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Regular readers of Robot 6 will not be surprised to read we’re fans of Jim Rugg‘s work. Rugg and I recently did an email interview regarding his latest collaboration with Brian Maruca, Afrodisiac (AdHouse). The book is described here as: “Inspired by the blaxploitation films of the 1970s and classic superhero comics, the Afrodisiac collects art and comics starring the original super badass and featuring cool cars, sexy women, scary monsters, self-righteous superheroes, corrupt cops, aliens, Dracula, Richard Nixon.” Any interview so deeply focused on an unforgettable independent work of this caliber is a blast–partially also thanks to the wacky turns our discussion takes, including into the realm of Wolverine. My thanks to Rugg for his time and to longtime pal of mine (as well as a great publisher), AdHouse’s Chris Pitzer, for his assistance in arranging the interview.
Tim O’Shea: Before getting into the guts of the book, one quick question on the back cover. Who had the idea to do the female silhouette glaze (or what would it be called) on the back cover?
Jim Rugg: It’s called a spot varnish, son. When we figured out the front cover design, Chris Pitzer (Adhouse Books publisher and all-around awesome design guru) suggested a spot varnish for the glasses. That sounded great to me. So I wanted to take advantage of the spot varnish on the back too. But the illustration on the back didn’t really lend itself to the same treatment as the front. I wasn’t sure the back cover effect would work, but figured it was the back cover. Give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by how it turned out.
Welcome to another edition of What Are You Reading. Our guest this week is none other than acclaimed cartoonist and co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies, James Sturm. Sturm, the author of such books as The Revival and The Golem’s Mighty Swing, has a new book coming out next month from Drawn & Quarterly entitled Market Day, and you definitely want to check it out, it’s a lulu.
In the meantime though, let’s simply check out what Sturm and the rest of the R6 crew is currently reading.
Jim Rugg and AdHouse Books are hosting an art contest — Objet d’Afro — to help promote the recently released (and very awesome) graphic novel Afrodisiac. Here are the details, from AdHouse’s blog:
Objet d’Afro highlights the obvious awesomeness of everyone’s favorite superhero, the Afrodisiac.
Here’s what we want – post a picture on our Flickr group of an Afrodisiac art thing…you pick the medium…you pick the everything. All mediums of art; whether it be painting, graphic art, sculpting, drawing, sketching, fake ads, short strips, or gluing an afro on a Ken doll. All categories are welcome, as are entrants from all countries….whatever…go nuts. If you don’t have a Flickr account, send us the picture…or the art thing…and we’ll post it for you.
We’ll have some awesome prizes for the king of the long shoe (art) game.
King Daddy: a piece of original art featuring Afrodisiac vs Dragonfly
Poppa-stoppa: a deluxe edition of the Afrodisiac and a signed copy of the Street Angel trade paperback
Cigarette Pimp: a signed copy of Afrodisiac
Honorable mention(s) will receive a signed Afrodisiac print.
The contest will run from now (get going) through the end of March. Winners will be named by April 15, 2010.
You can find the Flickr group right here; even if you don’t plan on contributing, it should be fun to check back later and see what everyone else comes up with.
Business | Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger on Tuesday called Apple’s newly announced iPad a “game changer,” and said that the entertainment giant has plans for the device that includes comic books, games and interactive television. Again, that should come as little surprise, considering that Steve Jobs is Disney’s largest shareholder. [AppleInsider]
Legal | The Michigan Court of Appeals heard arguments Tuesday in the case of retailer and convention organizer Michael George, who’s awaiting a second trial in the 1990 death of his first wife Barbara. The appeals court typically takes a month to rule.
George, 49, was convicted of first-degree murder in March 2008, but the verdict was set aside six months later by Circuit Judge James Biernat, who cited prosecutorial misconduct and the discovery of new evidence that might have swayed the jury. George has been held in the Macomb County Jail since his arrest in August 2007. [Detroit Free Press]
AdHouse Books has a Flickr photo set documenting the Southern leg of cartoonist Jim Rugg’s “AfroTour” in support of the release of the Afrodisiac hardcover. Rugg and AdHouse Publisher Chris Pitzer appeared at signings at Velocity Comics in Richmond, Virginia, Chapel Hill Comics in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This was the first time I’ve done anything with a comics store outside of my hometown,” Rugg writes on his blog, “and was overwhelmed with everyone’s kindness and support from the store employees to readers both new and old.”
Welcome to What Are You Reading. Our guest this week is the artist extraordinaire Jim Rugg, best known for books like Street Angel and The Plain Janes, and whose latest book, Afrodisiac (with writer Brian Maruca), arrived in comic stores this past Wednesday and has been winning raves everywhere it goes. (FYI look for an interview with Mr. Rugg courtesy of our own Mr. O’Shea sometime soon).
Joey Weiser, creator of The Ride Home and Tales of Unusual Circumstance, is running a Kickstarter-like funding drive on his website to raise money to publish his next graphic novel, Cavemen in Space:
I plan to self-publish (and distribute through AdHouse Books) Cavemen in Space in 2010. I plan to solicit the book to be shipped in May (printed in April). To do so, I have to come up with $3500 in about 3 months. This price includes printing, shipping, purchasing barcode/ISBN, etc.
