If you haven’t marked June 15 and 16th on calendar then you should. Those are the dates for Chicago Alternative Comics Expo also known as CAKE. Special guest this year include Phoebe Gloeckner and Melissa Mendes to name a few. The event will take place at Center on Halsted and best of all it’s FREE, so you have no excuse not go. So consider yourself warned!
designed by Chicago’s own, Jo Dery (http://jodery.com).
Looking for something to do today from 11 am-4 pm? Well come up to DNA Comics on 20032 HWY 59 N, Humble, Texas, 77338 for their Grand Opening at their new location. The event will feature 50% off comic bin issues, 25% off almost everything, and free food from Chick-fil-a.
You can also get your picture taken with a Storm Trooper from the Star Wars 501st Legion, the Houston area Ghostbusters, and the Dark Knight himself, Batman!
Here are the titles scheduled for release this week. Which ones are you looking forward to reading?
Action Comics 894
Amazing Spider-Man 646
Avengers and the Infinity Gauntlet 3
Avengers Vs Pet Avengers 1
Bart Simpson Comics 56
Batman The Brave and the Bold 22
Beasts of Burden Hellboy
Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam 21
Billy The Kid Ghastly Fiend London 2
Black Widow 7
Bruce Wayne The Road Home Oracle 1
Bruce Wayne The Road Home Ras Al Ghul 1
Bulletproof Coffin 5
Captain America 611
Captain America Patriot 3
Constantine Hellblazer City of Demons 2
Creepy Comics 4
DC Comics Presents Superman 1
DC Comics Presents Young Justice 1
Deadpool Team-Up 888
Detective Comics 870
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep 16
Dracula Company of Monsters 3
Dynamo 5 Sins of the Father 5
Fame Justin Bieber
Fantastic Four 584
GI Joe Cobra II 9
Green Arrow 5
Green Hornet Blood Ties 1
Hotwire Deep Cut 2
Incognito Bad Influences 1
Incredible Hulks 615
Incredible Hulks Enigma Force 2
Jack of Fables 48
JLA The 99 1
Justice League Generation Lost 12
Justice Society of America 44
Klaws of Panther 2
Madame Xanadu 28
Savage Dragon 165
Secret Avengers 6
Secret Warriors 21
Shadowland Moon Knight 3
Spider-Man Fantastic Four 4
Spider-Man Vs Vampires 1
Star Wars Blood Ties Tale Jango and Boba Fett 3
Star Wars Invasion Rescues 5
Supergirl Annual 2
Teen Titans 88
Terminator 1984 2
Tick New Series 6
Time Masters Vanishing Point 4
Ultimate Comics Avengers 3 3
Ultimate Comics Mystery 4
Ultimate Comics Spider-Man 15
Uncanny X-Men 529
Weird World of Jack Staff 5
Wonder Woman 604
X-23 1 2nd Printing
X-Men Curse of Mutants X-Men Vs Vampires 2
X-Men Forever 2 10
X-Men Legacy 241
Books & Trade Paperbacks
Astonishing X-Men Exogenetic HC
Cereal Geek Magazine 6
Doonesbury and the Art of G B Trudeau HC
Duncan The Wonder Dog Vol. 1 TP
Dungeon Monstres Vol. 3 Heartbreaker GN
Exotique Vol. 4 SC
Famous Monsters of Filmland 252
Fantastic Four By Jonathan Hickman Vol. 3 HC
Gothic and Lolita Bible 35
Green Lantern Chronicles Vol. 3 TP
H Day HC
Hi Fructose Vol. 2 Counter Culture HC
Hobby Japan September 2010
Hulk World War Hulks Hulked Out Heroes TP
Illustration Magazine 31
Incredible Hulk Vol. 3 World War Hulks HC
Last Run A Queen and Country Novel HC
Lone Pine GN
Mad Magazine 506
Marvel Masterworks Atlas Era Journey Into Mystery Vol. 3 HC
Marvel Universe End HC
Mome Vol. 20 GN
Northlanders Vol. 4 The Plague Widow TP
Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature SC
Secret Warriors Vol. 4 Last Ride HC
Superman Earth One HC
Top 100 Horror Movies SC
Wizard Magazine 232
XKCD Vol. 0 TP
Zabime Sisters GN
Okay, I don’t mean to freak everyone out but there are only six days left till Halloween. And honestly four days left if you are like me and start celebrating on Friday night. And I know some of you still are trying to figure out what be. Don’t worry, I have put together a list of some comic inspired Halloween costumes that are easy on the pocket and don’t require too much work.
Almost every guy owns a long white button up shirt and black pants. So why not dress dress up as Daniel Clowes’ latest character Wilson. Just add some facial hair, glasses, and go to the goodwill to pick up some brown shoes. You’ll love that it didn’t cost you much to put this costume together. However you might hate having to explain constantly who you are supposed to be.
To be everyone’s favorite cynical teen Enid Coleslaw, head over to Goodwill and grab a green and black skirt. Go to any wig shop costume store for a short black wig and wear a pair of thick-framed glasses. Photoshop a screen cap of the movie recreate “the raptor” t-shirt. Not handy with Photoshop? Here’s a link that can help you out.
