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TFAW CBLDF Sketches: The DC Comics Edition

June 29th, 2012 Comments off

They’re here! Check out our amazing sketches of DC Comics characters for this year’s CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Each of these sketches, by Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul, Jonathan Luna, Riley Rossmo, Ron Chan, and Ron Randall, will be auctioned off July 14 in room Sapphire AB at the Hilton Bayfront, starting at 8:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

Check them out:

Brian Buccellato: Superman. TM & © DC Comics.Francis Manapul: Batman. TM & © DC Comics.Jonathan Luna: Batman. TM & © DC Comics.

Riley Rossmo: Batwoman and Swamp Thing. TM & © DC Comics.Ron Chan: Poison Ivy. TM & © DC Comics.Ron Randall: Supergirl. TM & © DC Comics.

Would you like to get your own copies of these sketches–for free? We’re creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of our CBLDF sketches–24 in all–and giving them away at San Diego Comic-Con at our booth! Come visit booth #5625 right away to pick up yours. We’d like to thank all of our artists and Marvel Comics for generously supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! You’re amazing!

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TFAW’s CBLDF Sketches: The Creator-Owned Edition

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

They’re here! Check out our amazing sketches of independent and character-owned characters for this year’s CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Each of these sketches, by Charlie Adlard, Chris Eliopoulos, Erika Moen and Steve Lieber, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Jonathan Case, Larry Marder, Philip Tan, Rich Ellis, Tim Seeley, Tyler Crook, and Roger Langridge, will be auctioned off July 14 in room Sapphire AB at the Hilton Bayfront, starting at 8:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

Check them out:

Charlie Adlard: Rick from The Walking Dead.Chris Eliopoulos: Cow Boy.Erika Moen and Steve Lieber: Original Character.

Fábio Moon: Characters from Casanova.Gabriel Bá: Characters from The Umbrella Academy.Jonathan Case: Characters from Dear Creature.

Larry Marder: Beanworld.Philip Tan: Merlin.Rich Ellis: Em from Memorial.

Tim Seeley: Lovebunny and Mr. Hell.Tyler Crook: Elephant.

Roger Langridge: Snarked.

Would you like to get your own copies of these sketches–for free? We’re creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of our CBLDF sketches–24 in all–and giving them away at San Diego Comic-Con at our booth! Come visit booth #5625 right away to pick up yours. We’d like to thank all of our artists and Marvel Comics for generously supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! You’re amazing!

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TFAW’s CBLDF Sketches: The Marvel Edition

June 28th, 2012 Comments off

They’re here! Check out our amazing sketches of Marvel characters for this year’s CBLDF auction at San Diego Comic-Con. Each of these sketches, by Cat Farris, Francesco Francavilla, Jeffrey Brown, Natalie Nourigat, Patric Reynolds, and Rahsan Ekedal, will be auctioned off July 14 in room Sapphire AB at the Hilton Bayfront, starting at 8:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment rights of the comics community!

Check them out:

Cat Farris: Thor. © and TM Marvel and Subs.Francesco Francavilla: Captain America. © and TM Marvel and Subs.Jeffrey Brown: Thor vs. Hulk. © and TM Marvel and Subs.

Natalie Nourigat: Loki. © and TM Marvel and Subs.Patrick Reynolds: Cloak and Dagger. © and TM Marvel and Subs.Rahsan Ekedal: Black Widow. © and TM Marvel and Subs.

Would you like to get your own copies of these sketches–for free? We’re creating limited-edition autograph cards of all of our CBLDF sketches–24 in all–and giving them away at San Diego Comic-Con at our booth! Come visit booth #5625 right away to pick up yours. We’d like to thank all of our artists and Marvel Comics for generously supporting the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund! You’re amazing!

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Comic Book Reviews: Hit Girl, Game of Thrones, Batman Dark Knight

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

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Writer Ales Kot Unleashes Wild Children on Image Comics

June 27th, 2012 Comments off

Wild Children Ales KotSometimes a creator-owned book comes along that is completely different from anything else around it–that’s why we’re highlighting Wild Children, the upcoming one-shot from Image Comics by Ales Kot with Riley Rossmo (Cowboy/Ninja/Viking, Green Wake), Gregory Wright, and Clayton Cowles. Focusing on a group of anarchy-loving (and instigating) students, Wild Children hearkens back to the independent comics of the ’80s, but expresses itself in new and exciting ways.

