Friday, April 09, 2010

Kevin Cannon's Far Arden nominated for an Eisner Award


That's right--our own Kevin Cannon has gotten an Eisner nod for his James-Bond-meets-Jack-London arctic tour de force Far Arden!

Revel in the glory and check out the formidable competition on the Eisner nominations page!

Congratulations, Kevin!

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Far Arden Hits the Airwaves



By some strange alignment of the planets, Far Arden is the focus of three recent podcasts:

First, an interview with Robin McConnell over at INKSTUDS. Tom Spurgeon's blog turned me onto Inkstuds about a year ago, and it's really an honor to now be listed among the ranks of Robin's interviewees.

Also, the gentlemen at THE MILD MANNERED PODCAST made me blush with this lengthy analysis of FA.

Finally, I had a fun time hanging out with Charlito & Mr. Phil over the summer behind the Top Shelf booth, and at one point we sat down for chat. Check it out at INDIE SPINNER RACK.

Thanks guys!

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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Far Arden on Graphic Novel Reporter

I recently did an interview with John Hogan over at Graphic Novel Reporter. Check it out!



Also check out their main page -- there are some great interviews with Junot Diaz, Emmanuel Guibert, and local physics hero James Kakalios.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

Reviews A-Plenty*

People keep writing reviews, so we'll happily keep posting them!

First up, a great review of Big Funny from Mark McGinty, our friend at The Boogle.



Next, a Far Arden review from Rain Taxi, which is notable because it's IN PRINT. That's right, a rare ink-on-paper review. You can pick up a free copy around town, or better yet go to Rain Taxi's annual Twin Cities Book Festival happening October 10th at the MCTC cafeteria. BTA has proudly manned a booth there for years, but unfortunately we have to miss this year because of a vortex of scheduling conflicts. But you should go, as it showcases everything awesome that's happening in the local literary scene, from poetry to comics to novels to children's literature.



Next up is a review of A Time to Thrill from Adrean Clark at Comics Bento. Thanks, Adrean!




* As opposed to "Reviews A-Pawlenty," which makes no sense.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Your One Stop Shop for Recent Far Arden Reviews

There has been a slew of very thoughtful reviews of Far Arden lately, and I would be remiss if I didn't mention them. The surreality of reading complete strangers' thoughts and criticisms of this bizarre little book has not worn off, and I hope it never does. Click on the logos to read the full review.



Review by Jillian Steinhauer



Review by Myosotis



Review by Greg Burgas



Review by Matthew Brady



Review by J. Caleb Mozzocco



Review by Nick Dutro



Review by Jared Gardner



Review by Chris Partin



Review by Kyle Lemmon



Review by John Jewitt

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Top Shelf Mega Sale!



Check out this ├╝ber-sale from Top Shelf:
www.topshelfcomix.com/specialdeals


I highly recommend the $3 That Salty Air and the $14.95 Far Arden.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Far Arden on MPR's Art Hounds

Minnesota Public Radio's Art Hounds is a weekly series where local artists talk about something they're enjoying in a medium other than their own. This morning Britt Aamodt -- journalist, local radio personality, and author of an upcoming book on Minnesota cartoonists -- talked about Far Arden. Thanks, Britt!



You can hear Art Hounds archived on mprnewsq.com, or listen in today at 4:45pm to 91.1 FM for a rebroadcast.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Recent Book Reviews

T-Minus: The Race to the Moon on Marty Devine's MAD WORLD, The X-Librarian, Savannah Morning News, and Telegraph-Journal.

Far Arden on Bookforum and School Library Journal.

Stuff of Life on The Johnandjanaverse.

Big Funny on Newsarama

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Two Far Arden Reviews & One Radio Drama

Thanks to Britt Aamodt and KFAI 90.3 fm for having Zander and me over to the recording studio last week. We chatted about T-Minus: The Race to the Moon and Far Arden, and those conversations have been turned into radio dramas! The Far Arden one went live a few days ago, and the T-Minus one will launch on July 20* (yep, the 40th anniversary of the moon landing).



* (Speaking of July 20th... if you're in or around the Michigan area, stop by Vault of Midnight for Jim Ottaviani's official book release party of T-Minus. Vault of Midnight, 219 S. Main St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104)


* * *


Also, many thanks to Matt Peckham and Brandon Schatz for their recent reviews of Far Arden. Matt calls the book a "glorious pulp throwback" which is a huge compliment.



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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Top Shelf Special Offer

Can't make it to the San Diego Comic-Con this year? Top Shelf feels your pain, and is offering FREE SHIPPING on some new releases (including Far Arden) through the month of July. Click your mouse on the logo for more details:

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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Two Great Reviews on The Boogle


Check out Mark McGinty's reviews for T-Minus: The Race to the Moon and Far Arden at theboogle.wordpress.com.

Thanks, Mark!

... and don't forget, Far Arden comes out TOMORROW!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Two More Far Arden Reviews



Two more reviews have hit the airways, which is great considering the book isn't even out yet.

First up is fellow Cartoonist Conspirator Ted Anderson at the Examiner:

The Examiner


And all the way from London (which is where the Shanks character was created, incidentally), is Richard Bruton at Forbidden Planet:

Forbidden Planet

Thanks guys!

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Tom Spurgeon & Alex Dueben Interview Kevin Cannon



I recently chatted with comics journalist and long-time Far Arden supporter Tom Spurgeon about life, love, and comics, as part of the CR Sunday Interview series. So if you want to learn about the time I lived in a theme park for three weeks, or get a behind-the-scenes look at a Far Arden easter egg, then this is the interview for you.

comicsreporter.com


And I got so caught up with the MoCCA convention and the launch party that I failed to post about this interview with Alex Dueben at Comic Book Resources. Alex and I get down and dirty about the creation of T-Minus and Far Arden, and how I ended up at Top Shelf.

comicbookresources.com

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Sound Effects in Far Arden

Kevin's tour de force graphic novel Far Arden is hitting stores this month, and in honor of its unique* mix of cartoonishness and high adventure, I've compiled this list of the sound effects that grace its pages. Such a compendium of universally descriptive emanata has never before been seen because Kevin has a rare condition that we in the comic book business call onomatopoeia-deafness.

So here, for your pleasure, are the 271 sound effects in Far Arden. Be advised, if you read it very, very closely, there may be some spoilers.

