I had some time to kill with the kids yesterday evening and we happened to be near the “Comic Collector” shop (yes, that’s it’s name) in Sunnyvale, CA. They have many bins of strange old comics, typically for a dollar. In one stack of beat up coverless comic books I found these gems. From the top: Marvel Super Heroes 15 (1968) by Archie Goodwin, Gene Colan, Vince Colletta and Irving Watanabe; “Portrait of an Actress” from Girls Romances #159 (1971) creators unknown (read the cover story from that issue here); Ensign Pulver (1964) art by Henry Scarpelli; and, unknown issue of Dennis the Menace, art likely by Al Wiseman. Click on the image for larger versions – full pages on the last couple.
Although this here blog has been pretty quiet for a week or so, we have been far from idle at Wow Cool / Alternative Comics HQ. Most recently we have upgraded our web servers, so WowCool.com, IndyWorld.com, MagicWhistle.com and several other sites we host should be running much faster now. A couple months back we noticed some very serious problems related to a massive increase in “comment spam”… Even after doing all we could with our old server to combat the problem, slowdowns and server interruptions continued. Hopefully that is now all a problem left in the past. In case you missed any of it, here is a recap of everything else that has gone down the last couple of weeks.
The lineup for the Linework NW show in Portland, Oregon has been announced. Alternative Comics will be part of it. I’m pretty excited about this show, it looks to be a great successor to the Stumptown comics fest. See you there?
The news has spread far and wide that after a quarter century of peddling comic books through the US mails that Wow Cool has opened it’s first ever brick and mortar retail store in Cupertino, California. Many items are exclusive to the store, including the pain-in-the-ass to ship Kramers Ergot 7, Other big books from the likes of Paul Pope, Justin Green and Ivan Brunetti, and the (totally free) Jim Woodring illustrated One Green Tree. Pay us a visit?
The big news is that Alternative Comics has finally announced the full lineup of books for the spring and summer of 2014. It has been well over a year of work to coordinate the release of some of these books, and we are particularly excited to be able to offer Megan Kelso’s Girlhero and Jesse Moynihan’s Backwards Folding Mirror to the world again. Many more books are in preparation for debut at this year’s SPX, for release in stores from September. There will be some familiar faces as well as some total surprises. Thank you for sharing this journey with us.
The mighty Inkstuds podcast and radio show has logged 500 episodes in just over eight years. The guests for this landmark episode are Frank Santoro and Brandon Graham. Go give a listen.
Special guests Frank Santoro and Brandon Graham help me bring in the 500th episode of inkstuds. 8 and a half years of podcasting and still going strong. I had those two gents on because both of them have been on several times in the past and I always enjoy talking to them.
During the show, Brandon and I announce our upcoming kickstarter campaign for an inkstuds tour/roadtrip. expect that to be launching in the next week.
We were also joined by David Brothers, who has a special Inkstuds project to announce. I am really excited to have David joining in. He’s an important writer on comics.
Just arrived in our shop is Insect Bath, the new anthology of cosmic horror edited by Jason T. Miles. Includes comics by: Max Clotfelter (Henry & Glenn Forever), Alex Delaney (Rapt in Fear), Eamon Espey (Wormdye and Songs of the Abyss), Noel Freibert (Weird Magazine), Sammy Harkham (The Simpsons’ Tree House of Horror, Kramers Ergot and Everything Together), Juliacks (Swell and Rock That Never Sleeps), Jason T. Miles (Love Wins), Scott Roller (Rapt in Fear), Matthew Thurber (1-800 Mice and Infomaniacs), and Zach Hazard Vaupen. Cover by Alex Degan (Area CC, Mighty Star and Soft Xray/Mindhunters).
We have added a whole slew of books to the shop in preparation for our grand opening in just a couple of weeks at the new Cupertino store. The store is already open for business from Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6pm. Big opening party coming soon. Among the new additions are: the giant sized Kramers Ergot #7, available for in-store purchase only, Noah Van Sciver and Nic Breutzman’s Deep in the Woods tabloid, Henriette Valium’s Great Success 1983-2013, Black is the Color by Julia Gfrörer, Island of Memory by T Edward Bak, and many, many more. New magazines in the shop include the latest issues of Bust, Bitch, Maximum RockNRoll, Wax Poetics, Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose.
All three issues of Forming and Adventure Time artist Jesse Moynihan’s Backwards Folding Mirror – Issues one and two, and the graphic novel length third installment Follow Me are available again.
