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18 posts from October 2011

October 28, 2011

Sled Dog Limericks


Once up in the north there lived some dogs

They must always run, not walk or jog

So they set off running

(at which they were stunning)

Their whole lives were one big slog. 

Mush! you probably haven't heard about yet, because it's forthcoming this winter.  It's about sled dogs!  They are pretty crazy.  You should go check it out. 

October 26, 2011

Comics Are Great!


I'm only halfway through the current episode of this podcast, but Jerzy Drozd calls Laika "one of the finest comics I've ever read."  How could it get any better?

But seriously: if you've been itching to hear/see either Nick Abadzis (author of Laika) or Jim Ottaviani (author of Feynman) be interviewed for an hour on the topics of graphic novels, science, and more, this is the place to go!

October 24, 2011

Flatiron Snacks: The Pretzel Croissant


The pretzel croissant: it is like a croissant, except that it is also like a pretzel (possibly this is magic, but it is also possible that it is salt-covered and delicious).  It is the absolutely perfect thing to eat at that in-between breakfast and lunch time when you have not eaten breakfast but are wanting something less sugary than your typical pastry.

We are lucky that City Bakery (only five blocks away!) makes them and has them around all the time.  We can have croissants that are also pretzels at any point we want!  How awesome is that?

October 21, 2011

Missouri Limericks


There once as a boy who wandered far from home

From childhood to adulthood did he roam.

To tell this tale

Of his life and its trail

He wrote this story, told as a poem.


This was Leland Myrick's first book with us; his latest (which we are very excited about!) is Feynman, which just came out last month.  Both are better things than this atrocious limerick is.   

October 19, 2011

Apathea's Adventuring Standards


The creators of Americus have been kind (and madly creative) enough to put together a guide to the fantastical world that appears in their tome: The Lorian Gendarme Guidebook for Adventuring Standards.  Now you, too can fathom the inner workings of the world of Apathea!

October 18, 2011

BB LEAKS: Paul Pope hot off the scanner!

Some days are just too good to keep to ourselves... Imagine receiving these originals—just-inked pages from Paul Pope's BATTLING BOY... Care to gasp with us?


October 14, 2011

Lost Colony Limericks


There once was a secret land

Full of mysteries and puzzles and secrets and

One little girl

She got caught up in a whirl

Nothing went the way she'd planned

You couldn't tell from this limerick, but this is actually a graphic novel that has to do with social consciousness and slavery and the eighteen hundreds.  Yeah; poetry. 

October 13, 2011

On Writing Orcs

from the desk of author Stan Nicholls


How do you roll a bunch of dreams into one?  Easy.  You’re offered the chance to pen a graphic novel after a life-long love affair with comicbooks.  You get to see fictional characters you’ve created come alive as illustrations on the page.  Better yet, you have the privilege of working with a gifted artist and a first-rate editorial team. 

As if that wasn’t enough, you’re handed a bonus -- learning. 

There’s a certain mechanism involved in novel-writing, whereby the different elements -- plot, structure, pace, characterisation, dialogue, etc -- are entwined to form a coherent whole.  There’s a process in the creation of graphic novels too, of course, and much of it’s the same as in a prose novel.  But there are crucial differences.  An obvious factor is achieving the correct balance between pictures and words, with an emphasis on the former because this is, after all, a predominantly visual medium.  (Many people liken it to the movies, which is a reasonable comparison as far as it goes.)  You come to realise that captions, if you must have them at all, are superfluous unless they tell you something the panel doesn’t.  You see the wisdom in not overloading dialogue balloons; how a narrative sequences can flow better when unhampered by wordy explanations; and the power of colour.  (Sometimes, the power of the absence of colour.) 

So I’m doubly grateful for this experience -- for having my series of novels branch out into another medium in Orcs: Forged For War, and for the lessons the project taught me, thanks to the sensibility of Joe Flood’s adaptation.

Much as this author might hate to admit it, in the context of graphic novels a picture is worth a thousand words. 


:01 and NYCC


One final reminder about New York Comic-Con!  It is today!! We're going to be there!!!  Here are the things we are doing!!!! 

You should come see us. 

And our many authors!  Nick Bertozzi Joe Flood Ben Hatke Dave Roman Scott Campbell Nick Abadizs Sara Varon George O'Connor Carla Jablonski MK Reed Leonard Marcus Raina Telgemeier and Stephanie Yue!!

October 12, 2011

Nursery Rhyme Comics is OUT!

Do a little jig, folks, because as of yesterday the world is just a little brighter.


Edited by the redoutable Chris Duffy, with an introduction by the resplendent Leonard Marcus, and featuring fifty really remarkable cartoonists, this book gets my ready, resounding recommendation! It makes me laugh, it makes me think, and it makes me run around shoving it in peoples' faces, saying Look what we did! We made this!

In honor of Nursery Rhyme Comics, then, my favorite nursery rhyme (and the one I use on all social media profiles to describe myself):


There was an old woman, and what do you think?

She lived upon nothing but victuals and drink.

Victuals and drink were the chief of her diet,

And yet this old woman could never keep quiet!


What's your favorite nursery rhyme?

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