Monthly Archives: September 2010

Free preview of BrickJournal #12 for you LEGO fans!

BrickJournal editor Joe Meno is off to BrickCon in Seattle (which takes place this weekend; if you’re in the area, stop by for a great LEGO time, and pick up a few issues of our LEGO mag from Tom Stewart, who’s manning our table for us this weekend). But before he left, he wrapped up BrickJournal #12, a special “Back To School” issue which spotlights, among other things, Pixar’s Angus MacLane’s delightful creations, “CubeDudes” (you gotta see these to believe ’em!).

You can check out a free preview of the issue here:

The full issue is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows at this link (print customers will receive a free link to the digital edition):

Or you can order just the digital edition here:

BrickJournal #12 will be on sale on newsstands and in LEGO retail stores on Wednesday, October 20.

Free preview of ALTER EGO #97, spotlighting non-EC Horror Comics of the 1950s

Roy Thomas’ ALTER EGO #97 just went to press, and it examines the non-EC Horror Comics of the 1950s, including work from BILL EVERETT, DICK BRIEFER, STEVE DITKO, JOE MANEELY, GENE COLAN , MORT MESKIN, SHELLY MOLDOFF, RUSS HEATH, BOB POWELL, JACK COLE, SIMON & KIRBY, BOB FUJITANI, and others. There’s also our usual FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) section with C.C. BECK and MARC SWAYZE,  MR. MONSTER’s COMIC CRYPT, and more, behind a creepy, eerie cover by BILL EVERETT! (This issue’s so good, Roy’s having us print some extra copies to give out to the guests at the huge Halloween party he and wife Dann are planning!)

Right now, you can download a FREE 6mb PDF preview of the issue at this link:

This preview features a large portion of the main article on non-EC Horror Comics of the 1950s.

The full issue is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows at this link (print customers will receive a free link to the digital edition):

ALTER EGO #97 will be on sale in comic book stores on Wednesday, October 13. But why wait? Click the link HERE, and you can order the Digital Edition and read the whole issue NOW for just $2.95.

Carmine’s on the way

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be shipping three versions of our new book Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur: Softcover, Hardcover and Limited Edition Hardcover (with an original pencil sketch by Carmine in each of 50 copies).

The limited edition was available only from our website; we announced it to our Yahoo mailing list and past customers back in the Spring, and the copies sold out quickly, so if you missed out, be sure to sign up for our Yahoo group!

Co-author Eric Nolen-Weathington just conducted an interview about the book at, and you can read it here:

The OTHER co-author, Jim Amash, has this to say about it on his own blog (located at

“As most of you know, Carmine Infantino: Penciler, Publisher, Provocateur will be out Sept. 22.  Roy Thomas wrote a terrific introduction which adds surrounding context to Carmine’s career in regard to what else was happening at the time. Legendary inker Terry Austin embellished a new version of Carmine’s original cover from the 1968 DC Special #1 cover. Also, we are printing two complete stories written and drawn by Carmine in the 1940s.  The Airboy story is in black and white, but the Heap story (a really nice job!) is in color, and is available only in the hardcover edition, which has a sixteen page color gallery.  You can get your copies at your local comic book shops, selected book stores, (among many other internet sites), and from the publisher at I hope you’ll get your copy directly from Twomorrows.  You get a 15% discount, and help insure that books like this continue to be published.”

“This is the most definitive look at Carmine’s comic book career.  In keeping with my regular style, the text is in the interview format.  I know there’s a couple of people who prefer written biographies, but I believe it’s best to let the subject speak for his/her self.  In this book, Carmine and I discuss his art style and how it changed throughout the years, and why it changed, in great detail.  That section of the interview is in the sneak preview that I posted on my blog several days ago.  Until now, Carmine has seldom talked about his publishing days in any great detail, and I believe this is be one of the most potent sections of the book, and his life.  His tenure as President and Publisher has sparked much controversy over the years, and we did not avoid the difficult parts of that time period. We spent quite a bit of time talking about the conditions of the industry as it existed at the time, including how distribution worked (and sometimes did not), and competition for newsstand sales, as well as Carmine’s ceaseless attempts to introduce new formats, ideas, creative personnel, and characters, trying to buck the trend of declining comics’ sales through the entire industry.”

“This book was several years in the making (once planned to be a multi-part interview for Alter Ego magazine), and we feel we covered Carmine’s career as fairly and honestly as we could.  It’s certainly more in depth than any book or magazine that has ever tried to define the scope of his enormous contributions to the comics medium.  No, we did not talk about his personal life.  That was purposeful.  Carmine has always been a very private man who wanted to keep it that way, and I respected his wishes.  In spite of this, you’ll get to know and understand Carmine in the context of his work, and observations about that work, and the people he encountered during his seven decades in the business.  His personality is as unique as his art, both of which are represented on virtually every page.  And we are very proud to present it to you.”

Don’t forget to download the FREE 25-page 5mb PDF preview of the chapter on Infantino’s Silver Age FLASH work and artistic approaches and influences at this link:

BrickMagic LEGO Festival, May 5-8, 2011 in Raleigh, NC

I just signed the contracts, so it’s official; we’re organizing the second annual BrickMagic LEGO Festival here in Raleigh, North Carolina, on May 5-8, 2011 (Mother’s Day Weekend). Just like the 2010 show, it’ll be held at the North Raleigh Hilton, only this year, we’ve contracted for ALL of the Hilton’s space, making for even more amazing LEGO displays, guest builders, programming and panels.

