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Hang Dai/Humans Signing at Forbidden Planet NYC September 23rd

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Join us at FP on Wednesday 9/23 when our guests will be Dean Haspiel (Beef with Tomato, The Fox), Gregory Benton (Smoke, B+F), a host of collaborators included in the Seth Kushner book Schmuck (Jonathan Allen, Shamus Beyale, Christa Cassano, Kevin Colden and Josh Neufeld), and Keenan Marshall Keller, writer of The Humans from Image Comics. The signing festivities kick off at 7pm.

If you can’t make it to our event you may order signed copies of books through the following links:

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Smoke

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The Humans

 

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Nightworld Signing!

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been postponed to March 25th, 2015.

“A wonderful kinetic paean to the comics of your youth—funny and razor smart with Kirby lines like you wouldn’t believe. McGovern and Leandri kill it.”–Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao –

nightworldOn March 25th at 7pm, Forbidden Planet will have Adam McGovern on hand to sign copies of the first volume of Nightworld. We will also have Dean Haspiel, Christa Cassano, Joe Infurnari, Vito Delsante, and Swifty Lang on hand to sign all of their respective works. A star studded evening of at the Planet to be sure.

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6/18/14 Signing Bundle Package

In case you missed it, FPNYC is hosting a rather large event Wednesday the 18th of June. It’s kind of a big deal.

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We’re extremely fond of all five of these gents, and as an incentive for you to pick up all five books we’re promoting Forbidden Planet’s bundling them all together at a discounted price the day of our event! Normally a full set of Escapo, Fear My Dear, Shackleton, Thomas Alsop #1 and Minimum Wage #6 would retail for about $69…

We’re bundling the full set of books (SIGNED) for $45! That’s nearly 35% OFF! Crazy pants.

PLEASE NOTE: There are only a limited number of these bundles available! They go on sale at the shop at 8am Wednesday morning.

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Forbidden Planet NYC Mega-Signing with Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, Nick Bertozzi and Chris Miskiewicz

Here’s an FP event I’ve been looking forward to for about, oh, seventeen years or so….

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On Wednesday, the 18th of June 2014, Forbidden Planet NYC will be hosting a very special signing with PAUL POPE, DEAN HASPIEL, NICK BERTOZZI and CHRIS MISKIEWICZ– all four of whom will be celebrating the release of new comics, graphic novels, and/or editions of their iconic work!

*Paul Pope – Z2 comics is releasing a brand new hardcover edition of Escapo, a long out of print masterpiece, and we’re overjoyed to announce a rare in-store signing with the man himself! DO NOT miss your opportunity to meet one of the world’s most acclaimed comics artists. We’ve been looking forward to presenting you this event since, well… FOREVER.

From the mind of three-time Eisner Award-winner Paul Pope comes Escapo! Like a feverish mash-up of Fellini films, Heavy Metal magazine, and classic Jack Kirby comics, Escapo tells the tale of a circus escape artist extraordinaire, who can escape from any situation – even from Death himself! However, there is one force even more powerful than the Reaper which Escapo must face. A meditation on life, love, and mortality, Escapo is not to be missed! Originally published in 1999 and long out of print, the new Z2 edition of Escapo is fully colored and redesigned in the French BD format, featuring 50+ pages of bonus content. Included here is the rare two-page alternate ending, only seen in the French edition, as well as a new ten-page story and added pin-ups and sketchbook content by Paul Pope.

**Dean Haspiel- Fear My Dear collects Dean’s Billy Dogma stories. “Remastered from the original webcomics series, Billy Dogma is “the last romantic antihero,” a passionate bruiser head-over-heels for his knock-em-dead dame. Created in 1995, Billy Dogma is Dean Haspiel’s ongoing love letter to the insanity of love.”

**Nick Bertozzi- Storytelling wizard and all around swell guy Nick Bertozzi takes us on one of the greatest true-story adventures of all time.  Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey is the follow-up to Nick’s New York Times 2013 best-seller Jerusalem.

