TNTHappy birthday, Jack Kirby!

Jack Kirby would’ve been 97 years old today. But for his fans, he’ll live on forever.

Designed to honor the legacy of her late grandfather, his granddaughter Jillian (daughter of Jack’s son Neal) is seeing today as the culmination of her 2014 Kirby4Heroes campaign, which raises money for the Hero Initiative (an organization which helps needy comics creators). A selection of comics retailers across the country will donate a portion of today’s sales to the Hero Initiative as part of that Kirby4Heroes drive.

You can find out more about it at this link:

http://herocomplex.latimes.com/comics/jack-kirby-legacy-kirby4heroes-aims-to-assist-comic-book-creators/#/0

 

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TNTThe days of elves, aardvarks, and rock men

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In the new issue of Back Issue magazine (#75, shipping today), editor Michael Eury turns back the clock to the 1980s, to cover the top independent comics of that decade. Shown above are Richard and Wendy Pini, creators of Elfquest (which is spotlighted in this issue). The creative couple stopped by our booth at Comic-Con last month, and autographed a pre-release copy if issue #75, and it now has a happy home at Euryman’s secret comics cave.

There’s also coverage of Cerebus, and a personal fave of mine, Concrete. Don’t miss it!

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TNTTwoMorrows Columnist Makes Good… or Is It Evil?

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Adam McGovern, longtime columnist for The Jack Kirby Collector,  is living the recurring dream of Kirby-styled reincarnation with artist Paolo Leandri, as the team debut their four-issue meta-monster miniseries Nightworld for Image Comics, which just launched August 6. It’s pop-art visuals and upbeat pulp-lit writing the way the future of comics has been waiting to look since the ’60s! Visit their hellish home online at www.nightworldcomic.com and no longer abandon hope for fun, clever comics!

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TNTTwoMorrows’ Harvey Award nomination for ACBC: The 1950s!

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We were pleased as punch to discover that our book American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s (written by Bill Schelly, and edited by Keith Dallas), was nominated in the 2014 Harvey Awards for “Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Presentation.” Kudos to Bill for the stellar job he did researching and authoring this landmark look at a notoriously under-explored era of comics history (and to Keith for the wonderful work as editor of the series, and author of the 1980s volume).

To date, we’ve got volumes covering from the 1950s to the 1980s, including our new 1970s volume, which is on the way back from the printer, and should be shipping in just a couple more weeks.

If you are a creative professional in the comics field, you’re eligible to vote in the Harveys, but the voting closes in just a couple of days. So scurry on over to the Harvey Awards online ballot and take a minute to vote:

http://www.harveyawards.org/2014-final-ballot

(You are required to provide your credentials as a “creative professional” in the business, but they can be brief.)

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TNTIron Man’s original artist gets his due!

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Remember a few years ago, when we announced we were publishing a book on Vince Colletta, the controversial inker who was so prolific in the Silver and Bronze Ages? A lot of people initially scoffed at the idea of giving Colletta his own book, due largely to his reputation within fandom of… shall we say, not being a fan-favorite? Then, when The Thin Black Line: Vince Colletta was released, it garnered rave reviews for finally documenting the compelling life and career of a pivotal comics artist, about whom little was known publicly.

Well, we’re at it again with our new book Don Heck: A Work of Art, which is officially shipping this week from TwoMorrows (and should be in stores next week). In it, the original artist of Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and key Avengers issues finally gets his due, thanks to author John Coates, who tirelessly researched Heck’s background and career. The crux of the book is two lengthy interviews with Heck (a rarely-seen published one by Richard Howell, and an unpublished one by Will Murray), which have been melded together to make, what we think you’ll find, to be a pretty seamless conversaton with Don, about all aspects of his career dating back to his horror work in the 1940s and ’50s. There’s a wealth of examples of his work (all in full-color), and even a special chapter where we debunk the myth that putting Don as artist on a comic meant the sales would drop (wait’ll you see what the actual sales figures tell us). And Stan Lee even provides the intro.

This full-color hardcover is 192 pages long, for $39.95. Give it a shot; you won’t be sorry. And check out our free preview and order HERE.

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TNTWertham lives in Alter Ego #128!!!

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Dr. Freddy Wertham, that loveable old scamp who nearly destroyed the comics industry in the 1950s, is featured in the new issue of Alter Ego (#128, shipping today from TwoMorrows). And as a companion piece, we present more of our history of the Comics Code (which came about as a result of the good doctor’s crusade). You can find it HERE!

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TNT50% OFF Print Editions Sale extended through Monday

We just got back from Comic-Con International (and are heading to BrickFair, the huge LEGO convention this weekend near Washington, DC). In case you couldn’t make it to our booths this year, we’re extending our online 50% Off Sale on all Print Editions through Monday, August 4 at Midnight EST.

