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Archive for June, 2007
My new favorite illustrator of the week
Why did no one tell me Rafael Grampa was an amazing illustrator?Posted by Tim Leong on June 29th, 2007 filed in Blog |
From the Phonetic Spelling Department at NewsaramaBlog | 1 Comment »
Check Out Kevin Church’s Awesome Photos
Kevin Church is many things — a writer, blogger, shit-stirrer. He’s also a kickass photographer. Check out his photo set from MoCCA. The pictures are great, and not just because I’m in there twice.Blog | 1 Comment »
NYC Event: Tokyopop Tuesday
Copy/paste PR from Stuart Moore: POST-MOCCA LAST MINUTE PRESS RELEASE:Tokyopop Round Table @ Barnes & Noble Just spreading the word: I’ll be appearing at a round-table discussion &signing at the Barnes & Noble in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, this Tuesday. Details: Date: Tuesday, June 26, 2007Time: 6:30 PMPlace: Barnes & Noble Park Slope, 267 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY The participants: Stuart Moore: signing EARTHLIGHTJune Kim: signing 12 DAYSJames L. Barry: signing WARRIORS: THE LOST WARRIORMelissa DeJesus: signing SOKORA REFUGEESBecky Cloonan: signing EAST COAST RISINGPosted by Tim Leong on June 25th, 2007 filed in Party, Blog |
Sorry for the lame headline.
This year was a first for us because we were exhibiting. We were selling preview issues of Comic Foundry Magazine for 25 cents and I definitely had my pitch down to a science by the end of day 1. I was tempted to change my approach to: “Hey, I have two words for you about Comic Foundry: Fucking. Awesome.” But I didn’t do it.
This was also the first time MoCCA put exhibitors on the 7th floor. Everyone will be saying this, so brace yourself for show report repetition: The upstairs definitely had less traffic (insert jaw-drop here), but the trade-off was two things. 1) The people coming up were more committed and devoted and bought better than most. 2) The atmosphere was amazing — with the natural light and room to walk around, it was much more calming. And much less smelly.
Also, all the panels were moved to MoCCA’s gallery space and not the Puck building, but I can’t really comment if that was a pro/con since I wasn’t able to attend any. Though, I heard Bechdel was standing room only and the Jeffrey Brown panel was high-larious.
Laura Hudson manned the table with me and we did exceptionally well and moved a lot of books. Traffic was slow but steady and we got a lot of word out about the magazine. Everyone asked if the whole Diamond situation worked out, and it was great to get that recognition. And for the people who hadn’t heard of us, I gave them the pitch and 9 times out of 10 I got a: “That sounds great! We need something like that!” The other 1 out of 10 was: “Wait, didn’t you cry in that video?”
Random convention note:
Anyone else notice this? It’s so odd in the men’s room during shows, because you can ALWAYS hear someone reading a comic they just bought in one of the stalls. I mean, I’m sure it’s good…but really?
I spoke with MoCCA Maven Matt Murray about it, and he was guesstimating around 4,500-6,000 (including exhibitors), which is slightly up from last year. This weekend was a tough draw for three reasons: 1) The Mermaid Parade, 2) The Gay Pride Parade, 3) The Big Apple Con. Okay, so really two since nobody goes to the Big Apple Cons anymore. Plus it was goooooooooooorgeous out. So, hats off to MoCCA and especially Derrick Kennelty-Cohen for running the show.
–Meeting MF Grimm. The guy is super-cool and I love his tracks. He’s got a book dropping from Vertigo in September and I wish I knew about it before because I would’ve put it in our first issue. Wait? You’re not super-cool and don’t know who he is? Check it.
–Meeting Douglas Wolk. He’s very nice.
–Talking with Kiel Phigley. As Laura put it, Kiel’s my Wizard equivalent of, “But wait, I have a black friend!” He’s a very funny cat.
–The bloggers. Kevin Church. Neil Alien. Ed Cunard. Heidi. All quality people. Apparently I missed Chris Mautner and Jog the Blog, so I’ll have to spite them.
–The catering people.
–SuperSpy by Matt Kindt. I can’t tell you how excited I am to read this book.
–Michael by Fred Chao – an illustrated look at how Michael Jackson aged
–Sundays Anthology – I’m glad I bought one when I did, because those kids sold out
Honestly, I got a shitload of stuff but haven’t looked at a single thing. Updates when I do.