**Chris  Miskiewicz- We at Forbidden Planet have known Chris for years as (among other things…) one of our most loyal customers, so we’re tickled pink for his debut book. Plus, I promised him in, like, the 90s we’d do a Forbidden Planet event when his first major-publisher comic work came out. Well, Thomas Alsop is the book, and Wednesday the 18th of June 2014’s the day. If you will it, it is no dream,.

*Purchase of Escapo from Forbidden Planet NYC is mandatory to attend the Paul Pope side of our event. Your receipt, and a voucher we will attach to it at checkout, will be your ticket to Paul’s line. We anticipate a large turnout for him, and are limiting additional autographs ONE ITEM per attendee to keep things moving. Please do not bring more than that. 

**If you will be here to see Dean, Nick and/or Chris we also encourage purchase of their books (and will have plenty of ’em… they’re well worth it), but there will be no limit to additional autographs.

UPDATE 6/10/14- Bob Fingerman (Minimum Wage) will also be joining us!

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What we do is secret… unless you watch the Tuesday Transmission.

Javier of Mini-Mate Minute fame joins me for a full episode.

“Can you see it? No wait, can you see it?”

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Dean Haspiel Signing January 8th

IMPORTANT! DATE CHANGE!

The Fox Signing will now be on the same day as our MINIMUM WAGE #1 on January 8th at the same time! YES!

 

We’re really digging Dean’s new series THE FOX, and to celebrate the new issue we’ll have the man/myth/legend himself on hand JANUARY 8th at 7p.m. to sign comics, draw some stuff, and whatever the heck else he feels like getting into.

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Here’s a trailer(!) the Archie crowd put together for issue numero tres:

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Tomorrow is Going to Be Kinda Ridiculous

I love you, Wednesday, but you’re killing me today.

Saga #15, Saga Bryan K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

We’ve processed another HUGE shipment in the FP vault this week and I’m astounded by how much great stuff we’ve just received… a sizable chunk of which consists of The Sandman Overture #1 and our the new ish of our best-selling comic series, Saga. There’s also Mark Waid and Dean Haspiel’s new comic The Fox, a Halloween issue of Adventure Time, Superior Spidey #20, Fabulous Killjoys, Five Ghosts #6 and a hell’a more single issues.

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PLUS(!) The Death of the Family HC Batman volume 3, Avatar The Search pt. 3, Maria M by Gilbert Hernandez, Rage of Poseidon by Anders Nilsen. AND we forgot to highlight last week’s Dogs of War, illustrated by Nathan Fox.

Whew. That’s only scratching the surface and doesn’t even cover a few pallets of new toys (Ahem, cough cough cough Er, that was formerly a link to Boba Fett from Hasbro’s new Star Wars Black 6″ figure series but you kids subsequently went ape and sold us out the same day). See ya tomorrow.

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TRY SOMETHING NEW Chapter 24: There’ll Be No Escape For The Princess This Time!

There’s a lot of good comics this week. I know you want to buy the same old ones you always buy because they feel safe and comfortable. I get that. I’m not gonna tell you to not buy the stuff you like. I’m not a jerk. But I do need you to do me a favor. You can do that, right? Sell your kidneys, sell your kids, agree to do illegal stuff for unsavory men, sell your fillings, rob a bank. It’s time to try some new comics. I made a list of which ones you will need to buy if we want this to work out between us. You want this to work, right? You care about me, right? I care about you a lot. You are my favorite reader. I only write this for you. Want me to prove it? I make Tyler put in pretty pictures like this one to make you happy-

OCCUPY COMICS #1 is out this week.  This issue  features political and socially charged short stories by folks like Alan Moore, Mike Allred, David Lloyd, JM DeMatteis, Art Spiegelman, Ben Templesmith, Dean Haspiel, Ales Kot, Ron Wimberly, Molly Crabapple, Charlie Adlard, and a ton more. The book is a benefit for Occupy related initiatives like Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt (google them). Regardless of your personal politics this is a series well worth reading. It offers a ton of interesting viewpoints on a lot of different issues, smart social commentary that cuts across party lines and political aisles. Add to that some stunning artwork and storytelling, and some of the best and brightest in comics doing their best to say something beyond the usual “man punching another man” stories, and this is definitely something everyone who cares about the medium should be buying. Not a lot of comics are going to entertain you this much, inform you this much, and maybe help someone keep their home. Think about that when you choose to buy Red Lanterns instead and wonder why you feel like a husk of a person.