The only things we’re holding back are new and upcoming releases, which are still available at 15% off everyday. (Subscriptions and digital editions are also excluded from the sale, as are bundles, which are already heavily discounted.)

But this is your last chance to take advantage of these huge savings, in celebration of our 20th Anniversary. So hustle over to www.twomorrows.com and stock up this weekend!

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TNTGet 50% OFF Print Editions online and at Comic-Con

We in the home stretch of a year-long celebration of our 20th Anniversary, which continues next week at Comic-Con International: San Diego! To make it more memorable, we’re offering 50% OFF all Print Editions at our Comic-Con booth #1301 (up front, just inside the doors of Hall B near the Golden & Silver Age Pavilion).

And for those of you who can’t make it out to San Diego, we’re extending the same 50% OFF at our website as well, through August 1! The only things we’re holding back are new and upcoming releases, which are still available at 15% off everyday. (Subscriptions and digital editions are also excluded from the sale, as are bundles, which are already heavily discounted.)

At Comic-Con booth #1301 this year, we’ll be debuting some pre-release items, with advance copies of:

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1970s (shipping in late August)
Don Heck: A Work of Art (shipping in September)
Back Issue #75 (not out till August), and #76 (not out till September)
Alter Ego #128?(not out till August)

These advance copies will sell out quickly, so make booth #1301 your first stop at Comic-Con! We’ll also have the latest issues of Alter Ego, Back Issue, Jack Kirby Collector, Draw!, Comic Book Creator, and BrickJournal (our LEGO?magazine).

Whether or not you can make it to Comic-Con this year, you can take part is our big 50% sale; so stock up now, before we come to our senses!

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TNTThree fast ones

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We’re scrambling to wrap up all we need to get done before heading off to Comic-Con and vacation next week, and we’re just begun shipping not one, but THREE new issues of our mags:

Back Issue #74

Alter Ego #127

Comic Book Creator #5

Click the links and check ‘em the free previews of each one, or just go to our home page and see all the new releases, right up top!

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TNTThis weekend: Heroes Con!

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This weekend, we wind down our year-long 20th Anniversary celebration at the first convention TwoMorrows ever attended—Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC! Organizer Shelton Drum has been a big supporter of our company from Day One, and always puts on one of the most exciting (and most fun) conventions around.

Don’t get me wrong; this is a BIG convention, with plenty of top guests and attendees all three days. But it’s also managed to maintain a lot of the “small con” feel that made conventions so enjoyable in the good old days; heavy comics focus, lots of older creators in attendance in addition to the newer “hot” artists, plenty of back issues to buy, and an all-around “family” atmosphere, where it seems like everybody knows everybody year after year. If the craziness of Comic-Con has you down on conventions, just try Heroes Con once, and I think you’ll make it an annual tradition, like we have for the last 20 years. For all the details on attending, go to www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/.

To celebrate our 20th year, we’ll be offering 50% off virtually EVERYTHING at our booth. We’ll also have the largest contingent of TwoMorrows personnel in attendance of any con in the last decade, though mostly on Saturday only. This includes:

Moi (publisher John Morrow, editor of the Jack Kirby Collector)

Jon B. Cooke (Comic Book Creator editor)

Michael Eury (Back Issue editor)

Roy Thomas (Alter Ego editor)

Eric Nolen-Weathington (Modern Masters editor)

We’ll be coordinating and participating on a slew of panels on Saturday in ROOM 203A, including:

10am: Eric Nolen-Weathington moderates a Modern Masters panel spotlighting Lee Weeks and Cliff Chiang.

11:30am: Jon B. Cooke moderates a Denis Kitchen spotlight panel, to coincided with the con debut of Comic Book Creator #5, featuring an in-depth look at Denis’ career.

1pm: I’ll be moderating a Jack Kirby Tribute Panel, with panelists Jon B. Cooke (longtime associate editor on the Jack Kirby Collector), Roy Thomas (former Marvel Comics editor in chief and top writer, who worked with Jack in the 1960s and ’70s), Charles Hatfield (author of Hand of Fire, his acclaimed book on Kirby), Michael Eury (editor of Back Issue magazine), Tom Scioli (Kirby-inspired artist of GODLAND), and Steve Saffel (editor of Titan Publishing’s dynamite line of Simon & Kirby Archive Editions).

2pm: Roy Thomas will be featured on a Conan The Barbarian panel, discussing his pivotal work on the Conan comics.

3:30pm: Eric Nolen-Weathington moderates a Modern Masters panel spotlighting Arthur Adams and Mark Schultz.

5pm: I’ll moderate a TwoMorrows 20th Anniversary panel to wrap things up, featuring Michael Eury, Roy Thomas, Jon B. Cooke, and Eric Nolen-Weathington. Find out all the stuff we’ve got planned for 2015 and beyond!

And in-between, all these fine gents will be hanging out at our booth, chatting things up with fans, and showing off their newest issues (some unreleased, but here just in time for the show).

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