You will also want to grab On Your Marks – the anthology comic from 2013′s Short Run fest with comics by Aaron Mew, Aidan Fitzgerald, Andrice Arp, Asher Craw, Ben Horak, Bobby Madness, Chris Cilla, Darin Shuler, David Lasky, Elaine Lin, Eroyn Franklin, Ian Sundahl, Jack Hayden, James Stanton, Jason Fischer, Jason T. Miles, Jennifer Parks, Julia Gfrorer, Kaz Strzepek, Kelly Froh, Kinoko, M. “Moseley” Smith & Reuben “W.” Storey, Marc Palm, Max Clotfelter, Michael Litven, Pat Moriarity & Rick Altergott, Patrick Keck, Robyn Jordan, Sean Christensen, Tim Goodyear, Tim Miller, Tim Root, and Tom Van Deusen.
Help SAW – The Sequential Artists Workshop – continue its mission of supporting artists, putting artists and students together and offering quality, affordable education in comics/sequential art. SAW was founded by Tom Hart, who co-founded the original Wow Cool and is Alternative Comics’ advisor (or, as he prefers, Chieftain).
The Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) is a comics learning outpost in sunny Gainesville Florida.
AT SAW, we bring artists and students to work and learn together.
SAW is unconventional, non-institutional, rebellious, lively and serious all at once.
We offer personalized instruction, mentorship and a full-fledged, intensive and professional single-year program at a 3rd to a 10th the price of a single year at larger institutions.
We created SAW for anyone who has the passion and dedication to learn the art.
Sam Henderson is resurrecting the character of He Aims To Please, after an eight year absence, for an appearance in the upcoming Magic Whistle #14 from Alternative Comics. Catch up on his rich history in our Sam Henderson shop.
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Wow Cool is now open for business at our new brick-and-mortar shop in the historic Monta Vista neighborhood. We are at 21607B Stevens Creek Blvd.; Cupertino, California 95014. Hours: Tues.–Sat. Noon–6pm (408) 921-5164
Do you know the way to San Jose?
We are conveniently located off of the CA-85 Cupertino/Stevens Creek exit near the intersection with I-280. Look for the giant Paul & Eddie’s sign — we are in the same parking lot — way around the back of the Share World building. If you are driving between San Francisco and Los Angeles, you will very likely drive right by us. Stop in and pay us a visit. Our little neighborhood is also conveniently home to an organic grocery, Halo Custom Guitars, the post office, a gas station and many restuarants, including our favorite: iSushi.
Just arrived from SHQ – The Secret headquarters – is this brand new collection of the long out-ouf-print mini comics. That special time between the end of high school and the beginning of college… depicted by Michael DeForge. With bonus skateboard action. The digest collects Kid Mafia issues #1 – 3. The original three zines are long sold out and have never before been collected. The digest covers are brand new and designed by Michael especially for this volume.
90-page black and white 5.5” x 5.5” perfect bound paperback with full color covers and french flaps
Hello… What’s this? Thanksgiving was last week! That may well be, but Kevin Scalzo’s Sugar Booger #1 didn’t get here until now! But, wait, you say, I thought that came out like ten years ago. Nope this is the new 32 page 5×7″ color glossy edition from Alternative Comics. It collects the first two mini comics with seven pages of new art, all freshly colored. And there will be two more of them in 2014. But what’s up with the Thanksgiving Special? Ah, that is a special brand new 12 page black and white story with the two-color covers that you see above. They were made special as an exclusive for CAB in Brooklyn. We have just three of them and are giving them away FREE to the first three people that order the new Sugar Booger #1.
I don’t remember exactly what I was searching for when I stumbled across Jacque Nodell’s excellent Sequential Crush blog… and I don’t care anymore, my heart was swept away for the love of this glorious collection of lush images from 1960s and 1970s romance comics.
We have marked down a selection of books by various artists and from several series that are great ‘jumping on’ or ‘get introduced to’ points.., most of them from Alternative Comics. So, now, for a mere dollar, you can get many great comics that previously cost three to five times that. Among these bargains are:
Stink Helmet is Otto Splotch’s brand new 80 page full color graphic novel. True life, SiFi future, people exercising… Real Fun. Dysfunctional people living in a psychedelic world of slime and slime and fart jokes. A classic to share with your grandkids. Go get it.