Sunday, September 17, 2006



This from Chris Staros of Top Shelf:

"Lost Girls hit stores on Wed Aug 31st, and the entire 10,000 copy 1st
printing sold out on that day. -- It even hit the "Top 20" on,
which has never happened to a Top Shelf title before. -- By that Friday,
the back orders in the Diamond system had already exceeded the 2nd printing
of 10,000, which is scheduled to hit stores in October. So, we went ahead
and ordered another 20,000 copies for the 3rd printing, to arrive in
December. If you see a copy, be sure to pick it up right away, as these new
printings are likely to sell out in short order as well."
-- $75.00 (US), ISBN 1-891830-74-0, FOR ADULTS ONLY

I will attempt to calculate exactly how much gold will enter Top Shelf's coffers as a result of this
on the next podcast. No really, I'm going to crunch numbers and everything. Like Jethro Bodine doin' his figurin'.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Winners will be announced the night of October 14th at the gala awards ceremony.

From Best Online Comics nominee, Perry Bible Fellowship

Outstanding Artist

* Jordan Crane, The Clouds Above (Fantagraphics Books)
* Renee French, The Ticking (Top Shelf Productions)
* Tony Millionaire, Billy Hazelnuts (Fantagraphics Books)
* Anders Nilsen, Big Questions #7 and #8 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #16 (Fantagraphics Books)

Jordan Crane's The Clouds Above

Outstanding Anthology or Collection
* Black Hole by Charles Burns (Pantheon)
* Castle Waiting by Linda Medley (Fantagraphics Books)
* D& Q Showcase #3 by Matt Broersma, Genevieve Elverum, and Sammy Harkham (D & Q)
* The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Squirrel Mother by Megan Kelso (Fantagraphics Books)

Tatsumi's The Push Man

Outstanding Graphic Novel
* The Clouds Above by Jordan Crane (Fantagraphics Books)
* Fun Home by Alison Bechdel (Houghton Mifflin)
* The Ticking by Renee French (Top Shelf Productions)
* Tricked by Alex Robinson (Top Shelf Productions)
* Wimbledon Green by Seth (Drawn & Quarterly)

The Ticking by Renee French

Outstanding Story
* Ganges #1 by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics Books)
* “Prebaby” by Joe Daly, Scrublands (Fantagraphics Books)
* “Somersaulting” by Sammy Harkham, D&Q Showcase #3 (Drawn & Quarterly)
* “To Capt. Ayres” by Andrice Arp, MOME Winter 2006 (Fantagraphics Books)
* We Are On Our Own by Miriam Katin (Drawn & Quarterly)

Promising New Talent
* Andrice Arp, Mome Winter 2006 (Fantagraphics Books)
* Jonathan Bennett, Mome Fall 2005 (Fantagraphics Books)
* R. Kikuo Johnson, Night Fisher (Fantagraphics Books)
* Ben Jones, BJ & Da Dogs (Picturebox, Inc.)
* Hope Larson, Salamander Dream (AdHouse Books), Gray Horses (Oni Press)

Hope Larson, Salamander Dream

Outstanding Series
* Acme Novelty Library by Chris Ware (Fantagraphics Books)
* Big Questions by Anders Nilsen (Drawn and Quarterly)
* Love and Rockets by Los Bros. Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* Optic Nerve by Adrian Tomine (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Owly by Andy Runton (Top Shelf Productions)

Outstanding Comic
* Big Questions #7 by Anders Nilsen (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Ganges #1 by Kevin Huizenga (Fantagraphics Books)
* Optic Nerve #10 by Adrian Tomine (Drawn and Quarterly)
* Schizo #4 by Ivan Brunetti (Fantagraphics Books)
* Stuff of Dreams #3 by Kim Deitch (Fantagraphics Books)

Outstanding Minicomic
* Comicore Jr. by Paulette Poullet
* Gaylord Phoenix # 4 by Edie Fake
* Monsters by Ken Dahl
* Trackrabbit by Geoff Vasile
* Window #8 by Dave Lapp

Window by Dave Lapp

Outstanding Online Comic
* A Lesson Is Learned... by David Hellman and Dale Beran,
* Claviger by Ronnie Casson,
* Micrographica by Renee French,
* Perry Bible Fellowship by Nicholas Gurewitch,
* Thingpart by Joe Sayers,