Did I mention that I like DARK HORSE PRESENTS a lot? I do. Issue 24 comes out this week. Congrats on 2 years of putting out the best book no one reads Dark Horse. Among the many great shorts in there, this issue sees the premiere of a new superhero character Blackout. Dark Horse has been doing a great job of getting exciting talent to launch new superhero books that are a fun alternative for those who feel tired of Marvel and DC’s usual fare. X, Ghost, and Black Beetle are among the best superhero books on shelves right now and hopefully Blackout will be joining their ranks. Written by up-and-comer Frank Barbiere, Blackout doesn’t feel like it’s reinventing the wheel, it doesn’t need to. It’s just really good. Barbiere has a knack for playing in genre and doing it better than most and this launch shows him doing that again with ease. Hopefully by this time next year I will be telling you “I told you so” about one of your favorite new series.

Speak of the devil. Mr. Barbiere has clearly been pretty busy. This week also sees the FIVE GHOSTS #3 out. I could write a whole bunch of snarky $#!% about Five Ghosts but I want to give Mr. Barbiere a nice quote for ads and whatnot. Five Ghosts #3 raises the stakes on this already great series in every way. Smart, tense, and beautiful, the best book of the year keeps getting better. Buy Five Ghosts or admit you are fake. Your welcome Frank.

Do you like pretty stuff? Read GODZILLA: HALF-CENTURY WAR. James Stokoe (pronounced “Stew-Coo-Ooo-Whoa-Eee”) is one of the best artists working in comics right now. Like the beautiful bastard child of Paul Pope, Geof Darrow, and Osamu Tezuka, Stokoe has earned a rabid fanbase by quality of work but not quantity of work. I am pretty sure I will never see a year with 12 issues of his work on the stands. With that understanding you should all view the arrival of a whole trade of his work as a sort of holiday. Skip work, buy some diapers and a lot of chocolate milk, get yourself a massage, and rent a new couch because it’s about to get awesome for you. In case the title didn’t make it clear, this book is Stokoe drawing a giant Japanese (Can they claim ownership of him? Should they?) dragon monster thing while it wrecks stuff. Yeah. It’s awesome.

THE PROPERTY is the new graphic novel from Rutu Modan, author of the brilliant Exit Wounds. If you have never read any of Ms. Modan’s work, her stuff reads like Tintin if Tintin was full of powerfully quiet human drama instead of, ya know, racism. It is economical in both art and storytelling, but the story never feels rushed or shortchanged. This is as elegant as comics get. The Property tells the story of 2 generations of Polish women returning to their homeland to reclaim property seized in the holocaust. As the story progresses both the cause and the meaning of this pilgrimage begin to change for the women and what results is a very touching and humorous story about peoples relationships to each other, their history, and the larger world around them.

It is that time of the week when I tell you to buy some new Image comic #1. This weeks obligatory #1 is THE BOUNCE. Joe Casey has written just about every major superhero worth writing and a lot that aren’t. He always makes books that manage to feel smarter and more fun than his contemporaries. Well now he launches The Bounce which is essentially a stoner version of Spider-Man. If there is one thing you should trust Mr. Casey to do it is both examine and deconstruct superheroes in really intelligent ways all while not letting you realize that is happening. He hides the smart storytelling in the fun. That’s smart. I’m tired. Buy this book.

