TNTGo on Neal Adams’ odyssey in CBC #3

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We just got in copies of COMIC BOOK CREATOR #3, featuring Neal Adams’ rather spirited rebuttal to the bashing his recent Batman: Odyssey series received in some circles. Whether you loved it or were left scratching your head over it, you don’t want to miss Neal’s response, wherein he explains how the new series ties back to his classic 1970s work. (Honestly, after reading the interview Jon B. Cooke conducted for this issue, I’ve got a much bettter appreciation and understanding of Batman: Odyssey myself.)

There’s other great features (and the wealth of amazing Adams artwork) in this issue too, so get it HERE!

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TNTAn urgent notice about Back Issue #69…

Batman for BACK ISSUE

In case you didn’t get the message from our friend here, Back Issue #69 celebrates the magazine’s 10th Anniversary by revisiting the 100th, 200th, 300th, 400th, and 500th issues of 1970s and ’80s comic book favorites.

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It features articles and spotlights on Comics’ Anniversary issues including: Adventure Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Avengers, Batman, Brave & Bold, Casper, Detective Comics, Flash, Green Lantern, Showcase, Superman, Thor, Wonder Woman, and others. An all-star line-up of interviews and art includes JIM APARO, MIKE W. BARR, STEVE ENGLEHART, KEITH POLLARD, MIKE SEKOWSKY, WALTER SIMONSON, JOE STATON, and MARV WOLFMAN. Plus, this issue closes out the Man of Steel’s 75th Anniversary with a guest editorial by LARRY TYE, author of the critically acclaimed book Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero. It sports a cover by DAN JURGENS and RAY McCARTHY featuring ten Bronze Age Justice Leaguers—one for each year of Back Issue. Back Issue is edited by former DC and Dark Horse Comics editor MICHAEL EURY, who’s put up with me as his publisher for a decade now (which should earn the poor guy some kind of medal).

You can order the issue HERE.

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TNTTwoMorrows gives thanks (and 40% off all books!) to its 40,000+ customers

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At TwoMorrows Publishing, we’ve just reached a major milestone:

Our 40,000th customer to order directly from us!

To celebrate that achievement in this season of thanks, we’re offering a whopping 40% OFF ALL IN-STOCK BOOKS now through December 1. This includes:

• Our groundbreaking American Comic Book Chronicles series

• The Modern Masters line of artist biographies

• Our acclaimed Companion books

• How-To books on comics creation

• LEGO titles, and more!

And when you order the discounted print edition, you get the digital edition free where available. But the sale is only good for 10 days (through December 1).

(This sale does not include magazines, subscriptions, digital editions, or upcoming items.)

NOTE: We predict a huge response to this sale, and expect the TwoMorrows shipping elves will be backlogged with holiday shipments by the end of the month. So order early; the longer you wait, the more likely you’ll see a delay in having your package shipped. If delivery before Christmas is critical to you, be sure to choose expedited shipping (Priority Mail or Priority Mail International), as we can’t guarantee it otherwise.

And thanks for being a part of our 20 years of success; we couldn’t have made it 20 years without you! I hope you and your loved ones enjoy a splendid holiday season and a prosperous New Year!

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TNTUnholy Terror: Kirby Columnist’s Comic Kickstarter!

Adam McGovern has been chronicling Kirby-influenced work for The Jack Kirby Collector since 1997 — and making some of his own news with neo-pop collaborator Paolo Leandri in the Ignatz-nominated Dr. Id and an Alias the Spider story for Image Comics’ Next Issue Project. The team’s newest work (with color-artist Dom Regan of Paul Pope’s One Trick Rip-Off) is NIGHTWORLD, a superhorror romantic tragedy that will please any fans of Jack Kirby’s Demon and draws on B-masterpiece monster movies and multiple geek-culture genres for a wild ride of postmodern pulp pathos, action and unexpected humor! A publisher is expected soon, but payment in these days of indie do-it-yourself is the creators’ own job so a Kickstarter campaign is running through October 7 to finish funding the project. Click the screen above or this link (http://kck.st/17e4l62) to see how you can help NIGHTWORLD see the light of day!

