Monday, June 28, 2010

ORDER NOW--RHA Spotlighted in PREVIEWS!

The new Rob Hanes Adventures, Vol. 0 trade paperback is now available for pre-order from Diamond Comics Distributors. The upcoming title, scheduled for release in September 2010, is spotlighted in the current July issue of Previews, Diamond's retailer and consumer order catalog.

See p. 332 of the current issue under WCG Comics (item # JUL10 1161).

As noted in my initial announcement, the trade paperback (ISBN 978-0-9845769-0-6) consists of a full-color cover, six complete stories, and 140 black and white pages. The stories have been re-lettered for the release, and the volume will retail for $15.99.

Anyone interested in purchasing the trade is encouraged to order it through the Previews catalog, available at all comic-book retailer stores, or by asking their local retailers to stock the book by ordering it through Diamond Comics Distribution or Haven Distributors.

To find a comic-book store near you, use the online Comic Shop Locator Service.

Monday, June 21, 2010

RHA in FULL COLOR!

A full-color special edition issue of Rob Hanes Adventures will be available for the first time ever from WCG Comics in July 2010! (Cover pictured at right.)

The book will debut at the San Diego Comic-Con, scheduled from July 22–25, 2010, then will be available for sale at the WCG Comics website only. (WCG Comics will be at Booth K1 in the Small Press Pavilion of the Comic-Con.)

A preview of the issue is available here.

The color edition was made possible by long-time RHA fan Barry Gregory, co-founder of Ka-Blam Digital Printing and its sister storefront site, IndyPlanet. Although Barry is a long-time fan of the series and the classic black and white look that is the series’ signature style, he always wondered what it would look like in full color—so naturally he took it upon himself to color a story in its entirety, which was a complete surprise when he sent it to me!

Though the story featured in the special issue, “The EC Express,” originally appeared in Adventure Strip Digest #2, in full color the story looks fresh and new.

More details as we get closer to the San Diego Comic-Con!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Spring Cleaning (Part I)

Like many people I did some much needed spring cleaning during the recent Memorial Day weekend. This year's spring cleaning finally led me to begin re-organizing and taking inventory of comics that have been sitting in storage in old Xerox boxes for years, if not decades, which I have lugged around with me from move to move.

While the process was not as time-consuming and arduous as I feared, I nevertheless have opened each box, sorted out and consolidated issues by series, re-packed them back into new comics storage boxes (as pictured at right), then carefully inventoried the contents of each box. I've always considered myself a reader, not a collector, so most of my comics are unbagged—over the years and as part of the current process, I've bagged some comics that I deemed valuable or that had some personal importance to me but for the most part the majority remain unbagged. (As one can imagine after so many years, some of the comics are no longer what one would consider "mint" condition!)

As I was recording the contents of each box, it occurred to me that I needed a database system that would enable me to sort my collection not just by box number (yes, I uniquely numbered each box for tracking purposes), but also by title so that, at some point, I could get a "big" picture of my collection and begin consolidating runs together—as a result of my haphazard storage of my comics, a lot of runs and series were spread out over several boxes. So one of the satisfactions of the process has been consolidating series together. I could have easily created a spreadsheet for this purpose, but decided to see what resources were available online for managing comic-book collections.

There are a lot of well known comic-book collection database systems—the most notable being a commercial desktop software program called Comicbase. You simply bring up an item in the database, specify you have it, and save to your user file. But being the cheapskate I am, after a quick Google search, I came across and settled on a comparable free online "cloud" application for organizing your comic-book collection called StashMyComics. The site has free registration, and all user database collections are stored at the site. However, you can also back up and download your "stash" to your computer as an Excel file, either in its entirety or by the user-defined categories. The categories function sold me on the site—I use the feature to organize my collection by box number. In Excel, it's a separate column that obviously allows me to sort my collection by category/box number if I wish.

I must admit what also won me over was that I even found my own books, Rob Hanes Adventures, in the database!

Of course, such a program is only as good as its database. Since Comicbase is a commercial program with a subscription option, it has resources to keep its database updated, and it regularly does so for subscribers.

StashMyComics depends on an active user community to keep its listings up to date. For the most part, I have so far found StashMyComics to be fairly comprehensive, with about 95 percent or more of my collection in the system. (I created a separate spreadsheet for titles not in the system that I can merge with the master list if needed.)

I actually brought Rob Hanes Adventures up to date in the system and added cover images. This turned out to be a good test of the system because the turnaround for the images and the issue updates to make it into the system was only a few days!

Included with this post are some images of some of the books from my collection.

NEXT: An overview of my collection and my long term plan for it.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Coming this September....

Image from Rob Hanes AdventuresIt's official! The first volume of a projected series of trade paperbacks collecting the entire Rob Hanes Adventures series is scheduled for release September 2010.

Rob Hanes Adventures, Volume 0 will compile the complete 4-issue run of Adventure Strip Digest, the series' original home before being re-booted as Rob Hanes Adventures. After that, the current series will begin to be collected.

A preview of the front and back covers plus about 20 pages is available here (or by clicking the image at right).

To bring the quality of the art and stories up to par with the current series, the stories in the volume have been completely re-lettered by Johnny Lowe, replacing the original hand-lettering of the original stories.

The volume is projected to be approximately 144 pages with a cover price of $15.99.

For the official press release, click here.