Wrightson! Charlton! Get ‘em now!

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FINALLY! The labor stoppage on the West Coast ports has some of our new publications (which we print overseas) running late, due to all the congestion there. Two such culprits are shipping today!

COMIC BOOK CREATOR #7 spotlights that master of the macabre, BERNIE WRIGHTSON!

BACK ISSUE #79 focuses on the history of the CHARLTON ACTION HEROES, both at Charlton at at DC!

Click the links above, to see a free preview of each, and to order. And look for both books to be in comics shops NEXT WEEK!

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Eisner is imminent!

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Our Deluxe Edition of Bob Andelman’s out of print Will Eisner: A Spirited Life is going to press, and will be shipping in early April. Bob spent countless hours interviewing Will and his contemporaries, and has dramatically expanded the book with more research, plus interviews with more comics greats about working with and admiring Will. Unlike the original edition, this one is a full-color Hardcover, and you can see a free preview of it HERE.

And we’re now offering a specially-priced Combo Pak, with the book, plus the 96-minute Eisner DVD documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist, at this link.

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This weekend: Wizard World Raleigh!

If you’re in our neck of the woods, be sure to stop by booth #702 at Wizard World Raleigh (NC), where erstwhile Eric Nolen-Weathington will be manning the TwoMorrows booth from Friday-Sunday. We’ll also have a TwoMorrows Panel on Saturday at 11:30am, featuring Eric (on his Modern Masters series), Bob Andelman (on our new Will Eisner book), Michael Eury (editor of Back Issue magazine), and Dewey Cassell (author of our upcoming bio on Herb Trimpe). See you there!

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March Modern Masters Madness descends on a suspecting public…

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Every year about this time, we do our annual March Modern Masters Madness sale. This year’s version just started, offering a whopping 50% off all our print editions in the Modern Masters book line. In the last year, we also added digital editions of every volume, so those are only $5.95—but during this sale (which ends April 1), you can get the print version for only a couple of bucks more than that, and we THROW in the digital edition FREE. (“Free – throw”; get it? C’mon, it’s March Madness basketball playoff season!)

This sale even includes our newest Volume 30, on superstar artist Paolo Rivera. So click HERE to see the full list of books on sale. Then go cheer for UNC and Duke and NC State in the playoffs!

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Trimpe (rhymes with “shrimp-ey”)

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That’s how Marie Severin always told people how to pronounce Herb’s last name, so it’s good enough for us!

This July, we’re releasing Dewey Cassell and Aaron Sultan’s labor of love, The Incredible Herb Trimpe, an exhaustive biography of the artist who started work in comics running Marvel’s stat camera, and ended up producing a legendary run on The Hulk, series on licensed characters like G.I. Joe and Transformers and Godzilla, plus work on Captain Britain, Iron Man, Defenders, even Spider-Man. If you’re already familiar with Herb’s work, you know you’ve got to have this full-color hardcover, even without looking at our free preview, just posted. But if you’re not familiar with Herb’s work, take a gander, and I bet you will soon be!

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Gerry Conway’s way with Silver & Bronze DC and Marvel

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While we’re trying to shovel out from under all the ice and snow that hit North Carolina this week, we’re slowing getting Alter Ego #131 in the mail. It’s got a feature-length interview with Silver and Bronze Age writing legend Gerry Conway, where he spills secrets about his work from House of Mystery and The Phantom Stranger to Daredevil, Black Widow, Thor, Fantastic Four, Werewolf by Night, The Inhumans, Kull the Conqueror, Sub-Mariner, Amazing Spider-Man—to the creation of The Punisher and the death of Gwen Stacy. It’ll be in stores next week, and is in-stock at TwoMorrows today! See our free preview HERE.

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Paolo Rivera rocks the latest Modern Masters volume

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One of the most fun parts of publishing the Modern Masters book series, is that it keeps me aware of a lot of the amazing younger artists working in comics today. The more “seasoned” comics fans like me can tend to ignore much of what’s going on in the current comics scene, and I must admit I wasn’t that aware of Guy Davis and Frazer Irving’s work until editor Eric Nolen-Weathington pitched them to me as possible MM subjects. After seeing their stuff, it didn’t take much convincing for me to greenlight their recent books.

Such was the case with Paolo Rivera as well. I took one look at the guy’s work, and immediately spotted a J.C. Leyendecker vibe going on in his paintings, which was good enough for me (I’ve been an huge admirer of Leyendecker since my days in art school). He’s got as close to a classic style as I’ve seen in comics in a long while. But don’t take my word for it; check out the free preview of our latest Modern Master HERE.

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A personal request for you to sign a petition

I usually try to keep this focused on comics, but this one hits close to home.

In 2012, my good friend’s brother was murdered senselessly on the streets of New York. You probably saw it on the national news, so I won’t go into all the details out of respect for their privacy. But I did see firsthand some of what he and his family had to go through, seeing horrific images of their loved one on the news, and all over the Internet.

His brother has started a petition on MoveOn.org, in hopes of getting those violent images of his murdered brother removed from the web, so he and his children (and others in the same situation) don’t have that constant reminder of this horrible event.

I hope you’ll consider going to THIS LINK, and signing the petition.

JAN. 30 UPDATE: While I still think this is a very worthwhile petition, shortly after I signed it myself, I started getting emails from MoveOn.org asking me to sign other petitions and to support other causes. While I may support some of those, I unsubscribed so I wouldn’t be getting my email box filled with unsolicited mail. Just wanted readers to know about this, so you can make an informed decision on whether or not to sign this.

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Marvel Comics in the 1980s get revisited

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Today, we’re shipping Marvel Comics in the 1980s, the third volume in author Pierre Comtois’ series of issue-by-issue “field guides” to the company. If you loved (or hated) Marvel’s output in the 1980s, you’ll be fascinated by Pierre’s insights into how the company changed over the course of that decade, and the impact books like Frank Miller’s Daredevil and Claremont & Byrne’s X-Men had on shaping Marvel into the pop culture phenomenon it is today. But don’t take my word for it: check out our free preview on the order page HERE.

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