More details will be coming soon at, so if you’re into LEGO and can get to Raleigh, we’d love to see you then!

FREE preview of DRAW #19, featuring WRITE NOW’s Danny Fingeroth and ROUGH STUFF’s Bob McLeod

DRAW #19 is FINALLY at the printer, and sports a new cover color scheme for its final incarnation. Also new to DRAW is the triumphant return of DANNY FINGEROTH and BOB McLEOD (former editors of our dear, departed magazines WRITE NOW and ROUGH STUFF). Danny’s helming a new regular feature spotlighting the top Writer/Artists in comics, while Bob is continuing his extremely popular “Rough Critique” of newcomers’ work that he began in Rough Stuff. Editor Mike Manley is of course on hand as usual, this time with a feature-length article and demo by Doug Braithwaite.

In anticipation of the issue’s release, we’re letting readers download a FREE 5mb PDF preview of the issue at this link:

This preview features several pages of Mike Manley’s feature on Doug Braithwaite, a section of Danny Fingeroth’s interview with writer/artist R. Sikoryak, and the complete “Rough Critique” by Bob McLeod.

The full issue is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows at this link (print customers will receive a free link to the digital edition):

DRAW #19 will be on sale in comic book stores on Wednesday, September 29.


In anticipation of the release of our new book CARMINE INFANTINO: PENCILER, PUBLISHER, PROVOCATEUR, we’re letting readers download a FREE 25-page 5mb PDF preview of the chapter on Infantino’s Silver Age FLASH work and artistic approaches and influences at this link:

Other chapters focus on Infantino’s early career in the Golden Age of comic books, his work on such Silver Age icons as Adam Strange, Batman, Elongated Man, and Detective Chimp, as well as Infantino’s controversial era as DC Comics’ editorial director, and his subsequent return to drawing comics in the 1970s, ’80s, and beyond. An introduction by comics legend Roy Thomas rounds out this comprehensive look at one of comics’ foremost creators.

The book will debut in bookstores and comic book shops on September 22, and is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows at this link:

Don’t confuse this with another Carmine Infantino book that came out a decade ago. While a fine book in its own right, that one only touched the surface of Carmine’s career. Jim Amash has done months of extensive interviews with Mr. Infantino to make this book the most comprehensive coverage ever done on his storied career. There’s plenty of in-depth information in this book that you’ll not find anywhere else.

It’s available in both softcover, and hardcover (the hardcover’ll be out about a week after the softcover ships on Sept. 22.)

Earl missed us by a mile

Thanks to everyone who wrote and called expressing concern that Hurricane Earl might affect us here in Raleigh, NC. Turns out the big guy blew past us and didn’t really faze us in the least. We’ve dealt with some biggies over the years, but thankfully this one didn’t cause any harm, at least not for us. (In fact, we spent the Labor Day weekend at Lake Gaston north of here, and we didn’t see a single drop of rain or wind to ruin our fun.)

FREE Preview of Back Issue #44

I’ve just posted a FREE 3mb preview of the “Spider-Clone” roundtable discussion from BACK ISSUE #44. You can download it this link:

The Spider-Clone Saga has its origins in Amazing Spider-Man #142 (Mar. 1975), an issue featuring the return of a female looking remarkably like the recently deceased Gwen Stacy. That storyline ended with Peter Parker to fight a clone of himself seemingly to the death, but the Spider-Clone would reappear later in the Spider-Man mythos, as recently as 2009. To get the full story behind the Spider-Clone Saga, interviewer Keith Veronese talked with Gerry Conway about the original 1970s storyline, with Steven Butler and Mark Bagley about the resurrection of the Clone as the Scarlet Spider, and with Howard Mackie, Tom DeFalco, J. M. DeMatteis, Glenn Greenberg, and Danny Fingeroth about the later follow-through of the Clone Saga.

The full issue is available for pre-ordering directly from TwoMorrows at this link (print customers will receive a free link to the digital edition):

BACK ISSUE #44 will be on sale in comic book stores on Wednesday, September 22.

Wherefore art thou, Kimota?

In response to an awful lot of requests over the years, YES!, we are issuing a fully updated version of Kimota!, The Miracleman Companion. We first published George Khoury’s exhaustive look at the seemingly perpetually-tangled history of Marvelman/Miracleman back in 2001, and since it sold out a few years ago, it’s been selling on eBay for almost as much as the original Eclipse Miracleman issues.

Obviously, a lot’s happened legally with the character since 2001, with Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane both claiming ownership. Marvel Comics last year purchased the rights to Marvelman outright from creator Mick Anglo, and has been issuing reprint collections of Marvelman stories from the 1950s (but alas, the hallowed Alan Moore-written MIRACLEman stories still seem to be mired in legal quicksand, and won’t be reprinted till that’s all cleared up—hopefully soon).

The new version of Kimota! is nearing completion, so stay tuned to our site and this blog for the new release date. In the meantime, you can whet your appetite with this blog post by author George Khoury, giving a nice capsule history of what has gone before: