ITEM: THE QUITTER
I've penciled 60 pages [of 96] and I'm currently inking pp53. Had a conference call yesterday between Harvey Pekar, my Vertigo editor and publicist, and the editors of PLAYBOY. If all goes well, it looks like Harvey and I will produce an original, 2pp color comic for the August issue of PLAYBOY to hype THE QUITTER due out in October. We're also going to be signing at this years BEA [Book Expo America] in NYC come June 4th.
ITEM: PROJECT SUPERIOR
Last week, I received an extravagant hardcover "bible" version of BONE, with a dedicated sketch from author Jeff Smith as a "thank you" for supporting his cause all these years, and AdHouse publisher/editor, Chris Pitzer, sent me a hardcover copy of PROJECT: SUPERIOR, that has to be seen and held to be believed. Such wonderful treasures. These two get special placement in the vault.
Thus far, the anthology scored some sweet reviews:
AND -- AdHouse sparked a SUPERIOR message board:
ITEM: AS BIG AS EARTH
I've written tight plots for both BILLY DOGMA and A-OKAY COOL stories for when I finish THE QUITTER and have no work lined-up. I figure I can coast for a month or two on savings so I can draw these bad boys before I go broke and beg for third day bread. I have the first 6-issues outlined with a script for another tale in development.
ITEM: TEENAGERS FROM MARS
Holy mackerel! I'd bought the first few issues when it debuted years ago and then lost track. When I saw all 8-issues collected into this nifty package I had to read what I missed. It's rare that I sit down and soak up an entire graphic novel, but I couldn't put this one down. Infectious, romantic to the Nth degree, compounding their passion for the form in action and thesis, Rick Spears and Rob G. pulled off the comix equivalent of FAHRENHEIT 451 while making me wanna hop fences like the star-crossed punk heroes within. Their next collaboration is called DEAD WEST [http://newsarama.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=30591] and it looks like a FIST FULL OF DOLLARS meets DAWN OF THE DEAD. Oh snap!
Go read digitante's hilarious "Plus-Size: My heavy times in the world of Fatty Fashion," now: http://www.livejournal.com/users/digitante/16955.html
ITEM: SPX ANTHOLOGY
Calling all cars: I hope you cartoonists out there in LJ-la-la Land are submitting your best new stuff to SPX's open door anthology free zone. Get hip: http://www.spxpo.com/anthology.shtml
zegas and I submitted "Broken" to the SPX ANTHOLOGY:
Check out zegas's latest:
ITEM: SIN CITY
Don't hate me because I, and nearly half the cartoonists in NYC, got invited to a screening tonight of Frank Miller's SIN CITY just two days before its official release. This has been going on the past month across the nation and like lemmings we're heading to the pasture.