never ran in fear from reading books.

It could also be argued that they helped pave the way for adventure video games through interactive fiction.

Currently, Chooseco is reprinting most of the originals and more information about them can be found here.

If you're interested (and I know I was!), here's an analysis of the makeup of a typical Choose Your Own Adventure story.

7th Dimension Thusday

Earthsearch (4 of 10) Click here to listen.
"The Solaric Empire". The crew's Astra and Darv are taken to a neighbouring moon for cross-examination.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (4 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". The mystery over Whitaker deepens, as tragedy strikes on board one of the Mars freighters.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

Countdown to APE: Renee French Interview

This interview, via The Daily Crosshatch, is from 2007.

Part one.
Part two.
Part three.

Renee is another one of the special guests at this year's APE.

Free Comic: The Perhapanauts

"The PERHAPANAUTS: DARK DAYS collects, for the first time, in one massive tome, the time-lost tales of the Perhapanauts from their hard-to-find FIRST BLOOD and SECOND CHANCES miniseries! See the origins and early adventures of the most mysterious, thrilling, and, at times, hilarious paranormal team in comics! This is where it all started! Also features several back-up stories and a pin-up gallery by some of the industry's finest!"

Read the first issue of Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau's THE PERHAPANAUTS here.

Ivan Brunetti Covers Strange Tales

Ivan Burnetti is featured on the cover of STRANGE TALES #3, the concluding issue to Marvel's latest indie-comic creator project.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

7th Dimension Wednesday

Earthsearch (3 of 10) Click here to listen.
"Sands of Kyros". After their devastating news, the starship's crew face peril from a once benign force.

Charles Chilton - Journey into Space (3 of 20) Click here to listen.
"The Red Planet". Whitaker is behaving strangely, as bad dreams plague the crew on their mission to Mars.

This week's schedule.
BBC Radio 7

New 2000 AD Online Releases

Recent 2000 AD ebooks released through Clickwheel.

2000 AD

PROG #1702
THE LAW AT YOUR DOOR! -- Dredd leads the Sector 50 Shakedown -- Featuring Judge Dredd, Defoe, Age of the Wolf, Low Life and Nikolai Dante -- Only $2.99 US (retails for $3.75 US)

(2000 AD and JUDGE DREDD MEGAZINE are published by 2000 AD/Rebellion.)

Countdown to APE: Lynda Barry Interview

This interview with Lynda Barry is from Comics Journal (#296).
Lynda will be another one of the special guests at this year's APE.

She has a new book coming out in November, called PICTURE THIS: THE NEAR-SIGHTED MONKEY BOOK, which will be a companion of sorts to WHAT IT IS.

Go here for a nice bibliography of Lynda's work.

Massive Steve Lafler Interview

Rob Clough over at The Comics Journal did a three-part interview with Steve Lafler (Bughouse, El Vocho).
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

I had never heard read any of his stuff but I found the interview rather entertaining. I love reading interviews like this one. Readers get a glimpse at the man behind the work and fellow creators can gain inspiration and advice.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Indie Comics Sales

Thanks to Paul over at Coverless for bringing these to my attention!

NBM - $3 Sale!
Top Shelf Comics - $3 Sale! Ends 9/24/10
Drawn and Quarterly - 30-40% off Sale! Ends 9/27/10

While you're at it stop by Slave Labor Graphics and pick up a bunch of free stuff!
Fantagraphics usually has a lot of good stuff on clearance, too.