Florida, July 25, 2002 —
Florida comic book publisher Alternative Comics will attend Comic-Con International in San Diego, California running July 31 through August 4, 2002, and will debut a number of eagerly anticipated new books from cartoonists Nick Bertozzi, James Kochalka, Sam Henderson, Tom Hart, and Matt Madden. A number of cartoonists published by Alternative Comics will also be on hand for autograph and sketching sessions for their fans.
The biggest event of its kind in America, Comic-Con International is the place for fans of comic books, movie memorabilia, toys, action figures and all things related to pop-culture. Held every year in San Diego, CA, at the San Diego Convention Center, Comic-Con International features the largest gathering of comic book publishers, creators and professionals of any convention or event of its kind anywhere. The total attendance for last year's show was a staggering 53,000.
Alternative Comics publisher Jeff Mason will be at the Alternative Comics booth (3426) where the following Alternative Comics cartoonists will be on hand Wednesday through Sunday:
James Kochalka - debuting his new Fantastic Butterflies graphic novel, his latest Peanutbutter & Jeremy all-ages comic, the newly reprinted Quit Your Job graphic novel, and the second issue of the Triple Dare anthology with Nick Bertozzi, Tom Hart, and Matt Madden. James Kochalka's distinction as a "rock star" has been tempered more and more lately by his acclaim as a cartoonist. Critics and fans have responded like crazy to his instantly recognizable comic books and graphic novels. Kochalka has won and has been nominated for many prestigious awards such as the Ignatz award, the Eisner award, the Firecracker Alternative Books award, and the Harvey award. He is also debuting his Pinky & Stinky graphic novel from Top Shelf Productions.
• Also on hand will be Amy Kochalka, James's wife and co-star of many of his comics, to sign for fans.
Dean Haspiel — nominated for an Eisner Award for his Opposable Thumbs #1 comic book, will be talking to fans about his recent and upcoming projects Muties #3 (Marvel), Captain America: Red, White & Blue (Marvel), X-Men Unlimited #39, a 4-issue Thing/Startling Story mini-series called Night Falls on Yancy Street written by Evan Dorkin (Marvel), Spider-Man's Tangled Web #20 featuring J. Jonah Jameson, a new Billy Dogma picture novella called The Devil's Muumuu (Top Shelf), and the re-launch of Keyhole 2.1 with Josh Neufeld (Alternative Comics). Dean Haspiel is the author of semi-auto-bio comix and super-psychedelic romances. In the mid-80s, Dino worked as an assistant to Howard Chaykin on American Flagg!, Bill Sienkiewicz on New Mutants and Elektra: Assassin, and Walter Simonson on Thor. In 1987, Dino inaugurated his comics career when he co-created and illustrated The Verdict with writer Martin Powell and went on to draw two DC Comics Bonus Books in Detective Comics and Justice League International. His comics appear in Billy Dogma, Keyhole, Non, Top Shelf, Minimum Wage, DC Comics' Bizarro Comics and the EXPO anthology. Dean illustrated Sony Pictures Classics' SLC Punk comic and is a regular contributor to Harvey Pekar's American Splendor.
Nick Bertozzi — nominated for an Eisner Award for his The Masochists graphic novel, will be debuting his new Rubber Necker comic book series as well as the second issue of the Triple Dare comics anthology. Nick lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife and their new baby Sabina Edwina LeBonBon Bertozzi. His comics credits include: DC Comics' Bizarro Comics, Comix 2000 (L'Association), Boswash for which he also received both the Xeric Grant Award and the Ignatz Award, several stories for the Big Book series (Paradox Press), and many other cartoon anthologies across the globe.
Graham Annable — with his Harvey Award and YALSA nominated Grickle graphic novel, will be debuting a brand new issue of his Hickee anthology. Graham Annable was classically trained as an animator at Sheridan College in Toronto, graduating in 1992, and has worked as an animator ever since, including work on British children's TV, story boards for Chuck Jones Enterprises, Disney's A Goofy Movie, and since 1994 an extended string of computer game projects for LucasArts such as Full Throttle, The Dig, Afterlife, Outlaws, and The Curse of Monkey Island. Annable is the Lead Animator for the LucasArts video game Star Wars: Obi-Wan. His projects have won numerous animation and graphics awards including the ASIFA Annie Award, animation's highest honor, in 1998 for "Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Interactive Program". Graham currently resides in the Bay Area, California.
Sam Henderson — debuting Magic Whistle #7 of his series nominated for the last 4 years in a row for a Harvey Award for Special Award for Humor.
One of the funniest people in comics is Sam Henderson. Henderson's drawing is intentionally crude, but it has the same kind of energy you see in the work of today's best gag cartoonists, whose drawing also tends to be a little basic. Extremely low-brow humor that almost parodies low-brow humor - it's enjoyable on either level. Over the years Sam has done work for many dozens of anthologies, has done a self-syndicated comic strip and published comic Magic Whistle, now through Alternative Comics. Sam was also recently a writer of a number of Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants cartoon shows.
The Alternative Comics booth will also be home to the exclusive debut of XXX LiveNudeGirls: Pretty Like a Princess (Penny Dreadful Press) — the Xeric Award winning comic from striking new talents, Laurenn McCubbin and Nikki Coffman.
Following up on their shockingly original first book, XXX LiveNudeGirls: Pretty Like a Princess takes their exploration of lost women even deeper.
Maintaining their sparse, haunting writing style and cinematic illustration work, the characters in this book are revealed to be deeply intricate and complex and challenging.
Laurenn and Nikki are brutally honest, but never judgmental. 64 pgs + 8 page color centerfold!, $6.95.
Two special limited edition "Alternative Comics" silk-screened posters by Laurenn McCubbin will also be debuted.
The Alternative Comics booth will also be the San Diego Comic-Con home for the fine staff of Kitchen Sink Magazine, a quarterly print and monthly web publication exploring independent art, identity, culture, and politics.
The Alternative Comics booth will also be the San Diego Comic-Con home for cartoonist Derek Kirk, creator of Small Stories.
The Alternative Comics booth is #3426 in a great corner booth location in Hall E across from the Small Press area along with other independent publishers Top Shelf Productions, Fantagraphics Books, Drawn & Quarterly, Last Gasp, and Giant Robot:
more information or requests, please contact publisher Jeff
Mason, c/o Alternative Comics, 503 NW 37th Avenue, Gainesville,
FL 32609-2204; Phone: 352.373.6336; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.