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Rare vintage comic books ruined by water turned into art

1424524569974BRANDON, FLComic book store owner William Insignares recently discovered several of his pricey vintage comics were ruined by water.

“It still makes me sick,” said Insignares, who owns Blockbuster Comics in Brandon has been going over his list full of comics, some of which are rare, that were ruined by water and mold at his store.

The water damage ruined big ticket items in the shop like a 1956 Superman Volume 1 #109, valued at around $950, and a signed, now irreplaceable issue of Crisis of Infinite Earths.

“[That] one was special because the late Dick Giordano signed it for me,” he said.

Insignares looked for inspiration in his heroes of pulp and turned his tragedy into triumph. His plan is to now preserve these valuable comics for all to see.

“I thought, why not take these valuable pages, beautiful comic art and preserve it forever,” he said.

William teamed up with Seriously Fun, LLC to redecorate, starting with the front door.

“What we are going to do is take some of the comic books and fuse them to the front door using a proprietary modge-podge method we use, that way they can be immortalized for life,” said David Noll, co-owner of Seriously Fun, LLC.

The door covered with rare comics is expected to be completed by March.

You can track their progress by checking out their Facebook page.

Forgotten story of Women’s Hospitals retold in WWI comic anthology

Women solidersThe story of how a determined group of women made a huge contribution to the war effort has been retold in graphic form for an anthology marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Selina Lock is the author of Go home and Sit Still which tells the true story of the Scottish Women’s Hospital, created by Dr. Inglis, a woman surgeon whose services were refused by the army.  Instead of ‘going home and sitting still’ as the army instructed, she created a unique hospital to look after troops in Russia.

The story is featured in To End All Wars: the Graphic Anthology of the First World War, published by Soaring Penguin Press, an anthology of 26 short graphic narratives based on actual events, places and people.

Lock is a Research Information Advisor at the University of Leicester and a contributor and editor to several comics anthologies. Lock recalls, “When I started researching women in the First World War I came across several accounts from women who had been involved in the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and thought they were an inspiring group.

to-end-all-wars-Go-Home-and-Sit-Still-Selina-Lock-Arthur-Goodman“There is an underlying message of feminism to the story because the SWH evolved from the suffrage movement. They wanted to support the war effort, while showing that women could contribute many different skills. But mainly I wanted to tell their story because I had no idea there were British women out in Russia running hospitals during WWI and I thought other people would also find that interesting.

“One of the editors John Clark, a political cartoonist from Nottingham, contacted me about the anthology as he knew me and my previous comic strip work. They were a few months into the project and realised they didn’t have any strips looking at the experiences of women during the First World War and asked if I’d be interested in pitching some ideas.

“I’m thrilled that my story ‘Go Home and Sit Still’, illustrated by Arthur Goodman, was included because it’s a high quality collection of comic strips, inspired by true stories. I feel it does a good job of showcasing a wide range of experiences from different people and different cultures rather than just focusing on the most familiar aspects of the war.”

Komic Kreators of Mid-Hudson Valley Showcases Local Artists

SpideyPoughkeepsie, NY – Komic Kreators of the Mid-Hudson Valley features the work of Hudson Valley artists who can be found in The Amazing Spider-Man Sunday comic strip, Brenda Starr, Dick Tracy, Thor, The Avengers and the work of Liza Donnelly, cartoonist for New Yorker magazine.

Fred Hembeck of Wappingers Falls, whose work includes drawing and writing storylines for The Amazing Spider-Man is looking forward to seeing his work featured in the show and expanding his audience.

“It will be people who aren’t necessarily steeped in the whole comic book thing,” Hembeck said. “This will give them a new appreciation for the amount of effort that goes into making this art.”

41819768001_4053586236001_trim-F9155C46-F84B-41D6-98AE-D27CBFEEA6EC-vsSpecial events set to be held in conjunction with the show include, “The Genesis of a Comic Image/Strip” Feb. 21 and “Women in Komics” on Feb. 28. “Women in Komics” will focus on the evolving role of women featured in comics and comic book-based movies as well as women who create comics.

“When you do this kind of work, you’re pretty much on your own most of the time,” Hembeck said. “And you kind of know that people read the stuff and enjoy it, but you don’t really witness it. It’s nice to have people see it in person and maybe say a few good things about it.”

For more information check www.artsmidhudson.org

AA88 Press debuts ‘The Devil You Know’

DevilHOWELL, NJ – Independent comic book company Aces and Eights Press (AA88 PRESS) has released its flagship title THE DEVIL YOU KNOW, Frank Mula’s dark-fantasy adventure as a series for mature audiences.

