From Sun of Gelatometti: "Smoke and Guns...
a terrific, adrenaline-rush ride which brought to mind the fun and nihilism of Gunsmith Cats
and Sin City." --Jim Lee.
The View From the AiT Operations Window... Codenamed: The Champagne Room
It sure was cool seeing my old pal Jim Lee high above the Isotope retail floor on Wednesday (sorry I missed Sauce,
Jim!) and meeting the extremely talented Lee Bermejo, Matteo Casali, Michele Petrucci, and Grazia Labaccaro. Here's a couple of 3D pics (courtesy of veteran correspondent Römmel Jamias) of the shop, the crowd, the guests, and our host:
To make sure you get the maximum amount of The-Next-Best-Thing-To-Being-There, grab a pair of specs from any Ray Zone book you have lying around, or score some free
ones from your pals at Rainbow Symphony.
Get those red/cyan ones to enjoy optimum isotopic dimension.
is doing an Isotope over at A Store Called Riot!
so it's the least I can do to send him some Smoke and Guns
and The Black Diamond
posters. He notes I'm sending him some "promo stuff," but I think he'll be happily surprised with the box he actually ends up with.
The Comic Queen, notes that I
apparently have researched animal romance and, most recently, autism in the critters. I hesitate to remind everyone that "animal romance" in comics seems to be the purview of Frank Cho.
The august personage of Augie De Blieck, Jr.
notes the appearance of the Smoke and Guns
trade paperback thusly: "...a new graphic novel from writer Kirsten Baldock and artist Fabio Moon, he who drew Ursula.
The short preview of the book in the back of the recent preview issue of The Black Diamond
stole the show. The hook is strong enough to interest you, but the art will blow you away."
Tom McLean reviews Smoke and Guns
over at Variety:
"With cigarettes, guns and girls, the only thing this hilarious romp is missing is the rock and roll. Baldock tells a story of Scarlett, a cigarette girl so tough she starts and finishes ganglike territory disputes the only way she knows how: with guns and explosions. Sly and sexy (thanks to terrific inky art from Brazil’s Fabio Moon), this is a quick read that elicits howls of over-the-top laughter. While not the deepest and most satisfying read ever, it’s cool enough that you’ll still want a smoke afterward even if it kills you. Grade: A
writes about the weblog panel at SD and says: "I did see the blogosphere's patron saint, Larry Young, sitting at the back of the room..." which is a nickname I'll bear proudly.Matt Maxwell
chimes in with a review of the big San Diego convention: "AiT looked to be doing a pretty brisk business, plus they had the hot swag to drag people in. Those SMOKE AND GUNS and BLACK DIAMOND posters looked pretty sweet... Larry was all about the business, as he tends to be at these things, though he still had time for a quick chat and a hearty laugh."
We had an excellent San Diego, so thanks, everyone. I could do another five days, no lie. How do you get tired of people telling you you're a genius and that you've Made Comics Better and folks asking for your autograph and the camaraderie of like-minded individuals? Answer: you don't.
The Friends of Lulu twice-nominated Woman of Distinction Mimi Rosenheim was interviewed on SFist:
"Publisher Mimi Rosenheim was more than gracious with her time and answered all of our questions, most of which had to do with the particulars of a comix company doing business in the Bay Area and what the advantages of coming to San Diego are for AiT/Planet Lar." Meem's best pull-quote, if you ask me, was that the San Francisco area is "one of the perfect places to build a company that builds expressive and creative work." Sing it, girlfriend!
Revelation of the show: Mark Pantoja is Lord Stool's Bane!
Tim O'Neil reviewed True Story Swear to God
"This isn't a 'chick flick' put on paper, because few chick flicks have even a fraction of the integrity of True Story, Swear To God.
The truth behind the story does nothing to undermine the fact that in communicating it in such an endearing manner, Beland has achieved a significant victory over the never-ending parade of mediocre, sensationalistic and shamefully dishonest romantic fiction that clogs our media and distorts the public imagination.B+