We had the chance to interview writer Ales Kot about his inspiration for Wild Children, and what he hopes to tackle next. Make sure to check out our five-page preview, and then pre-order the book now to save 20%.

TFAW.com: What inspired Wild Children?

Ales Kot: Twenty-five years of living in a world with an education system that’s built primarily to create docile citizens. Citizens that won’t have too many questions, or too many needs, that will be out of whatever is considered to be ordinary in the 20th century. School, for me, was mostly a soul-crushing thing that needed to be survived until I got on my feet–I went through six different schools in 10 or 11 years, because the systemic, quiet violence of mediocrity always got to me. I wanted to become the best me I could become, and school felt like an obstacle created to stop me from realizing my full potential. So I left. I think I was 17 at the time, and there was never a moment when I felt like I made the wrong choice.

Wild Children Preview Page 1Besides that, a lot of different things served as inspiration–two specific comics that had a lot of impact were the long-unreleased Hellblazer: Shoot by Warren Ellis and Phil Jimenez, and Kill Your Boyfriend by Grant Morrison, Philip Bond, and D’Israeli. I looked at the intent and the energy these comics had, and thought, “What’s the best way to build on these two? What happens if I take them as inspiration for what can be done in comics in 2012, and push forward as much as I can?”

Then also a lot of music, the drone pop of Fuck Buttons, the glitchy idm of Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus, Hakim Bey’s writing on temporary autonomous zones, Jean-Luc Godard’s Pierrot le Fou . . . I could go on!

TFAW.com: What were some of the themes you were interested in exploring with this comic?

AK: Communication. Expectations. Lies. Assumptions. Understanding.

What Wild Children turned into surprised me. I’d be giving away too much if I went into detail here, but I realized that the story opened itself up, becoming a more layered experience. It felt a bit scary–it’s easy to feel like some things might be out of my reach, especially since this was my first longer comic–but I had to dive in, even if that meant risking failure. Not risking failure would be much worse, because it would mean the story wouldn’t be allowed to reach its full potential. I’m glad I made the decision to jump into the void; it made this comic better.

TFAW.com: Do you think today’s youth are too complacent?

Wild Children Preview Page 2AK: I still consider myself a member of today’s youth. I’m 25, and I have no intent of ever becoming a grown-up. If I live, I evolve. If I let myself reach a state where I become a person that’s too fixed in space and time, I allow a reduction of my potential–considering myself a grown-up would do that. I can own up to the consequences of my actions and take care of myself without calling myself a grown-up.

But back to your question: I don’t think it’s my place to judge today’s youth like that. We are everything: complacent, concerned, loving, hateful, right, wrong, scared, embracing, quiet, loud. We are always everything, generation after generation.

Systems built in (and for) the industrial era (such as schools) that try to reduce us to simple mechanics and equations miss the point–infinite economic growth is a religious myth, and basing our culture around a religious myth is shallow, boring and harmful. It’s our job to transform these systems into a new, better, more interesting now that will be in love with the complexity of who we truly are.

TFAW.com: In this story, everyone reacts to these “Wild Children” in the most extreme, worst-case-scenario ways. Why?

Wild Children Preview Page 3AK: Because they were taught that it’s the appropriate response to what they perceive as extremely aggressive and dangerous behavior. We’re taught to expect the worst. “Media sells a trace of hate,” to quote Manic Street Preachers. But we sometimes forget about the other side of the coin, the balancing act: expect the worst, but hope for the best. And do whatever is right.

TFAW.com: What made artist Riley Rossmo a good fit for this story?

AK: Dedication to detail and storytelling, open-mindedness, collaborative spirit, and love for the comics medium that’s probably as obsessive and over-the-top as mine. Willingness to experiment and challenge himself. This project is the first one that Riley did in Ligne Claire style, which is very different from his previous work–much simpler, using less lines to convey more. I’m impressed with his evolution, and we’re figuring out what we’re going to work on next.

TFAW.com: Wild Children is a one-shot–do you see the story continuing in some fashion?

AK: Thematically, yes–I suspect many of its themes will find their way into my future work. Wild Children won’t be a comics franchise, though. Even if the comic sells well, it was always planned as a self-contained graphic novella, and that’s the way it stays.

Wild Children Preview Page 4TFAW.com: What sorts of comics would you like to write next?

AK: Oh, I’m all over the map. I want to be hitting a ratio where about 60-70% of what I write will be creator-owned work, and I have a self-imposed rule that every creator-owned project I create needs to be something that is new–comics that widen the reach of the comics medium, comics I’d immediately buy because they shine with passion and dedication, comics that will mostly transcend genres. Thankfully, I’m working on creator-owned projects that let me do precisely that.