Creator Frank Mula’s sinister tale centers around Greydon Cross, an ordinary man who finds his family inexplicably murdered by Satan. Driven by vengeance he cuts a deal with Heaven, in exchange for powers he must assassinate Satan – with one catch, if he succeeds he must take up the mantle himself. Creative team Kellik Iskandar (pencils) Nunun Nurjannah (inks) Victoria Pittman (colors) and Sal Brucculeri (edits).

Mula, co-owner of AA88 Press adds, “Greydon is a character driven by vengeance and rage and the series aims to explore how rage can fuel someone to power.  If Hell is a world filled with bad people, what happens if one of these people has so much rage inside, that person becomes more dangerous than Satan himself.  In this series we examine what it would take for a good man to be King in a world of bad people, and how much of his morality must be sacrificed to accomplish this feat.”

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Set as an ongoing series with seven realms of Hell, each realm will be a completely different world than the previous one.  This particular realm will run 12 issues and tell a complete story.

Future projects from AA88 Press include, a four-issue mini-series called, Fallstreak, Badassary, and Ninja Baseball Man.

THE DEVIL YOU KNOW is currently available in print at aa88press.com/store and ComiXology http://bit.ly/1J5MAZT.

Cartoonist Roz Chast Receives National Book Award nod

Roz Chast is the first cartoonist to be honored by the National Book Awards in the adult categories when her newest book, “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” was named to the Nonfiction Longlist for the 2014 Awards.

51-pNcJRB9L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_ “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” is Chast’s account of caring for her aging parents.

Chast is the only woman on this year’s list. The Wall Street Journal noted that, between this nomination and Alison Bechdel’s MacArthur “genius grant,” ”It’s a good day to be a female cartoonist.”

Chast replied, “I totally agree. Actually my first thought was just it’s good for cartoons, for the graphic form.”

Chast’s cartoons have been published in many magazines, including The New Yorker, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Redbook, and Mother Jones.

She is the author of “Theories of Everything: Selected, Collected, and Health-Inspected Cartoons of Roz Chast, 1978-2006,” a compilation of her favorite cartoons. She also illustrated “The Alphabet from A to Y, with Bonus Letter, Z,” a bestselling children’s book by Steve Martin.

Her awards and honors include honorary doctorates from Dartmouth College, Lesley University/Art Institute of Boston, and Pratt Institute. She is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a
Montgomery Fellow at Dartmouth College.

For more on Chast, visit her website.

The National Book Award is one of the nation’s most prestigious literary prizes. Winners will be announced at the invitation-only National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 19 in New York City. To see the full list of nominees or for more information, visit its website.

Upstate NY Retailer to Create a Different Kind of Comic Shop

sound-go-round-jay-104396Jay Cross, owner of Sound Go Round, the largest independent record store in the Binghamton, New York area announced at the Twin Tiers Comic Con he’ll be opening a comic shop within his store.

Cross plans to knock down walls in order to expand the already-significant comics presence in his store. Aside from bringing in new, monthly comics starting in January 2015, he will hold signings and other events, beginning at his Grand Opening with an appearance by Batman Eternal and The Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy writer James Tynion IV.

The decision to move into monthly comics is one that Cross is taking seriously; he plans to leverage the significant revenue provided by music, movie and video game sales — as well as the strong margins provided by reselling comics that come in through the store’s buy/sell/trade program — to buy a wider variety, and more independent books, than any store in his geographical area.

Interview excerpt from comicbook.com

1377014-720088694679200-2135841048-n-104397So, you’ve got a successful store going here. Why comics?

Customers who come in here like what comics have to offer. There are guys who come in here who are into Game of Thrones and there are going to be comics that they would enjoy. People that are into Spider-Man movies or even guys that are into music — I think it’s all related.

Can you tell me a little about your philosophy on the indie stuff?

We really want to focus on quality, not necessarily just the brand name. We want to get really quality writers and artists, support them and maybe get them in here to sign stuff.

My favorite part of the business is when a customer experiences something new. You know– “I never heard of that, I got it here.” So that’s kind of what we want to do. It’s not so much to become big but to offer things that nobody else does.

sound-go-round-104394There are a lot of comic book stores within about a 20-mile radius but nobody with the size and nobody who buys as aggressively as Sound Go Round. Is being a destination for back issues a big part of your strategy?

Yeah. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but eventually we’ll get to the point where we’re being even more aggressive about seeking stuff out. We don’t have a shortage — people walk in every five minutes with a box of something. We just keep on buying as much as we can.

The Binghamton community is looking forward to the store’s immergence into something bigger and better for both mainstream and independent comics.

 

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