Happy Valentine’s Day.
Sadly, my girlfriend is on another continent so I’m going watch the romantic comedy Friday the 13th.
And here are the last two pages of the of the chapter from my book about Turkmenistan that I’ve been posting on this blog.
Jennifer Contino of Pulse interviews Neil Kleid on Comicon.com about his latest graphic novel The Big Kahn scheduled for release in July from us.
I’ll be signing copies of “Silk Road to Ruin,” “To Afghanistan and Back” and other recent titles tonight at Bluestocking Books in Manhattan, at 7 pm. I’ll also be showing slides of old and new cartoons, comparing the two, and taking your questions. Hope to see you then!
As Presidents’ Day is around the corner and the birthday of Abraham Lincoln a special occasion this year since it will be 200 years, I thought it good to bring to everyone’s attention that we’ve had Rick Geary’s excellent graphic novel “The Murder of Abraham Lincoln” available and it just went back to press. Both the hardcover and the paperback are available at stores, Amazon or right here.
It’s part of Geary’s increasingly popular Treasury of Murder series with each book carefully researched. If you go to his page on this site, as for every one of his books, you’ll see all the great reviews it’s gotten.
Check it out!
Lewis Trondheim’s Little Nothings: The Prisoner Syndrome (which is vol.2) has a review coming from Booklist:
“Trondheim thinks hard about his surroundings and communicates his musings just glibly enough to invite readers to pause and think as well as enjoy his Everyman worries.”
Here they are and heck going all the way into October!
1. Though I did a lot of business instead of selling a lot of books, it seemed pretty clear that the recession wasn’t hitting the convention floor. NBM sold out of BROWNSVILLE, TALES FROM THE CRYPT and more.
2. That being said, to that jerk that stole a copy of BROWNSVILLE: that’s food out of my kid’s mouth, ass.
3. The pro lounge was a saving grace; I need one at my day job with free popcorn, 15 minute massages and free soda.
4. It’s become quite apparent that in order to be working in comix, you’ll need an iPhone. Not just for creating, mind you, but to share apps and tweets. In a slick, wireless world, I fear my low-tech phone is keeping me wired.
5. While SCOTT PILGRIM 5 was, to me, the book of the weekend, I can’t urge you enough to find a copy of Chris Kirby’s Devils Due graphic novel, THE LOST SQUAD. It’s like Busiek’s ARROWSMITH had sex with BAND OF BROTHERS, and uses characters named after the old Chicago baseball triple-play Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance.
6. Go digital, Young Self-Publisher. The future is bright and writ large on an infinite canvas.
7. In a comic book recession, consider adding a flask to your convention must-haves. Save a bundle, make a statement, drink the finer things in life.
8. Comics is high school, and I’m not sure where to sit for lunch.
9. How Not to Break Into Comics #1: Be Persistent, yes. Be a Stalker, no.
10. Fun-but-humbling con moment: hassidic dude in kippah paced past my Comic Book Tattoo signing; I turned to a co-writer and said “See that? That was the he’s got a yarmulka/i’ve got a yarmulka drive-by I often see at conventions.” One minute later, as guessed, the guy leaned over to me… and asked when Joe Kelly would be signing. Ouch.
11. There’s nothing more satisfying than introducing your four-month old to the entire comic book industry at once and having them unilaterally tell you that there’s no way you could possible be the father because he’s too damn cute.
12. It’s a thunderous discovery when, halfway to pitching yet another project, you realize that if everything you’ve pitched works out you might just have TOO much work.
13. When a Marvel or DC editor asks if you’d be willing to do some extra work on a project should it get greenlit, you say YES.
14. How Not to Break into Comics #2: When finally scoring five minutes with an elusive and well-known editor you respect and are trying to work with, don’t finish the conversation by mumbling something incoherent and walking away, no matter how tired you both are.
15. Yes, Matt Brady — I see you in the Newsarama skybox and if you’ll come down here, coward, I’ll fight you right now.
16. I never thought it would be possible to fit half a convention inside the upstairs bar of a Midtown pub.
17. At a convention it’s likely you’ll never see certain friends/colleagues at all, and see certain other a lot more than you’d like. The latter probably applies about me for many others.
18. How Not to Break into Comics #3: Don’t be British. Failing that, don’t berate an entire panel about how they’re never going to break into comics.
19. How was it possible that I had more Hollywood meetings in New York than I did in San Diego? And every single one of them was with genuine, quality people? This is the Hollywood I’ve heard horror stories about?
20. Celebrity sightings: Josh Jackson, Joss Whedon (As my manager says, stoned, tired or both?), Scott Adsit (Yes! Hornberger!) and on the way home, the Harry Potter kid.
21. Cold? Dude, this is Michigan summer.
22. Don’t come over to my publisher’ booth while I’m standing behind it and start debating the merits of the books they publish. Because that’s not an argument you’re going to win.
23. Oh, is there a Watchmen movie? I hadn’t heard.
24. Even when I’m outselling them, my pals will always be my pals. Nothing like raising cold ones every night with your friends after a hard day of pitching zombie vampire stories and avoiding dudes dressed like giant ninja bananas.
25. Yeah, unless they change the benchmarks on professional creators, I’ll be back. If not, I’ll see you on the internet.
Just out of the event which went really quite well. We were quite busy throughout, selling out of a lot of our books where we premiered Little Nothings 2 and had other latest graphic novels. Neil Kleid of Brownsville was there promoting his next book which we’ll have out in July “THE BIG KHAN”, all free con preview copies went out and all his copies of Brownsville sold out early.
As for Papercutz, even though Bionicle writer Greg Farshtey couldn’t make it, Sunday’s Kids Day really worked this time, a lot of kids were there, always good to see for the future of comics!
A better show than last year, I gotta say! And this in a recession, so any good news like this is very welcome indeed.