I’ve been blogging for a while now at Comic Con International’s website. 20 columns so far, all full of my thoughts on the art, craft, and business of comics. My column is called “Dilettante.”
I’m going to be a featured guest at Wondercon this weekend, April 18-20, in Anaheim! You can find me in Artists Alley at table AA-156, seated next to Sara Ryan.
I’ll be signing my work (including the first Superior Foes of Spider-Man trade paperback) doing sketches, and participating in four panels:
Friday at 1:30pm
Spotlight on Steve Lieber and Sara Ryan
Friday at 4:00pm:
The New Wave Graphic Novel
Jim Di Bartolo (In the Shadows), Steve Lieber ( Whiteout), Sara Ryan (Bad Houses), and Gene Luen Yang (The Shadow Hero), all eminent graphic novelists, discuss their own works within the form, as well as how today’s increased acceptance of the graphic novel has led to new books, new authors, and new readers. Moderated by WonderCon Anaheim special guest and author Jim Pascoe.
Friday April 18, 2014 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Room 210 A
Saturday at 11:00am
Comics in Action
Sunday at 11:00am:
Breaking into Comics The Marvel Way: Sun, April 20th 11am:
Kris Anka, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Richard Isanove, Marjorie Liu, James Robinson, Mark Waid, Steve Lieber, Sam Humphries
Hope to see some of you there!
Over at Comic-Con’s site, I have a new Dilettante column analyzing Will Eisner’s work.
Superior Foes #9 arrives in stores next week, Wednesday, March 12! And if you haven’t had achance to read the early issues, our first trade paperbabck is available now! Your local store should have a copy, but if that’s not an option, my studio has copies for sale that I’ve signed and done a little quick head-sketch.
I just learned that Alabaster: Wolves is nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for “Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel.” Alabaster was published by Dark Horse, written by Caitlin R Kiernan, drawn by me, with color by Rachelle Rosenberg. It’s an impressive slate of nominees, and a real privilege to be listed among such stellar work.
The hardcover collection is available through your local comic shop. You can also order a copy autographed by me from Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
On February 26th, Cosmic Monkey Comics in Portland, will be hosting me at a signing for the release of the first Superior Foes of Spider-Man trade paperback! I’ll be there from 5 to 7pm, and if you buy the tpb, I’ll do a free quick doodle for you of any member of the Sinister Several.
In case last week’s big boast wasn’t enough, I’ve put together another giant pile of rave reviews for Superior Foes of Spider-Man. I encourage everyone to ask about the comic at your local store. If you don’t have a local store, you can preorder the first trade for a ridiculously low price from CheapGraphicNovels.com
Big Comic Page
“A title that’s almost impossible to read without a smile on your face, I honestly can’t recommend this title enough.”
“Funny, action-packed, with great dialogue and character moments, this is yet another outstanding issue with no signs of falling in quality.”
“We are now five deep in a series of issues that refuse to let up on being the most ridiculously entertaining read possible. Spencer and Lieber seem to have a very clear idea of what they want to do and the talent to do it, and there’s just nothing standing in their way.”
“Contending for possibly the best item on the stands.”
“Wonderful interplay… really refreshing… as adventurous in different ways as Fraction and Aja on Hawkeye.”
“I love this series. Seriously. If you aren’t reading this book you are missing out on one of the funniest books put out by any company. It’s certainly the funniest book put out by Marvel, and it’s also one of the most refreshing books in their line.”
Every Day is like Wednesday
I love this book.
Funnybook of the Week
“Some quality character work, some great laugh lines, a few really fun panels from Steve Lieber (whose work I’ve been criminally neglecting to mention), and everything you want in a heist story with our without comedy. This is really incredible work.”
“Consistently the funniest comic book on the stands.”
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #5 came out last week. I’ll be direct. I know a lot of folks didn’t pick it up, possibly because it’s called “Superior Foes of Spider-Man.”
Don’t let that scare you off. The reviewers all looked at that title and had the same reaction you did. But here’s what they’re saying now:
The Onion AV Club: “Gut-busting ensemble comedy and slick cartooning that has made the series one of the year’s funniest comics and a top Marvel title.”
Newsarama: “This book is consistently great.”
IGN: “Wonderfully drawn, nicely paced, and exceptionally funny without being afraid to go a little bit dark, SFoS is a brilliant little title.”
Comic Book Resources: “Superior Foes” is a great stop for readers looking for fun, engaging stories that are self-contained and well-told. For the first time, these characters all feel like fleshed-out people that I continually look forward to spending time with each month.”
Flickering Myth: “Superior Foes of Spider-Man is such an enjoyable read. The perfect blend of pulpy crime fiction and comedy with just the right amount of self referential meta hijinks.”
The Outhousers: “I am just loving this book, you all need to read it, now.”
We the Nerdy: “Superior Foes continues to be one of the best books Marvel puts on the shelves.”
Read Marvel: “Fun writing, fun layout, fun art, just an overall pretty fun book.”
Weekly Comic Book Review: “plenty of humor as well as some truly memorable moments with its cast of loser super-villains, Nick Spencer simply brings a lot of entertainment for readers, which is only helped by the brilliant work of Lieber and Rosenberg.”
Comic Vine: “I can’t help but find something to delight in every scene.”
Paradox Comics: “a Marvel book with a terrific comedic slant…a beaming smile upon each reading.”
