Heroes Con is taking place June 20th through June 22 at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. This show has become a perennial favorite of ours, and we are very excited to come back and see our fans! Cartoon Books will once again be exhibiting and Jeff will be making a few panel appearances as well as doing a few signings at our booth. Further information on panel times and locations as well as the signing schedule will be updated next week. See you soon!
But first, waste some time with these links!
Check out the Reading Pile with the fabulous Brigid Alverson
Check out this Flicker pic. I love it!
The Shazam/Captain Marvel Oral History continues over at Newsarama. I’ve been enjoying this a lot:
And now, moving into the modern era, The Shazam Years, Part one
All the articles have illustrations like these by Wheeler and Wilson. Wheeler is one of the funniest, best cartoonists around, and a pal. And look at that drawing by Wilson! Shazam! The whole project is fun and interesting all around!
Super Librarian gives a nice review of The Cartoonist: Jeff Smith, BONE, and The Changing Face of Comics.
And just in case you’re still not ready to start working, here are some RASL links:
SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil TP debuts this week at #7 on The New York Times Graphic Books Best Sellers List!
Shazam joins Bone 9: Crown of Horns which is currently on the Publisher’s Weekly Best Sellers List at #6!
If you’d like to learn more about Shazam! and Captain Marvel, visit the Marvel Family web page.
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The softcover edition of Shazam! Monster Society of Evil will be In comic book stores this Wednesday. Hooray! I love this book!
I’m happy to say that the paperback version of my Shazam book Monster Society of Evil will be in comic shops on March 4th. It’s beautifully printed, although a bit smaller than the deluxe hardcover that came out for x-mas 2007 (That book was oversized, and this one is standard DC trade collection size).
On the plus side, it is cheaper, $19.99; only $13.59 on Amazon where it is available for pre-order!
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Jeff will be signing at Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff on Saturday, December 6th in Concord, California.
Joe Field, the owner, was the highest bidder for a CBLDF auction.
Jeff is excited because Joe was one of the first retailers he met back in the early 90s, and is one of his trusted go-to guys whenever he needs retail advice.
After taking a year off from all comic book conventions and store signings, this will be the first and only comic book store appearance Jeff will do in 2008 – 2009, so if you are in the area, please stop by!
For more details, visit Joe’s blog at Fyling Colors Comics.
Congratulations Steve! This is a great accomplishment. Good Luck, I hope you win. Here are a couple of examples of why he was nominated.
Steve will attending the San Diego Comic-Con where the Eisner Awards will be held on July 25, 2008.
THE EVENT everyone here at Cartoon Books has been waiting for finally arrived, and we couldn't have been more excited. When we first arrived and took the stairs down to the exhibit, we were greeted by the huge mural Jeff did exclusively for this show. The place was packed!
Jeff meets some young fans. On either side of him are his parents, Barbara & William Smith.
Left to right: Ron Price, Raphael Rosado, Leslie Hough and Jeff.
Jeff with Harvey Pekar.
Harvey Pekar, Jeff, and Jenny Robb from the Cartoon Research Library
Jeff and Scott McCloud.
The Moores, Robin & Terry.
Terry Moore givin his thumbs up to Jeff's work.
Robin and Karen Shaffer.
Steve in front of the mural that he colored…
…Jeff and Steve discussing who did the most work on the mural.
Incredible food and drinks.
Kathleen with her folks.
Vijaya and Tom Leckrone.
Steve with our friend and clay artist extrodinaire Lisa Bare Culp.
Jeff with Jenny Robb and Karen Bell, Dean of the College of the Arts.
Animation pals: Jeff, Jim Kammerud, and Dan Root.
Charles Vess, Karen Shaffer, Jeff and Jenny Robb.
At the end of a long evening, we all head out to a favorite watering hole to unwind.
On the way, as the gallery is closing down, we all get our pictures taken in front of the mural…
Terry Moore, Jeff, Vijaya, and Charles Vess.
Cartoon Book Staffers: Kathleen, Jeff, Tom, Steve and Vijaya.
And finally, J & V by themselves.
Hey all! The cool cats over at Webcomics Weekly and Halfpixel asked me to sit in on their latest podcast and talk about coloring! I'm a fan of the show, so it was a bit nerve-inspiring, but I survived, and I hope they ask me back.
I love the way Neil Gaiman talks about the process of writing. This is from yesterday’s blog entry:
“I'm more or less happily writing Chapter Six of The Graveyard Book. I say more or less as I'm at that place where I hope that the book knows what it's doing because right now I don't have a clue — I'm writing one scene after another like a man walking through a valley in thick fog, just able to see the path a little way ahead, but with no idea where it's actually going to lead him.”
See what I mean?
My friend Jennifer Oliver, who designed the Thorn cold-cast statue from Graffitti Designs a few years ago, and was one of Disney’s top clean-up artists during the 80’s and 90’s, has created a new fantasy print. She doesn't have a website, so the print is up on e-bay. Jennifer adds: "Every print plants a tree. I'm sick of my work being a drain on the environment, so I plan to keep up the tree planting policy from this point forward." You can see the picture better here.
James Robertson, who helps Bryan Talbot with his website has sent me a note to say that there is a new CD ROM of Bryan’s critically acclaimed book Heart of Empire. For Heart of Empire fans (including myself) there's a tremendous amount of process material, like pencils and annotations. You can read the first chapter online for free by clicking here.
Here are some last minute Best Of 2007 lists that included SHAZAM! The Monster Society of Evil:
There are quite a few new SHAZAM! MSoE reviews out there, but I'll save those for a later blog. For now, though, there's this fun one from a site called Shuffleboil that I'll run in full:
“Shazam: The Monster Society of Evil” by Jeff Smith
Finally, a superhero comic we can wholly endorse! Bringing some of that Cartoon Book whimsy to the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Smith reinstates the qualities that actually made this mortal so mighty in the ’40s and ’50s — an absurdist fairy tale quality with just the right dash of innocence, while not being so naive as to be stupid! If Captain Marvel had been the same as all the other superheroes, we wouldn’t remember him today — and Smith is here to make sure no one forgets the real thing. Besides, Dr. Sivana is totally Dick Cheney!"
Dr. Sivana is totally Dick Cheney?
You know, I've read that in a LOT of reviews (with varying degrees of approval), but I honestly was not trying make Sivana into Dick Cheney, I was just trying to make him a greedy, ego-maniac like Daffy Duck or Phoney Bone…
Oh, what’s the use? You don’t believe me anyway.
Happy New Year, everyone!