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TNTMr. Morrow on Mr. Media

Wanna see my gruesome mug plastered across your computer screen, talking about TwoMorrows’ history and upcoming stuff? Check out the interview Bob Andelman just completed with me for his Mr. Media video podcast site, linked here.

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TNTTwoMorrows Turns Twenty at Comic-Con International 2013

We begin the year-long celebration of our 20th Anniversary next week at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2013! When I started TwoMorrows in 1994 with the release of The Jack Kirby Collector #1, I had no idea I’d ever do any other publications, let alone become the leading publisher of books and magazines for comics and LEGO® fans. And we’ve got quite a slate of stuff going on in San Diego next week…

In this year’s Comic-Con’s program book, they’ve got a special feature about our anniversary, where I reminisce about two decades of exhibiting there, with anecdotes about some of the crazy things that have taken place, and the great people we’ve met.

On Thursday at 11:00 am, I’ll be moderating a “TwoMorrows Turns Twenty” panel discussion with Jon B. Cooke (editor, Comic Book Creator), Keith Dallas (editor of TwoMorrows’ American Comic Book Chronicles series), and P.C. Hamerlinck and Bill Schelly (historians and associate editors of Roy Thomas’ Alter Ego magazine), offering a revealing look at the ins and outs of producing our publications. (Roy Thomas was originally scheduled to be on the panel too, but Comic-Con inadvertantly scheduled it for BEFORE?Roy arrives, so P.C. and Bill are filling in for him.) And everyone who attends the panel will receive a coupon with a code for a free Digital Edition or $3.95 discount at our website, and a few lucky attendees will win the publication of their choice or subscriptions to one of our mags.

We’ll be exhibiting at its usual location, Booth #1301 (up front, just inside the doors of Hall B near the Golden & Silver Age Pavilion), and will have signings by our top authors, including Comic-Con guest of honor Roy Thomas. We’ll also be offering an unprecedented 50% off most items at the booth, including a full assortment of back issues and books from throughout its 20 years of publishing.

These new titles will debut at the convention (all in limited quantities, weeks before general release):

Alter Ego #120 (secrets of the X-Men’s first decade)
Back Issue #67 (featuring time-traveling heroes)
Jack Kirby Collector #62 (spotlighting Jack Kirby as writer)
Draw! #25 (how-to draw comics magazine, featuring Lee Weeks)
Comic Book Creator #2 (a double-size Joe Kubert tribute)
American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s (latest volume in the ongoing history series)

TwoMorrows is up for two awards at Friday night’s annual Eisner Awards ceremony, where Roy Thomas’s Alter Ego magazine is nominated for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism, and Dewey Cassell’s book Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics is nominated for Best Comic-Related Book.

Saturday at Comic-Con will be LEGO DAY at Booth #1301, with a special display of custom LEGO sculptures, LEGO-related giveaways, and signings by renowned LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya and BrickJournal magazine editor Joe Meno. It’s all topped off with a panel discussion about BrickJournal magazine and LEGO building at 5:00 pm that day.

Below is the full schedule of TwoMorrows-related Comic-Con events:

Thursday, July 18:
11:00-12:00 – TwoMorrows Turns Twenty panel, Room 23ABC
12:30-1:30 – Keith Dallas and Bill Schelly signing, Booth #1301
3:00-4:00 – Andy Mangels signing, with free autographed Lou Scheimer “Filmation” signature plates, Booth #1301

Friday, July 19:
12:30-1:30 – Jon B. Cooke and Keith Dallas signing, Booth #1301
1:45-2:45 – Roy Thomas and Bill Schelly signing, Booth #1301
8:00-until: Eisner Awards ceremony

Saturday, July 20—LEGO DAY at Booth 1301:
1:00-2:00 – Spotlight on Roy Thomas panel, moderated by Jon B. Cooke, Room 4
3:00-4:00 – Andy Mangels signing, with free autographed Lou Scheimer “Filmation” signature plates, Booth #1301
5:00-6:00 – BrickJournal: LEGO as an Art Form panel, Room 23ABC
6:00-7:00 – BrickJournal editor Joe Meno and LEGO sculptor Nathan Sawaya signing, Booth #1301

Sunday, July 21:
10:00-11:15 – Jack Kirby Tribute Panel, Room 5AB
3:00-4:00 -  Roy Thomas and Jon B. Cooke signing, Booth #1301

I hope to see you there!

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TNTWanna know why I do what I do?

Publishing’s hard work. Sometimes really, really hard (and someday soon I’ll tell you about what  happened last week that is making it harder than ever before…).

But when I read a blog post like this one:

http://whencomicbooksruled.blogspot.com/2013/07/twomorrows-twomorrows-i-love-ya.html

…it’s all worthwhile. Thanks to Joel Bryan for reminding me how much our publications mean to fans, and to Richard Bensam for alerting me to Joel’s blog.

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TNTWhere you been?

The long silence here is due to our family vacation to Europe the last two weeks, and all the deadlines that had to be met before we could leave. Maybe planning a trip overseas right before the busy convention season starts wasn’t my brightest idea, but man-o-man, did we have an amazing time! I’ll elaborate more soon, but here’s an update on our latest releases:

Alter Ego #118 and Back Issue #65 were both printed overseas, and got held up in a random customs inspection, so are finally due to arrive here this week (nearly 3 weeks late).  Subscribers should look for their copies to hit the mail in a few more days. Thanks to everyone for their patience during this unavoidable delay.

Our new book on DAN SPIEGLE is out, and getting rave reviews!

As is BEST OF ALTER EGO, VOLUME 2, also out now.

The STAR REACH COMPANION will actually be in stores EARLY (it was due July 10, but we’re expecting to start shipping copies any day); sort of a cosmic payback for the above customs snag, I guess!

BRICKJOURNAL #24 is shipping now as well.

Other titles that are now printed and on their way home to us (and a debut at Comic-Con next month):

Alter Ego #119 and #120

Back Issue #66 and #67

Comic Book Creator #2 (the JOE KUBERT summer annual)

DRAW! #25

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s

BrickJournal #25 should debut in San Diego as well, followed by BrickFair the following week.

and my personal baby, JACK KIRBY COLLECTOR #61 is done and heading for July release (with a BIG surprise for readers!)

So though it’s been quiet on the blog, as you can see, we’ve been working non-stop behind the scenes to bring you some amazing publications, and making plans for our year-long “TwoMorrows Turns Twenty” anniversary celebration, which starts at Comic-Con (and continues through all our convention appearances for the next 12 months, culminating at Heroes Con 2014) with GIVEAWAYS for anyone who comes by our booth, or attends our 20th Anniversary Panels. Stay tuned for more details!

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TNTJust like new times

It’s the start of something both new AND old today at TwoMorrows. We debut Comic Book Creator, Jon B. Cooke’s sequel to Comic Book Artist, our multi-Eisner Award-winning mag of years gone by. Jon’s knocked himself out on the first issue, which is (in typical TwoMorrows tendency) Kirby-centric, with a career-encompassing look at Jack’s highs and lows, plus interviews with both Alex Ross and Kurt Busiek on their own Kirby-centric work.

We’re also offering a free Bonus PDF, which is 32 pages of all-new material that wouldn’t fit into the first issue. You can download it at this link, and it serves as a nice sample of what you’ll find in CBC #1 proper.

I’m confident you’ll love what you see, and Jon’s already completed issue #2 (a double-size book tribute to Joe Kubert, debuting in July at Comic-Con), and he’s completed all the interviews for issue #3 (which leads off with a lengthy interview with Neal Adams, where he responds to critics of his recent Batman: Odyssey mini-series, among other things).

We’re dubbing CBC “The New Voice of the Comics Medium”. And as of today, we’re ready to unveil that new voice. Enjoy! And order issue #1 here.

 

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TNTCBC #1 and ACBC: 1980s slight delay

Sorry, Comic Book Creator #1 and American Comic Book Chronicles: 1980s subscribers. The issues have been printed for over 40 days, and shipped here from our overseas printer (it takes 45 days or more to ship be sea freight, to keep our costs to you low). Diamond even has them in their warehouses now, and they’ll be in stores soon. But the delivery company that brings us our subscriber copies from the US port they arrived in, had truck problems all week, and haven’t been able to get our copies delivered to us.

They should have them to us no later than Monday (maybe today), and we’ll immediately start getting them in the mail. Thanks for your patience; both great books that’ll be to you soon!

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