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17 posts from May 2011

May 15, 2011

All of the Things Astronaut Academy

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I so liked what The Hieroglyphic Streets did for Koko Be Good that I'm going to attempt to do the same thing for Astronaut Academy here, except with a less verbose review at the beginning because I want to save things to talk about for this book when it comes out (in just a month!). 

The summary: Hakata Soy needs a place to hide while his supervillain nemesis is after him.  He just never thought it'd be middle school!  But with classes like Wearing Cute Hats and Fire-Throwing, and classmates who share their talents at space-walks and dinosaur racing, Hakata soon decides that this place oculd be sort of okay after all.  If only his evil robot double hadn't sneaked by the admissions board, bent on death and explosions for everyone!

This book was written by Dave Roman; his website is here.  You can follow him on twitter here; he's also got a tumblr specificially for this book with lots of neat art and process stuff.  Because we are his publisher, there is a page for his book on our website; you can read an excerpt there.  If you are interest in a three-minute intro, there's a video trailer.  Fleen calls this book "a delight from start to finish."  GoodReads reviews are positive; my favorite starts out, "You ain't never seen anything quite like this before."  The Graphic Novel Reporter calls it "wildly funny and inventive;" The Examiner calls it "kind of odd" and then proceeds to give it five stars.  ICv2 thinks it is full of "oddness and sincerity;" whilst The Comics Waiting Room boldly declares, "there will not be a better all-ages graphic novel published this year."  "This book definitely has a lot of laughs," says ComixTalk.  PW features in their Call-Out 2011 Graphic Novels piece, then later reviews; and if you'd like to watch the author himself talk about this book, you can do that at Stumptown Trade Review.  And: still my favorite piece about this book, from CBR

(Also, there's a launch party!  That's what the flyer on top is for.  You should come!)

May 14, 2011

TCAF: A Few Short Notes

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I run the programming for TCAF, so when people at our parent company ask me how the convention went my general response has been, 'All the programming happened!  Pretty much on time!  And people came to it!' 

I realize that this may not be a good summary of the show as a whole, though. 

Possibly my favorite thing about TCAF is that it is full of things.

You know how you sometimes go places (be they comics conventions or water parks or family reunions) and they are scheduled to be X amount of time long, but actually you are done in X amount of time minus 2 hours and you just have to grin and bear it for those last two hours or else leave?

Between the variety of authors, the new books at the show, the amount of evening events (I left on Monday afternoon, and there were still going to be three different things that night!), the art on display, and the programming, there are many things to look at all of the time.  Guaranteed.  And there is an excellent balance between traditional things and new/cool things, so that you may buy your favorite graphic novelist's fourth book and then acquire a mini-comic from someone you've never heard of before. 

In summary: TCAF yay!

Also: in Canada they have these things that are like spiral-y rolled-up cinnamon rolls, except that instead of being sweet and full of butter and sugar and cinnamon and sometimes nuts or raisins, they are savory and have pesto and cheese in the spiral-y rolled-up bit.  New 2012 goal: figure out how to make these at home!

May 13, 2011

Limerick Heaven

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There once was a girl who got married.

In her unwed state she had tarried

Her fiance was away

But came back one day

And over the threshold she was carried.

(This book contains much manga craziness!  Read and discover.)

May 12, 2011

Books, Videos, General Miscellany

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New trailer from us!  It's kind of adorable; you should go watch it!

And if you haven't caught the Astronaut Academy trailer yet, please go take a look at that, too.

While I'm talking about Anya's Ghost, here's a reminder that you can win an early copy on the internet over at GoodReads!  So you should go do that. 

And #2: speaking of giving things away, I have recently realized that if I do give-aways of upcoming books at the rate of 1/month, I will never again be able to do give-aways of the titles in our collection published pre-2011!  This seems problematic, so I may add another monthly give-away of our favorite titles from previous years.  Comment and tell me what you guys think; though I can't really imagine anyone saying, 'NO MORE BOOK GIVE-AWAYS, THERE ARE TOO MANY BOOKS IN MY LIFE' because how could that possibly be the case?  (Especially if they are books we have published.)

May 06, 2011

The Color of Love

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There once was a girl who grew up

And life overflowed her cup.

She fell in love

A bolt from above

Then it happened again -- so a breakup!

(The Color of Water is much less amusing than this makes it sound.  Kind of.)

May 02, 2011

Ghostly Give-Away

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Because we are kind and sympathetic folks, we wish to give you a chance to win a copy of Anya's Ghost even if you won't be at TCAF. 

(Also because it is very good.  You know because that quote on the cover is from Neil Gaiman and he calls the book "a masterpiece" and also because boingboing wrote a most excellent review.)

Go here to enter. 

:01 & The Toronto Comics Art Festival

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We are not going to be exhibiting at TCAF this year, which makes us very sad, as we like it so.  But in lieu of that, there are going to be many :01 personages there for you to interact with.  So you should do that, especially as they are awesome. 

:01 Books You Will Be Able to Acquire Copies of from Their Creators In Exchange for Cookies And/Or Successful Answering of Trivia Questions:

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(Why buy comics with money when you can instead acquire them through trivia-knowledge & comics-related quests?  Something to consider.)

Also in attendance at TCAF this year are :01 Editor Calista Brill and :01 Designer Colleen AF Venable.  So if you are coming to TCAF and have burning :01-related questions that cannot be communicated via our mail@ e-mail account, keep a sharp eye out for them!

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