PUNCH!
HEADLOCK!
CLICK!
LAND!
LEAP
CUT!
SLAM SHUT!
CHIP! CHIP! CHIP! CHIP!
FLING!
ROUNDHOUSE!
FACE PUNCH!!!
JUMP
RESCUE!!
EAT EAT EAT
DIVE!!
PUNCH!!
HUG!!
CONSUME CONSUME
DING
BURST IN!
WALL PUNCH!!
SCREAM
POWER RUN!!
PANT! PANT!
PANT! PANT! PANT! PANT! PANT! PANT! PANT! PANT!
UNTIE!
TEAR OPEN!!
HOP HOP
PUNCHIN' STANCE!!
FLYING BODY PUNCH!!
HIT HIT HIT HIT
HIT
CRUSH!!
LOCK!
SPIT
SLEEP. SLEEP. SLEEP.
SLEEP
SKIP
HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR
KNEE SLAP
HAR HAR HAR HAR HAR
ANGRY GRAB!
TUG
WALK TOWARD DOOR
SCREAM
OPEN
<-REVEAL->
SQUINT
BLISTER BLISTER
DRAG INSIDE
RCAN ATTACK!
RIP!
FOLD!
TUCK!
BREAK THROUGH!
KICK OPEN!
PUNCH!
PREPARE...
PUNCH ONE!
PUNCH TWO!!
HIDE!!
RUN RUN RUN RUN RUN
MISS!
WHUMP
SMASH
PUNCH PREPARATION
RUN
DUCK
CRANK CRANK
CRANK
CLEAR THROAT
BEAT BEAT
GASP!
FACE KICK!
SLICE!!
KICK!
HIT!
JUMP!
CHATTER
KICK
CLIMB!
LOCK!
POUND POUND POUND
FEEL!
RUB
RATTLE!
WRAP! WRAP!
BREAK THROUGH
SQUIRM SQUIRM
CLIMB!
DUST OFF!
RUN
RUN AWAY
LOOK LOOK
HANG UP.
KNOCK KNOCK
YANK! CONCEAL! HIDE! STUFF!
RESTRAIN
MOPE.
LISTFUL KICK!
ANGRY ORPHAN PUNCH!
WHIMPER
SNAP
PAT PAT
HUMAN-SIZED BITE!
CRACKLE!
BICKER! BICKER! BICKER!
SLICE
RUN AWAY!
PUSH OFF!!
MID-AIR GROIN GRINDER
TUCK 'N' ROLL...
...AND RECOVER!
GROAN
MISS!!
DODGE!
MISS
DUCK!
HIGH-FIVE!
ROLL!
SCOOP!
PEEK
INHALE!
CAST ASIDE
COMMOTION COMMOTION!
SNUB
HUG
HUG
HUG
PULL ASIDE
FACE AWAY
DIVE!
SHIVER SHIVER SHIVER
RUN
ROAR
THROW UP A LITTLE IN MOUTH
MID-AIR GROIN GRINDER
PUNCH!
THROW
HUG!
KICK
CHOMP
RUMMAGE
TWIST OFF
STRANGLE
POUR
DRINK
UNCLIP
POUR
WRITE WRITE
SHAKE!
RUN RUN
HANDSHAKE!!
CLIMB! CLIMB!
OPEN
RECORK
FLAP FLAP FLAP
FLAP FLAP
FLAP FLAP FLAP
AWAKEN
TIE
RUN
SCAMPER!!
HUFF 'N' PUFF
BORED KICK
LIGHTS FLICKER!
SPIN
WRAP
RUN
HIT
BREAK!
KICK!YANK!
PULL!!
PUNCH PUNCH
CAST ASIDE
FLICKER BACK ON!
BONK.
STRUGGLE! STRUGGLE!
TIGHTEN
ROLL
LIGHT
DRAG ASHORE
RUN RUN
TWIST!
PULL! CRUNCH CRACK BREAK
SOCK!!!
UNVEIL!!!
FOLD
POSSIBLY GIVING WAY
TIGHTEN!
RUN!
BEE LINE
LOCKED!
POUND! POUND! POUND! POUND! POUND! POUND!
TIE
HUG!
RUMBLE!!
FALL
CLICK
STRUGGLE
LIGHTS FLICKER
BREAK IN!!
SHUT DOWN!
SMASH
CLIMB IN!
PUNCH!
WHUMP
POP!
SCURRY!
GRAB!!
WIPE
RUB
JUMP!
DIVE!
KICK OPEN!!
DRAG OUTSIDE!
HEADLOCK
PULL OFF SUNGLASSES!
BLISTER!!
HUG
WALK INSIDE
HOODIE STRING PULL
SOB!!
CRY CRY CRY
CRY CRY CRY CRY
CRY CRY CRY
PULL ASIDE
GESTICULATE
TURN AROUND
DOUBLE TAKE!
KISS
SNIFF SNIFF DRINK
SCRAMBLE
SIT
GRUMBLE
KICK!
DOUBLE-FIST PUNCH!!
FIST CATCH! FIST CATCH!
WIPE
CRAWL UNDER COVERS
NUZZLE
UNMASK
CLIMB!!
RUN!
BARK! BARK! BARK!
RETURN
PICK!
SUCCULENT BITE!
NOTICE!
PULL
RUNNING HUG!
SQUINT
KNOCK KNOCK
HANDSHAKE!
SCRAMBLE
HUG!
TUG
CHEW
CHEW CHEW CHEW CHEW CHEW CHEW
GET UP!
PANT! PANT! PANT!
CONVULSE CONVULSE
LIFT!!
CONVULSE! CONVULSE!
LIFT!
TWITCH
NOTICE!
TUCK IN POCKET
SHUT FIRMLY!
SNIFF
SHRUG.
OPEN

*unique, that is, until his next book.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Launch Party Reminder!

Remember to mark your calendars for June 13, 2009 -- the launch party for FAR ARDEN and T-MINUS: THE RACE TO THE MOON. Read all the details at:

bigtimeattic.com/launch




Okay, now off to MoCCA...!

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Far Arden Excerpt on New York Magazine's "Vulture"

Far Arden: The Book officially launches in four hours. Thanks for the send-off, New York Magazine!


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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Save the Date

Zander and I are having a signing/party at Big Brain in June, the weekend after MoCCA.



For more details, pick up a postcard tomorrow at Microcon, or go to:
www.bigtimeattic.com/launch

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

The 288-Hour Graphic Novel Challenge Described on Powell's Blog


Powell's Bookstore Blog is in the middle of "Top Shelf Week" and they invited me to write about Far Arden. Being a little rusty at straight prose, I instead drew a comic strip detailing the birth of the 288-Hour Graphic Novel Challenge. The strip itself is more about our local 24 hour comic day events here in Minneapolis, and even co-stars local hero Steven Stwalley.

Every year after 24 Hr Comic day I swear "NEVER AGAIN." I haven't followed through on that threat yet, but hopefully this Powell's cartoon will illuminate why I -- or anyone -- would vow to steer clear of 24HCD in the future.

Powell's Blog

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Far Arden Dummy


In a little over a month, the real, ISBN-laden Far Arden will hit the shelves. In the meantime I've received the dummy copy from our printer in China. Chris and Brett at Top Shelf shipped it to me after signing off on it, and since I'm the end of the line, I get to keep it!