Outstanding Debut Comic
* Action Philosophers #7: It’s All Greek to You by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (Evil Twin Comics)
* Anyone But Virginia #3 by Zac Crockett and Josh Eiserike (Self-Published)
* Class of ‘99 by Josh Eiserike (Self-Published)
* Controller by Robin Enrico (Self-Published)
* Cross Country by MK Reed (Self-Published)
* Curses by Kevin Huizenga (Drawn & Quarterly)
* The Damned #1 by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt (Oni Press)
* Delphine #1 by Richard Sala (Fantagraphics Books)
* Daybreak by Brian Ralph (Bodega Distribution)
* Feral Ducks by FW Harvey and Josef J. Komenda (Self-Published)
* Hellcity by Macon Blair and Joe Flood (Gigantic Graphic Novels)
* Hwy. 115 by Matthias Lehmann (Fantagraphics Books)
* House of Twelve’s “Heavy Metal: The Movie” by various (House of Twelve Comics)
* Interiorae #2 by Gabriella Giandelli (Fantagraphics Books)
* Let Us Be Perfectly Clear by Paul Hornschemeier (Fantagraphics Books)
* Luba: Three Daughters by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* Lucky by Gabrielle Bell (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip Book One by Tove Jansson (Drawn & Quarterly)
* Mourning Star by Kazimir Strzepek (Bodega Distribution)
* My Brain Hurts #4 by Liz Baillie (Self-Published)
* New Tales Of Old Palomar #1 by Gilbert Hernandez (Fantagraphics Books)
* One Last Ride On The Ghost Truck by Ben T. Steckler (Self-Published)
* Premillennial Maakies by Tony Millionaire (Fantagraphics Books)
* The Pirates of Coney Island #1 by Rick Spears and Vasilis Lolos (Image Comics)
* Project: Romantic by various (AdHouse Books)
* Rogue Satellite Comics: Crossroads to Lambada by Christopher P. Reilly (Self-Published)
* Sidescrollers by Matthew Loux (Oni Press)
* 12 Reasons Why I Love Her by Jamie S. Rich & Joelle Jones (Oni Press)
* We Must Become Our Heroes, vol. II, #1 by Jordan Giarratano (Big G, Little G)
* You Ain’t No Dancer Vol. 2 by Various (New Reliable Press)

2006 Ignatz Jury
Jeffrey Brown
Henry Chamberlain
Justin Hall
Laurenn McCubbin
Jim Rugg

Monday, September 11, 2006




The Brothers Hernandez panel (86 minutes) moderated by Peter Bagge. Recorded July 2006 at HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC. Featuring all three Bros, Mario, Gilbert and Jaime'; and the ever-loquacious Bagge.

Learn the source of Bagge's "pathological hatred" for punker Richard Hell. Hear Gilbert's hilarious story about the bungled suicide/martyrdom of Darby Crash; and why so many guitarists make the artistic decision to switch to piano. And oh yes...comics. Gilbert on working for DC. Jaime on his work for New York Times magazine. And Mario on the question he always gets asked. And the latest on the Love & Rockets movie (answer: don't hold your breath). And so much more.

Sunday, September 10, 2006



Thursday, September 07, 2006


Meanwhile: The (other) Comics Podcast

Adams talks to hosts T Campbell and Dave Belmore about his hard road breaking into Archie Comics and his long, tumultuous career in a business that everybody warned him about. It's an entertaining conversation, although the boys guffaw at almost every Adams utterance. But Adams certainly has plenty to say. Just wind 'im up and watch (or listen) to him go.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006



The image at the left is just one of a plethora of eye-opening laughers from the endlessly entertaining Superdickery site. Racism, sexism, and 25 amusing examples of Superman acting like a real dick.
Have fun!





Matt Brinkman's insane take on New Mutants from the now-legendary Coober Skeeber.

(click to enlarge)


I am disgusted and embarassed by the Google ad bars that are currently on my blog. They tune into key words to cue up relevant content and apparently my post two days ago about Steve Irwin The Crocodile H** nter inadvertantly cued up a shitload of absolutely disgusting ads for bloodthirsty lodges and clubs that cater to wealthy cowards who get their rocks off killing animals.

I say Fuck them!

Back to comics.

Saturday, September 02, 2006


Writer Deepti Lamba reviews the much-hyped bow of Richard Branson and Gotham Chopra's Virgin Comics #01 --Sadhu at

It's a fine review, just don't mistake the ad for the cover of the comic.

ps. Hello Mumbai!


Over at Newsrama, Scottish writer Mark Millar (The Authority, The Ultimates) says Hollywood is the latest threat to comic books.

This really struck me a few days ago when I requested an artist and discovered he’d be out of commission for the next eighteen months because he’d just landed a gig on a huge sci-fi movie. Eighteen months is a long time for a comics artist to be gone and this guy is so good, so popular, that I know he’ll have another three movie gigs waiting for him when his current commitment is done. And he’s not alone ... Likewise, every writer I know has a movie deal at the moment.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Hugo Pratt

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