A miscellany of weekly ramblings on comics, art and film by Ted Mathot, storyboard artist and writer/artist/self-publisher of graphic novels and comics

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Return from SDCC07

First off, thanks to everybody who stopped by the booth this year; I enjoyed meeting and talking with all of you. I had a lot of fun this time around and Derek and I ended up selling out of all the books we brought with us (nothing to ship back!). Once again, I didn't get out onto the Con floor as much as I'd liked and there were some folks that I wasn't able to catch up with and I apologize for that.

I did however manage to acquire a few things and here are some of them:

THE ART OF DEANNA MARSIGLIESE : I can't say enough about this one - I've had her blog linked here for quite a while and I'm very excited to now have a book of her work. I kept it in the booth with me so I could look at it in my free moments as well as to pimp it to my friends who stopped by. It is chock full of design awesomeness and Deanna was very gracious in drawing in each and every book she sold.

Every page is gold and my favorite of all of them is "Cat Fight" with the space girls and aliens. What I love most about the drawings in the book is not only are they great designs, but they have an incredible amount of character and story attached to them. This is a rarity and the reason I will go back to this book over and over. The attitudes and body language of the characters in "Cat Fight" (and every other page in the book) say so much and are absolutely hilarious to boot.

JOCK is Jamie Baker's mini comic about a pet dog he grew up with in Australia. This is a little gem of a book and I had a blast reading it. Jamie has posted some very well written and funny stories on his blog and to experience his autobiographical writing matched up with his funny drawings is a real treat. He really captures the spirit of the dog Jock and his rag-tag group of canine buddies. Jamie I hope you do more of these!

MISS PAS TOUCHE by Hubert and Kerascoet is a book I heard about from Ronnie del Carmen who posted about it here. I was finally able to track them down at Stuart Ng and I am making a vow to learn the French necessary to read them because the drawings are amazing.

In addition to these, a few of the other great books I picked up were Louie Del Carmen's STEEL NOODLES, Pierre Alary's BELLADONE pt. 3, Chris Sanders' SKETCHBOOK #2, the new LOVE AND ROCKETS, Kelsey Mann's NOIR SKETCHBOOK, FLIGHT 4 (thanks Kazu!), Bobby Rubio's ALCATRAZ HIGH, SKIP LIEPKE's art book, and more. Next year I'll be driving down so I'll be able to safely transport the toys, posters and prints that I wasn't able to this year.


PS: book orders that were placed during the last week will ship tomorrow and thursday.


Sunday, July 22, 2007

Book Orders and Comic-Con update


All books with order dates from 7/13-7/23 have been shipped, so keep an eye out for them. Domestic media mail takes anywhere from 2-9 days. International orders were sent Priority International and will take 6-10 days. Orders placed starting 7/25 will be sent 7/31. Thank you to everyone who ordered for your interest in Rose and Isabel. I hope you enjoy the books.


SDCC 07 is almost upon us. Derek and I are making last minute preparations for the trek. Our booth is #1534.

I've linked a great interactive map I found over at Jamie Baker's website. It has a rollover map of the con floor that tells you which exhibitor is at each booth (no small press or comic con tables though...). You may also add booth numbers to a list which you can print out for reference. Check it out here!

Friday, July 13, 2007

Boing Boing!

A review of Rose and Isabel appeared this morning over at Boing Boing! Many thanks to Cory Doctorow and the Boing Boing crew for the kind words!

If you've landed here via the Boing Boing link, click here to go to the Rose and Isabel main page.

ORDER UPDATE: Orders placed on Friday 7/13 will begin shipping Monday 7/16. Please allow 2-9 days from the ship date for domestic orders (longer for International orders). I hope to have all orders shipped by Friday 7/20. This is a one-man operation so I thank you in advance for your patience and thank you for your interest in Rose and Isabel.

Below is some information about the books along with previews of each volume. If you are interested in placing an order, you may do so by using the Paypal buttons in the sidebar to the right. Just click the Paypal button below the book(s) that you would like to order.

All domestic orders are shipped media mail in padded mailers. Orders outside the US are shipped Priority International (including Canada), and require purchase of additional shipping (see sidebar). Shipping costs cover postage, Paypal fees, and materials. All prices are USD.

Please confirm that your PayPal shipping address is correct when placing an order.

If you'd like to have a closer look at the books, here is a list of comic shops that carry them. I will also be exhibiting at the San Diego Comic Con from July 25 to July 29 under the name E-Ville Press(booth #1534). Check this link for more info. Thanks!

The Beguiling (Toronto, Canada)
Impact Comics (Canberra, Australia)
Jim Hanley's Universe (NYC)
Super7 (San Francisco)
Isotope (San Francisco)
Comic Relief (Berkeley)

Rose and Isabel Part 1 ($8)
64 pages, B&W

Rose and Isabel Part 2 ($15)
160 pages, B&W
Mature readers (contains graphic violence)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Rose image

I haven't had a lot of time to devote to the CORA story lately, but I've been sketching bits and pieces from throughout the story -- nothing that's entirely post-worthy, but for readers of the first two books here's an image of Rose that might make you go "whaa?".


Tuesday, July 03, 2007


Yep, it's that time again. San Diego Comic Con 2007 is right around the corner.

Derek Thompson and I will be representing E-Ville Press this year, residing at Booth #1534. We'll be selling Derek's popular Monster Annuals as well as his original art, Afterworks 1 & 2, and my books Rose and Isabel 1 & 2. Other items from our pals will surely be on the table for sale as well.

Other booth/table locations:

FLIGHT: #1128-1134
SAM HITI: # 1830
SAM & MAX: # 1032
STUART NG: #5113



7:15-8:45 The Pixar Story: To Infinity and Beyond - a the latest film by Oscar nominated documentary director Leslie Iwerks. Room 6CDEF


10:30-11:30 Pixar Short Films - Three of Disney/Pixar’s most talented filmmakers, Ralph Eggelston (For the Birds), Andrew Jimenez (One Man Band), and Gary Rydstrom (Lifted) discuss the studio’s short films, with a Q&A session to follow. Room 6CDEF


10:45-12:00 The Simpsons - Meet Matt Groening, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Matt Selman, Michael Price, David Silverman, Matt Warburton, Don Payne, and Yeardley Smith (voice of Lisa Simpson). Moderated by Bill Morrison. Hall H

2:15-4:00 WALL•E - Andrew Stanton (Finding Nemo) introduces Pixar’s newest star, WALL•E. Stanton and sound designer Ben Burtt (Star Wars) present a first look at Disney·Pixar’s next animated adventure! Hall H

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