Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Desert Island Comics Party Report from veritable eons ago a huge success!!!

We've been meaning to post a report of the awesome pre-Mocca party we co-hosted with fellow publishers Bodega Books and Secret Acres at Brooklyn's premiere comic shop, Desert Island, but, well, we've been super busy with the following items of import:

1) Mocca itself! We sold books! We sold mini comics! There was a fire drill!

Tom Neely and Dylan Williams (pictured above), while great cartoonists, publishers and men of distinction were, to my knowledge, largely unhelpful with local firefighting efforts.

2) We premiered two new books, including Austin English's Windy Corner #2, which features new chapters of Austin's graphic novels and work by a variety of established and up and coming and truly unique artists. The cover art is fantastic and there are a lot of really interesting artists involved in the book, which is currently available at our store.

3) We also premiered the totally amazing, Inkweed, by Chris Wright. This book is so good that I started reading it in the bathroom doing.. you know.. things you do in the bathroom.. and when I was done with #1, then #2 of those things, I kept on reading! I sat right there and finished every last poignantly, heartbreakingly odd word of one of Wright's stories. Man, it was good. Go to our store and buy it now.

So.. yeah, the party was by all accounts a huge success! Gabe, the super cool proprietor of Desert Island was completely stoked that no one spilled anything on any books or anything so he wasn't like mad at us at the end, the place was packed, books flew off the shelves (but didn't hit anyone). And it was really fun to team up with Secret Acres and Bodega who released books from Eamon Espey, Sam Gaskin and Dave Kiersch which are all pretty damn good and available at their websites. Here are some pictures of the event:

I totally love this picture because my comics hero, Nate Doyle (left of frame) is looking off into the middle of the street at nothing in particular, wheels spinning, butters churning, engines grinding towards the creation of what is sure to be a great new mini. Look out for this f*cker. Towards the back, you can see a lovely Gabrielle Bell and an equally lovely Austin English enjoying their complimentary PBR's.

Pictured above are aforementioned afore feted Sparkplug authors, Austin English and Chris Wright, fighting off the mobs of fans eager to sign their new books. Don't they look feteish? That's not supposed to sound filthy. It supposed to sound festive.

Look! Look up! It's Dave Kiersch, author of Neverland, also one of the featured artists answering a question or nodding affirmatively about something in that soothing manner of his. For serious, talking to Dave K. makes you feel like you're in a floatation device - and not in an evil 70's movie kind of way, in a totally relaxing, I can just be with this fellow way! To his left is a slightly open-mouthed talking with his hands Aaron Renier. And, with a pose striking stance worthy of Vogue, in the back is Gabriel Fowler, head honcho of Desert Island. You totally wish you could see his face. He's like not as cute as a button but definitely as cute as a bug.

And here's a final shot of Brian Heater of Daily Crosshatch fame looking hella auspicious and merciless about some comic he will no doubt mercilessly shred on the hatch sometime soon. Look out whoever you are!:

More updates to follow soon in the week about our location at this weekend's upcoming Heroes Con and more news about what we're up to all around (minis and books-wise) later still but soon enough!

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