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OCCUPY COMICS EVENT

May 22nd marks the public release of the first issue of a wild and fascinating comic collaboration. Occupy Comics #1 will be on shelves and we at Forbidden Planet recommend everyone get it. This is not only a comic that features the likes of Alan Moore, Art Spiegelman, David Lloyd, Charlie Adlard, Marc Andreyko, Kevin Colden, Molly Crabapple, J.M. DeMatteis, Joshua Dysart, Brea Grant, Joe Keatinge, George Krstic, Joseph Michael Linsner, B. Clay Moore, Steve Niles, Laurie Penny, Matt Pizzolo, Steve Rolston, Riley Rossmo, Douglas Rushkoff, Tim Seeley, Simon Spurrier, and Ben Templesmith. It’s not just a time capsule of radical ideas/stories for/about change. And, most importantly, its not just quick way for some people to make quick and easy money like some other comic publishers that shall remain nameless. DC. This is a book about one of the most culturally significant happenings in this country in a long time and whether you agree with its ideals or not makes it no less poignant. So in honor of this achievement in the choice of medium we have decided to peddle we will be having a signing with Dean Haspiel, Ron Wimberly, Ben Templesmith, Ales Kot, and Matt Pizzolo on May 22nd at 6:30pm. Come get your copy and get it signed by all these artists and writers who created something larger than themselves about a movement that was bigger than anyone anticipated.All proceeds from the book’s sales go to current Occupy initiates such as Occupy Sandy and Strike Debt. Read comics that matter.

NOTICE:

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Ben Templesmith WILL NOT be in attendance on Wednesday’s Signing due to some unavoidable circumstances. Ben however WILL be stopping by to sign copies of Occupy Comics #1 and Ten Grand #1 so we WILL have SIGNED Ben Templesmith comics in abundance just not the person. Our’s and Ben’s sincerest apologies.

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NYT: The Pekar Legacy

A terrific piece on Harvey Pekar, focusing mostly on the author’s legacy and his future in print, graced the cover of today’s Arts & Leisure section of The New York Times…

Known for the irascible, self-doubting persona he cultivated in American Splendor and his day-to-day existence, the frizzy-haired, wild-eyed Mr. Pekar, a writer whose comics were illustrated by other artists, was an improbable candidate for lasting glory. A major influence in the underground world but never a big seller, he was always waiting for his cult fame to recede each time it unexpectedly crested.

His obsessive drive combined with the sheer number of his collaborations produced a two-dimensional record of his shaggy life, rendered in varying styles by numerous illustrators. Now only his widow and the artists he worked with are left to narrate his final chapter, a tale of bruised feelings and allegations of opportunism, with nothing more at stake than the writer’s modest legacy. But no matter how it plays out, Mr. Pekar is bound to emerge as enigmatic as ever.

“Put it this way,” [Pekar coolaborator Dean Haspiel] added. “Nobody owns Harvey Pekar. Not even Harvey Pekar.”

The full article’s pretty fascinating and can be read in full here.

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Congratulations to Dean Haspiel

The Daily Planet would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Dean Haspiel, cartoonist extraordinaire and overall swell fella, on his Emmy nomination in the category of Outstanding Main Title Design for his work on Bored to Death, airing on HBO.

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Dean-o, listed as illustrator/artist of the sequence, shares the nomination with its director Tom Barham, lead animator Marci Ichimura, and compositor Mark Rubbo under Dakota Pictures, 3 Arts Entertainment /Fair Harbor Productions.  You can see a full listing of  the work they’re up against on The Emmys’ official site.

If you’re interested in Dean’s comic work, I highly recommend The Alcoholic (a graphic novel collaboration with B2D‘s writer/creator Jonathan Ames), and The Quitter (written by Harvey Pekar of American Splendor fame).

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Comic Fans! Bored to Death? Get Paid For It!

Do you wanna make more money being bored?  Sure, we all do.  Now here’s your chance to turn your passion into some moolah… and possibly be immortalized on a hit television show.

Comer & Gallucio Casting is looking for comic collectors and enthusiasts to serve as extras at a comic convention scene for Bored to Death, the terrific show created by Jonathan Ames and starring Jasson Shwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

SEEKING: Males & females, ages 18+, and must be legal to work in the US.

SHOOT DATES/LOCATION: End of May (no specific dates yet but will probably be within the last week). Shooting in NYC.

CONTACT: Please email the following info to BOREDTODEATH2010@GMAIL.COM: Full name, phone number, and 2 current & clear snapshot photos (no professional shots). One should be of your face and the other should show your body. If you have costumes that you wear to conventions, please include photo of yourself in this costume, as you might be used with it on the show.

I’m confident we can populate that set with enough Forbidden Planet kids to fill a space cruiser.  Now get going.

