Wanna 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.

Where 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!

Just 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.

 

CBC #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!

Get Back (Issue #64), Honky Cat!

If you’re like me (and if you read our stuff, I’m pretty sure you are), you fondly remember many of the great Bronze Age back-up features in DC’s comics. The latest BACK ISSUE (#64, shipping now) gives the lowdown on them, including Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Metamorpho, ARCHIE GOODWIN and WALTER SIMONSON’s Manhunter, MARTIN PASKO and KEITH GIFFEN’s Dr. Fate, “Whatever Happened To…?”, Nemesis, Rose and the Thorn, and the Seven Soldiers of Victory! Don’t miss editor Michael Eury’s latest, greatest issue, which is also in stores now.

You can download a FREE PDF preview at this link.

Or get the PRINT EDITION (at 15% off with a FREE digital edition) or DIGITAL EDITION ONLY (just $3.95) at this link.

And heck, you know you want to subscribe and get every issue, so why not take the plunge at this link?

Two Eisner noms for TwoMorrows!

We’re tickled pink to announce that TwoMorrows received Eisner Award nominations for two of our publications:

Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Alter Ego, edited by Roy Thomas
Best Comics-Related Book: Marie Severin: The Mirthful Mistress of Comics, by Dewey Cassell

A hearty congratulations goes out to Roy and his staff (Jim Amash, Chris Day, Bill Schelly, Michael T. Gilbert, and Paul Hamerlinck), and to Dewey Cassell and designer Scott Saavedra for their stellar work at making our company look so good!

The award voting will take place soon, with the awards given out on Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego this July.

Spring is breakin’ our shipping schedule

With our travels to WonderCon this weekend, our huge sale online, and next week being our kids’ Spring Break from school (when we’ll be taking a few days off), TwoMorrows will be running behind on shipping the next few days.

So please be patient, and place your order as early as possible over the next week. We’ll get ’em all out asap, honest!

Get an extra 20% off this week only!

To celebrate TwoMorrows turning 20 this year, we’re offering an ADDITIONAL 20% OFF all purchases over $50 at our webstore, THIS WEEK ONLY, when you use this redemption code during Step Two of the checkout process:

TT20

That stands for “TwoMorrows Turns 20”, and it nets you a cool 20% off, in addition to our everyday 15% or more discount for online orders. The only things not included are subscriptions, bundles (already greatly reduced), and clearance items. But it ends SUNDAY at Midnight!

The Wonderment of WonderCon, this weekend!

Stop by booth #924 at this weekend’s WonderCon (in Anaheim, CA, a stone’s throw from Disneyland) and see all the exciting new items we’ll be debuting! Eric Nolen-Weathington will be manning the booth for us this year. And just in time for the con, we’ve gotten a few samples copies of:

Comic Book Creator #1 (Jon B. Cooke’s new follow-up mag to Comic Book Artist)

American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1980s (the next volume in the series of comics history hardcovers, this time by Keith Dallas)

Alter Ego #116 and #117 (#117 won’t be in stores for another 45 days, but we’ve got a few copies)

Back Issue #64 (again, not in stores for a few weeks, but you can be the first to get yours at our booth)

Plugged In! (our new book on comics pros working in the video game industry, due out next week)

This show is perfect for those of you who can’t deal with the massive crowds and expense of Comic-Con every summer (if you can even get a ticket to it anymore), and it’s still a very comics-heavy convention, and plenty large. You will have a great time, guaranteed!

It’s OK, really…

…to like comic books, or LEGO, or Star Wars, or all three, even. The days of hiding your hobby so the other kids (or adults) won’t make fun of you are over, and “geek” is in. So embrace it, like thousands of Adult Fans of LEGO (AFOLs) have, and check out the new issue of BrickJournal.

BrickJournal #23 (84 full-color pages, $8.95), TwoMorrows’ magazine for LEGO enthusiasts, presents the long-awaited STAR WARS issue! We use the LEGO Force as we spotlight adult top builders and their creations from a long time ago and far, far away, including Jacob Carpenter’s Imperial Star Destroyer (this thing is HUGE!), Mark Kelso’s Invisible Hand, and feature a talk with Simon MacDonald about building Star Wars costume props with LEGO elements. We’ll also look back at the history of the LEGO X-Wing, from its first appearance in 1998 to the current version over ten years later. Plus: there’s our regular feature on minifigure customization by Jared Burks, AFOLs by cartoonist Greg Hyland, more step-by-step “You Can Build It” instructions by Christopher Deck, and other surprises. It’s edited, as always, by my buddy Joe Meno.

You can view preview of the issue at THIS LINK.

Or get the PRINT EDITION (at 15% off with a FREE digital edition) or DIGITAL EDITION ONLY (just $3.95) HERE.

Subscriptions? WE GOT ‘EM!

Read it, you will!