Monday, November 30, 2009
Please note, all aficionados of fine graphic literature: Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, new comics will arrive in stores on THURSDAY this week -- and so our end-of-the-year blowout signing at Jim Hanley's Universe has been moved as well. Join us from 6 to 8 PM at the midtown Manhattan location, 4 West 33rd Street, just around the corner from the Empire State Building's main entrance. Don't be distracted by those pushy guys trying to herd you onto NYC tour buses as you pass the ESB. THEY WANT TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM YOUR COMICS!
At this writing, it looks as though I won't have WOLVERINE: UNDER THE BOARDWALK out yet as previously scheduled. But there'll be plenty of WOLVERINE NOIR (see above) and other ephemeral picto-fictions for me to sign, some of them floppy with staples and some hardbound with glue and board, like the Vikings used to make.
I'll also have little previews of upcoming titles, including the sublime SHADRACH STONE and the ridiculous DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #896 FEATURING U.S. ACE. And I promise I'll learn how to draw a laughably bad Wolverine head by then, so you'll get an instant collectable with every purchase.
Also in attendance: Fred Van Lente, David Gallaher, Steve Ellis, and new addition Neil Kleid. So come on by. Don't make us look bad in front of Neil, okay?
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
February 2010 brings a book I'm very fond of: DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #896 featuring the incredible return of the CHARACTER YOU DEMANDED -- U.S. Ace, Marvel Comics' very own trucker supreme!
Now, that sentence might have confused you. Don't be scared. Here's everything you need to know:
1. U.S. Ace was originally called U.S.1. He was an original character created as a tie-in to a toy truck. The truck is gone, but the legend lives on.
2. U.S. Ace/1 was created to cash in on the CB radio/trucker craze. Sadly, the CB craze peaked around 1976. U.S. didn't come along until 1983. By the end of his twelve-issue run, they had no idea what to do with him, so they sent him into outer space. Somehow this made sense back when Reagan was President.
2a. Despite this, the last issue had kind of a nice fill-in art job by Steve Ditko. Go figure.
3. I took on the challenge of making U.S. relevant to the modern era. (Heh -- got through THAT sentence with a straight face!) Like a lot of working men, his life hasn't worked out quite the way he hoped. So now he's back on Earth trying to make it the best he can...which unfortunately means taking jobs from...
4. ...his brother, the demonic Highwayman. You may have seen the Highwayman recently, when he fought Ghost Rider. If you didn't, don't worry about it. This issue contains all you need to know about him. He runs a trucking company. How EEEEVIL!
5. It's just possible you haven't managed to collect the entire run of DEADPOOL TEAM-UP #1-895. If so, it's your own fault. Call up Mile High Comics or Bud Plant and start badgering them. Rudely.
6. This comic book also has killer raccoons, dated slang, and an original country song. Oh, and Deadpool.
7. It's the funniest thing I've ever written, and a lot of the credit goes to Shawn Crystal. Shawn has done some issues of the regular DEADPOOL monthly lately, but he's totally pulled out the stops here. I'll post some art as soon as I can. You won't believe Deadpool in a trucker hat with a CB radio.
There. All clear now? If not, come by my signing at Jim Hanley's Universe on December 2nd and ask me to explain. (Not rudely.) Or just buy the damn book in February!
Friday, November 6, 2009
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM: I'll be signing copies of WOLVERINE: UNDER THE BOARDWALK, a new one-shot by me and the amazing Tomm Coker. Note tantalizing sample panel above.
Also on hand will be the X-MEN NOIR crew of Fred Van Lente and Dennis Calero, celebrating the release of the second X-MEN NOIR series. I'll also be signing copies of the WOLVERINE NOIR hardcover, and Tomm Coker (not present) is the artist of DAREDEVIL NOIR, so it all fits together holistically. Like a beautiful mandala. Of Noir.
And finally, David Gallaher and Steve Ellis of HIGH MOON fame will be there, signing their brand-new HULK: WINTER GUARD one-shot. So it'll be a big New York comics jam with just a slight holiday flavor.
Jim Hanley's Universe is at 4 West 33rd Street in Manhattan, just around the corner from the Empire State Building main entrance. Details on the signing can be found on their website.
(Above: From WOLVERINE NOIR by me and CP Smith, now available in a beautiful hardcover edition for only $19.95.)