Oh, and if you’re not familiar with Bored to Death, or need to refresh yourself with just how good and refreshingly quirky the series is, you may refer to this previous Daily Planet post.

Or you can watch this official trailer:

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Another convention? This one is in Brooklyn.

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A month after the Big Apple Con,  spotlighting Wizard Entertainment we’re going to have another comics related convention, this time celebrating the comic creators of Brooklyn! Sweet. 

Via press release, King Con will feature such creators as Brian Wood, Dean Haspiel, Molly Crabapple, and Al Jaffe. There is a ton more.

The convention is being held Nov. 7-8 at the Brooklyn Lyceum, which, I’ve never heard of because I live in Manhattan.  (I’ve been saying for years how I want to move to Brooklyn–just haven’t yet). Regardless, apparently the Brooklyn Lyceum is a one-hundred year old bath house.

“The lack of a Brooklyn based comic convention always surprised me,” says writer, artist, and convention co-organizer Mike Zagari. “Now with KING CON, Brooklyn’s flourishing and emerging writers and artists finally have an event to call their own!” With its close proximity to the subway, and its stunning, raw space, the building intends to do just that. Located in a century-old NYC Public Bath house turned event and performance space along a formerly rough and tumble industrial stretch of Fourth Avenue, the Lyceum has been, since 2000, a venue for emerging and well-established talent. Past showcases have included Jose Gonzalez, The Polyphonic Spree, The Dresden Dolls, Yo La Tengo, Fiona Apple and French folk singer Krystle Warren.

Seems like its going to be a great time, and a pretty cool venue, which I always appreciate, because I can’t stand bland venues (see the Javitz Center).




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WATCH THIS: “Bored to Death” on HBO.

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Jonathan Ames, novelist, writer of Vertigo’s The Alcoholic and now television producer has a show on HBO starting this Sunday at 9:30pm.  Bored to Death is based on a short story by Ames in which he gets bored and decides to pretend he’s a private detective.  Naturally, this is a TERRIBLE idea, and all kinds of shenanigans ensue.

The pilot episode, that doesn’t air until Sunday night, is available to watch for free on Amazon.  Its a kind of indie darling, Peter Sellers Pink Panther attempt at Hipster dumbass private detective sleuthing. Its still enjoyable, and quite fun, and because it is Ames I could say that its probably going to be a darling of a TV show.  Ames writes on the show blog about how the story came to be. Essentially he was really depressed and was reading alot of Raymond Chandler so he decides to post an ad on Craigslist posing as a Private Detective.

Starring Phantom Planet drummer Jason Schwartzman as Ames and The Hangover‘s Zach Galifianakis as Dean Haspiel (well, his character name is different but his character is a comic cartoonist who runs an online webcomic collective and his sketchbook is full of Dean Haspiel’s art, but his character name is Ray Hueston) who is sex obsessed and Ted Danson plays Ames’s pothead boss, George Christopher.  Ames confirms Galifianakis’s character is drawn from Haspiel on the show’s blog:

The Ray Hueston character, played by Zach Galifianakis, is a loosely drawn — an apt choice of words, I should say — take on my dear friend, the illustrator, Dean Haspiel, who was my collaborator on The Alcoholic. I met Dean in 2001. I was sitting at the Fall Cafe on Smith Street in Brooklyn, after having played some pick-up basketball in Carroll Gardens and was feeling rather low. I must have gotten abused on the basketball court, a veritable petri dish for aggressive male behavior which I tend to find disheartening. Why do fights always have to break out? Can’t we just play? I don’t mean to sound wimpy; I like to fight in the boxing ring – well, actually, I like the romance of wearing a boxer’s costume, being hit and hitting are not that pleasurable — but on the basketball court insecure alpha-male behavior is time-consuming and people get in your face, often with very bad breath.

To gear up for the show premiere, Ames and Haspiel’s book The Alcoholic came out in softcover this week.  Its a kind of memoir, involving Ames struggle with addiction as it relates to post September 11th New York City.  Its a heartfelt book with one helluva ending.

Bored to Death premieres Sunday night at 9:30pm.

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