Mike Baehr, Janice Headley and I are headed down Friday for this weekend's Alternative Press Expo in San Francisco, and we will be bringing along about 150 comics and books for you to browse and get signed all weekend long by our amazing line-up of attending authors:
11AM Johnny Ryan 12PM Kevin Huizenga & Bob Levin 1PM John Pham & Johnny Ryan 2PM Daniel Clowes & Ted Stearn 3PM Jaime Hernandez & Megan Kelso 4PM Jaime Hernandez & Dame Darcy 5PM From MOME: Jonathan Bennett & Tim Hensley
11AM Megan Kelso & Kevin Huizenga 12PM Jaime Hernandez & John Pham 1PM Daniel Clowes & Ted Stearn 2PM Dame Darcy 3PM Dame Darcy 4PM Jaime Hernandez & Johnny Ryan
Meanwhile, Jordan Crane, Esther Pearl Watson, Chris Ware (yes, Chris Ware!), and others will also be appearing at the show. How can you miss it? It runs 11 to 7 Saturday and 11 to 6 Sunday.
Johnny Ryan sez on his blog: "Superfan Patrick O'Odonnell and friends have produced another cinematic masterpiece based on one of my comics. If you ever wondered what would happen if Stanley Kubrick fell out of the top floor of the World Trade Center and landed brain first into a pile of my comics, you'd probably get something like this." Behold.
New Character Parade features 24 one page comics starring all new soon-to-be icons like Half Man Half Shit, Fuckball, Ralph Waldo Schmegma, Baby Stud, Kenny Kloggins, Rasputin On A Dirtbike, Sherlock Homeless, Butt Douglas and many more. I am so there.
Move over MAUS, PERSEPOLIS, JIMMY CORRIGAN, PALESTINE, et. al. -- there's a new, epic graphic novel forthcoming in 2009 that is certain to be the toast of the tastemakers. Picture a mash-up of Gary Panter's JIMBO and John Carpenter's ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK, with a little bit of WWE Wrestling thrown in. It could only come from the pen of one man. No, not John LeCarre! Yes, that's right, can you smell what JOHNNY RYAN is cookin'? Let's just say it's gonna make 300 look like FUN HOME. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing your 2009 National Book Award Winner:
"I've been doing comics for all of these other countries, for all the other Vice magazines. I think it started when there was a Vice France and they asked me to do a comic that totally insulted the French people, so I did a page of gags that were insulting to the French. All of a sudden it started this avalanche of all these other countries being like, 'Oh, do us!' So I had to do one for Italy. I had to do one for Spain. Then I had Germany on the line, and they were like, 'Ah, forget it.' That would've been like the easiest one to hammer out."
While Stevie Weissman's kid is away at camp he's asking people like you and Johnny Ryan (above) to "do battle" with li'l Charles' Shark Team drawing. Check Weissman's blog for updates-- so far there are three contributions. Here is the template so you can be a part of the action!