first off, HAPPY THANKSGIVING, EVERYBODY!!
i hope that you all are able to spend time with family and friends and are able to take a moment to think of all of the things we should be thankful for.
i am, of course, thankful for all of you. thank you for your friendship and your patience, your kindness and, well, for showing up here every week so that i don't feel like i'm just sending messages off into the ether. i appreciate each and every one of you--thank you.
sharon and i will be splitting our time between our families today--early dinner with her family, later on with mine. we are just thankful that they don't live so far away from each other...
(jake will be waiting for us at uncle jeff's and watchin' football with his grampa...)
our pal, russ burlingame--you know, the guy who does the "what's perhapanin'?" column as a follow-up to each issue--gave us a very pretty write up over at associated contentin his latest piece entitled
The Best and Worst Comics of 2008
"If there's one book that deserves its audience to triple next year, it's Todd Dezago and Craig Rousseau's The Perhapanauts (Image Comics). A smart, funny book about a group of supernatural characters (a bigfoot, a ghost, a chupacabra, a mothman and more) who investigate paranormal phenomena for the government is part Hellboy, part NBC's Chuck. Each member of its sprawling supporting cast has their own subplot, yet none of them overpower the narrative that's been chugging right along since these characters were first featured in a pair of Dark Horse Comics miniseries half a decade ago."
the rest of the list featured a bunch of other books that aren't the perhapanauts, so i didn't copy the whole thing.
if you'd like to check out the rest of this finely written and compelling article. i hope this link works...
as a little thanksgiving gift, i thought i'd give you a glimpse of some of the gorgeous covers we have lined up for the next few issues, fantastic covers done by some really talented friends of ours.
take a look.
here's an early version of one of the covers to the halloween issue (perhapanauts no.6, out sometime early next year) by aussie artist, matt pott. craig has the finished one, but i couldn't find my jpg of it anywhere.
check out more of matt's kooky, quirky art at www.mattpott.com
our pal, francesco francavilla--artist on such great books as the black coat, frazetta's dracula meets the wolfman, zorro--is such a super nice guy and was kind enough to paint this spine-tingling cover for an upcoming issue!
and, of course, you can see more of francesco's work at www.francescofrancavilla.com
and here's the cover to perhapanauts no.7, a high adventure 'haps story told from a totally different point of view!
it's the origin of the cricket!--and bedlam will never be the same...!
oh, yeah, and craig did this.
see more of his art blah, blah, blah at www.craigrousseau.com
and by special request from the leaf--though, at press time not yet completely rico-ized--here is matt's cover--inked by christian--that will accompany their interiors on a back-up story in perhapanauts 7. i'm not sure who's good, who's bad, and who's ugly, but i think the whole thing is just beautiful!
"five for friday"
men of letters
sure we remember chris claremont, john byrne, and terry austin on the classic x-men, but what award-winning letterer made that title look so crisp? it's all about giving a little thanks for those unsung heroes of the balloons and fonts--the letterers!
1. who was the letterer on byrne and claremont's uncanny x-men?
2. on walt simonson's thor?
3. on the sandman?
4. on dave sim's cerebus?
5. what is the art of (hand) lettering called?
bonus: name three other comic book letterers with distinctive styles.
so there's your 500th perhapablog--hope you liked it!
have a great thanksgiving, a great weekend, and
smell ya later!