MEGA-INTERVIEW: Cliff Galbraith on the Meteoric Rise of the Asbury Park Comicon

If you’ve been following the history of the Asbury Park Comicon, which opened only a year ago in March of 2012, you know it’s been a strange, yet rather astonishing ride, but imagine how much stranger it must be for founder and indie comics creator Cliff Galbraith. What started in a bowling alley turned music venue and local hangout, Asbury Lanes, has become a major testament to demand for Comic Cons in New Jersey, and also a statement about the desires and tastes of con-goers who have relished the indie vibe of Galbraith’s brainchild. After a highly successful second Con in September of 2012, Galbraith announced that the Con would move to the much larger and even more historic venue of Asbury Park Convention Hall for its third event on March 30th 2013.

Then Superstorm Sandy struck, devastating the seaside town of Asbury Park, leaving the future of the Con in question. Against some difficult odds, the Con forged ahead, and Galbraith faced another kind of storm- media frenzy- over the upcoming Con. It’s fair to say that his phone has been ringing off the hook as local press as well as The New York Times have been trying to get the scoop on what looks to be a growing New Jersey institution as Asbury Park Comicon nears its biggest event yet. Dozens of prominent guests will be flanking this full-blown gala of a Con, and the Con will also be featuring panels and contests. Galbraith hasn’t had a moment’s rest since all this started more than a year ago, and he finished up several other interviews just in time to answer some questions about all this Con madness, and how it fits into his own life, for The Beat.


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Coming Attractions: October 2010

By Torsten Adair
The following is a selection of new comics titles due to be published in October 2010. This list is not comprehensive, as there are over 275 books scheduled. These are just the titles which caught my eye.  If you would like to browse forthcoming comic strip books at your leisure, click here. Instead, I have selected titles which caught my interest. These are not necessarily titles I will purchase, but which I will definitely look at once they arrive at my local comics shop or bookstore.

Please be advised that publication dates are not set in stone, titles may change, and covers may be altered. Also, your local comics shop might receive copies before your local neighborhood website or library. Clicking on the publisher’s name will link to the publisher’s website, sometimes to the exact title. Clicking the ISBN-13 (also known as the Bookland EAN) will take you to the title as featured on . I consider my tastes to be rather eclectic. If you feel I’ve neglected or slighted a title, publisher, or creator, please feel free to mention it in the comments below. Yes, you may promote your own work, but please include the ISBN for easy searching (and shopping!)

Disclaimer: I am employed by Barnes & Noble. This and any other posts by me have no official connection to B&N. Neither I or Heidi MacDonald receive any remuneration from linking to . As always, feel free to send us your PR. Even better, send us some free books!

Astro City: The Dark Age Book Two
by Kurt Busiek, Alex Ross (Illustrator), Brent Anderson (Illustrator)

  • $ 29.99
  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 240pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401228439
  • ISBN: 1401228437

Absolute All Star Superman
by Frank Quitely, Grant Morrison, Neal Adams

  • $ 99.99
  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Hardcover, 320pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401229177
  • ISBN: 1401229174

Tunes: A Graphic History of Rock ‘n’ Roll
by Vincent Brunner (Editor), Mathias Malzieu (Foreword by)

  • $ 24.95
  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Format: Paperback, 240pp
  • ISBN-13: 9780789322005
  • ISBN: 0789322005

Che Guevara: A Manga Biography
by Chie Shimano, Kiyoshi Konno

The Peanuts Collection: Treasures from the World’s Most Beloved Comic Strip
by Nat Gertler

You’ll Never Know Book Two: “Collateral Damage”
by C. Tyler

Stephen King’s N
by Frederic L’Homme (Text by), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)

DC Super Heroes: the Ultimate Pop-up Book
by DC Comics Staff, Matthew Reinhart

  • $ 250.00
  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Format: Other Format, 12pp (Signed and numbered, this special edition also features a cloth slipcase and an exclusive extra pop)
  • Age Range: 4 to 12
  • ISBN-13: 9780316122375
  • ISBN: 0316122378

DC Super Heroes: the Ultimate Pop-up Book
by DC Comics Staff, Matthew Reinhart

Star Trek: Leonard McCoy Frontier Doctor
by John Byrne, John Byrne (Artist)

X’ed Out
by Charles Burns

DC Comics Year by Year
by Daniel Wallace, Dorling Kindersley Publishing Staff

Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics
by Hillary L. Chute

Six Novels in Woodcuts
by Lynd Ward (Illustrator), Art Spiegelman (Editor)

Power Girl Volume 2: Aliens & Apes
by Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner

  • $ 17.99
  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Format: Paperback, 144pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781401229108
  • ISBN: 1401229107

Popeye: Strong to the Finish: The Great Comic Book Tales of Bud Sagendorf
by Bud Sagendorf, Bud Sagendorf (Artist)

Art of Jim Starlin
by Jim Starlin (Artist), Jim Starlin

Graphic NYC Presents: Dean Haspiel: The Early Years
by Dean Haspiel (Artist), Dean Haspiel, Christopher Irving

Looney Tunes Treasury: Includes Amazing Interactive Treasures from the Warner Bros. Vault!
by Andrew Farago, Ruth Clampett

Blondie, Volume 1
by Chic Young (Artist), Chic Young

Girl Comics
by Stephanie Buscema, Trina Robbins, Devin Grayson, Ann Nocenti, G. Willow Wilson

The Best American Comics
by Neil Gaiman (Editor), Matt Madden (Editor), Jessica Abel (Editor

Fire & Water: Bill Everett, the Sub-Mariner and the Birth of Marvel Comics
by Blake Bell

From Shadow to Light: The Life & Art of Mort Meskin
by Steven Brower

Robert Crumb’s Sex Obsessions
by Dian Hanson (Editor), Robert Crumb (Illustrator)

[From the publisher’s website:  “This signed limited edition of 1,000 copies is a work of art in itself, with every part of the book—front and back covers, spine, and introductory pages—created for this project by Robert Crumb. Each book also comes with an art print selected by Mr. Crumb (frame not included).”]

Super-Powered Word Study: Teaching Words and Word Parts through Comics
by James Bucky Carter, Erik Evensen (Illustrator)

Archie Marries . . .
by Michael Uslan, Bob Smith (Illustrator), Stan Goldberg (Illustrator)

Best Erotic Comics Volume 3: Sweet Meat, Strange Spice
by Greta Christina (Editor)

Drawn and Dangerous: Italian Comics of the 1970s and 1980s
by Simone Castaldi

  • $ 40.00
  • Pub. Date: August 2010
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Format: Hardcover, 160pp
  • ISBN-13: 9781604737493
  • ISBN: 1604737492