YES, it’s true. Samuel C. Gaskin’s 2012 will indeed be up in your face this TCAF, albeit in somewhat limited numbers. We will have a pretty stacked little gang behind the table, no less than Sam, Joseph Lambert, Edie Fake, Sean Ford (whose Only Skin 7 is now in the Emporium) and Ken Dahl. This marks the first occasion that all of our books will actually be simultaneously available to those of the Canadian persuasion, outside of Librarie D+Q (and through the Emporium, of course, but that doesn’t count). This might seem odd, but there’s always been something in the way, Canada-wise. Monsters, for example, was classified as porn by a certain distributor and thus not allowed in the gentler lands to our north. Perhaps Ken Dahl won’t make it past customs, either? Though who knows which names “Ken” is using on his IDs, anyway? We don’t. Seriously.
2012 will be the most Acres of the books debuting at TCAF, however, you can find new stuff from Secret Acres’ own Joe Lambert, of I Will Bite You! fame, in the Root Rot anthology from Koyama Press and there’s Edie Fake’s first (we believe) new comics work since his Gaylord Phoenix in the long-awaited Gay Genius from Sparkplug Comic Books. Joe and Edie will both be on a few TCAF panels as well, which you can check out here.
American Mike Dawson will not be joining us for TCAF this year, but he has been a busy bee. If you have not done so yet, you should lend an ear to his latest foray into the podcasting wilds, TCJ Talkies (that’s TCJ as in The Comics Journal), which features an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink conversation with none other than Evan Dorkin. Furthermore, Mike has some very adult new comics on his site here (and we mean adult as in there’s big words, not porntastic action like Monsters). Even more exciting for us is that Troop 142, the final version not yet seen anywhere ever, is done. It’s so done, we may even be signing off on the printer order before we set off for TCAF.
We know not everyone can go to TCAF (and if you can’t go to TCAF and you are in LA, go here; that Malachi Ward guy is real good). If you are feeling sad about not making it to TCAF, you should watch this video spot at least one hundred times a day until you are compelled to go. Of course, Secret Acres has never been to TCAF so we are just as curious as you other TCAF virgins. Rest assured, we will have a TCAF review to beat the band upon our return – assuming our poutine cleanse doesn’t kill us.
Barry and Leon
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We're back on our Scuttlebutt blog with our Comic Arts Brooklyn report, and our Brooklyn Ale House party report and our Grumpy Bert show report and our year-end report and a tiny, little look ahead to next year. CAB is, for us and lots of other comics people, the start of the holiday season, so we're a little Auld Lang Syne-ish about the show. There were hiccups this time around, and no Cartoon House (see the post for an explanation of that) but CAB still has the best exhibitors at any show, making Brooklyn proud. Speaking of heart-warming, many thanks to the folks at Grumpy Bert. Someone came all the way from Philadelphia just to see Theo and the brand new second book of his Understanding Monster trilogy. That's the kind of amazing that made 2014 our best year ever. We owe everyone a big thank you for reading our books and, really, for reading. You guys are the best. Normally, in our last post of the year, we babble about all the new stuff coming your way. We can't do that anymore. We're joining the likes of Koyama Press and Uncivilized Books and Nobrow at the good distributorship, Consortium. Sure, that's business stuff, but it's a big deal for Secret Acres. Still, we did manage to sneak at least one 2015 comic into this final blathering. Read on...
Comic Arts Brooklyn is today! I'll be signing at the Secret Secret Acres table!
Join us and Theo Ellsworth and everybody else tonight for a gallery show and some Comic Arts Brookyln pre-gaming at Brooklyn’s own Grumpy Bert! You can beat the CAB crowd to the punch and get your very own signed and sketched copy of Theo’s latest, the Understanding Monster Book Two. Book Two picks up where Book One left off, following Pharoah Tellitome, Inspector Gimble, Turtletree, Master Sponko and Minnow on their collective quest to awaken Izadore and re-establish his identity and memory. Get to Grump Bert early enough and you can really lord it over folks: the first ten to arrive get a limited edition Theo print made just for tonight’s show. Of course, there will be free beer and bubbly, too. What more is there to life?