I'm really excited about having this dummy, probably because one of my favorite books as a kid was Aliki's How a Book Is Made (which may have been the first graphic novel I ever read).

Anyway, the part where Aliki's furry main character gets a dummy copy of her book from the printer stuck out to me as the highlight of the entire publishing process. Sure, having the final book is great. But the dummy stands on its own: there's only one in the world (compared to the thousands of printed copies), its role is of critical importance (the last chance to check for mistakes before the plates get burned), and it's a novelty (the first time you get to see your book in one printed unit).

The Far Arden dummy is especially interesting because it's tagged all over with Chinese stamps and handwriting. But don't take my word for it:


[ click for larger images ]


A digital print out of the cover. The book will be hardcover, and so there needs to be a lot of bleed where it wraps over the cover board and tucks behind the endpapers.



The endpapers will have the arctic map that was on the the interior pages of the self-published version.



The 384 page book is divided into 24 signatures. Printers print books on large sheets of paper -- in this case 8 pages per side -- and then cut and fold these large sheets down into 16 page booklets. Crack open most hardcover books and you can see the signatures. Because books are printed on such large sheets, the interior pages (usually) have to be multiples of 8 or 16. This is why you might see blank pages at the beginning or end of a book -- they are parts of a signature that have no content.


Here are some samples of the Chinese markings from the publisher. They probably read, "This American book looks nutty, but it's ready to go to press."







Finally, here's the whole book wrapped up. She's a beast!

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Far Arden Interview on Newsarama


Both T-Minus and Far Arden come out in May, so it's going to be a busy spring!

Click here to read my recent interview with Zack Smith over at Newsarama. It was a strange feeling trying to remember way back to the beginning of the creation of the book. I was reminded that pretty much everything in chapter 1 is made up on the spot. Those were nutty times...


Support arctic fiction! Pre-order Far Arden today!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sean Kleefeld's Far Arden Review


Sean Kleefeld has a review of Far Arden up on his "Kleefeld on Comics" blog. In it, he struggles with the same problem I've had recently: trying to explain what the hell the book is about. My attempts at summarizing FA usually melt into a babbling mess, so as of this morning I'm just going to start saying it's "Jack London meets James Bond" and leave it at that.

Warning, Kleefeld's review has a few spoilers.

Thanks for the review, Sean!

Thanks for the link, Steve!

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Danno Does Far Arden

The book hasn't been optioned, but already there's a movie poster! Thanks to Dank! aka Danno for this amazing 11x17" poster of Far Arden.

Click on image for larger version!

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Doc Pop Delivers Far Arden Cameo

San Francisco conspirator Doc Pop has a great stop-motion experimental film on his flickr site ... and ol' Far Arden is in there. Check it out:



Also, Doc's blog turned me onto a ridiculously addictive blog, photoshopdisasters.com. Half of me says "I'm horrified" and the other half says "Yeah, YOU try doing some of this stuff on deadline!"

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Far Arden Cover

Aside from a few tweaks here is the cover for Far Arden:

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

"Far Arden" pre-orders...

Here's a map I made this weekend. It'll be nestled in the front pages of the Far Arden paperback. The current plan is to print up 100 copies and have them for sale ($20) at the May 2nd Lutefisk Sushi show.

I think 100 copies should do the trick, but if you want to make sure you get a copy -- or if you're out of town and can't make the Sushi show -- send me an email and we'll figure out a pre-order/mail-order thing. Electronic mail is kevin "at" bigtimeattic "dot" com.



Thanks to Steve and Zander for the idea to make a map!

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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Official Armitage Shanks Fan Club!

Welcome all! Kevin Cannon has finished his latest magnum opus, Far Arden, to rave reviews. Here we can all show our appreciation for his incredible project and steel ourselves for his next one.

Want to submit your own homage to the great lonely pirate? Email it to zander at this url, bigtimeattic.com.



Jason Rainey
jae.imperialotter.com


Dan Boyd
onepoundfire.com


Dan Olson
bewilderedkid.com


Carl Nelson


David Steinlicht
allsmall.net davidsteinlicht.blogspot.com


Bud Burgy
musclesandfights.com


Zander Cannon
bigtimeattic.com


Christopher Coffey


Danno Klonowski
staplegenius.com


Ryan Dow
ryandow.com


Holly


Mike Sgier
msillustration.blogspot.com/


Jon Sloan
sa-bomjimcomic.com/


Steven Stwalley
stwallskull.com soapythechicken.com

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