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Sim's Secret Project 1 unveiled

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In May, Dave Sim will release what he's been up until now calling Secret Project 1. This book, called Judenhass (German term for Jew hatred), is about the Holocaust. Judenhass will be 56 pages long and sell for $4.00. Sim will keep Judenhass in print as he wanted to have an affordable book about the Holocaust available that schools or anyone could buy. I'll be donating all of my sales of Judenhass to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. www.ushmm.org/.

Dave Sim selected the name Judenhass as the title for his Holocaust book because that's what the Holocaust was: the ultimate in Jewish hatred. Lou Copeland, volunteered his time and services to create www.judenhass.com, a website that people can go to for more information on Dave Sim's Judenhass. I highly recommend visiting the site as it has a preview section, a making of section (also click on www.glamourpusscomic.com and then click on making of glamourpuss for a utterly fascinating YouTube 5 minute video of…

New Frontier!

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No spoilers following: JLA New Frontier, based on the comic series New Frontier by writer / artist Darwyn Cooke, was released today and having just watched it, I can say with no reservations that it is GEEKTASTIC! All the bells and whistles (use of super powers and fight scenes) are present, but with JLA: New Frontier, there's also a story with substance and a lot of heart. This newest animated feature from Warner Brothers and DC will click with people unfamiliar with the comic upon which it's based and for those who have read the comic, they'll be cheering because even though there's differences from the original story, all the right notes are hit. The animation is top notch, the voices are great, and basically all around a viewer can tell that this was done with great respect for Darwyn Cooke's story. There are a lot of special features including two audio commentary tracks (one by Darwyn Cooke, which I'm especially eager to listen to) and a preview for Warne…

Brunetti does Vegas!

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In what is sure to put Vegas on the map as the city that brings the love to alternative comic book artists, this week everyone who walks or drives the streets of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street will see fifty huge banners featuring the art of Ivan Brunetti presenting, Thirst: Aerial Gallery. Brunetti will be giving a lecture at UNLV at the Alta Ham Fine Arts Building Room 357 Wednesday, February 27th at 5:30pm. The project dedication, officiated by Mayor Goodman, will be held Thursday, February 28th at 4pm on Las Vegas Blvd and Fremont Street. An artist reception will follow the dedication from 4:30-7:30pm at the Downtown Cocktail Room (111 Las Vegas Blvd. South). All of these events are free so if anyone reading this is able to go (and bring friends!), I'd highly recommend doing so because this is a really big deal and support of this will make people take notice that Vegas is serious about art. The theme of the Thirst art banners is how water and or the need to drink inte…

Will Eisner

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So I'm reading the continuing adventures of Dave Sim hopping around messageboards today and he mentions that today is Will Eisner's birthday. Actually Eisner's birthday is March 6th and Dave Sim had gotten the date wrong because one year on February 22nd, he had attended a surprise birthday party for Will Eisner. Anyway, I hadn't read any Will Eisner in a while so I headed over to my book shelf.

My favorite graphic novel by Will Eisner is The Dreamer which he wrote and drew in 1986. The Dreamer is an autobiography of sorts by Eisner about the early creation of comic books in the 1930's in the U.S. (I say it's an autobiography of sorts because the names of people involved in the events written about have been changed and some of the timeline of events has been compressed). This is my favorite of Eisner's graphic novels because of my interest in the behind the scenes aspects of this medium and Will Eisner, being that he was there at the dawn of American comic …

Scott Pilgrim

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Scott Pilgrim is a four volume graphic novel series (in the manga sized format that the kids love so much) created, written, and drawn by Bryan Lee O'Malley. I read the first two volumes when they first came out and started to read volume three when it orignially came out, but I kept selling out of it before I'd remember to put one aside. So yesterday (and some of this morning) I read all four and now I really know why this series is so popular.
Scott Pilgrim is the central character in the Scott Pilgrim books, but the books are full of great characters and reading Scott Pilgrim makes me wish I had the kind of care-free lifestyle that Scott has when I was that age. Scott plays in a band, is cool in a not overt way and has gals flocking all over him. Scott Pilgrim isn't filled with teenage angst, is very kinetic (both in art style and scene transitions), and funny and clever without being annoying. I did think volume two (subtitled: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) wasn't as…

A Valentine's Day thought

"Love between two people is beautiful, love between seven people is amazing!" I heard this on CBC Radio 3 (a Canadian radio station) today.

glamourpuss preview!

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Yesterday when I got back to the store after being away for four days, I was happy to see that I got one of the 200 gold certificate copies of glamourpuss (yes, glamourpuss isn't capitalized) signed by Dave Sim himself! Even though all comic stores will get the preview copy tomorrow to show people, I'm aways happy to be the first on my block to read something.