Then there’s work for hire, the other 30-40%. I wrote a Batman story that’s currently being drawn by Ryan Sook, and I couldn’t be happier about it. There’s also a one-shot for another company, but I can’t speak of that as of yet. What I can speak of is the way I see work for hire–there’s a way to make company-owned stories as much fun as creator-owned, and that way lies in all sides surrendering to creativity and fair play, respecting the character and the creator at the same time.

If I ever get a chance, I’d love to write Aliens, or Adam Strange, or Hellblazer, or Judge Dredd (and so on . . . ), because I think I can make their worlds feel strikingly new while simultaneously honoring their roots.

Wild Children Preview Page 5TFAW.com: What are you reading right now?

AK: Cronenberg on Cronenberg, edited by Chris Rodley. David Cronenberg is one of my favorite directors, and one of the biggest influences on how I perceive not only fiction and storytelling, but also life. I never quite realized how deeply he and his work impacted me, but this book opened my eyes. He’s one of the honest creators I’m aware of, and creative honesty is a trait I nurture in myself as well. More than that, I put something he says in the book on my desktop, so I see it every morning when I turn on my laptop: “Speak the unspeakable. Show the unshowable.”

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book, by Gerard Jones. A deeply fascinating history of the strange, complex birth of the US comics industry. I want to understand the roots–the more I know, the easier it is to see patterns, the easier it is to get a better feel for how certain attitudes were formed and others abandoned, the easier it is to think about what can happen next.

Strange Embrace, by David Hine. One of the strongest horror comics I ever read. Edgar Allan Poe meets Joseph Conrad. Scary and deep. Some very psychedelic panel transitions. On top of that, the collected edition is a beautiful object.

Ranx, by Liberatore and Tamburini. Ranx is messed up. The future is ugly and beautiful and full of sex and death and drugs and robots. Heavy on satire, black humor and fun. Heavy Metal Magazine comics at their finest.

Writer Ales Kot

Writer Ales Kot. Photo credit Zoetica Ebb, BioRequiem.com.

TFAW.com: What are you working on next?

AK: Besides the stories I already talked about, I’m working on a few projects that will be coming out later this year, and some that will come out in 2013. First announcements will be made at San Diego Comic Con in July, but I can say that I’m currently working on a contemporary horror story that’s making me very nervous, and a near-future science-fiction story inspired by Jean Baudrillard’s and Steven Shaviro’s explorations of hyperreality. The collaborators I’m working with are strong, dedicated storytellers, and the stories feel new, challenging, and exciting to write and read. I hope the readers will agree.

We want to thank Ales for his thoughtful responses to our questions! You can find him via his website, or follow him on Twitter at @ales_kot. Make sure to preview Wild Children and place your pre-order now.

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Adventure Time Signing 6/23 in Portland With Chris & Georgia Roberson

June 22nd, 2012 Comments off

Adventure Time Signing with Chris and Georgia RobersonWhat time is it? It’s Adventure Time! Come to the Portland TFAW this Saturday to pick up your copy of the brand-new #5 issue, and get it signed by two of the writers, Chris Roberson, and his 8-year-old daughter, Georgia!

“Chris isn’t just an excellent comics writer, but he’s one of our favorite people,” said TFAW Senior Director of Retail Operations Andrew McIntire. “When we heard he and his family were moving to Portland, we wanted to be the first comic shop to welcome them to their new home, and we’re excited to host this signing for Chris and Georgia.”

RSVP on Facebook here. The Adventure Time comics are based on Cartoon Network’s insanely popular animated show! The series follows the adventures of Finn, a 14-year old boy in the Land of Oo whose best friend is Jake, a dog with magical powers such as growing and shrinking or stretching into many shapes. Finn is a silly kid who wants to become a great hero one day. He might not look too tough, but if there’s evil around, he’ll slay it!

“When we created our new store, one of our top priorities was making it kid-friendly,” said McIntire. “We invite families to come out, meet Chris and Georgia, and check out our kids’ play area and expanded all-ages section.”

Chris Roberson is a critically acclaimed writer who’s written for a wide range of comics, including Cinderella: Fables Are Forever, Star Trek/Legion of Superheroes, and his creator-owned title, Memorial. He collaborated with his daughter, Georgia, on a hilarious tale in Adventure Time #5–make sure to stop by the Portland TFAW June 23 to get your copy!

