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Aug 21

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Aug 20

The best parts of Jim Steinman’s Wikipedia page

I am not kidding when I say I read this for inspiration.

  1. In 1985 Steinman wrote, composed, and produced a theme song for WWF performer Hulk Hogan. It was released in 1985 on an album called The Wrestling Album.[41] The selection was recorded during the recording sessions for Secret Dreams And Forbidden Fire, an album that Bonnie Tyler was then recording, and which Steinman also produced. The selection has no lead vocals, and it matches much of the non-vocal parts of the track of “Ravishing” that appeared on Secret Dreams and Forbidden Fire. The track was also heard as the theme music on the animated television show Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘n’ Wrestling.[42]
  2. Steinman produced two tracks for films in the late 1990s. He produced “In The Dark of the Night”, written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, for the soundtrack album of the 1997 film Anastasia.[66] He also produced “I Want to Spend My Lifetime Loving You” (music by James Horner, lyric by Will Jennings) for the 1998 film The Mask of Zorro.[67] Lead vocals were a duet between Tina Arena and Marc Anthony, and the track also appeared on Tina Arena's 1997 album In Deep.[68]
  3. Steinman also recorded her voice on a demo of “Catwoman’s Song”, which recycled parts of the Steinman/Eldritch song “More”. This demo was part of Steinman’s preparations for the unrealized Batman: The Musical. He shared it with fans through a website. In 2002 Russell Watson released the album Encore. It included the Steinman/Black song “Is Nothing Sacred”. Steinman had originally worked on his production of this song with Watson on lead vocals.
  4. Steinman was executive producer for the 2003 MTV television film Wuthering Heights. He has cited Brontë's novel, which had inspired “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now”, as one of his favorites.[85]
  5. In January 2012, it was announced that Steinman is working with Terry Jones of Monty Python fame on a heavy metal version of The Nutcracker.[91]

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I am absolutely sincere about my love of Steinman. Dude does what he wants.

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Debut Books at SPX 2014!!

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Check these out and there are tons more that will debut at the show!!

Lynda Barry!

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Charles Burns!!

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Raina Telgemeier!!! (GO RAINA!!!!)

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Drew Friedman!!!!

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Keith Knight!!!!!

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Aisha Franz!!!!!!

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Carla Speed McNeil!!!!!!

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Ella Bailey!!!!!!!!!

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John Porcellino!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Joann Sfar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Mana Neyestani!!!!!!!!!!

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Patrick Kyle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Michael DeForge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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All the good comics you want to buy and read. And hey! You can do that at SPX!

Aug 18

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Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees
The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.
The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression. 
The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.  Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.
The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.
The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises. 
Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.

You’ve seen them but I don’t care. Look at them again!

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Small Press Expo Announces 2014 Ignatz Award Nominees

The Small Press Expo the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels and alternative political cartoons, is pleased to announce the 2014 nominees for the annual presentation of the Ignatz Awards, a celebration of outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning.

The Ignatz, named after George Herriman’s brick-wielding mouse from his long running comic strip Krazy Kat, recognizes exceptional work that challenges popular notions of what comics can achieve, both as an art form and as a means of personal expression.

The Ignatz Awards are a festival prize, the first of such in the United States comic book industry.  Only those present at the Small Press Expo may cast a vote to decide the winners.

The nominees for this year’s ballot were determined by a panel of five of the best of today’s comic artists, Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor, with the votes cast for the awards by the attendees during SPX.

The Ignatz Awards will be presented at the gala Ignatz Awards ceremony held on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 9:30 PM, to be followed by libations, chocolate fountains, our first SPX Prom and a few as yet unannounced surprises. 

Last year’s winner of the Ignatz Award for Promising New Talent - and also a 2014 nominee - Sam Alden created this year’s rendition of Ignatz the mouse featured at the top of this post.

You’ve seen them but I don’t care. Look at them again!

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A few thoughts about the 2014 Ignatz Award nominees

The Ignatz Award nominees were announced today and I am admittedly extremely biased, but I think they’re super cool. As I like pointing out, as far as I can tell, we received a literal ton of submissions this year. Submissions were up by about 25-30 percent over last year. I deeply appreciate the staff of Big Planet Comics Bethesda for putting up with all of it and letting me steal from their packing materials.

I admire the job this year’s jurors — Darryl Ayo, Austin English, Melissa Mendes, Thien Pham and Whit Taylor — did. I found each of them to be incredibly thoughtful in their choices. They were all delightful and I loved having each one of them on board this year.

Was everything that was nominated exactly what each of them wanted? No, probably not. And I imagine there’s instances where they may disagree about a certain nomination. But that’s just how our system works (you can read the guidelines here. They’re pretty transparent about how the nominations are created).

Are you happy with all the nominees? Do you think someone was totally overlooked and someone terrible was nominated instead? But what set of nominations are ever perfect? I’d prefer interesting and exciting to perfect. And I think this year’s are definitely exciting.

If you totally hate them, that’s your right. But awesomely, there are a bunch of comics awards (and there are others that aren’t listed there).

Ignatz are not, delightfully, meant to be one-size-fits-all. They’re just meant to be cool.

hipogram said: Speaking of comics expertise, dude, congrats on being an Ignatz juror this year! What were some positives from the process? Any good takeaways from the experience?

darrylayo:

Thanks!

The wildest takeaway is that I could do it all day. I read comics on the subway, carried them in my shoulder bag all day, read webcomics at my desk while eating meals, read anthology short stories in the bathroom. I could just read comics in an amphibious manner all day long, switching from format to format as the rest of the day goes by.

Practical lessons:

-webcomics can feel overwhelming but I just waded in and read them in a “grazing” fashion.
-read webcomics on the iPad, they feel way more comfortable than hunched over a desk computer.
-but also read webcomics on a desk computer while eating lunch/dinner.

-minicomics are easy: it’s always an ok time to read minicomics. Beware reading unknown minicomics on the subway. The person next to you might get a surprise!

-don’t read comic anthologies all at once. Treat them like coffee table books. Read one story and do something else. Use bookmarks in all comics anthologies. Read the stories on order but over a period of time. You do the individual stories no favors by trying to blaze through the entire book in one hungry sitting.

-graphic novels often have chapters but I preferred to read them in one sitting each. Just too many books to stop and start.

-become good at “weighing” books. Not literal “weight,” but learn to estimate a book’s comics density. You can tear through a 200-page graphic novel on a 30-minute train ride. Another 200-page graphic novel might take you 2 hours.


Big lessons:

-There’s a lot of work out there. It’s astonishing.

-A lot of people are working on the same things that you are personally interested in. Multiple people are working on similar projects at the same time. Learn not to see it as a competition or a threat and learn to embrace the fact that people are interested in similar subjects.

-Learn to appreciate the difference between what you, the cartoonist, would do and what this cartoonist who you are reading did do.

-There is value in the stuff that you don’t like.

Yeah!

~Ayo

Aug 17

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Aug 15

Doctor Who Comic Book Meet and Greet | Facebook -

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Sept. 11 from 8:30-10 p.m. at Black Cat. Come meet Nick Abadzis and Simon Fraser!

There is about a 70% chance you will have a conversation with me at this I’ll have no memory of later, which isn’t why you should go, but that should be fun. I will be deep into pre-SPX insanity. I do hope to have finished the majority of my running around on Thursday so I can just relax and have fun.

Well, “relax.” That will be a relative term at this point.

But i promise you this will be a good time and consider it a great kickoff to SPX weekend.