So now, having read the entire issue, I'll ask again: Who is the audience for glamourpuss? Well the easy answer is people who like to look at gorgeous illustrations of women dressed to the nines in striking poses. The audience is also those who want to read Dave Sim discuss photo realistic comic book artists like Alex Raymond, Al Williamson, and Neal Adams. And on a lesser level, glamourpuss is for people who like a somewhat subdued satire of the fashion industry.

I'm definitely in this audience subset, but I think I'm going to be in the minority of who Dave Sim is going for as his audience at large. People who…

Don't Mess With Austin

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Actually one of Texas' motto is: "Don't Mess With Texas" (it's okay to mess with the other 49 states though, right?). This past weekend I was down at Austin for a DC retailer summit (called the DC RRP). I thought it was funny that the first song I heard at the Austin airport was George Straits "All My Exes Live In Texas" (I didn't have any girlfriends the one year I lived in San Antonio, so that song doesn't speak to me).

This was my third DC retailer summit (the last few times they've been having them about every three years). DC has been doing their RRP (retailer representative program) for over twenty years and it was created as a means for DC editorial (and other important DC personal like Paul Levitz and Bob Wayne) to get together with comic store retailers (representing stores of various sizes and demographic mixes) and have dialogues on how business could be better for everyone. DC actually listens and makes changes based on feedback p…

Thank You, Steve Gerber

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Sad news is circulating that Steve Gerber, comic book writer extraordinaire, died Sunday, February 10th of pneumonia (he was on a short list for a lung transplant). Steve Gerber is primarily known for creating and writing Howard The Duck, but he's written countless comics since the early 1970's, including Man-Thing (where Howard The Duck first appeared), Omega The Unknown, Hard Time, Destroyer Duck (a book he worked on with Jack Kirby to raise money and awareness in his battle to obtain the rights to Howard the Duck), The Defenders, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Steve Gerber was at the forefront of writing comics that were thought-provoking, satirical, had rich multi-layered characters, and he seemed to have a special understanding of madness (meaning his portrayal of characters that suffered with psychosis).

One of my favorite all time comic book series is Howard The Duck as written by Steve Gerber. Howard The Duck was Gerber's outlet for satirizing the absurdity of existen…

Persepolis - the movie

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Persepolis, Oscar nominated for best animated movie, finally opened here in Las Vegas. Marjane Satrapi, who wrote and drew Persepolis the graphic novel (actually they were originally released as two graphic novels, but now there's a one volume edition), also co-directed the movie and it was even better than I thought it would be. The animation style is done in the style of Satrapi's drawings and the effect this brings to the subject matter, makes the movie all the more powerful. The movie is in French (subtitled of course), as Satrapi lives in France and that's the language her books were first published in (and went on to win top honors at the Angouleme International Comics Festival).
Persepolis, the graphic novel and movie, is the autobiographical story of Satrapi growing up in Iran during the late 1970's and 1980's. Satrapi, in Persepolis, wonderfully, often painfully, shows how difficult just the growing up process is, but how for her that experience was compou…

J.H. Williams III

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Yesterday was my friend, Scott's 30th birthday and his good friends Jim (or JH as he's know in the comics industry) and his wife Wendy suprised him by driving eight hours for the occasion! So Kate and I got to spend some time with Scott on his birthday and catch up with Jim and Wendy.

JH Williams III (I'll be calling him Jim for the rest of this post), is of course one of comics finest artists, with some of his contributions being Chase, Justice Riders (a Justice League Elseworlds story), Shade (fom Starman), Batman (with Grant Morrison), an issue of Detective (with Paul Dini), covers for Crossing Midnight, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight (with his artist friend Seth Fisher), Seven Soldiers Of Victory, Desolation Jones, and one of my favorite comics of all time, Promethea (with Alan Moore, of course).

Jim is especially highly regarded amongst fellow comic book artists (make that all artists that see his work), but I feel that he's not as appreciated by comics fandom a…

Stan Lee tribute

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Recently, a gallery in Los Angeles showcased a selection of artists doing their interpretations of characters Stan Lee co-created.










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Glamourpuss

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Glamourpuss, Dave Sim's new comic will arrive in comic stores this April. Dave Sim is of course the creator of Cerebus, a comic he self published for 26 years and ran 300 issues. Glamourpuss will certainly be one of the most talked about titles of 2008 and it looks and reads (from what I've seen so far) unlike anything else out here in comic book land. Basically Glamourpuss will be a slightly veiled satire of the fashion industry and a forum for Dave Sim to talk about photo realistic comic book artists like Stan Drake, Neal Adams, and Al Williamson. For a good little interview with Sim about Glamourpuss go to: www.ivc2.com/articles/home/11882.html.

I'm of two minds about the release of Glamourpuss. I was a long time fan of Cerebus until probably the last 100 issues. Until issue #186 of Cerebus, I always thought Cerebus and Dave Sim would be regarded as one of the greatest benchmarks in the comic book medium. Issue #186 of Cerebus contained an essay by Sim called "The …