Down to the wire here, so let’s do a round-robin of a few more cool items you can get at the San Diego Comic-Con this year …
• Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba are bringing a new limited signed giclée print, which you can see to the right.
• Buenaventura Press is having a going-out-of-business sale at booth #1734. Alvin Buenaventura will be there, selling the last copies he has of Kramers Ergot 7, Boy’s Club by Matt Furie, The Gigantic Robot by Tom Gauld, original art and more.
• Gene Luen Yang has a new T-shirt he’ll be selling at the show.
• Terry Moore is bringing The Complete Paradise TOO — “a 360 page softcover book filled with hundreds and hundreds of my comic strips and cartoons, from high school to SIP to all the Kixie strips and Plato and Lizzie the axe-murderer… all for just $30.”
“For all the bravado and, what you call it, callow youthfulness behind the idea of ‘Do it yourself!,’ at the end of the day, there’s a time in your life when you absolutely can, and there’s a time in your life when you’re married and you have a mortgage and a baby or two babies and you need diapers and food and it’s just like, ‘I can’t do that, I can’t work for free anymore.’ It’s not like anybody’s getting rich. It’s not like ‘Well, I need a BMW.’ No — I need to pay my light bill. That’s the reality of it. … So the idea was, let’s go off, and just build up the bank and get to a point where we can do seven issues for free again. Luckily, we haven’t had to. Luckily all three of our stars were in the ascendant and people at Marvel were really big fans of the work, and were excited to make Casanova an Icon book, so we’re very lucky — nobody has to work for free, and we still own Casanova and still control it.”
Dark Horse sent over three new covers that you’ll find when their next round of solicitations go live … first up is the cover for a new edition of Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s De:Tales, which collects several of their short stories. The softcover is out of print, so Dark Horse is releasing it as a hardcover in October. If you like their Daytrippers series from Vertigo, you’ll most likely like this:
Last week iFanboy’s Talksplode podcast posted a lengthy interview with Brian Wood, who talked about all of his various “D” projects — Demo, DMZ, DV8 — as well as Northlanders. Close to the end of the conversation, he said that he plans to offer a money-back guarantee on the third Northlanders trade paperback, which is due in stores the first week of March.
“If someone hates it they can mail it back to me and I’ll pay them back,” Wood said, adding he’ll share formal details on the offer soon. This trade collects several shorter arcs and single-issue stories from Northlanders — specifically issues 9 and 10, as well as 17-20. Issue 17, “The Viking Art of Single Combat,” is probably the best issue of the series thus far, and the two-part “Shield Maidens” tale follows closely behind it.
In addition to giving fans a risk-free option for checking out Northlanders, today Wood also gave fans a good reason to check out DMZ #50 — he and Fabio Moon are doing a four-page story in it called “Little Plastic Toys” about cluster munitions, and he plans to donate his page rate for it to stopclustermunitions.org. The comic comes out this Wednesday.
But if you followed Twitter over the holidays — the accounts of Fraction and artists Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon, specifically — you saw clear indications that work has indeed begun on the long-rumored and much-anticipated third volume of the critically acclaimed spy-fi series.
“Hey, guess who remembered how to write Casanova today?” Fraction tweeted on Dec. 19. “Pages 1-6 of Casanova v3 completed and sent to @Gabriel_Ba e @fabiomoon. ho ho ho.” Bá replied two days later with: “Pages 1-6 of Casanova v3 – [In] @mattfraction ‘s own words: ‘Okay. That might actually sound like the most impossible thing of all time –’”
And just this week Fraction posted: “Writing more Casanova tonight. Rereading the whole series since the last time I proofread the issues.” That was followed last night by, “It’s as though I’ve set out to make Moon and Bá hate me and salt the earth beneath my feet” and the encouraging tag “casanovasback.”
Debuting in June 2006 in Image Comics’ 16-page “slimline” format, Casanova follows the timeline-jumping exploits of free-lance thief and espionage artist Casanova Quinn. The second volume, Gula, concluded in May 2008.
Pamela Mullin over at Vertigo’s Graphic Content blog posted a teaser today for an upcoming project with a very impressive line-up of talent involved with it. That line-up includes Jim Lee, Rebekah Isaacs, Fabio Moon, Ryan Kelly, John Paul Leon, Lee Bermejo, Philip Bond, Eduardo Risso and Dave Gibbons.
So what is this mysterious project? Well, Pamela’s staying quiet on the details, but my own investigations* have turned up the fact that it’s related to Brian Wood’s DMZ. No doubt Pamela will have more details soon.
It’s a good day for previews over at the official Vertigo blog, Graphic Content. Pamela Mullins has posted some pages from Peter Bagge’s Other Lives, which is due from the publisher next year. She also shares more preview pages from Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon’s Daytripper, which comes out in December. And lastly, check out the cover to Joe the Barbarian #2.
Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon, who you might remember from such great comics as The Umbrella Academy, Casanova, Pixu and De:TALES, among others, have a new book called Daytripper coming out from Vertigo later this year — “a Brazilian slice-of-life limited series, featuring beautiful women, friendships, family and complete unpredictability,” according to the Vertigo blog.
This book has been a bit under my radar; I haven’t heard much about it beyond a little convention talk at some of Vertigo’s panels this past year, so it’s good to see it on the schedule and to see some preview art, which you can find at the link above.
Trying to legitimately blog on April 1 seems like a lost cause. Reading through my usual sites, Twitter feeds, etc. is like playing some sort of puzzle game, where you read closely to try and figure out what’s real and what’s not, as you certainly don’t want to be duped.
Some are obvious. Despite their new masthead, I feel safe in saying that The Daily Cross Hatch hasn’t really been bought by Wizard. And Even Bigger Numbers looks like a very timely prank, even before I made it all the way to the punchline at the end.
But then there are other posts you see out there, like the Planetary one I posted about earlier, where you kind of have to wonder. In that one, Ellis was pretty clear he wasn’t joking, so I suspect we can safely “run around the floor in circles Homer Style” as one commenter suggested. Then there’s this one by Fabio Moon, who announces that he and Matt Fraction are bringing Casanova back as a free online comic starting tomorrow:
Dark Horse recently revealed it will publish a hardcover collection of PIXU, a unique four-way collaboration between award-winning creators Gabriel Bá, Becky Cloonan, Vasilis Lolos and Fábio Moon. Previously released as two self-published issues, PIXU is a horror comic book that tells the story of an apartment building full of haunted individuals, and the PIXU itself, a supernatural mark that portends great evil.
The four PIXU creators are scattered across the globe — with Cloonan living in Brooklyn, twin brothers Moon and Bá in São Paulo, Brazil, and Lolos splitting his time between Brooklyn and Athens, Greece. The book is at once a story, an experiment and a reflection of their tight friendship — four disparate, distant and visionary mad scientists becoming one through the magical act of creating comics together. Best of all, the book is creepy as all hell.
The original issues of PIXU were printed at a limited run of 1,000 copies each — but you can still find these handcrafted soon-to-be-eBay-bait comics at Khepri.com.
To celebrate the July release of the hardcover edition, we reached out to the PIXU quartet to find out the secret history of the book, and their own origins in the world of horror.