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Category >> Coming Attractions

Things to See: Jason's Athos in America, the final story
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 23 May 2011 6:13 PM

from Tom Waits on the Moon - Jason

Jason reports on his blog that he is finishing up the lettering on "Tom Waits on the Moon," the last story to be completed for his next book Athos in America. "No, there is no Tom Waits and no moon in the story. Possibly there is a guy called Tom," he says. Dang. In an earlier post he says he's bringing the pages to Paris tomorrow for scanning — then Hubert colors them, Jason draws the cover, and that's a wrap for the art on the book!

See Shannon Wheeler's progress on Oil & Water
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Shannon WheelerOil and WaterComing Attractions 16 May 2011 4:22 PM

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Shannon Wheeler recently tweeted this photo of his drawing table with pages in progress of our upcoming book Oil & Water. Learn more about the book at the link.

First Look: final cover for Richard Sala's The Hidden
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Richard SalaComing Attractions 12 May 2011 4:36 PM

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Richard Sala has updated the cover art for his upcoming graphic novel The Hidden (debuting late this Summer) with a ghastly new title treatment. Don't forget to check out The Hidden blog with a special 13-page sneak peek of the book!

First Look: The Cabbie Vol. 1 by Martí
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under MartiJim BlanchardComing Attractions 12 May 2011 10:20 AM

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This July we bring you the first volume of Martí's eye-popping masterpiece The Cabbie, and here is your first look at the wonderfully lurid cover! (Click the image for a larger version.) License plate logo design by Jim Blanchard:

The Cabbie Vol. 1 logo - Jim Blanchard

Things to See: from Jason's Athos in America, this time with Athos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 5 May 2011 4:42 PM

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Jason shares another uncolored page from his forthcoming book Athos in America, this time from the title story, at his blog. The French dialogue will be translated for our edition, of course. Basically, Athos is confused and overwhelmed by the noise, hustle and bustle, and strange food ("hot dog?") of New York City — the last line is "I feel old in New York."

Things to See: Yet more from Jason's Athos in America
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJasonComing Attractions 4 May 2011 3:19 PM

The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf - Jason

Jason shares this uncolored page from his forthcoming book Athos in America. See the original handwritten script (in English) and thumbnail sketch at Jason's blog. It's the first page from the story "The Brain That Wouldn't Virginia Woolf." Great title, or greatest title?

Things to See: More Twain peeks from Michael Kupperman
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeMichael KuppermanComing Attractions 3 May 2011 10:28 PM

Twain - Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman has taken to his blog to announce his next book Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 and post a few illustrations from it, including the previously unseen one above. Are those donuts or bagels? I'm on tenterhooks.

Beto Is Old School! Yeah!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Original ArtLove and RocketsGilbert HernandezComing Attractions 3 May 2011 3:24 PM
In a brave new world where practically every cartoonist by now scans his or her original art and sends us discs or drops files on our server, Gilbert Hernandez remains staunchly stuck in the 20th century, whence he FedExes us fat packages of art every time we have a new book of his to release. And thus today we were blessed with a FedEx carton containing his 50 count 'em 50 pages for the next issue of Love and Rockets: New Stories, premiering in San Diego in July.

Here's one of 'em. (Click for a bigger version.) You'll get to see the other 49 later this summer.

from Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 - Gilbert Hernandez

Things to See: Kupperman tweets peek of Twain book
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeMichael KuppermanComing Attractions 28 Apr 2011 4:01 PM

The Awkward Quartet - Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman tweeted this pic , saying "Almost done with my Twain book. Here he and Einstein join Oscar and Felix to become 'The Awkward Quartet.'" Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 comes out this Fall!

Adventures in translation, Part Deux
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Joost SwarteComing Attractions 27 Apr 2011 12:32 PM

Working my way through the Joost Swarte book, I stumbled across this panel (I'm showing the French version because the Dutch one I have only in black and white, and it needs to be shown in color for the full effect), in which a woman Joost's hero Jopo is trying to pick up leaves him a kiss-off message written in lipstick on a mirror. And I thought, uh-oh.

Jopo - French

This Swarte book is being printed in a "co-production," which means that two or more publishers simultaneously go to press on the same book in different languages. In order to achieve this, the publishers have to make sure that any alterations for translation purposes appear only in the BLACK layer (the covers are excepted from this) — so any text has to either be in a common language, or distractingly translated via a footnote. A red lipstick scrawl telling someone to fuck off (or in the case of the French version that he's a "testicle," which is kind of like calling someone a dick) in a foreign language is a definite reader-annoyance.

Which is why when I recently got Joost's final files for the book and checked out this panel, I actually laughed out loud. Can you guess how he handled it? Try. Then click here to see his megabrilliant solution.