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Last weekend I posted a couple of ways you can help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, and here’s another one — Perhapanauts creators Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau are offering a $20 Jersey Devil T-shirt on their site, with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Help folks out and look good while doing it–what could be better than that?
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a splurge item.
If I had $15, I’d spend the first $3.99 on the first issue of 47 Ronin, a retelling of a Japanese legend written by Mike Richardson and illustrated by Stan Sakai. I saw a preview of this and it looks phenomenal. Next up is my favorite soap opera, Life With Archie #24 ($3.99), in which Moose contemplates running for the Senate and The Archies reunite. This comic is consistently well written and the stories really drag me in. I’ll slap down another $3.99 for Popeye #7, because I’m a Roger Langridge fan. And because I love a bargain, I’ll finish up with Freelancers #1, a new series from BOOM! Studios that looks kinda fun — and hey, there’s a variant cover by Felipe Smith, one of my favorite manga artists.
If I had $30, I’d revert to my childhood and pick up the Doctor Who Annual ($12.99) from Penguin. When I was a kid, the British comics annuals were the high point of the holidays, and I’m pretty sure I have a vintage Doctor Who one tucked away somewhere. It’s probably aimed at kids but that just means I can share it with my nephew and nieces.
The splurge item to get this week is the new box set of Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. This is Miyazaki’s longest manga by far, and the story continues after the movie ends. It’s going to be the same large format as Viz’s earlier box set, but the seven volumes are being bound as two this time. It’s $60, but I noticed Amazon is offering a steep discount, so I’ll add another splurge: Nickolai Dante: Sympathy for the Devil ($29.99), a story that ran in 2000AD. I saw artist Simon Fraser describe it at NYCC this way: “Nikolai Dante is a swashbuckling hero from the far, far future, the year 2666, where he is alternately working for and against the czar, and for his own family and against his family, and in the meantime trying to get as drunk and screw as many women as he possibly can.” Sold!
Perhapanauts creators Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau have kicked off a new webcomics feature on the Perhapanauts website. Kicking off today is a new “What if?” style story, titled “Saints & Sinners,” featuring characters from the book by Rich Woodall and Jason Copland. And they’re looking for more stories in a similar vein.
Dezago posted earlier this week that “Tales from the Perhaps” will feature “alternate reality versions of our characters, not the characters themselves. por exemplo; put them in different time periods, different worlds, different story genres. a western, a horror movie, a space opera.”
In addition, they also plan to a series of webcomics called “Strange Tales of the Perhaps,” which he said are “a lot looser and wackier. the sky’s the limit and the weirder, the better! these are our versions of the bizarro comics and the strange tales stories.”
You can find the complete submission guidelines on the site.
Craig Rousseau’s announced on his blog that he’s working on a new comic with writer Rich Woodall and colorist Lawrence Basso. They hope to have Kyra, Alien Jungle Girl ready for 2012, but that shouldn’t affect The Perhapanauts (Rousseau’s project with Todd Dezago). He says that “the haps will be back in a big way” later this year.
Over on the Perhapanauts blog, writer Todd Dezago just wrapped up a “Classic Comics Cover Challenge,” where he asked various artists to redesign classic covers to include characters from the Image Comics series. The artists who participated chose some good ones, including Uncanny X-Men #141 and Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, but my favorite has to be the one above, featuring Mike Wieringo’s cover to Fantastic Four #524, which was redrawn by Dezago’s half-brother Christian Leaf.
Welcome once again to What Are You Reading? This week our special guest is Justin Aclin, editor of ToyFare magazine and writer of Hero House and S.H.O.O.T. First, which you can read on MySpace Dark Horse Presents. To see what Justin and the Robot 6 crew have been reading lately, click below …
With the Halloween-themed fun we’re having this week at Robot 666 (aka Robot 6)–it seemed like the perfect time to talk to Todd Dezago about the recently released Perhapanauts Halloween Spooktacular One-Shot (featuring stories drawn by the likes of Craig Rousseau, Rich Woodall and Fred Hembeck). Normally in an interview with Dezago, I would characterize him as one of the nicest folks in comics. But in the spirit of the Halloween season, I instead choose to characterize him as the most paranormal-fascinated person in comics. In addition to the one shot (with three stories in it)–we discuss other spooky topics like volleyball and iTunes. You are warned!
Tim O’Shea: Is it apt to say that Halloween is about your favorite time of the year, given your affinity for the paranormal?
Todd Dezago: Oh, Halloween definitely holds a special place in my heart, both for memories of Halloweens past and for the spooky, scary, creepy haunted element!
And I love that we were able to put together this fun and, hopefully, frightening anthology featuring very different artists on very different stories!
With the New York Comic Con coming up Feb. 6-8, we’ll be collecting and posting information on the various things you can do and see while at the show. If you’re a publisher, creator, retailer or otherwise exhibiting at the show, feel free to drop me an email with your booth schedule, any comics you might be debuting, giveaways or any other fun stuff you have planned for the show.
• Dave & Buster’s Times Square has been named the official “con bar” for the New York Comic Con, and they’ll host a party Thursday, Feb. 5 to help kick everything off. Guests include Joe Quesada, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Mark Brooks and more. The part will include a raffle benefiting the Hero Initiative. More details on the party can be found here.
• Speaking of the Hero Initiative, I mentioned in a previous update that they’re holding an art auction in New York. They’re started previewing some of the art on their blog:
And if you aren’t attending the show, they’ll accept proxy bids. More details can be found on their website.