Unfortunately, as my wife, cat, and I are currently living off of part-time jobs and a little freelance here and there, I don’t have the funds to make Cavemen in Space a reality! This is where you come in…
Inspired by folks like Liz Baillie and Jamie Tanner, I have launched a fundraiser to publish Cavemen in Space! And as a thank you for donating, I have several different rewards based on the level of donation!
Depending on how much you donate, prizes range from copies of his previous work to an appearance in another Weiser comic.
Also, if you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, you can find similar projects over at their site.
Artist Jim Rugg shares the dust jacket that will wrap around the deluxe limited edition of Afrodisiac, his upcoming release from AdHouse Books. Smokin’!
Rather than be our usual shelf-porny selves this time around, we thought, in the spirit of the season, we’d see if anyone had any special comic-themed holiday decorations they’d like to share. We put a call out and low and behold, we actually got some responses! Well, two responses, actually.
The first is from Publishers Weekly (and The Beat) contributing writer Kate Fitzsimons. The second comes from our own Robot 6 Leader Supreme, JK Parkin. We’ll start with Ms. Fitzsimons’ offerings, as she’s got her tree all nice and spiffied up for the occasion.
I haven’t done this in awhile, so let’s highlight some of the more interesting posts from the past week or so — or at least what was intersting to me:
• The folks at the Hooded Utilitarian recently wrapped up a lengthy roundtable discussion on Dan Clowes’ Ghost World.
• Tom Spurgeon continues his great holiday interview series with notable critics about the great comics of the closing decade. In backwards order: Kristy Valenti on Little Nemo: So Many Splendid Sundays; Bart Beaty on Persepolis; Frank Santoro on Multiforce and our own Sean Collins on Blankets.
• Tucker Stone examines the brouhaha surrounding the announcement of Marvel’s Girl’s Comics series and wonders what lies behind it: “When the Big Two companies make a fuss about something, and that fuss can in any way be perceived as a movement towards correcting a problem, the initial responses are certain to contain a healthy slice of contempt.”
The Secret Voice cartoonist draws Cable and a couple other Marvel characters (as well as the random doodle) on Post-It notes. I bet you wish you had thought of it first.
Your wallet may still be smarting from the beating it received at the hands of SLG and Buenaventura’s big bottom-line-boosting sales, but there’s no rest for the weary: Now the impeccably designed comics of indie publisher AdHouse Books are getting in on the act.
Click over to AdHouse’s holiday-season sale (initially announced right here on Robot 6!) to find killer deals on comics ranging from Joshua W. Cotter’s book-of-the-year candidate Driven by Lemons to serial Eisner Award-winner James Jean’s lovely sketchbook The Hallowed Seam: Process Recess Vol. 3 to Fred Chao’s multiple Eisner-nominated “adventure-scifi-love story” Johnny Hiro.
And to get you in the mood for saving money, why not watch this preview video for Driven by Lemons, set to the unforgettable strains of Stan Bush’s “The Touch” from Transformers: The Movie? After all, if you buy that comic, you’re a winner, you’re nobody’s fool.
This December Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg, the creators of Street Angel, team up on a full-length Afrodisiac graphic novel. The above trailer, set to the tune of “Cramming for College” by Don Argott, should give you an idea of what to expect.
The comic, by Delsante and artist Rachel Freire, debuted in December 2007 at the now-defunct Chemistry Set online collective, and caught the attention of AdHouse’s Chris Pitzer the following summer. A 128-page collection was added to the publisher’s fall 2009 schedule, and promoted online, at conventions and with a full-color Free Comic Book Day issue.
FCHS, Vol. 1, had been solicited for November release. Delsante spoke last month about the comic with Robot 6′s Tim O’Shea.
This November, writer Vito Delsante‘s collaboration with artist Rachel Freire, FCHS: Volume 1, will be released by AdHouse (Diamond Order Code: SEP09 0568). As described at the AdHouse site: “Do you remember high school? All the fun and trouble you used to get into? All of the sex, sports and alcohol that was your Senior year? It’s time to go back! Join Hector, Kennedy, Jules and the whole gang at FCHS as they begin their last year of high school. Will they be ready for ‘the real world’ when it’s all over? Will they all make it? Archie meets 90210.” Delsante, who has written for a number of publishers (including DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Dynamite Entertainment, and Simon & Schuster), was kind enough to do an email interview with me. In addition to discussing FCHS, we discuss his experience working at Jim Hanley’s Universe, as well as some of his other upcoming projects.
Tim O’Shea: FCHS got its start at the Chemistry Set, how did the publishing arrangement with AdHouse come about?
Vito Delsante: A mini comic. Seriously! Rachel and I attended MoCCA two years ago and at that point, we had about 21 strips on the site that we turned into seven 3-tier pages. We were handing them out to just about anyone who was interested, with the thought that we’d bring some traffic back to Chem Set. Chris [Pitzer, AdHouse Books publisher] got one and a few weeks later, right before Comic Con Intl., he e-mailed us and asked if we were interested in doing a book. I think, in the back of my head, I was hoping to get a few publishers interested in FCHS, but when Chris offered, we jumped at it. Rachel and I are big fans of AdHouse, and to be a member of that family is a very good feeling.