January 27th, 2009


special foil edition of Farscape #1 at NYCC!

From BOOM! Studios's press release:

BOOM! Studios will be offering a limited holofoil edition of their sold out comic FARSCAPE #1 available exclusively during New York Comic Con 2009.

The holofoil cover, featuring FARSCAPE’s main character John Crichton, is limited to 500 copies, and will only be available at the BOOM! Studios booth (#1313) during New York Comic Con 2009. Featuring a gold metallic finish on a cardstock cover, it will be one of the most special limited edition collectibles ever made in association with FARSCAPE due to its extremely low print run. It is unavailable anywhere else.

New York Comic Con runs from Friday to Sunday February 6th - 8th, 2009 at The Javits Center in Manhattan.

This special limited edition comic is the first of an upcoming series of three special covers that will debut at a select number of comic book conventions across the country at the BOOM! Studios booth.

“When I first heard the term ‘holofoil’ I didn’t know what to think. It’s hard to describe the special metallic effect the books have. But once the issues came into the office, they blew my socks off,” said Chip Mosher, Director of Sales and Marketing. “Fans are going to absolutely love them.”

Click here to read the entire release, as well as a YouTube video that shows how shiny the foil cover is.

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gratuitous cover post!

With all the cool-ass comic art that's been unloaded on a panting reading public, I figured it was time to do a gratuitous cover post of my recent and upcoming work. Sooooo.....

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Schott's Miscellany 26 January 2009

Australia Day (Australia)


Kevin Bacon: The Bacon Brothers
Russell Crowe: The Ordinary Fear of God *
Jared Leto: 30 Seconds to Mars
Jeff Goldblum: The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Bruce Willis: The Accelerators
Keanu Reeves: Dogstar
Gary Sinise **: Lt. Dan Band
Jamie Oliver: Scarlet Division
Tony Blair: Ugly Rumours
Dennis Quaid: The Sharks
Billy Bob Thornton: The Hombres
Juliette Lewis: The Licks

* Renamed from Thirty Odd Foot of Grunts (still TOFOG).
** Played character of Lt Dan in Forrest Gump.

Additionally, the model Karen Elson, musician Rain Phoenix, and actress Zoey Deschanel (among others) have performed in the cabaret The Citizens Band.

HUMGRUFFIAN -- a nasty, repulsive individual
"Being a humgruffian, Andy was not chosen as godparent."
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good news/bad news regarding NYCC schedule

I had to cancel my Midtown Comics signing on Sunday at New York Comic-Con because I just realized that I won't be at NYCC on Sunday due to the promotion being on that day. Sigh.

How-some-ever, I just got word that I'll be signing Star Trek: A Singular Destiny (and whatever else you shove under my nose) at the Pocket Books booth on Saturday from 5.30-6.30pm.

I'm also doing a panel called "The Hero in Prose" Friday from 6-7pm, alongside Ron Goulart, Paul Kupperberg, Greg Rucka, and Marv Wolfman.

More info when I have it...
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sucks, penguin5

John Updike, RIP

Prolific novelist John Updike* died today at age 76. Like Kim Manners, who died over the weekend, Updike died of lung cancer. Yeesh.

Rest in peace, good sir.

* (Ironic that someone best known for writing books with the word "rabbit" in the title would die on Rabbit Hole Day, declared by crisper four years ago for Lewis Carroll's birthday. But I digress....)
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farscape comic

we're #187!

According to the ICv2 site, Farscape #1 was ranked 187th in sales for December 2008. It was the best-selling comic published by BOOM! that month.

That may not sound like much, but considering what a stranglehold Marvel and DC have on the market, that's pretty damned good. Of the top 100, 96 of them are from the big two, with three of those exceptions being the Joss Whedon-approved-and-directed Buffy and Angel post-finale comics and a Star Wars title. (The fourth is The Boys from Dynamite, a Garth Ennis/Darick Robertson title.)

Looking at the other stuff in the general vicinity of Farscape's numbers, you've got Wolverine, Red Sonja, Witchblade, Jonah Hex, Indiana Jones, Transformes, and The X-Files. We also outsold WildC.A.T.S., Gen13, Doctor Who, Star Trek, 30 Days of Night, Army of Darkness, The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, The Savage Dragon, Shonen Jump, The Dresden Files (sorry, Jim!), Sir Apropos of Nothing (sorry, Peter!), and Sonic the Hedgehog.

I can live with that. *wry grin*
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more good news/bad news

Though the good news is one of those "modified rapture" things: Red Dwarf is returning. However, it's still Doug Naylor solo without Rob Grant, and the show went directly into the waste extractor when Grant left prior to season 7. Still more Red Dwarf is better than no Red Dwarf, so can I get a smeg, yeah?

The bad news: Realms of Fantasy is shutting down. Just what we need, one less good market. *sigh*
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