Official Press Release
ITEM! Set Sail With Neil Gaiman in Anansi Boys
Closing tomorrow is what promises to be a record setting CBLDF benefit
auction to name a cruise ship in Neil Gaiman's upcoming novel Anansi
Boys. Bidding opened last Friday and at the time of this writing is
already up to $3,200! The winner of the auction will get to name the
cruise ship in Gaiman's novel and will also receive a signed first
edition of the book upon publication this Fall.
Neil Gaiman says, "The ANANSI BOYS eBay auction is now live. This is
your chance to have a Cruise Ship named after you, or after someone
you love. It's not an especially interesting cruise ship, and it
doesn't transform into a giant killer robot or get shipwrecked or
anything. It's a bog-standard Caribbean Cruise Ship. But if you've
always wanted to have a ship in a book named after you, or plan to
impress someone by casually handing them a copy of Anansi Boys,
knowing it has a ship in named after them, which is more than they do
(hmm. Probably a bad idea that, actually. In a worst case scenario
you'd get a restraining order taken out against you and I'd be sued
for invasion of privacy or something. Okay, new rule, the person it's
named after has to approve of their name being used) -- or if you've
just always wanted to be allowed to name a ship in someone else's
book, then now is your chance."
Watch the auction soar or place a bid by visiting:
ITEM! New Editor & Focus for SPX 2005 Anthology
Because you demanded it, the SPX Anthology is returning to its roots
by doing away with themed issues and reclaiming its role as the
nation's finest showcase for an uninhibited range of today's best
alternative and art comics. In addition to doing away with the theme
the anthology will be assembled under the guidance of Guest Editor
Brian Ralph, author of the acclaimed books Cave In and Climbing Out.
"After three years of themed editions, we decided it was time to get
the book back in line with the spirit of the convention and once again
make it a showcase for what today's alternative comics scene is all
about," says the book's co-editor Chris Pitzer.
"We were thrilled when Brian Ralph stepped up to act as guest editor
for this year's book," says Charles Brownstein, Executive Director of
the CBLDF which publishes the benefit book. "Brian's part of the
group that established SPX as a haven for quality small press and hand
made comics, having been through Fort Thunder, and the late nineties
small press revolution that brought companies like Top Shelf,
Highwater, and ReddingK in with a passion for reinvigorating the indy
comics scene. We're thrilled to have his eye selecting the comics
that define the small press comics scene of 2005."
Brian Ralph says, "This book will showcase the best work of the
underground and the alternative, whether the artists are self
published or unpublished. I really look forward to seeing what people
send in. I'm going to be looking for a great variety, from the high
gloss to comics that push the envelope a little more. Even stuff that
makes you ask, 'is that a comic?' This is a fantastic opportunity for
up-and-coming cartoonists to appear in print alongside the more
Chris Pitzer adds, "This is what everyone in the indy comics scene has
been asking the anthology to be, and now that it's back we want the
best stuff everyone has to offer. Tell the story you have to tell,
show the world what your comics are all about, and make the 2005 SPX
Anthology the definitive almanac of the indy comics scene."
Length: As long as it takes for great comics. Please do not include
title pages, fake covers, or any other sort of lead-in. Dive right
into that comic.
Deadline: Submissions must be received no later than June 30, 2005.
Please plan accordingly as overnight delivery can be very expensive.
Format: Please send your submissions, if at all possible, in an
electronic format. Art should be scanned in at 800dpi bitmap tiffs
(unless your art has tones, then grayscale). If you do not personally
own a scanner, many copy centers such as Kinko's now have scanning
facilities. The dimensions of your artwork should be as follows:
Page (trim) size: 6.625" x 9"
Live image area: 5.375" x 8"
Bleed image area: 7.125" x 9.5"
Delivery: Please do not send original art. Submission packages will
not be returned. CD-ROMs are preferred over ZIP disks. You must also
include a print-out of your submission with the package. Please send
your labeled discs and hardcopy printouts to:
SPX 2003 Anthology Submission
c/o Big Planet Comics
426 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, VA 22180
Please include the following information with both your hardcopy and
Name, address, email, title of story, page count of story
FedEx, UPS, and the United States Postal Service all have package
tracking abilities. Please do not call to check on the status of your
mailing. (Stay tuned for FTP or e-mail delivery methods.)
ITEM! CBLDF At Wizard World LA
This weekend is the Wizard World LA convention, where the CBLDF is
celebrating the premiere of the upcoming Sin City movie by offering a
wide selection of signed comics by CBLDF Defender of Liberty Frank
Miller. Stop by our table right across from Palisades and Lion's Gate
for your chance to pick up signed Sin City books, comics, and t-shirts
with all proceeds going to benefit the CBLDF's case work. On Sunday
afternoon we're also hosting an information panel highlighting recent
CBLDF cases, including last year's victories in Arkansas and
Michigan, plus details on the current case in Rome, GA involving
Legends Comics. Stop by and say hi! For more information on Wizard
World LA, please visit http://www.wizardconventions.com