From Kirby to Colletta to Legos, you will learn a lot at the TwoMorrows booth. The big debut is the book on Vinnie Colletta — who says there are no comics in Comic-Con?
On July 21, TwoMorrows Publishing will make their 16th consecutive appearance at Comic-Con International: San Diego. The company will again be exhibiting at booth #1301, in their usual spot in front of the San Diego Convention Center, just inside the doors for Hall C, and bringing with them a literal ton (more than 2000 lbs.—we weighed it and shipped it there!) of printed goodness for fans of comics and LEGO.
Debuting at Comic-Con will be the new book THE THIN BLACK LINE: PERSPECTIVES ON VINCE COLLETTA, by Robert L. Bryant Jr. Vince Colletta has long been a controversial figure in comics history, known for his ability to ink an entire comic book over a weekend when needed, but often taking some startling shortcuts to meet his deadlines. In anticipation of the book’s release, TwoMorrows is letting readers download a FREE 5mb PDF preview of the chapter on Colletta’s THOR work at this link:
Also at Comic-Con International 2010, TwoMorrows will debut:
Alter Ego #95 (the Marie Severin/humor issue of Roy Thomas’ Eisner Award nominated magazine)
Back Issue #42 (the Wild West issue, cover-featuring a retrospective on Jonah Hex)
BrickJournal Compendium 4 (compiling never-printed digital issues of TwoMorrows LEGO magazine)
Other new items TwoMorrows will have on hand include:
Age of TV Heroes (showcasing the live-action TV appearances of comic book characters)
Sal Buscema: Comics’ Fast & Furious Artist
Recent Modern Masters books on Mark Buckingham and Guy Davis
TwoMorrows will also have a limited number of DVD and Blue-ray copies for sale of the acclaimed documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist in conjunction with Montilla Productions, the documentary’s producers. The DVD hits stores in early August, but will only be available at Comic-Con at booth #1301.
Other TwoMorrows Comic-Con related items of note:
• On Friday night, July 23, the annual Eisner Awards ceremony takes place, honoring the best in comics from the previous year. Roy Thomas’ ALTER EGO is again nominated for Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism, a category the magazine won in 2007.
• For those that missed the company’s recent Half-Price Magazine Sale, TwoMorrows will be bringing hundreds of back issues and older books, all available at 50% off cover price.
• On Thursday, July 22 at 2:30 pm in Room 7AB, TwoMorrows will be presenting the panel BrickJournal: Looking at the LEGO Community. In the past decade, a community of adult LEGO builders has sprung up and created models, websites, and even conventions. The staff of TwoMorrows’ BrickJournal, the magazine for LEGO enthusiasts of all ages, will take a look at the community (and what it builds) at this talk, with Brandon Griffith (top LEGO builder), Jonathan Bender (author of LEGO: A Love Story), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO Certified Professional builder), and Jim Foulds (Community Operations Manager, Community Development – Americas and Australia, for the LEGO Group). The panel will be moderated by BrickJournal editor Joe Meno, and there will also be a Q&A afterward.
• Nathan Sawaya and Jonathan Bender will be signing at booth #1301 after the BrickJournal panel from 4-5pm Thursday, July 22. Sawaya will be signing again from 4-5pm Friday, July 23.
• Rand Hoppe, curator of the online Jack Kirby Museum (www.kirbymuseum.org) will be at the TwoMorrows booth for all of Comic-Con, with his large format scanner in tow, scanning collectors’ Kirby original art for the Museum’s digital archives. Hoppe will be accepting Kirby Museum memberships at the booth as well, and displaying exclusive Kirby premiums available with new and renewing memberships.
• The annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel will take place on Sunday, July 25 at 10am. Both John Morrow and Rand Hoppe will be in attendance, as moderator Mark Evanier quizzes top panelists about how Kirby influenced them.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.