Monday, February 6, 2017

Love Letters from Simek

Marvel's publishing a new Avengers book these days called (interestingly enough) The Avengers. Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Barry Kitson, it's a throwback to the original Avengers run that began in 1963. The look of the book really grabbed my attention.

The story takes place immediately following the landmark Avengers #16 in which Iron Man, Giant Man, the Wasp and (in absentia) Thor take a leave of absence from the team. Captain America remained to lead new members Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch and her brother, Quicksilver. 

Avengers #16 ended with the new team exiting Avengers mansion to meet with the press. That's right where this new series picks up. Although Waid's writing is done in the modern style, the look of the book harkens back to Marvel's early days. 

The attention to detail to make this series appear like a 60s Marvel comic is impressive. What really stands out for me is the lettering! They've gone out of their way to make the book look like it's being lettered by the late, great Artie Simek who, along with Sam Rosen, lettered nearly every Marvel comic book back in the day.

Letterer Ed Dukeshire tells me the font being used here has been around for a while. But the series letterer, Ferran Delgado, takes it to a new level - aping Simek's unique balloon and tail shapes.  There's no mention they're mimicing Simek but that's clearly what's being done here and it goes a long way toward achieving the look of a vintage comic from the House of Ideas.

The "Pop Art Productions" logo on the covers and classically designed letters pages help, too!

- Randy

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Your Own Sketch!

Randy is supplying a little something extra for those who order a copy of How i Made  the World #1 from our website. He's personalizing each book and sketching an original 'Liz' drawing on the inside front cover.

Randy's drawing much faster these days, as you'll see in this video!

Friday, June 27, 2014

On Sale Now!

How i Made the World #1 went on sale Wednesday. We were the guests of New England Comics in Harvard Square, where Hannah and Matt set us up to sign copies of our book for their fantastic customers. It was a great day! And a wonderful way to kick off sales of our humble funnybook.

Word of the Nerd named How i Made the World one of the "5 Comics Not To Miss This Week." We're actually rubbing shoulders with Spidey and the Hulk:
On Saturday, June 28, we'll be at Stairway to Heaven Comics in Exeter, NH from 11am-1pm and Chris' Cards & Comics in Seabrook NH from 2-4. We'd love to see you there!

It's been a thrill to hear from people who've picked up How i Made the World -- from Las Vegas, Nevada to Glasgow, Scotland!  It's crazy to think of our comic making its way around the globe.

Thank you for all your support.

Please spread the word: How i Made the World is ON SALE NOW!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Big Thumbs Up!

How i Made the World #1 has received several more advance reviews this month. 
Matt Johnson of Panels and Pixels says How i Made the World is "incredibly engaging."
Craig Neilson of Big Comic Page writes "it had me hooked within just a few pages."

And Johanna Draper Carlson of Comics Worth Reading calls the storytelling "fresh and insightful, and the linework is wonderful, dynamic and streamlined."

You can read their full reviews of How i Made the World here:

Panels and Pixels

Big Comic Page

Comics Worth Reading

How i Made the World #1 hits store shelves June 25!
Liz & Randy

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Reviews Are In!

The reviews are in! And we couldn't be happier.

Please check out what the critics are saying about the premiere issue of How i Made the World.

You can order a copy at your local copy store now through April 24. Our Diamond order code is APR141257.

Thanks for your continued support!
Liz & Randy

Friday, April 4, 2014

Now Hear This!

Liz has been posting "A Page a Day for 10 Days" on our facebook page.

We're previewing the first 10 pages of "The Monster," the lead story from How i Made the World #1. 

Each page is accompanied by audio commentary from Liz who offers background info on the
story and how we put things together. 

Today, she's up to page 3.

Check it out!