People I did not expect to see:
—DC had a booth (technically Vertigo and Minx)
—Wizard had a booth.
People I expected to see but didn’t:
—Bill Sienkiewicz. He was supposed to sketch and do an art jam with Arthur Suydam, but the dude did not show. SUPPOSEDLY everyone that was standing in line is going to get a free book from Sienkiewicz. Supposedly.
–Kevin Huizenga. By the by, I learned it’s pronounced “High-Zenga.” Learn it. Remember it.
I went to the Top Shelf party but didn’t go inside. Everyone was spilling out into the street and because it was much cooler in terms of temperature and people, I chilled outside. It was the only official party I went to — hopefully other people can fill in the blanks. The one thing I didn’t understand about the Top Shelf party was RIGHT next door there was this other party, the Sexy Mofo White Party, and all these B and T girls were wearing all white. Scantily clad, really, but what little clothes they did have were all white. It got the nerds in a tizzy.
Next Stop:Posted by Tim Leong on June 25th, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 3 Comments »
We’ll have a table in San Diego so look for us. We’ll have the exclusive advance copies of the book. Score!
Check out Comic Foundry at MoCCA!
Instead of using that quarter to call someone who cares, why don’t you get a preview issue of Comic Foundry this weekend at the MoCCA Art Fest? You get 16 pages of Comic Foundry goodness, including an exclusive page you won’t find in the real issue. Check us out upstairs at the show. Swing by and say hi!Posted by Tim Leong on June 22nd, 2007 filed in Conventions, Blog | 1 Comment »
Has this ever happened to you?
Has this ever happened to you?
You’re at home on the couch with a lady friend. The night is young and the lights are low. You’ve got some smooth tunes playing. Everything is going your way. You lock eyes and then there’s that awkward pause…and you realize your itunes shuffled away from your mood music to the soundtrack to the “Once More With Feeling” episode of Buffy. Sigh.Posted by Tim Leong on June 21st, 2007 filed in Blog, Music, Lifestyle | 6 Comments »
I usually don’t do this
Posted by Tim Leong on June 21st, 2007 filed in Conventions, Design, Blog, Press Release |
I’m usually not one for posting hype stuff I’m sent, but I have a certain soft spot for extruded typography. That’s why I look forward to checking out the Sundays Anthology at MoCCA this weekend.
Comic Foundry: Done
Well, it’s been a crazy month, but we finally put the first issue of Comic Foundry Magazine to bed. It’s been sent off to the printers and we’re on to the next one. We had to send out the magazine so early so we can have exclusive issues in San Diego (look for our booth). We’ll also have some special self-printed preview issues at MoCCA this weekend. We’ll be upstairs this year, so swing by, say hi, and pick up a preview.Posted by Tim Leong on June 20th, 2007 filed in Blog |
Paul Pope Illustrations
It’s very uncommon to see Paul Pope to do an editorial illo for a magazine. Even more uncommon is it to see him do TWO in the same month. This morning I picked up the latest issues of GQ and Wired to find full-page Pope illos in both.
Being a mag guy and a comic guy, I’m always fascinated with who magazines are assigning work to, especially when it’s a comics person. I’m not sure why they both went to Pope, though. It’s unfortunate for the magazines they both have him because neither really has those exclusive bragging rights about scoring a cool illustrator. But it IS good for the readers, though, since you get two doses of Pope goodness.Posted by Tim Leong on June 20th, 2007 filed in Magazines, Blog |
Last Death Note this week
My absolute favorite manga ends this week. Death Note. It was really the first manga I ever got into, and the only one I have on my pull list. Even though I’m still relatively new to manga, I’m nuts for this book. I’m more excited about new volumes of Death Note than I am any other book — in the Japanese or American market. And after the last one what will I have to look forward to? Oh, Comic Foundry, perhaps?Posted by Tim Leong on June 19th, 2007 filed in Blog |
I just got Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan (Drawn and Quarterly) and I’m seriously bummed. Why? Because I’m really looking forward to it, and have been looking forward to it for a while, but I can’t even think about picking up a book until I finish this first issue of CF. I encourage other people, like you, to read it in the meantime.Posted by Tim Leong on June 15th, 2007 filed in Blog |