Friday, September 17, 2004

Happy Anniversary to Modern Myths! -- Tonight is the Second Anniversary party at Modern Myths in Northampton, Massachusetts. My family attended last year's party, and it was an absolute blast. Here's what you can expect tonight, stolen from Jim Crocker's Modern Myths blog:

I am very happy to announce that Friday, September 17th will mark Modern Myths' OFFICIAL SECOND ANNIVERSARY!

We've come a long, long way in that time, and to prove that we couldn't have done it without everyone reading this, we're having our second annual ANNIVERSARY PIZZA PARTY, starting at 7:00 PM at the store.

We'll have complimentary pizza, soda, birthday cake, and door prizes, and we're doing special stock-ups on graphic novels, games, and NEW DICE to make sure we're ready for everyone to check out the store. We'll be unveiling at least one new regular product line, and announcing a special program for the College and University clubs to give a little back to the community that has allowed us to prosper so much in such a short time.

Please pass the word along to anyone you think might be interested, whether they've visited us before or not, and feel free to post this announcement to other lists and Journals you may frequent.

We're really excited, really grateful, and really looking forward to this special night. Bring a friend, and bring an appetite.

Anyone who's within a couple hundred miles of Northampton should try to head to Modern Myths this evening. A great time is guaranteed, and come on, free pizza! Make sure you tell 'em Comic Book Galaxy sent you.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Noted Beagle Saves Noted Publisher -- Great profile of Fantagraphics in the Seattle Weekly. The best part, to me, is that the newspaper isn't afraid to come right out and call Fantagraphics "the most widely respected comics publisher in America." The article is a terrific history of the company and its highs and lows, focusing on how The Complete Peanuts has turned things around financially, insuring even more great books from the publisher that brought you Ghost World, The Acme Novelty Library, Love and Rockets, and many of the other best comics published in the past couple of decades.

Kinda New Kids on the Blog -- Former Four Color Hell (remember that one?) comics blogger Todd Murry has a new blog and today is reviving his little-seen Blankets review. Give him a click and see what you think.

And while we're on the subject of established writers in new places, the gifted artcomix commentator Shawn Hoke has landed at Comic World News with his new column, Past the Front Racks.

Go forth and make with the clicky.

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Timely Reminder -- I see Neil Kleid's Ninety Candles is arriving in comics shops tomorrow. Read my review and be sure to ask for it at your shop.

The Journal Comic Returns! -- Well, sort of! Cartoonist Drew Weing used to post a daily strip called The Journal Comic, and after James Kochalka's American Elf, it was my favourite online comic. Weing is now collecting the strips with a slew of extras:

Yeah, after something like a year, I've finally gotten all of the Journal Comic strips together in one big book. Hopefully it should be out in time to debut at the Small Press Expo (October 1st,) but you can preorder a copy right now! "But wait a second," you ask. "Why should I buy this book when I've already read all the strips online and/or bought all of the minicomics?" Why, I'm glad you asked! Let me tell you about some of the...


30 New Strips - Not only does this book contain every strip that appeared online, there are over 30 "new" strips! These comics were painstakingly reconstructed from unfinished strips and rough sketches, and fill in some of the gaps between the original strips. And they're exclusive to this book! Okay, I'll show you one. But that's it.

Bonus Comics - Two full-page supplemental comics by myself, a comic "rebuttal" by my roommate Antar, and a 2-page bonus comic by my girlfriend Eleanor! These are good comics, not just nepotism, I swear.

Journal Comic Fully-Illustrated Tour Guide - Find your way around the exotic locales of the Journal Comic!

Supplemental Material - A gallery of the Journal Comic-related art, including the covers of the original minicomics.

$13 gets you the book, shipped anywhere in the continental U.S. If you live somewhere in the rest of the world, email me and we'll work it out.

Weing says the collection is 128 pages with black and white interiors and a full-colour cover. If you say the gorgeous illustration he did for the recent Comics Journal young cartoonists issue, you know Weing has a wonderful colour sense, and the cover of the new collection is absolutely divine. Pop on over to his website, check out the details, take in the art, and damn it, send the guy thirteen bucks.

Tuesday CBG Update -- Click over to the main page for my new review of Superman Adventures Volumes One and Two by Mark Millar and Friends, and read Jeet Heer's examination of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13, the hardcover comics anthology edited by Chris Ware.

Monday, September 13, 2004

11 Years Ago Today -- My wife and I had been up for 72 hours while she got through a long, long labour only to give birth to our daughter in the very early morning hours. Now she's just started middle school, and can get through a whole meal eating only with chopsticks. Amazing how time flies. Happy birthday, Kira.

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