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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Robotika is being published again!! April Previews!!

Archaia Studios Press is back...and so is Robotika.

I had the second Robotika mini-series, Robotika: For A Few Rubles More, finished for almost a year, but regretfully the publisher, Archaia, went into restructuring after releasing the very first issue. However, they are back and Robotika is being published again! I just hope that everyone who has enjoyed the series is still interested and will be curious enough to pick-up the new comics.

To relaunch the series, Archaia is printing a double size issue of 64 pages containing the first issue of "For A Few Rubles More", published back in 2008, and 32 new pages of story and art.

Diamond issue of April Previews (out on April 1st) contains the listing for "Robotika: For A Few Rubles More" double size issue (64 pages). Code: APR09 0652 Price: $4.99

There is also a listing for the hardcover collection of the original Robotika mini-series from 2007. The collection is 128 pages (120 story pages and an 8 page sketchbook section). Code: APR09 0651 Price: $19.95

For those who are interested in ordering a copy, I (with a lot of help from Dan Foskett) created a "coupon" with the order codes. Just click on the picture above, print the coupon, circle which book you want, take it to your local comic book store and ask them to order a copy for you. That simple :)

For those of you who don't get out to the local comics store, you can order on line from Just click on this link:

Robotika Double Sized Issue #1 at

First Robotika Collection at

You get 20% and shipping is a flat fee of 99 while you're at it get some more comics including this awesome release from Archaia:

Awakening Hardcover Collection
This hardcover collects issues 1-5 of the award nominated Awakening series from Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn. Wonderful series that Nick has once described as: "a zombie series...that might or might not have zombies in it." Nick originally introduced to me the whole idea of an order "coupon", so go and get Awakening coupon here!

Monday, March 16, 2009

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Monday, March 02, 2009

WonderCon 2009

WonderCon 2009 came and went last weekend. This was my 3rd consecutive year of attending the convention and trying to promote "Robotika" and "Robotika: For A Few Rubles More". One of the things that was stuck in my mind, as I was driving to San Francisco, was the recent book by/about Dave Stevens. He did such a great job describing the conventions and the whole fandom of the 70's, I just could not help wondering how this convention will compare to his wonderful experiences...I did not have to worry, this was my best convention so far, and it was not because I bought something extraordinary, it was because I got to spend time with some very nice creative people who have inspired me to be a better person and a better artist :)

I started the convention by walking around and trying to find dealers who were selling comics in inexpensive sets because I was looking for a couple of limited series drawn by Steve Rude (Captain America: What Price Glory, Spider-man: Lifeline, Thor: Godstorm, and X-Men: Children of the Atom). I only found the Captain America series, but also along the way I found some $1 bins. I picked up a couple of issues of Frank Robbins "Shadow" and almost complete run of Somerset Holmes by Bruce Jones and Brent Anderson.

You ask: "Somerset Holmes?". Recently I "discovered" the art of Neal Adams, which in turn lead me to read Stan Drake's strips, which in turn made me realize that there is a whole tradition of photo-referenced-realistic comics out there from Alex Raymond through Al Williamson to Tim Bradstreet. "Somerset Holmes" fit in there somewhere and is a great little adventure story.

I also spent some time introducing/re-introducing myself to some folks whose work I have always admired (like Tom Yeates and Alex Nino ) and just catching-up with friends. It was great to see new (awesome) artwork by David Williams (cover artist on Wolverine), Mick Gray (inker on the new Joker graphic novel), and Jeremy Bastian (Cursed Pirate Girl).

I was also simply blown away (and humbled) by the sketchbook that Ryan Sook put together as his first self-published effort...I thought I knew just about all of his work, but I kept finding pieces that I have never seen. All presented in sharp black and white...just gorgeous.

This was the first year that Archaia, publisher of "Robotika", had a booth at WonderCon. Nick Tapalansky (who is a very talented writer of the zombie noir series "Awakenings"...that might or might not have zombies in it) flew out to set up the booth and brought books with him. David Petersen ("Mouse Guard"), Josh Finney and Kat Rocha ("Titanium Rain"), Marvin Mann ("The Lone and Level Sands", "Some New Kind of Slaughter"), Patrick McEvoy ("Starkweather") and I all spent time at the booth talking to fans and promoting the whole Archaia line. The cool result: we just about sold all the books that Nick had shipped to the convention; he only had enough books for 1 box. And we sold out of all the remaining copies of the first "Robotika" the first printing is now officially out of print!

Every convention has moments that make that convention special, and this was no exception. A huge thank you to: Julia Petersen for being cool, Michelle Sook for being cool and knowing where cool places to eat at are in San Francisco, and to Timothy Green for letting me drag him all around the convention in search of cheap comics!

I also want to thank everyone who stopped by (or thought about stopping by :)) to talk about Robotika. It was great and very inspirational for me. Thank you!

Timothy Green and Alex Nino

David Williams...or is it Wolverine?

Timothy Green and Mick Gray

David Petersen and Jeremy Bastian in artist alley

The Archaia Booth: Nick Tapalansky, Kat Rocha, and Josh Finney

Timothy, Nick, Ryan, and Michelle at Amber

Kat Rocha, Alex "Highlander" Sheikman, and Josh Finney