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Rich Ellis Joins the Fight for Comics’ First Amendment Rights

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Rich Ellis ComicsRich Ellis is the newest exciting artist who has pledged to donate to our Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Rich will create an original sketch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s auction at San Diego Comic-Con, with all proceeds going to support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community.

TFAW is proud to have worked with the CBLDF for the past three years, helping to raise more than $75,000. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF provides important legal support to comic book retailers, publishers, creators, and even fans. Help support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community and fight censorship by joining today!

Periscope Studio artist Rich Ellis has received plenty of critical acclaim for his creator-owned series with Chris Roberson, Memorial. Issue #6 of six is out June 20 from IDW, so check it out now!

Keep your eyes on this blog–we’ll be showing previews of all of this year’s CBLDF sketches. If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, you can bid on the originals at the CBLDF auction. Plus, TFAW will be turning every sketch from this event into free, limited-edition autograph cards that we will be distributing at SDCC this year. Stop by booth #5625 to pick up your set, and make sure to attend the auction July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con!

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Rich Ellis Joins the Fight for Comics’ First Amendment Rights

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Rich Ellis ComicsRich Ellis is the newest exciting artist who has pledged to donate to our Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Rich will create an original sketch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s auction at San Diego Comic-Con, with all proceeds going to support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community.

TFAW is proud to have worked with the CBLDF for the past three years, helping to raise more than $75,000. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF provides important legal support to comic book retailers, publishers, creators, and even fans. Help support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community and fight censorship by joining today!

Periscope Studio artist Rich Ellis has received plenty of critical acclaim for his creator-owned series with Chris Roberson, Memorial. Issue #6 of six is out June 20 from IDW, so check it out now!

Keep your eyes on this blog–we’ll be showing previews of all of this year’s CBLDF sketches. If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, you can bid on the originals at the CBLDF auction. Plus, TFAW will be turning every sketch from this event into free, limited-edition autograph cards that we will be distributing at SDCC this year. Stop by booth #5625 to pick up your set, and make sure to attend the auction July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con!

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Patric Reynolds Supports the CBLDF and First Amendment Rights

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Patric Reynolds ComicsWe’re happy to announce that artist Patric Reynolds is the latest addition to our Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Reynolds is donating an original sketch to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which they will auction off July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con. All proceeds support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community! Reynolds also donated last year–see his 2011 Punisher sketch, right.

TFAW is proud to have worked with the CBLDF for the past three years, helping to raise more than $75,000. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF provides important legal support to comic book retailers, publishers, creators, and even fans. Help support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community and fight censorship by joining today!

Reynolds has worked on some of Dark Horse Comics’ major horror and licensed comics, including Abe Sapien, Serenity: Float Out, and Falling Skies. He’s also currently showing his favorite pieces at our Portland TFAW location through June during his Patric Reynolds: Black & White Gallery Exhibition.

Stay tuned for a preview of Reynolds’ 2012 sketch! If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, you can bid on the original. Plus, TFAW will be turning every sketch from this event into free, limited-edition autograph cards that we will be distributing at SDCC this year. Stop by booth #5625 to pick up your set, and make sure to check out the CBLDF Auction July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con!

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Gabriel Bá Donates to the CBLDF SDCC Auction for the Fourth Year

June 20th, 2012 Comments off

Gabriel Bá ComicsWe’re continuing our SDCC announcements with a doozy: Gabriel Bá will join our Fourth Annual SDCC Autograph Card/CBLDF Auction event! Bá will create an original sketch for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s SDCC auction for the fourth year in a row, with all proceeds benefiting the First Amendment Rights of the comics community.

TFAW is proud to have worked with the CBLDF for the past three years, helping to raise more than $75,000. Founded in 1986, the CBLDF provides important legal support to comic book retailers, publishers, creators, and even fans. Help support the First Amendment Rights of the comics community and fight censorship by joining today!

The Eisner-winning Bá became known to millions of fans after he signed on as the artist for Dark Horse’s Umbrella Academy. Since then, he’s worked on a wide range of comics, often with his twin brother, Fábio Moon, including B.P.R.D.: 1947, Casanova, Daytripper, and more.

See Bá’s contributions from 2009-2011, below, and check back for a preview of his 2012 sketch. If you’ll be at San Diego Comic-Con, you can bid on the originals at the CBLDF auction. Plus, TFAW will be turning every sketch from this event into free, limited-edition autograph cards that we will be distributing at SDCC this year. Stop by booth #5625 to pick up your set, and make sure to attend the auction July 14 at San Diego Comic-Con!

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