Saturday, June 30, 2007
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The second volume of my Essex County trilogy of graphic novels is in the current Previews catalogue for a September release. I guess I should actually start working on it soon, eh? ...kidding. In all honestly, I am extremely proud of the book. It is the longest project I've undertaken (224 pages) and it was a real marathon working on it, but I really feel it is the best thing I have ever done. It is a huge leap forward for me both visually and as a writer and I'm really excited to get it out there.
And, for those put off by the hockey content, please give it a chance, Hockey is indeed a central part of the narrative, but it is about a whole lot more than that...specifically how betrayal, loss and guilt push and pull at the fabric of family in small town life. So, while hockey is used as a central metaphor, the book is no more a sports story than Tales From The Farm was a super- hero story. And, for those who do love sports and old-time hockey, I think you'll get a real kick out of it as well.
Here's the synopsis from Top Shelf's Website, written by the main man Chris Staros himself:
ESSEX COUNTY (V 2): GHOST STORIES by Jeff Lemire If you haven't read Jeff's first book, Essex County (Vol 1): Tales from the Farm, then pick it up right now, as you're not going to want to miss his second volume, Ghost Stories. Jeff is one of the most amazing new cartoonists to hit the comics community in years, and these two books are absolutely gorgeous and profoundly emotional. Ghost Stories is the second volume in a trilogy of graphic novels set in a fictionalized version of Lemire’s hometown of Essex County, Ontario. Ghost Story follows the lives and relationship of brothers Lou and Vince Lebeuf over the course of nearly seven decades. In this volume, eldest brother Lou, now a deaf and lonely man, lives out his final days on his farm full of guilt and regret for the decisions he made that tore his family apart. From their childhood on the farm, to Toronto in the 1950’s (where they both played professional hockey), Lou revisits his life, a silent observer haunting his own memories.
224 pages, Graphic Novel, Diamond Order Code: JUL073879, ISBN 978-1-891830-94-5, $14.95 (US)
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Thursday, June 28, 2007
I had a fantastic weekend at MoCCA. Got to spend some quality time talking fanboy with Brett Warnok whom I crashed with at Gregory Benton's pad. And, most importantly I got to meet and hang out with a bunch of other Top Shelfers who are not only great cartoonists, but great people as well.
I got Matt Kindt's Super Spy hardcover which is GORGEOUS, and Andy Hartzell's Fox Bunny Funny, which is also great. Got great sketches from Lilli Clarre and Jeffrey Brown. And, Gina from First Second treated me to an advanced copy of Gipi's Notes From A War Story which only solidifies his place as my favorite cartoonist working today.
All in all, a great weekend, looking forward to San Diego!
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Friday, June 15, 2007
I've spent the last two weekends traveling. First I was in Windsor (the real Essex County) for an outdoor art festival. I finally got to display this painting I did of some of the characters from Vol.2 Ghost Stories. It measures about 5 feet by 9 feet. It was a fun weekend, I sold a lot of books and had a great time.
Last weekend was my fake MoCCA trip...I spent 4 great days with my wife in NYC and snapped these picks of the Top Shelf window at Forbidden Planet on Broadway. I also stopped in and signed their copies of Tales.