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Conventions | The third Taipei International Comics and Animation Festival kicked off today in Taiwan, where organizers expect as many as 400,000 attendees over the next five days. Forty-seven artists, authors, actors and producers from Taiwan, Japan and South Korea are participating in the event, which last year attracted 409,000 fans and generated about $5.9 million in sales. [Want China Times]
AdHouse will collect Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca ‘s classic Street Angel into a fancy 176-page hardcover. According to The Comics Reporter, the collection will resemble AdHouse’s Afrodisiac volume (which was, indeed, pretty fancy). It also looks like the publisher is releasing a slipcase version so you can house your copies of Afrodisiac and Street Angel in one place.
If you’ve never experienced Street Angel, originally released by SLG Publishing, here’s the description from AdHouse’s site:
Jim Rugg’s made himself known through a series of thrilling projects both creator-owned and work-for-hire, doing work for Vertigo’s Minx line, collaborating with the frontman of the Dandy Warhols on a graphic novel, and doing two excellent books of his own (Afrodisiac and Street Angel).
And now he’s bringing it to Detroit for one night only.
On March 4, Rugg will speak at the Michigan’s Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit as part of their annual Comic Jam which is co-hosted with local retailer Green Brain Comics. Rugg’s scheduled to go on stage at 7 p.m., and will talk about his experiences in comics — and maybe give a sneak peek of what he’s working on next. Come early and enjoy this free all-ages Comic Jam, which starts at 4 p.m.
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.
Meant to link to this sooner, but I was um, mind wiped by Dr Pangea or something … in any event, last week MTV’s Splash Page posted a clip from the live action Street Angel film that Kevin mentioned back in February. Check it out below:
Earlier this month Kevin posted about a Street Angel short film, based on Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s acclaimed mini-series from SLG. Now MTV’s Splash Page posts some new art by Rugg, created for an animated sequence in the film.
The director, Lucas Testro, told MTV that the animated sequence will reveal the origin story of the series’ hero, Jesse Sanchez, and shed some light on her past. Very cool!
For more info on the film, check out its Facebook page.
Like so many bloggers, I was a big fan of Jim Rugg and Brian Maruca’s 2004 series Street Angel, so I was thrilled to run across this item on Rugg’s blog: Australian filmmaker Lucas Testro has made a short film based on the first issue of the SLG Publishing miniseries. What’s more the short has been nominated for a Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing: Student Film, and will be screened on Feb. 20 at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts.
You can watch the Street Angel trailer after the break.