Okay, we'll call this the "official" announcement. This is the BIGGEST of the BIG and should be coming at you sometime around Thanksgiving (it's almost completely done, so confidence is high on making that goal). Here's the skinny: This baby will be published at the enormous size of approximately 11 x 17 inches in Hard Cover. If you saw the Wednesday Comics collection you'll have a very good idea of the format, only FATTER. This very special book will feature my biggest and most important Frank "Madman" Einstein story yet (no hype here), as well as ALL-NEW "monster-size" strips from all three Hernandez Bros., Matt Wagner, Bernie Mireault, Joe Quinones, Frank Quitely, Peter Bagge, Dean Haspiel, Dave Cooper, Eric Powell, Darwyn Cooke, Philip Bond & Peter Milligan, Jay Stephens, Erik Larsen, David Mack, Pat McEown, Craig Thompson, Paul Pope, Jeff Smith, Steven T. Seagle & Teddy Kristiansen, Michael Avon Oeming, Al Columbia, and Kyle Baker! There's a framing device written by Jamie S. Rich drawn by Valentino and myself, an incredible essay on independent characters by Adam McGovern illustrated by Michel Fiffe and myself, and then...THEN every single Madman/Atomics pin-up from the past 20 years including Kirby, Toth, Kubert, Moebius, BWS, Stout, Kaluta, Vess, Stevens, Miller, Simonson, Byrne, Chadwick, Schultz, Rude, Aragones, Nowlan, Bolland, Ware, Clowes, Seth, Woodring, Sale, Cassaday, Acuna, Noto, Grampa, Pander, McCloud, Chiarello, Dorkin, Hewlett, Hughes, Gibbons, Darrow, Adams, Mignola, Lee, Silvestri, Harris, Bolton, Brereton, Thompson, Bradstreet, Gianni, Johnson, Burns, Ross, Morrison, Silverman, Moore, Morse, Mahfood, Russell, Rivoche, Cherkas, Hampton, Sienkiewicz, Silke, Hempel, Groening, Watson, Wray, Lark, Cho, Blevins, Manley, Bone, Del Carmen, Timm, and many MANY more! HUGE!
What a blast! We are so grateful to everyone who came out, especially those who braved the mic and belted out something during the karaoke extravaganza. We even had a ringer in the crowd when surprise guest, Courtney Taylor of the DANDY WARHOLS, showed everyone how to CRUSH Jethro Tull's Aqualung with his very own Courtney-ized version. It was swell seeing old friends show their support while making a bunch of new friends (who will someday be old friends. Everything has a beginning). Jamie S. Rich was our K.J. and kicked off the singing with the first song and kept everyone happy and in line with his strict harsh ways. We cracked open several cases of MADMAN: Atomica and completely sold out! The evening was above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. Thank you everybody! Let's do it again soon. By the way glitter-rock compadre, Christian Lipski, took the full-length photo of your humble narrator in the Droog outfit. Special "no-prize" for whoever can name the most faces in the slideshow. This "no-prize" might actually be worth something...GO!
MADMAN: ATOMICA & the MADMAN GIANT- SIZE SUPER GINCHY SPECIAL should be in your
favorite comic book shop today. And tomorrow,
April 7th, we hope to gather with all of our DROOGS
at the Floating World Comics gallery/signing/karaoke
party. If you can't be there in person, please practice
your astral projection so we'll at least have you in spirit.