To be 80’s teen Tammy of Unlovable, head to your local thrift store and pick up the very best in tacky 80’s clothing. And don’t forget – a crimper and hair teasing will be your best friend.
Have a kid who wants to be a witch for Halloween? Well why not have her go as everyone’s favorite spunky little witch Trixie from the Jill Thompson graphic novels Magic Trixie. For Trixie’s costume, get a black dress and some orange tights. Go to any store selling costumes and get a witch hat and a pink or orange wig. Tie a green ribbon around the hat and your little witch is ready to head out.
I hope this gave you some last minute costume ideas for this weekend. I’m still not sure on what I’ll be for Halloween but I’ll post a picture once I decide. I would love to hear what my readers are going to be for Halloween.
It takes a lot for me to use the words “smart” and “charming” in the same sentence to describe anything. But rarely do I ever read anything that embodies the over used description. The book to do this for me is The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Illustrated by Jim Rugg.
The Plain Janes tells the story of high school student Jane who is forced to move from the happening Metro City to suburbia. At first Jane thinks her life is over but soon finds her tribe in three girls all named Jane. Together the Janes form a secret club called P.L.A.I.N – People Loving Art In Neighborhoods to liven up their town. Some people love their art, but most are frightened, and the police deem P.L.A.I.N’s art attacks as form of terrorism.
In The Plain Janes, Castellucci offers up characters that have their have their own personality, making it easy to care for and identify with these girls. The illustration done by Jim Rugg helps to bring these girls to life and is done in a clean style that is reminiscent of Craig Thompson. One of the things that made me fall in love with The Plain Janes is the importance that it places on art; which in these days of budget cuts causing art programs in schools to disappear is a nice reminder. If you have a sister or a girl in your life I high recommend that you make them read The Plain Janes.
On Saturday September 26, I was at the Houston Public Library for Graphic Novel Day. It was a great learning experience for fans young & old, as well as those wanting a career in comics. The speakers for the day included Barbara Slate (You Can Do Graphic Novels), Gene Yang (American Born Chinese), Esther Pearl Watson (Tammy Is Unlovable), and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise). I have to say I was very happy to see a large number of women in attendance. While there I got meet two awesome girls Meredith and Ciana whose work everyone should be on a lookout for.
The day started with a talk from Gene Luen Yang who gave an interesting talk on his Comics. Yang discussed what defines the comics medium and what distinguishes it from other media. He also shed light on the process of making comics by defining key terms.
The panel got off to a great start by discussing current projects that the panelists are working on. Along with industry changes worth noting; some of the changes mentioned were the growth in jobs for illustrators, and the growing market for digital comics. Things took a turn for the humorous when the panelists shared stories of their convention experiences. One of my favorite stories was Esther Pearl Watson, who told a story of having her hand kissed by Matt Groening, who told her how much he loved Tammy Is Unlovable. A key lesson to take from the panel was the importance for anyone wanting to be in the industry to educate themselves on the business side of comics.
Following the panel writer and artist Terry Moore participated in a question and answer session, which proved to enlightening for up and coming writers wanting to break into the industry. During the session Terry Moore shared his insight on the good and bad of self publishing. Moore, who is known for comics featuring strong women, credited the women he grew up around as being an influence.
The day drew to a close with Esther Pearl Watson who gave an entertaining Q and A in which she shared the origins of Tammy Is Unlovable. Finally, Barbara Slate held a workshop on creating graphic novels. The workshop was great bouncing off ideas on ways to overcome writes block and develop new characters.
A big thank you has to go out to Bayou City Books, Houston Public Library, and Domy Books for hosting a great event. The writers and illustrators were informative and I think it’s safe to say that everyone in attendance learned a lot. I hope we can see Graphic Novel Day as a regular event.
The Houston Public Library and Domy Books presents Graphic Novel Day on Saturday, September 18 from 11 AM till 5 PM. This is an exciting day of discussion and workshops featuring your favorite graphic noveliestt. All events are FREE and open to the public. The event will be located at the Central Library on the 4th Floor.
Brown Bag Author Panel/ @ Noon
Enjoy your own lunch during a special visit from critically-acclaimed graphic novelists Terry Moore, Barbara Slate, Esther Pearl Watson, and Gene Luen Yang. All of whom will be available to sign copies of their books after the panel discussion. The panel will be moderated by Tuan Nguyen.
Author Talks and Q&A
Terry Moore/ 1:30 PM
Graphic novelist Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise) will discuss his work and take questions from the audience.
Esther Pearl Watson/ 2:30 PM
Esther Pearl Watson best known from for her Tammy is Unlovable series, will discuss her work and take questions from the audience.
Comics Medium Workshop by Gene Luen Yang/ 11 AM
Join us for a special workshop led by graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese), who will discuss creating stories using comics as a medium. The focus will be on the features of the comic medium that that distinguish it from other media, defining fey terms such as comics, panel size, panel transitions and panel composition, and direct participants as they work in groups to solve storytelling problems.
You Can Do a Graphic Novel by novelist Barbara Slate/ 3:30 PM
Being led by graphic novelist Barbara Slate (You Can Do a Graphic Novel), participants will receive the inspiration and know-how to get their stories from their head onto paper through the graphic novel.