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PR: Albany Comic Con To Benefit Ronald McDonald House

Press release:

The Albany Comic Con will host an auction of original comic book artwork to benefit the local chapter of the Capital District Ronald McDonald House Charities. Local comic book professionals have donated original sketches to the Albany Comic Con which will be auctioned the day of the convention in a silent auction. The auction will run from 10am to 3pm, Sunday, June 10th, 2012. Sketches of famous comic book characters including Batgirl, Supergirl, The Thing (from The Fantastic Four), Black Widow (from The Avengers), and more will be the highlights of the auction.  Sketches have been donated by such notable longtime artists as Joe Staton, Joe Sinnott, Lee Moder, Paul Abrams, Fred Hembeck, and many others. This is the third charity auction that the Albany Comic Con has held, and it is expected to be the largest in terms of the number of pieces of original comic book art available.

The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. The charity’s core values include:

* Focusing on the critical needs of children.

* Celebrating the diversity of the programs and staff, volunteers and donors who make them possible.

* Staying true to a heritage of more than 36 years of responsible stewardship.

* Operating with accountability and transparency.

There is no charge to enter the auction and all of the proceeds from the auctioned artwork will be donated directly to the Albany Ronald McDonald House. The Albany Comic Con will be held Sunday, June 10th. Admission to the convention is $5.00. We invite local media to come out for this event, and we thank you for helping spread the word about the charity auction for a very worthwhile organization. 

What: Albany Comic Con  Silent Art Charity Auction

When:  Sunday, June 10th, 2012    Time:  10am to 4pm.

Where:  Albany Comic Con, Holiday Inn, 205 Wolf Rd., Albany, NY 12205

News: DC Drops Prices

DC Comics today announced via press release that it is lowering prices line-wide beginning with issues shipping in January, 2011.

DC says “all standard length 32-page ongoing comic book titles currently priced at $3.99 [will move to] $2.99.” The announcement was made jointly by co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio.   The press release quotes Lee as saying “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.”

DiDio was quoted as saying “a $3.99 price point for 32 pages was too expensive. Fans were becoming increasingly reluctant to sample new titles and long term fans were beginning to abandon titles and characters that they’d collected for years.”

It remains to be seen whether this allegedly financially risky move will really “save the art form,” as Lee suggests. More on this and other noble efforts to save comics as events develop.

— Alan David Doane

Top Shelf’s Massive $3.00 Sale

Top Shelf Productions (an advertiser on this site, although I am running this announcement strictly because they’re a great publisher and I think everyone who loves comics should support them) has announced their 2010 Massive $3.00 Sale. Here are the details, from Top Shelf’s Chris Staros:

For the next ten days — thru Friday September 24th — Top Shelf is having a giant $3 graphic novel web sale. When you visit the site, you’ll find over 100 graphic novels and comics on sale — with over 70 titles marked down to just $3 & $1!

To go directly to the list of items on sale at the Top Shelf website, just click here:

But here are a few sample sale items:

— Slashed Prices: Lost Girls, Alec: The Years Have Pants, and more!
— Slashed Prices: Essex County, Moving Pictures, BB Wolf, and more!
— Slashed Prices: Owly Hardcovers and Plushy, Undeleted Scenes, and more!
— Slashed Prices: Dodgem Logic, The Surrogates Owner’s Manual, and more!
— Slashed Prices: The 120 Days of Simon, Far Arden, The Ticking, and more!

— $3 Titles: Voice of the Fire, The Surrogates (Vols 1 & 2), and more!
— $3 Titles: Sulk (Vols 1, 2, & 3), I Am Going To Be Small, and more!
— $3 Titles: SuperF*ckers #1-#4, Lower Regions, Please Release, and more!
— $3 Titles: Regards from Serbia, Comic Book Artist, Delayed Replays, and more!

— $1 Titles: The Surrogates #1-#5, Black Ghost Apple Factory, Dang!, and more!
— $1 Titles: The Man Who Loved Breasts, Comic Diorama, 24x2, and more!
— $1 Titles: Jack’s Luck Runs Out, Tales of the Great Unspoken, and more!

Please note that Top Shelf accepts PayPal (as well as Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover — all secure), and that this sale is good for retailers as well (and comic book shops will get their wholesale discount on top of these sale prices).

