On sale July 22nd in shops, but a small box of these just arrived. I’m so proud of it, and of everyone involved in this wonderful series. We topped it off in style! If you’re a FABLES reader and fan, I think you’ll love it as much as I do. If not, you should be!
The second hardcover featuring Canadian history and the Loxley family that I lettered arrived today, and it looks great. It’s a little larger than a standard comics hardcover, and details the political and personal struggles to create the nation of Canada from a diverse group of provinces. While a little dry at times, and not as action-filled as the previous Loxley book,
both are well-written by Mark Zuehlke (and Alan Grant on the first), and beautifully illustrated by Canadian artist Claude St. Aubin, whose work you may have seen on Marvel and DC comics. You can find both books on the Renegade Website, and I recommend them!
Just arrived from Gosh Comics in London, a personally inscribed copy of the third and final hardcover in the Nemo Trilogy I’ve been working on the last few years with Alan and Kevin, as well as Ben Dimagmaliw on colors, Chris Staros at Top Shelf, and Josh Palmano and Tony Bennett of Knockabout/Gosh. It’s been a great time, and a terrific project.
I’m delighted to have received my copy of this from Bob Chapman at Graphitti Designs. It’s so cool to revisit the pages I lettered for BATMAN 515-525 at original art size, and most scanned from that art, so it’s just like having the pages in hand, with every tiny detail (and error) perfectly reproduced. This is the format that Scott Dunbier pioneered at IDW with his Artist Editions, but Chapman has produced an excellent companion in this book, and I hope many more. The art by Kelley Jones and John Beatty is so cool, much more interesting to look at in black and white than a lot of comics art, and where originals couldn’t be found, Gregory Wright’s original color guides are scanned instead, also fun to see.
…and lots of sound effects and display lettering of all kinds. There are a few bits done on computer, but most of it is pen and ink. The book is not cheap at $125, but I feel it’s a great package and well worth it. Perhaps your library might be persuaded to order it for you if you can’t buy it yourself, hope so.
I love looking at original comics art, but I have yet to buy one of IDW’s wonderful Artist’s Editions that reproduce large quantities of such art at original size. This one arrived today from IDW, and I’m not sure why, though I am listed under “special thanks” inside. Maybe either editor Scott Dunbier or artist Walt Simonson will remind me if I did something helpful for this book, I know I didn’t letter any of the contents.
In addition to the terrific Manhunter series that ran in DETECTIVE COMICS in the 1970s, this book has an almost as lengthy section of other early Walt Simonson work including a Batman story, Dr. Fate from FIRST ISSUE SPECIAL #9, three wonderful Captain Fear pirate stories that ran in UNKNOWN SOLDIER and two issues of METAL MEN. Not everything is shot from original art, but much of it is, and I love seeing all the production notes, lettering corrections, pasted-in art fixes, and everything that brings the creation of the work to life, and of course the stories are great reading.
If you haven’t seen any of these Artist’s Editions, you should try to. They’re fabulous in every way.