As we continue to wait for our comments to start working again, here’s the first batch of letters I’ve received from various folks today … as well as several promo emails that have come through over the last day or two.
I’m still accepting letters, too, BTW, so send me your thoughts, comments, whatever and I’ll post again later or tomorrow.
‘Ringo tribute book
First off, let’s start with some art. The Hero Initiative’s Janine Bielski sent over a press release this morning about the Mike Wieringo Tribute Book debuting at HeroesCon on June 20.
Here’s the cover:
Here’s a little bit from the release on who contributed and when it’ll be available for everyone:
The tremendous list of talent participating in the book includes Jeff Parker, Arthur Adams, Paul Renaud, Stuart Immonen, Cully Hamner, Alan Davis, David Williams, Sanford Greene, Humberto Ramos, Skottie Young, Mike Allred, Barry Kitson, and Val Staples. Cover artwork is by Mike Wieringo and Paul Mounts, and The Hero Initiative is publishing the book with the full support of both Marvel Comics, and the family of Mike Wieringo.
Stop by the Hero booth to obtain your very own copy before it is available everywhere on June 25th. The book retails for $4.99. In addition, the following ten talented men will be signing the book at HeroesCon: Richard Case, Todd Dezago, Cully Hamner, Stuart Immonen, Barry Kitson, Nathan Massengill, Jeff Parker, Val Staples, Mark Waid, Karl Kesel and Matt Wieringo so don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!
I Heart Comics
So, on to our first letter:
So glad to see the ‘I <3' articles back...
How about an 'I <3 Vanity Characters' focusing on Spider Woman, Aztek and Maggot? With Mikaal Tomas joining JLA in Robinson's new title it would seem appropriate.
Hiya Johnny! In addition to being a regular commenter here at Blog@, Johnny is also the writer of Black Cherry Bombshells, which won the Zuda competition a few rounds back.
Anyway, I’m glad you’re enjoying I Heart Comics, which is one of my personal favorite features at Blog@ because I get to
coerce recruit various comic bloggers and creators to contribute to it during the summer. I love seeing what they come up with, and in fact, I have two awesome columns sitting on my computer right now from two awesome comic creators that you’ll get to read later this summer. And of course, for anyone who missed them, don’t forget to check out the recent columns by Matt Silady and David Brothers.
OK, shameless self promotion aside, I’ve hit up Johnny to do one as well. Watch for it in July!
Five letters, begins with “R”
Moving on, here’s a news tip I received from DC’s David Hyde (which he sent last night):
Look at this little nugget that showed up in today’s New York Times crossword:
“[Blank] Montoya, DC Comics heroine known as the Question.”
Very cool! Thanks for sending it, David. If anyone has a scan of the actual puzzle, feel free to send it my way.
Another letter from a Zuda participant
I discovered your blog about five minutes before the site redesign, and I enjoy your commentary. The Trinity annotations are great, since I live about 100 miles form the nearest comic stores, and B&N and BAM! don’t carry the weeklies. Availability and the “newstand delay” are very inhibiting when it comes to comics these days. I know half the story to any given comic before I even see it…if I do at all.
And since you mentioned self-promotion was OK, I am compelled to mention that I am competing this month over at Zuda with my latest comic, RED ICE. Think of it as Indiana Jones meets Flash Gordon: Stuck on Mars, archeologist Roland Allegro gets more than he bargained for when he uncovers Mars’ hidden history, forcing a choice between a way back to Earth and saving his adopted home from an alien invasion.
Anyone interested can vote over at http://www.zudacomics.com/node/464
Whoah, 100 miles … that’s gotta suck hard. Living in the comic shop-rich Bay Area, sometimes I forget how tough it is on comic fans who don’t have a decent comic shop in their area … much less any comic shop in their area. If you do want to get your hands on the weeklies, though, and don’t want to wait for the trades, there are a ton of great comics shops online that offer some nice discounts and great service, so that might be an alternative.
Good luck with the Zuda competition! I feel like that since I just gave Scott’s comic a plug, I should offer the same opportunity up to anyone else participating in the current competition. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been reluctant to do any Q&A’s or other posts about any of the creators competing (even when it involved one of our very own columnists); I feel like if I feature one of them, I should feature all of them just for the sake of fairness. So send me a note and I’ll do it, this month only.
Our next email comes from Warren Ellis … ok, so actually it was sent to his Bad Signal list rather than me directly, but it’s been awhile since we mentioned his webcomic FreakAngels:
It’s Friday, it’s gone noon UK time, so the new FREAKANGELS episode is up for your cost-free enjoyment (as are all previous episodes):
It’s definitely worth checking out, esp. if you have some time to kill at work on a Friday afternoon …
The end is near
And finally, another promo piece I received a few days ago from DC’s Pamela Mullin:
Sigh. It’ll be a shame to see this book go. It’s been a great ride.
Ok, so that’s that … send me some more comments, and I’ll post again.