For the full scoop and more details, go to:

You’re rarely going to have the opportunity to get great comics by top creators like Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, James Kochalka and Jeff Lemire (to name a few!) at these prices, so click over now and take advantage of these unprecedented low prices.

Update: Just want to jump back in for a moment; for anyone feeling overwhelmed by Top Shelf’s impressive catalog, here’s a quick list of titles available at great sale prices that I strongly recommend:

Lost Girls (adults-only brilliance by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie)
Alec: The Years Have Pants
(essential autobio from Eddie Campbell)
The Complete Essex County
(one of the best GNs Top Shelf has ever published)
The Surrogates Owner’s Manual (an incredible bargain on great science fiction)
The Ticking (incredible surreal horror from Renee French)
Voice of the Fire (Alan Moore’s greatest work to date, in my opinion)
Black Ghost Apple Factory (lots of fun!)
Hutch Owen Vol. 1: The Collected Hutch Owen (socially conscious hilarity!)
Hutch Owen Vol. 2: Unmarketable

— Alan David Doane 

PR: Andrew Goletz on The Gathering Vol. 1

Andrew Goletz is a former Galaxy contributor and creative dynamo who asked if there was any way we could help him promote his newest project, and I’m more than happy to lend him some space here on TWC. Please read what he has to say, and consider lending him any support you can. — Alan David Doane


Most of you probably have no idea who the heck I am so why on Earth am I coming on this site, hat in hand, to ask you to help me out? I’ll do my best to explain. 

Years ago (I prefer to say ‘years’ instead of the real number which is well past a decade now because I already feel old) I and a number of people much more gifted with words worked for Alan by doing comic book reviews. It was back when comics cost about two dollars and we were mad about that, to give a little bit of perspective to the whole thing.  

Alan and I went our own ways shortly after I launched the one column (along with co-writer and editor extraordinaire Glenn Greenberg) that people still talk about to this day: The Life of Reilly. The greatly expanded upon book version is coming, soon, I promise. One thing I believe Alan and I always shared was a fondness for discovering new talent and promoting them. Sure it’s fun to comment on a great issue of Superman but there is a unique joy to finding a small press comic at your local comic con or checking out an indie that you heard about from a friend of a friend.  

I’ve always wanted to write and publish comics. And even more than wanting to write and publish comics for the Big Two or Big Five was a desire to write and publish my own comics and help other people like me do the same. I’m finally almost in a position to do that.  

With the help of talented friends made across the internet community I’m ready to launch the first issue of The Gathering. Volume 1: The Thing with Feathers is a 32 page black and white anthology with the central theme of ‘Hope’ in all its stories. There’s the story of the baseball player yearning to make contact with the ball in his final at bat, a family man facing a cancer scare and a couple of super hero stories in there as well. A few of the contributors have had their work published before but for the most part this is a project done but creative people who’ve never had the resources to do this before and I am extremely happy to give them the opportunity to do so with this book.

 But a funny thing happened on the way to making The Gathering. I had ideas for me. And as new teams were assembled for the beginnings of a second volume, more ideas began to present themselves. What about doing longer form stories: Seven pages? Sixteen pages? Full length comics? The potential was there and there are more than enough talented folks out there with ideas to share who want to help contribute to the book.

 The problem is I’m not made of money, contrary to what my kids may believe. While the first issue was completely financed by myself (and at the printers as of this post) I don’t have the ability to have two or three different books ready to goat a moment’s notice. The solution to this is a great sight called Kickstarter which allows creative people to post their ideas and allow people to pledge to help fund the project of their choice.

Our goal is to raise 2500 dollars by the end of July. It’s a lot of money but not an impossible goal. And yeah it does seem strange to be asking complete strangers to donate money in a tough economy to something that isn’t going to change the world but I do believe in this project and the creators involved with it.


I want to be able to create something where new talent can come and tell a story if they want to without having to figure out how to self publish on their own or trying to pitch to a major company. I think we’ve done that with this first anthology and I’m certainly excited about the potential for the future, which is why the Kickstarter campaign is so important.


So if you have a few extra dollars to spare and want to help support an up and coming comic line intent on giving new creators a place to shine, please head on over and make a pledge. We also have a few rewards available there for those that do.