Weekly Crisis: “This comic is so good. Nick Spencer has been hitting every single script right out of the park.”
Comics The Blog “Superior Foes of Spider-Man is a series that makes it look almost frustratingly easy, that is just all-around brilliant and celebrates a lot of what makes comics excellent, without ever having to be married to just one genre or tone.”
Tiffany Smith: “I just love everything about this; one of the funniest comics out right now.”
I’ll be a guest at Heroes Con in Charlotte this weekend, June 7-9. Stop by and find me at Artists Alley table AA-716. Interested in pre-commissioning a sketch? Get in touch at steve (at) stevelieber (dot) com.
Can’t make it? There are sketches and signed books of mine available at Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
The Stumptown Comics Fest is this weekend! I’ll be at Table K05, along with a whole lot of Periscope people. Stop by and say hi!
Signing at Floating World Comics in Portland, OR:
Join Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm on Wednesday March 13th to celebrate the release of HAWKEYE VOL. 1 MY LIFE AS A WEAPON TP. We will also have copies of the Hurricane Sandy benefit issue, Hawkeye #7 for sale. 100% of the proceeds from the event will be donated to American Red Cross, to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Hawkeye #7 artists Steve Lieber and Jesse Hamm will draw sketches for fans in exchange for American Red Cross donations.
Writer Matt Fraction was at the center of a special signing appearance for “Hawkeye” #7, autographing copies of the Hurricane Sandy-themed issue and raising money for the American Red Cross.
“The whole book is about the dude who doesn’t have superpowers so it seemed like if we were going to try to do something to help people, that’s the book to do it…hopefully we’ll be able to write some checks and do a little good,” Fraction told CBR during the event about the special issue of the popular Marvel series.
Inspired to write the issue after Hurricane Sandy decimated parts of New York and New Jersey, Fraction is donating his royalties from the issue to the American Red Cross. Though the Portland-based writer was not in New York when Sandy hit, the devastation left in the storm’s wake prompted him to want to do something to help the victims.
“I spent an awful lot of time there and had lived there for business purposes,” Fraction explained. “I realized that not only would I have been evacuated, I would have been under water if I was still there in the place I had been living.”
WHO: Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber, Jesse Hamm
WHAT: Hawkeye Vol. 1 TP release party, signing and fundraiser
WHEN: Wednesday, March 13, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
WHO: Steve Lieber
WHAT: Art Exhibit & Book Signing for “Alabaster: Wolves”
WHEN: Thursday, February 7th, 6-10pm; exhibit on display through February 28th
WHERE: Sequential Art Gallery + Studio, 328 NW Broadway #113, PDX
Sequential Art Gallery presents Steve Lieber’s original art from Caitlin R. Kiernan’s “ALABASTER: WOLVES”, sponsored in part by both Dark Horse Comics & Bridge City Comics. With the mini-series newly collected & released in hardcover, copies of “Alabaster: Wolves” will available for sale & for signing by Lieber. The exhibit opens this Thursday, February 7th, with the artist’s reception & book signing from 6pm to 10pm.
“Alabaster: Wolves” marks the first appearance of Caitlin R. Kiernan’s demon-hunting, monster-killing character, Dancy Flammarion, in comic book form. Unexpectedly left alone by the powers that guide her, Dancy faces off against a family of demonic wolves. Lieber’s art pairs brilliantly with Kiernan’s storytelling, providing the reader with the beautiful-and-terrifying fever dream that is Dancy’s life.
Steve Lieber’s comics and illustration have been published by DC Comics, Marvel, Scholastic, Dark Horse, Image, Carus Publishing, Dupuis and many others. He’s best known as the artist of the graphic novel Whiteout, adapted by Warner Brothers as a movie starring Kate Beckinsale. (www.stevelieber.com)
“Alabaster: Wolves” will be on display throughout the month of February, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm (except for Valentine’s Day), Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment. “Alabaster: Wolves” will close at the end of business on Thursday, February 28th.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio is located in Old Town Chinatown at the Everett Station Lofts, 328 NW Broadway #113. Open for regular gallery hours Thursdays (3pm-7pm) and Saturdays (11am-5pm) or by appointment. The gallery showcases local artists who explore the concept of sequential art, which is loosely defined as using consecutive images to tell a story. Curated by Kaebel JK Hashitani and Merrick Monroe.
Sequential Art Gallery + Studio
328 NW Broadway #113 • PDX OR 97209
503-916-9293 • www.sequentialartgallery.com
I recently learned that Shooters, the contemporary war graphic novel I illustrated for DC/Vertigo will be reissued in a new paperback edition this may. Shooters was written by Eric Trautmann and Brandon Jerwa. It made Comic Book Resources’ Best of 2012 list. And here’s a review.
For more about Shooters, go to the unofficial website SteelRiverSecurity.com And if you’re not willing to wait, I’ve got a few hardback copies left. You can order an autographed copy direct from me via Periscope Studio’s Etsy store.
I’ll be a guest at Jet City Comic Show in Seattle this Saturday, September 22nd at table AA17. Stop by and say hello! If you’re interested in a commissioned sketch get in touch. I can probably work in a couple tonight. (steve AT stevelieber dotcom) And if there’s anything of mine in the Periscope Etsy store you were thinking of ordering, you can pick it up at the show and save the cost of shipping.